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AMALGAM BY CAROLINE MATHEWS


amalgam (n.) - A combination of diverse elements; a mixture. My thesis will explore the concept of collage...I am interested in the effects and new meanings that can result from taking things apart and putting them back together in unexpected ways. My approach is to create an online outfit generator where one could upload photographs of pieces of clothing from their own wardrobe. The site would then create a database of every item of clothing uploaded and could then create outfits using these pieces. By automating and randomizing the process of choosing an outfit to wear, a new outlook on one’s own wardrobe, and the clothing combinations possible, could be achieved.


References


THE SARTORIALTIST

• shows images of people’s street style/ how people put clothes together

http://www.thesartorialist.com/


THE SARTORIALTWIST

• visual/ aesthetic reference, as well as basic function • recontextualization • different

http://www.thesartorialtwist.com/


POLYVORE

• reference to functionality

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/app


POLYVORE BY EGGIBAGGA

http://eggibagga.polyvore.com/


I started out by doing several collages by hand, as well as by using the website Polvore. These turned out to be exercises in exploring the visual aspects of collage and different ways they can be created, though they didn’t quite fit in as a brief.


From there I began to work on a logo, as well as the basic wireframes and functionality of website:


• logo references collage: something taken apart and put back together


UPLOAD////////////////MY COLLECTION////////////////MIX

Drag clothing items into the appropriate box: SHIRT

PANTS/SKIRT

SHOES

Advanced:

Advanced:

Advanced:

Color

Color

Color

Season

Length

Style

Fabric

Fabric Next


click to shuffle pants only


click to shuffle everything


After some consideration, I decided to include images related to art, sculpture, pattern, print, and landscape (for example, things you might come across daily and take a picture of), instead of only including clothing/fashion-related images.


M A LG A M A

UPLOAD////////MY COLLECTION////////MIX////////RESULTS


M A LG A M A

UPLOAD////////MY COLLECTION////////MIX////////RESULTS


M A LG A M A

UPLOAD////////MY COLLECTION////////MIX////////RESULTS


M A LG A M A

UPLOAD////////MY COLLECTION////////MIX////////RESULTS


Then I started to work on the function and look that the mobile application would have.


Upload Results Shuffle Collection Camera


Take a photo of a shirt you see in a store (for example)

Press check to approve photo


Add to database of clothing

Select pieces to collage together


Amalgamate!


WHERE I PLAN TO GO NEXT SEMESTER: •build basic website indicating function and aesthetic •create a well-done mock-up of the mobile application • take the idea of collage in a more conceptual and perhaps less practical direction



Amalgam - Final Presentation