WearableArt™ Windows: Rosie – Queen Margaret College

Our WearableArt™ themed windows series continues today with Rosie from Queen Margaret College and her take on a black bumblebee.

The Bumblebee that Rosie used for inspiration. Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

The Bumblebee that Rosie used for inspiration. Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

My name is Rosie Reid and I am a year 13 student, studying materials technology at Queen Margret College. I enjoy the innovation and creativity associated with this subject, so being given the opportunity to make a WOW inspired garment for Te Papa’s window display, really is one of the most unique and exciting chances imaginable.

Rosie working on installing her garment in the window at Te Papa. © Te Papa

Rosie working on installing her garment in the window at Te Papa. © Te Papa

One of the most beneficial processes within this project included the examination of past creations of both WOW contestants, and Te Papa student work. This was vital throughout the design process as I was able to pick up on interesting techniques, shapes and Medias, that transitioned effectively into creating an eye catching product, functional within a window display.

The main inspiration for my garment draws from an image of a black bumblebee, taken of a specimen within Te Papa’s ‘Collections’ exhibition. The exquisiteness of the wings, including the florescent blues and rich browns, contrasts seamlessly with the glossy black within the bee’s body. The quality of the image also highlights the intricacy within the eyes and legs, so I had many starting points to formulate a design from.

I have chosen to use a range of fabrics and plastics within the garment in attempt to connect with the bumblebee’s form and aesthetic properties. The colour pallet is also inspired by shades within the wings, body, eyes and legs, and all are featured in the bodice, then diffused throughout the other components making up the garment. There will also be divergence between different textures, where smooth and shiny plastics are layered with vibrant and unconventional stitching techniques and fabric manipulation. I am ultimately aiming to create something appealing to the intended audience, whilst also meets the specifications set by Te Papa.

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