The Language of Flowers

AP Design Concentration 2015

These designs do not exist in real fabric...yet.

The inspiration for my concentration came from the Victorian Era's 'language of flowers', and when people would communicate through the meanings of specific flowers. When illustrating and designing the apparel, I kept in mind the color, petal shape, texture, and connotation of each flower.


I began the concentration with more traditional techniques, strictly using traditional mediums. However, towards the third piece I transitioned to relying on a digital technique to create each piece. This technique meant every garment was first drawn in ink, then hand-painted, and scanned. Then these scans were digitally manipulated using Photoshop onto original studio photographs to give the illusion that the pieces exist physically and are being worn.

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poppy: narcosis
watercolor, prisma, acrylic, line drawing

 

rose: love
cutpaper, prisma, watercolor

Hibiscus

hibiscus tiliaceus: evolving beauty
photography, photoshop, acrylic paint, clear acetate sheets, handmade wire hangers

Orange Blossom

orange blossom: purity
photography, photoshop, acrylic paint, line drawing

Peony

dark peony: anger
photography, photoshop, acrylic paint, line drawing

Chinese Lantern

chinese lantern: deception
photography, photoshop, acrylic, nail polish, line drawing, cut paper

Cherry Blossom

cherry blossom: impermanence
photography, photoshop, acrylic, line drawing

Orchid

orchid: refined beauty
photography, photoshop, acrylic, nail polish, line drawing

Bougainvillea

bougainvillea: passion
photography, photoshop, acrylic, watercolor, line drawing

Lobelia

lobelia: arrogance
photography, photoshop, acrylic, line drawing

Narcissus

narcissus: self-love
photography, photoshop, acrylic, watercolor, nail polish, line drawing

 
birdofparadise
bird of paradise 2

bird of paradise: magnificence
photography, photoshop, acrylic, watercolor, line drawing