Blogosphere

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Personally, I refer blogosphere to the saying “no man is an island” because just like what the wikipedia tells us, “blogosphere exist together as a connected community or as a social networking service in which everyday authors can publish their opinions”. Humans can’t live without the presence of others and communication is the most important element in building a relationship with our fellowmen here and around the globe.

Internet is the most efficient way for us to be able to discover things and meet new people while sharing our thoughts and opinions to a massive audience. Blogging is one of them and its effectivity has been proven. I’ve been following several bloggers whose lives has changed because of their constant blogging and sharing of personal ideas which caught the attention of some people. Later on, their site became popular because the small audience they had started talking and sharing about it on their own social networking sites, this is where the “large-scale structure of the blogosphere has a globally sparse, but locally dense structure” takes place.

Blogosphere teaches us to take risks and be brave in expressing ourselves and making a stand through posting it online where everyone can see it and give their own opinions. On the other hand, we should also consider criticisms and let it inform and improve us.

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Smokedress

Here’s another video of the Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht in collaboration with Italian architect Niccolo Casas. The dress is equiped with her own micro-controller based system and utilizes an 530gram smoking system that feeds on a combination of silicon based smoke fluids.

The dress, in an interactive state, has sensory and covers itself in smoked when being approached.

Electrifying Fashion

Collaboration between fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht and ArcAttack using their customized singing Tesla Coils during the Maker Faire 2014 to create a faraday cage style dress.

The challenge was to create an iconic design that would hold up to the power of high voltage, low current, high frequency, alternating current electricity. Which they did scary enough.

Fashion x Technology

This video is about the Dutch base designer Anouk Wipprecht works in the emerging field of “Fashionable Technology”; a rare combination of sartorial know how combine with engineering smarts and style. She has in a very short period created an impressive body of tech-enhanced designs bringing
together fashion and technology in an unusual way.

She creates technological couture; with background with fashion design combined with engineering, science and interaction design, she creates systems around the body that tend towards artificial intelligence; protected as ‘host’ system in the human body, her designs move, breath, react to the environment around them.

The Art of Science in Fashion and Textile Design

by Pamela Bacay

This article written by Patrick Mc Murray about “The Art of Science in Fashion and Textile Design” where in he talks about how science plays an important role in the development of the fashion industry.

Science plays a major role in design development of fashion clothing and accessories, just a glimpse into the past will confirm enough to be true. It’s not a jumbled business of cloth and colours loosely thrown together, rather, a well organised industry driven by the sciences, from market research to weaving, printing, dyeing, pattern making, branding and labelling; scientific intervention supports artist’s continuum.

Want an example or two: English Madder Print: The colouring agent in madder root called alizarin was in fact first chemically extracted and then synthesized in 1869 by two English chemists. Although the dyeing process, even today, requires a variety of painstaking steps, synthesized alizarin brought the price within the reach of commercial producers. Testimony to the significant part science plays ensuring the longevity of styles and textiles. Silk dyed in this manner is characterized by a dusty-looking finish and a feel (referred to as a chalk hand by the experts) very much like fine suede, and a matte finish.

In 1879 Thomas Burberry developed a fabric which was weatherproofed in the yarn before weaving, using a secret process and then proofed again in the piece, using the same undisclosed formula. The new material was untearable and weatherproof, whilst cool and breathable. He called the cloth gabardine and registered the word as a trademark. This is science.

Possessing a degree in science is not pre requisite to being a good designer, utilising scientific disciplines is advisable if you want your designs to hit the streets running rather than ending up in good Samaritans charity bins. A little business acumen always comes in handy and knowing what your customers want is critical. Above all, being in the right place at the right time is the key to success.

Timothy Everest, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood are just three examples that combined their design skills with business acumen and chanced to be in the right place and the right time. All attribute their success to chance, a would be cyclist, an advertisement in the paper and punk took them all in the same direction on different paths, now producing some of the most original fashion accessories in the market place

Let’s put all the technicalities aside. Without disciplined inspiration all the science and psychology fall on numb bodies, clothing must inspire the buyer as much as the designer, the message is portrayed in the colours, pattern and textures, combined to express season and inspiration.

And what about psychology; A little self indulgence creates a healthy state of mind, better to be happy than sad, retail therapy is certainly a good remedy for the blues, lets face it we’ve all been there many times. And to rid yourself of any guilt after the act, buy something for your loved one. A bit of psychology.

To finalise, summarise and self indulge I have written a brief critique on one of my favourite silk tie designs, I designed it, It’s not without all the elements of good design as mentioned.

Subtle Significance a geometric floral silk ties: a subtle mauve heart first catches your eye. And then golden geometric petals shimmer slightly and draw you closer, accentuated by midnight blue. Lastly, the hefty weave adds just the right amount of texture for a little masculine handle to the femininity of floral patterns. Significant, but subtle.

REFERENCE: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/industry-article/10/924/the-art-of-science-in-fashion1.asp

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The Inscrutable

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By: Pamela Bacay


Here I am awaken
From a reverie of a vast universe
Amending my past aura
Abandoning all my fears


We possess our own galaxies
Waiting to be exposed
No one can stop us to shine
Brightly like all the stars combined


Waiting in vain to be noticed
From your telescope to discover me
In the sky where you and I are meant to be.

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MOTION

Here’s a video clip I saw on youtube that can help us to have a better understanding in motion.

We discussed today about motion and here’s what I learned:

I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.

III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.