Personal Goal: I have pledged to myself that I WILL post the things I make for thesis into this blog. For the sake of organization and documentation, my daily mantra from now on will simply be : Perseverance and documentation. What I have noticed from some of the makers I work around is that it is a good idea to document your ideas and make lists to keep track of things. I want to teach myself to be thorough so that in the future I can remember how I achieved certain things during my final year at OCADU. So here goes.
My thesis work began with an idea I partially conjured up in third year. I had made a mask using leather, brass and electronics. Metal was already something I was getting the hang of since I began working the OCADU's metal shop in my second year. However, it was my first time working with electronics and one of the first times I attempted to use leather. The final mask was pretty bad now that I look back on it but it was a crux. I can't remember where I read it but I once came across a quote that basically said that to make good art you first have to make a lot of bad art. With that experience, I realized how much I enjoyed tinkering with electronics and combining raw materials such as leather, metal, electronics and textiles. Every new skill is a puzzle piece and the puzzle never has to end. It just gets bigger and more complex. But like anything, you have to go step by step to see the full picture. During this exploratory stage I had begun brainstorming ways that I could justify doing this professionally. This gave way to my current desire to work within the film industry as a costume and prop maker.
While on exchange in Sweden I discovered how much farther you could push the medium if you complete the whole process of taking the raw vegetable tanned leather (from now on veggie tanned), hand dying it and using the proper finishes. I decided that this process would play a crucial part in my thesis work.
From these experiences and hopes for the future I came up with the idea of doing my thesis as a kind of portfolio of all of the skills I have acquired during my years at OCADU. My intention for my thesis work is to create a full costume consisting of a mask, jacket, pair of pants, moccasins and a bare-back saddle pad fit to my brothers horse, Galadirial. The pieces will be created from veggie tanned leather, metal, and textiles and they will involve varying degrees of wearable technology. As time goes on I will reveal more about my personal reasons for designing my work the way it is through the form of thoughts, rants, pictures and perhaps some video's. For now however, I am feeling sufficiently overwhelmed and think I should go to bed.