GREY OF THE  DAY

This collection picks up inspiration from the world of Teaching. GOTD or Grej of the day as it is short for in Sweden (Meaning thing-of-the-day), refers to a series of regular mini classes that consists of the following parts: Clues; Facts; Bric-a-Brac; and connections to the Students Notebook.

The classes are based on People, Places or Events. The purpose is to integrate knowledge in this method, in order to create a more positive and fun way of learning. The teacher normally uses a world map on the blackboard and attaches pins on the map for each class; together with a picture. This makes the learning stick more with the students, and makes it fun at the same time according to lektionsbanken.se [1]  .

Why this is so inspirational to me, is because it shows how a simple pedagogic adjustment can change the way individuals learn. It is one of many tools of course, but interesting because, it shows how little effort it takes to create positive change where everybody wins.

Why do we insist on doing things the same way as it has always been done? This is a very small but inspirational adjustment made in society that inspired this collection. Change does not always have to be complicated and hard, if we just allow our minds to think in an inclusive way.

The colour theme for this story is Grey, because: “It is a neutral color or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is a color ”without color,” because it can be composed of black and white”. Personally, I can relate to the diffuseness of Grey, of beeing something in between, or merged between two opposite, or even dual poles. Not belonging to eigther, but still a part of both.

Historically, Grey has various meanings, and although not a very reliable, but a nonetheless inspirational source in Wikipedia stated the following:

“In antiquity and the Middle Ages, grey was the color of undyed wool, and thus was the color most commonly worn by peasants and the poor. It was also the color worn by Cistercian monks and friars of the Franciscan and Capuchin orders as a symbol of their vows of humility and poverty.” [5].

“During the Renaissance and the Baroque, grey began to play an important role in fashion and art. Black became the most popular color of the nobility, particularly in Italy, France, and Spain, and grey and white were harmonious with it.” [5].

When creating this collection, I wondered how GOTD could be translated into design? And since the design processes don’t translate with mapping and associations on a blackboard, I decided the photo-shoot venue itself would act as the factual reference to begin with. It is a concert venue built in 2015, and called Malmö Live. It is a relatively new venue, that sets out to be the meeting point for Music, Culture and Entertainment in the region. A place where cultures can meet, compose, and merge transdisciplinary through music [4].

So, as a result, the shoot reflects music and composing which is the “clue”, but also the art of listening. I wanted the portray how important it is to listen in the photos, as well as playing. These two components also make up a whole.

The materials used in this collection were inspired by the historical background of the colour Grey, and how it went from having associations of poverty in the undyed wool during the middle ages, to beeing a key player in Fashion during the Renaissance and Baroque Era.

The rawness and sharp contrasts between rich and poor are reflected in the dresses, and the materials used where Grey MuslinGrey-melange structured Voile with black satin ribbons.

The design of the dresses was left very simple, to portray that even a colour without colour can paint a beautiful picture.

References:

1. Lektionsbanken.se
2. Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, Third College Edition
3. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, 2002.
4. malmolive.se/om/malmo-live-konserthus-ab
5. /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey

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