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Cultural Tech-Fusion Fabrics

 
 
I  think these pictures speak for themselves.  I cannot wait to see the garment lit up and installed and in dialog with the other more flowing garment. Seeing this pieces evolve from initial design to final stages of the form has been very exciting.
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A few days ago Colleen sent me some new images of the garments in progress. I love this top to the second garment. I'd wear this! I like how the collar echoes the solar panel design. I think it is both sporty and elegant and definitely is some thing I could envisions someone wearing to work during the day or dressing up for the evening. It is a functional piece.
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Top for suspended garment. This uses the solar panel patterns.
Below: These are beautiful just stacked. I can not wait to see them assembled and hung in the museum gallery. 
Colleen says, "240 yards of boning used already. 1/4 more ways to go!!! It's finally coming together. Assembling the entire art piece this week and next. Still need to sew sleeves and structure of peplum."
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elements of the skirt for the suspended garment.
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Topography garment just about completed.
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Rick Lee and his assistants work on prototype of the hanging installation.
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Reflection of Rick Lee and assistants in form
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Folded structure. The mirror surface will create interesting views of Colleen's garments.
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Folding the piece along its perforations.
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Folding the piece. There will be 20 or so of these forms which will form the environment.
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Below are some recent in progress images of the topography piece in progress.
For the image of base of skirt below Colleen says "We have worked on 8 panels and 15 more panels to go."
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Detail of front in progress.
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Here is the paper pattern being crafted.
 
Colleen sent me these images today. It took two full days to construct this sleeve. The print drew inspiration from San Jose's City Hall, Spanish tile roofs and Eichler homes. Colleen's sleeve  is a gestural reference to the City Hall rotunda.
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Front view of Topography sleeve.
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Colleen Quen:
"Of course my shape has a little distortion of the City Hall in San Jose. It's symbolically showing the gesture. This is looking inside the sleeve. The complexity and building of structure needed to create the shape as well as my engineered pattern cut of sleeve."
 
YToday J.R. Campbell, Director and Professor of the Fashion School at Kent State,  and Susan Taber Avila, artist and professor at The University of California Davis , visited the studios of Colleen Quen and Rick Lee.

J.R. Campbell's digital textile department printed the silks for the Surface and Shape collaborative project Colleen, Rick and I are working on. He was in town to see a show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and he had an hour window of time that matched Colleen's  window of time to meet. I almost was not able to make the meeting but am so glad that I did! It was an extra bonus to meet Susan.
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Colleen shows the scale of the skirt portion of the topography garment.
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Emotion mapping textile print incorporated into forms.
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Colleen's long time seamstress works on one of the sleeves of the topography garment.
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Intern Elena works on the lantern like forms for the emotion garment.
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Intern Barbie works on the garments.
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J.R. Campbell and Rick Lee discuss project.
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The textiles.
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Colleen shows us her many pattern pieces.
 
In the last few days Colleen has been sending me images of her process of creating a garment pattern. She studied French couture and was an engineer in a prior career so she has that special mix of left and right side of the brain working in her artistic creations! A lot of math goes into her pattern drafting (I saw math equations on her initial pattern pieces). This really the best part of the project for me....seeing the process of other artists who work in very different media.
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Musiln of sleeves for topography garment.
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Here Colleen maps off sections with tape. This is to determine pattern shapes for the topography garment.
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back view of topography pattern markings.
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More pattern work for topograpy garment.
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Sleeve pattern pieces for topography garment.
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Huge (I mean huge) patten for base of topography garment. This photo was taken from Colleen's second story balcony looking down onto her showroom.
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Start of designing frame structure of emotion piece. This garment will be hanging.
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64 of these forms will hang from the emotion piece to form a sort of lantern skirt.
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At our meeting last week, Colleen Quen shared her initial pattern studies. I was awed by how much hand work will go into these garments and was struck by how inventive and intricate these creations will be.
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Colleen Quen with dress form and pattern sketch.
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Colleen's pattenr sketch of the diameter of the hanging garment cage frame from which the lantern like pieces will dangle.
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Colleen explaining the haning lantern like shapes. She will be creating 60 or so of these!
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Fabrics from Spoonflower and from Kent State University's School of Fashion's TechStyleLAB
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Colleen Quen's Emotion Piece sketch
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Colleen Quen's Emotion piece concept sketch
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Colleen Quen's Topography piece concept sketch
 
Last week the Surface and Shape design team had a meeting at Rick Lee and Colleen Quen's studio. It was so inspiring to see the models and sketches. Rick Lee had refined his design to be a reflective structure reminiscent of cloud computing.
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Wonderful scale model of environment installation. The metal will have perferations to enable it to bend easier. These stitch-like punctures will allude nicely to the hand stitchwork of Colleen's gowns.
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Top View of Rick Lee's installation model. It reminds me of cloud computing. The different colors show different sections of model.
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Original paper pattern sketch.
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Digital pattern sketch.
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Rick explaining materials.
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Earlier model
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aluminum material sample.
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Hanging wire and attachements for suspension. Piece will weigh betwen 300-500 pounds.