Unit 7 - Documents


Unit 7 Project Project Proposal 2017/18   UAL Awarding Body / CSM Foundation

 Candidate Name:  Tara Galway-Cooper    Candidate ID Number:  17526564

Curriculum Area:   Fashion & Textiles

Pathway:            Textiles  


UALAB Unit:          Unit 7 - Art & Design Project Proposal & Realisation





Project Title:   Golden Life    

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Project Review        

I strongly feel that over the last few months, both my skills and knowledge has developed. At the stem of this development, is my confidence – being quite a perfectionist, I am no longer afraid to fill a blank page with drawing and energetic mark making. My work is much less controlled and retrained, as I have been open to learning new processes such as knit, weave and print. These are exciting new skills to acquire, as they introduce tactile elements and can be very experimental. However, what I think has made me develop more as a maker, is the subtler things working with the restriction of colour or material. In addition, learning how to maximise design developments from a single idea, but also how to be selective. I have naturally always been someone who loves shape, colour and embellishment, and in the future, I hope to explore Fashion print. This project will allow me to refine the skills I have learnt, and combine them with new thematic ideas that I hope will challenge me creatively


Project Concept & Description            


My project explores the idea of treasure, and personal riches. Today we live in a materialistic society of excessive consumption and greed. This stems from our ancestors, as it is within human nature to want the rare and desirable. Even in the Bible, Jesus is brought Gold, Frankincense and Murre, valuable minerals which are status symbols. The idea of treasure is very personal, as one can be wealthy and have no money, if they value spirituality or relationships. Today many of us are fortunate enough to afford luxury goods, such as expensive shoes and phones which visually display our style and wealth. However, certain taste can be viewed as vulgar, and expensive items can appear cheap. There seems to be a fine line between exquisite beauty and ugliness and I want to investigate what exactly is ‘too much’? Will our appetite for ‘more’ ever be satisfied? It is not just attention Humans seek, as we also crave a sense of belonging, treasuring the idea of community. The circus in the 19th century exemplifies this, as many of its members were people who would have been outcasts from society. These individuals often had physical deformities and disabilities. Rather than living an isolated life, they are united by their differences. However, it is argued that showmen and mangers exploited the performers’ disabilities for profit. Their identity manifests into a commodity, and although they value being part of a community, it may well be at the expense of their self worth


The form of my realisation will be in response to the body, challenging my abilities to make a garment or wearable accessory that incorporates elements of print. I aim to combine modern day status symbols and imagery with my own take on old fashioned costume designs. My research into circus life has inspired me to explore using leather and jersey canvas, similar to the material of performance tents. My colour palette will explore different shades of dark and subtle browns with unexpected hints of metallic and neon colours. I aim to investigate the power of exaggerated shapes, repetition and embellishments such as beads and jewels, to  convey the magnificence of entertainment.


Project Evaluation   


I will document some of my ideas on a portable pocket note book, continually asking myself this set of questions:

-Explain ideas/ thoughts – Be specific

-Why did you do what you did?

-What was successful? Why?

-What was unsuccessful? Why?

- How do you plan on moving the project forward/ what next ?


Evaluate colour, relevance of material, scale and references to research. I hope to present and discuss my work with others regularly. This will allow me to experience curating my work and critical feedback. At the end I hope to have a final exhibition and crit in which we can view others work.



Proposed Research Resources and Bibliography



-Blood diamonds : tracing the deadly path of the world's most precious stones


-Paul de Cordon’s Instants de Cirque


- Marc Hartzman’s American Sideshow, An Encyclopaedia of History’s Most Wonderous and Curiously Strange Performers


-Mark Sloan’s The American Circus, Wild, Weird and Wonderful, 1901-1927, As seen by F.W.Glasier



-A treasury of African folklore : the oral literature, traditions, myths, legends, epics, tales, recollections, wisdom, sayings, and humor of Africa / by Harold Courlander.

by Courlander, Harold, 1908-1996


-Furgus Green’s Leigh Bowery Looks


-Gianni Guadallupi Treasures in Gold, Masterpieces of Jewellery From Antiquity to Modern Times




















Library Task 1 and 2

Fashion & Textiles Library Tasks on 7 Feb 2018.

Task 1

In your very first week on the Foundation you were give a library task that was used as a tool to show you ways of researching.  Below is a similar task


From your 3 themes or ideas, find and locate some relevant:

  • processes (visuals, references, quotes) minimum 20

Mining, Staining, cutting, fastening, fastening, grinding, sieving, sifting, polishing, drilling, digging, excavating, piercing, diving, fishing, netting, hunting, tearing, shredding, stuffing,

  • practitioners (visuals, references, quotes) minimum 20

Wangetchi Mutu, Pieter Hugo, Phyllis Galembo, Rich Mnisi,
Marianne Fassler, Michael Heizer, Lita Albuquerque, Papunya Tula, Roberto Custodio, Mickalane Thomas, Marilyn Minter, Chris Ofili, Damien Hirst.


  • materials (visuals, references, quotes) minimum 20

Animal Fur, snake skin, sand, gems, pearls, straw, gold leaf, sack cloth, cotton, construction paper, card, silk, foil, linen, netting, leather, felt, plastic


  • Research a minimum of 2 areas/industries/movements outside of Fashion & Textiles that are linked to your theme.

Saphire mining and gold mining, Nuwaubian Nation


All this work to be documented in your sketchbook (along with primary research) and on workflow (research especially secondary and reflection)



Task 2


Asking yourself questions can be a helpful way of generating ideas and reflection. Please answer the questions below.  You can write on the sheet and scan it into your reflection section on workflow or re type it in to workflow.

This can also be recorded as video reflection.




  • List how you will fulfill your aim and your objectives in this project: (objectives are usually more specific and about what you will do or produce the aim is usually more abstract or about the idea). Think about the methods the skills and techniques, the processes)


  • List and think about your audience. Is there a purpose to what you want to do, or a specific user or group it is for? 

          Aimed at everyone.


  • Are there any Theories tied in with your theme? (theory can be ideas or sets of principles) 

Greed and desperation for wealth – Freedom? Status?

Man’s determination


Personal fulfillment/reward






  • Can you see re occurring themes in in your work developing? areas you are interested in or inspired by? For example - If you are interested in something like architecture think why? What aspect? What does it make you think, in what context? 

I have always been curious regarding exotic environments and the unknown. The bright colors and the idea of the ‘other’ excites me because it is the polar opposite to city life.



  • Are you working within any parameters, rules, restrictions enforced by you or external? (for example the Bauhaus movement had specific design rules it followed) 

Avoiding pink?


  • What is the context of your project? Would it be a very different project in a different context? (Look up the meaning of context and the different types e.g. cultural, historical etc.)

Various locations across the globe; Africa, Madagascar, America, Shri lanka, the Caribbean

Wet and dry: desert and Underwater life

Californian Gold Rush (1848-1855)