wondering...about the wonders of this wonderfull...world

wondering...about the wonders of this wonderfull...world
foto x arnaldo @MMXIproject
A couple of summers ago, coming home from class, I took the subway with a friend and I told her I was trying to start a blog... then I also told her how time consuming and addicting it had become, and that I was wondering if it was something worth doing... she laughed and asked me to let her know when I was done and give her the"link" so she could read it. Then she left and I kept thinking...why? why should I do this ?

Technology has taken us to a new level and we are now, able to "publish ourselves"! PUBLISH OURSELVES however we want to; if you want to be yourself, transparent and out in the open, or even if you want to pretend to be someone else... YOU CAN! Now you can blog and share your thoughts and experiences with people without having them "altered" by the editors, or "chosen" because of how cool or marketable they are...

This space is for us to share; zaidibirindilindilandia-my own little world, my ingenious- and your thoughts!

welcome, and thank you!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Le nonne... The draping comes to life!

As the draping comes to life- Jessica and I loose ours by spending hours at work... BUT since we love what we do... WORK IS MORE LIKE PLAY!
take a look!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fashion Past & Present-Body is Protagonist

Ciao a tutti!
As the semester approaches its end and I am astonished by how fast it went by, more all nighters have occurred. I have no idea of how to stop them but I truly NEED to.  I am usually motivated and loving it- but last night was really hard to stay awake- to want to spend the night up. Being here has made me respect sleeping hours soo much. I am not deprived from it, I actually get a lot more of it that I have in the last 3 or 4 years -However- It must feel great to NOT have to do it-to have extra time to PERFECT, REDO, POLISH your work...I will acquire this skill- maybe it will help.

For my luck... my teacher Sara Piccolo Paci, really liked it and even asked me to make her a photocopy... I will perfect and polish now... prima di fare la fotocopia!

Later.. I will explain more about the mini collection- Only one more to go!

bacini a tutti... che da vero mi mancano!
abbracci anche!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

playing with Illustrator

Ciao a tutti!
here are some of my blurbs... done with Illustrator!

I have been using illustrator for the past 2 years... SELF TAUGHT!

I used to work for a company called kimmiekakes and I was their illustrator/sketch artist.. there I learned how to use illustrator bymyself and actually USE it to present our work to great hotels and restaurants for who they create custom uniforms for... Little did I know that there was so much more to learn.. Illustrator is a great tool! I am now taking an actual class for FIT and am getting so much out of it...

Monday, November 10, 2008

final ALL japan!

ALL JAPAN competition. Sportswear Collection. Grafitti Artist: Sofia Maldonado

customer profile/mood board
photoshop-ped/illustrator-ed backround

final presented illustration w swatches!-sorry for the low res-
sent to the competition... agh..  it was unexplored ground!
My teacher actually gave me VERY interesting comments on it:

"Zaida, this is a very interesting piece of work.  You do well with a touch of fantasy in your illustrative style, it fits your sensibility.  There is a touch of whimsy and fantasy, which I think you should explore further for your eveningwear project, and even possibly your lingerie project.  You should do some research into fantasy artists, of which there are many, as I think what you are doing is a fashion version of fantasy illustration.  You should also explore this aesthetic choice digitally, as it would work with all sorts of Photoshop effects also.  Your choice of background echoes your foreground beautifully, but doesn’t overwhelm it due to its rather muted nature and low pixel count.  I am not normally a fan of low resolution images, but in this instance it works (this was NOT purposely done... guess I have to pay more attention to that).  Your poses are fun and playful and I think this was the perfect opportunity to work with that.  You also echo your theme very nicely with the figures holding a spray can.  I particularly like that you didn’t overkill by giving each model a can, but left one without.  The shoes are a bit on the tiny side in terms of scale on the first model on the left, and the spray paints possibly just a tad on the large side.  The figure in the centre has a rather oddly placed centre of gravity.  You have the back foot as the one taking the weight, but the foot is off the ground which makes this unlikely, but you body weight is placed directly in the middle indicating that the body weight is evenly distributed, but in fact it must be more on the front than the back.  I think when I reviewed your figures you had a high heel on the back foot, making it possible that this foot had the main distribution of weight, but now without the heel and the foot raised off the ground, it couldn’t be the weight barer.  The exaggerated pose of the figure on the right is fabulous with the exaggerated jutting hip on her left; anatomically impossible, but aesthetically very pleasing.  The two pairs of jeans are fabulous designs, and clearly are reuse, redesign pieces, and the tops and dresses that complete your looks are just great designs and shapes.  I would really have liked to have seen these pieces made up in fabric as I think that would pose an entirely different challenge for you, with quite possibly some changes being made as the patterns progressed.  I love the bright, fantasy hair, which is your pop of color on an otherwise fairly monotone color palette.  The pink shoes are also a lovely touch, adding some dimension.  This is a great project Zaida, I look forward to seeing your next two.  Well done!