︎Alicja Kuzmycz

video: stop animation from flat lay pieces to exploration of construction variations.

  fig 1.4,.5, .6, .7 & .8 more variations.

Rectangle Polymorphic Prototype 1.0

Rectangle interchangable component top, made from dead-stock and waste print strike-off fabric.

fig 1.3 a still of one of the many possible variations.

Prototype Reflection

In creating this prototype, I wanted to investigate several ideas. Firstly, can I create polymorphic designs with the hope of increasing emotional durability? To test this I used press stud tape to enable garment sections to be removed, attached, reversed and reconfigured. (fig 1.1)

Initially I wanted each component to have double sided press studs for maximum flexibility. But here I hit my first problem, the male side of the press stud tape can be uncomfortable against the body, so I only applied it selectively to one side. Next time I will try double sided female press studs on key pieces, working the design around that to get maximum possible combinations.

figure 1.1 press stud tape to connect sections of the garment. 

One unexpected finding, was that I could create darts, pleats and unexpected openings, by experimenting with how I attached each piece.

Secondly, with this iteration I wanted to realise it with simple rectangle shapes in order to reduce off-cut waste and make it easy to use upclycled fabrics. Before testing, I wasn’t really sure that it would work,  concerned that it would look too blocky and be less flexible. Surprisingly that wasn’t quite the case, I was able to create shape with the press studs, opening up the possibilities for silhouette varability.(fig1.2 & 1.3)

fig1.2 using press studs to create shape.

The next steps will be to look at extending the possibilities - an exploration of more interchangable pieces that would change the form and the function - creating possibly a skirt, dress or other items using the same and additional components.