Tag: design process

Randomocities: Dysfunctional Design

From mess . . .

. . . to success!!!

Okay, so after I dropped the kiddies off @ school I came back home with my brain set to “work-mode.” I don’t know HOW I’ve been doing it, but apparently I have been working in complete and utter chaos!! I have been so ensconced in designing that I haven’t even paid attention to my surroundings. This post is for all my friends that think I am so organized. Look at the craziness that I was allowing myself to work in!!! It didn’t start out this way, but apparently this is what happens when genius’ are at work! LOL!!! Anyway, as I walked back into my room with coffee cup in hand, ready to sit down and resume the creative process, the veil was suddenly removed from my eyes!!! There was no way on God’s green earth that I could make one more move in my surroundings as they were . . . One hour later, clarity and function were restored. Yay!! The day already seems brighter, and more filled with possibilities!!!  . . . For the remainder of my time here at my desk, I will be more focused and, dare I say . . . excited!!! This is what organization does for me. It creates excitement and energy!!

(never mind the fact that my calendar says it is the 27th day of the month… that’s how I stay a step ahead of myself. LOL.)

What kinds of things get you geared up and ready to work?

Work in Progress . . .

Selecting leathers & finishes . . .

Rough sketching & compiling collection ideas . . .

This is pretty much the extent of my life for the next 2 weeks. The design process for me is like birthing a baby, maybe a little less painful, but soooooo unbelievably rewarding in the end!! I am so happy to be able to do the thing I love on the daily. Keep reaching for your goals guys. They are within your grasp. xo

Visual Design: Behind the Scenes with Burberry Prorsum

Most of you know by now that I am a lover of textures, colors and quality craftsmanship. I love everything about the design process. Sketchbooks, fabric swatches, trims and hardware are things of utter beauty to me. I found this video showcasing the behind the scenes craftsmanship of the Burberry Prorsum Spring ’12 line and, of course, I had to share! I wanted to keep this video as a source of inspiration for myself because I love looking at the textures and watching the process of creation, so what better place to keep it than here? I hope you enjoy . . .

The Design Process: My Accessories Design Final Project

Modern Masai Tote by Ayanna Listenbee Handbags

A few weeks back I mentioned that I was ensconced in preparations and projects for finals. In my design class we were asked to come up with a theme, and then design a collection based on that theme. My theme was based on the Masai tribe of Kenya. Once the collection was designed, we were asked to select one style from the collection and then create that item ourselves. I selected the tote bag I designed for the collection. Unfortunately, I sold my industrial sewing machines a few years back. I have not sewn a bag in over 6 years so I underestimated what it would take to sew leather and denim on a (borrowed) home sewing machine! It took me about four days to draft and create the patterns (working feverishly while the kids were at school and at night when they were in bed) and another two days to complete the construction and sewing of the bag. My borrowed machine died and I had to borrow ANOTHER machine to complete the task. As hard and frustrating as it was at times, it was a great exercise and provided a wonderful sense of accomplishment. I plan to incorporate the design into the new line. To see more of the design process check out the pics below. . .

Modern Masai Mood Board

Modern Masai Croqui & Sketch

Masai Tote Details

Design Process

Construction Process

Are there any ideas in your head that you can make a reality in the coming new year?