I went to the Institute for Figuring on October 15th, I went with a couple classmates. As we were driving it was difficult to locate the IFF, we actually passed it and decided to park and walk around until we found it. Once we found it, I was surprised by how small it was. It was nothing like I was expecting, I expected a larger location. But as I entered I saw one room with a table, books, math equations, and art around the room. As I kept walking I noticed that there were two other rooms. A black room that had a work station that allowed us to interact and be a part of the project. Then there was a back room with the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project.
My favorite part of the IFF was the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. This part of the institute stood out to me most because of the vivid colors that were used. I also enjoyed that most of the reefs were made from recycled objects, such as trash bags and tape from VHS tapes. Another reef was made from beads. I liked that the reefs did not have to be crocheted from yarn and instead different substances could be used. The coral reefs were crocheted and created using the hyperbolic geometry principles. They looked so interesting, the way they curled and had waves to them.
These two pieces were my favorite coral reef projects they were the Beaded Pod World and Plastic Pod World. In the Beaded Pod World I liked the blue and green beaded pseudospheres by Sue Von Olson. Her pieces are mathematically precise renderings of the hyperbolic equivalent of cones. I liked the colors of the beads and I liked how the top of the cones curved and seemed like they had motion to them. In the Plastic Pod World I liked Christine Wertheim’s orange coral reef. I mainly enjoyed this one because of the colors and the use of the recycled plastic trash bag. The curves of the reef and striped colors stood out.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Institute for Figuring! It was not not what I had expected, but it was still quite interesting. I was mainly inspired by the use of plastic bags and the VHS tapes. I like the idea of recycling goods and making them into something new. I want to work with those substances and make something out of it. I am thinking of crocheting VHS tapes and trash bags and making accessories, such as bags, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets out of it. They can also be fluid and curvy like the coral reefs in the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project!
Art, fashion, and architecture all have some sort of influence on each other; they all use imagination, memory and emotion in their works. In a sense all three use each other to get inspiration. I had not actually thought of all three getting inspiration from each other before. I could see how fashion can draw off of the other two, but before I couldn’t see how fashion inspired architecture. It is easy to see how art inspires both though. But after reading this article I have a better view of how all three each inspire one another. One of the parts from the article that stood out to me was that the architects played a major role in the dress reform. These dresses became known as art dresses. Henry Van de Velde was one of the designers of reform dresses. Another part that was interesting to me was Wallenberg Olsson’s evening gown that was made from bulletproof fabric. This evening gown showed a sense of fortification and protection, as opposed to appearing weak. I thought it is important to portray women and their clothes to be strong and powerful because I believe in women empowerment. I consider fashion as art, so I thought that it was interesting that in the article, fashion is challenged as an actual legitimate art form. Architecture and fashion are forms of art to me no matter what others think.
This is the Shibori dyed shirt, this method of dyeing was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it. I only used three colors, pink, orange, and purple, and I really liked the outcome of it.
This is my stenciled shirt, I decided to stencil Mickey and Minnie Mouse since I love Disney. I also used tape on the sleeves to create a pattern there also.
In the article, Sewing Notions on Craft and Commerce, by Julia Bryan Wilson, it talks about hand making versus cheap factory labor. Cheap factory labor allows mass productions, while hand making seems tedious, but can be worth it. It also identifies craft as being dominated by women. Craft has become a form of activism. Some examples from the article were the knit helmet liners that were sent to Congress between 2007 and 2009 in plea to bring the troops home. Another example of activism that stood out to me was the Counterfeit Crochet Program that hand replicated designer bags, attempting to blur the line between hand made products and mass production. This craft seems to devalue the high end designer bags by making replicas available to more people.
In my opinion I think that hand making seems to mean a lot more to someone, by actually putting in the time and effort to make something. But the handmade articles take a lot more time to make and people are in a fast paced world where they want everything quickly, so it seems that it would be easier for them to just buy the mass produced articles instead of putting in all of their effort into making something. Some crafts seem just like a project instead of actual art.