- Determine a unique and clear concept for a piece of body armor. This means that you will determine a "force" that the armor protects the user from and that all other design choices will stem from this concept.
- Think of a concept that is relevant to contemporary life. Past student projects have protected the user from practical or conceptual forces. Projects may be useful, personal, political, deadly serious or comical. Armor has been designed to protect the user from physical violence, weather, a broken heart, one's own mind, dreams, and gossip.
- Find one historical "inspiration" piece at the Metropolitan Museum. This piece must relate to your concept (not only be visually interesting). For example, if your piece will protect the user from weather, then your historical example must also protect from weather.
- Find a literary, news or pop culture reference for your concept. For example if you are protecting the user from violence against women, you could download a related article. If you are protecting the user from a broken heart, you could find a related poem or song. You are building the case that the user needs your armor.
- This pattern must start with an image, a pattern unit or a point group and repeat in a planner structure. You may choose any structure that we have studied.
- Design a color group for your pattern related to your concept.
- The presentation of the pattern may be painted or digital.
- For a Digital Pattern turn in a 11 in x 17 in color print, mount on illustration board.
- For a Painted Pattern turn in a 11 in x 14 in painting, on board or canvas.
3. Armor in 3-D
- Make a wearable piece that is 3D and can fit on a dress form or a model.
- The piece must be covered with the pattern. The pattern does not need to cover the entire form, but should be applied with care. Other colors and materials should relate to the concept and your palette.
- Past approaches to building the piece have included: Creating an armature out of wire, wood, paper, plaster and then covering the armature with a patterned material. Sewing a patterned material. Building with a sturdy patterned material.
- Past approaches to transfer the pattern onto the piece have included: Working with digital printouts that are manipulated, coated in mat medium, or covered in plastic sheeting. Transferring pattern onto cloth with iron-on transfer paper. Hand painting pattern on a surface. Screen printing pattern on a surface.
4. Photoshop Project Sheet
- Photograph your 3-D piece. The photo must show the piece on a dress form or a model, be well lit and edited.
- A title for your product.
- A swatch of the 2D pattern.
- A statement of purpose that references your historical inspiration and your literary, news or pop culture reference.
- Make the layout and type relate to the concept of your overall project.
- Printout a 11 in x 17 in color print, mount on illustration board.