Jo told us in the cafetorium about the new project "The Lanyard" and I'm very excited about it.
I've been thinking for a while about making something to carry my student card, my wallet, keys and phone together.
Victim of Paris pickpocketing:
I studied luxury branding for one year in Paris, where my phone was pickpocketed twice. The first time it was taken from my bag and the second one from my external pocket. I became interested in menswear because you can find lots of interior pockets in men's jackets.
I seldom carry now a bag but instead, I just wear backpacks (with lockers) but my wallet and phone are always close to my body, in interior pouches and pockets.
1) Lanyard for student card: "ual: lanyard"
I always carry a black leather phone pouch hanging from my neck. When at CSM, I also wear (hanging from my neck) the ual: lanyard with the student card.
I've seen many CSM students carrying the black lanyard with printed UAL on white when not being at school. They use the lanyard as an identification, to show to the world that they are art students.
2) Lanyard as marketing tool (BADGE LANYARDS):
When working, I weekly get a different textile lanyard from shows/events/conferences/conventions. A lot of brands sponsor the whole trade show by customised lanyards. Attendees receive this item during registration and wear it throughout the duration of the event. As marketing and branding specialist, I always suggest my clients to make their own lanyards with the company's logo and message printed because it is possible to end up carrying the competitor's lanyard in the show. Companies utilize lanyards for marketing and advertising.
3) Lanyard for company card:
When on the Tube, I sneakily look at people's lanyard and I like to speculate about their jobs and lives. I reckon people who easily showcase their company's lanyard are very pleased with their jobs or company's reputation and they want people around to know. The lanyard might be use as status signature.
4) Lanyard for phone
5) Lanyard for keys
6) Lanyard for USB flash drive
7) Lanyard for bottle of water
8) Lanyard for glasses
- Hot stamping
ELEMENTS OF A LANYARD:
- Break-away: a safety break-away to disconnect under pressure and eliminate the risk of choking.
- Snap hook
- Snap clips
- Reel with swivel clip
- Whistles strap (for phone or USB flash drive)
- Card holder
Paris after terrorist attack: Saturday 2/12/2017
After living in Paris for my studies, I used to visit the city every two months but I was quite unwilling to go after the terrorist attacks of November 2015.
In 2017, the largest fashion exhibit ever hold in Paris was happening at The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where the 70 years since the House of Dior was created was celebrated, and I really wanted to visit it.
I took a flight in the morning to Paris and came back to London in the evening. The first think that came to my mind when preparing this quick trip was: "Paris = pickpocketing", so I managed myself to travel handsfree while carrying my camera, gloves, hat, wallet, phone, phone charger... I basically improvised a harness for my camera and purse and I set the rest of belongings in the pockets of my multiple layers (jacket, coat 1 and coat 2).
I had the exhibition tickets and I arrived to the venue before the doors' opening but I had to queue for 2 hours. When I saw the amount of people waiting outside I panicked and the fear of a terrorist attack came to my mind. This feeling was promptly away when I saw the police vans coming and then officers body warding us.
Admiring Police Officers and Soldiers in many ways:
I was wearing a jacket + a coat 1 +a coat 2 an improvised interior harness to carry all my belongings while the officers where just wearing their bullet proof vest with many pouches.
The weather reached 0 degrees in Paris and the waiting outside the exhibition was so long. Most people were wearing hats and gloves and a lady in front of me just improvised a hood out of her scarf. I'm glad my friend gifted me a leather touch-screen gloves and I was able to take pictures at everything around while queuing. When inside the exhibit, I saw Dior jackets with hood that reminded me of the lady with improvised hood.
Now, I'm able to use all the pictures I took as primary research.
WAR AND MILITARY UNIFORM INNOVATIONS
After watching The Battle of Verdun documentary, I'm going to take elements of the French soldiers' carriage in WWI combined with modern police uniforms for my design development.
SPORTS AND INNOVATION IN EQUIPMENT
I've been packing my ski equipment for the Christmas Holliday in the mountains and I've analysed every single garment, specially the skier jacket; not only is the equipment protecting my from the extreme weather but it also gives me mobility:
- Multi-function inside pockets
- Multi-function outside pockets
- Removable hood
- Anti-lost gloves feature
- Hole for headphones
It stretches, is breathable, and is wind/water resistant. I ski for freedom and the technology applied in the design of the equipment really gives me mobility and let me perform to the full.
KEY ASPECTS OF MY LANYARD
- Load carriage (ID card, phone, wallet, keys, flask, headphones, portable charger...)
- Practicality (CSM ID card and Oyster card should be easily tapped).
- Anti-pickpockets (valuable items protected).
- Mobility (around and close to the body)
- Protection against weather (hood, gloves and waterproof)
- Dynamism (able to remove or add items, adaptable according to needs)
- Multifunctional (for uni, for work, for travelling, for sightseeing...)
- Fit in one of the definitions given: 1) a rope used to secure or raise and lower something such as the shrouds and sails of a sailing ship or a flag on a flagpole. 2) a cord passed round the neck, shoulder, or wrist for holding a knife, whistle, or similar object.
MY "EVERYDAY SURVIVAL KIT" TO CARRY:
- CSM ID CARD
- OYSTER CARD
- BEATS HEADPHONES
- IPHONE PORTABLE CHARGER
- IPHONE CHARGER
- MACBOOK CHARGER
- BOTTLE FLASK
- MINI UMBRELLA
- GLOVES (JUST WINTER)
MY SURVIVAL KIT
My lanyard development comes from being a victim of pickpocketing, a time in the past when I was very naive. That experience made me a very careful person regarding my personal belongings. Now I can face up pickpockets and I've been thinking about avoiding them ironically: by provocation.
I need a lanyard which displays all my bellowing while keeping them safe: by see-through closed pockets.
To emphasise my satire, I am going to print on the lanyard: ATTENTION AUX PICKPOCKETS (beware of the pickpockets in French, as my traumatic experience happened in Paris).
My smile and my fringe are part of my identity!
I went to renew my Spanish ID card and I couldn't due to on the picture I've brought I am smiling and I have hair over my face (my fringe). For the new digital ID card "3.0" you can't wear prescription glasses and your facial features included ears have to be completely exposed and no covered by hair.
I'm so annoyed right now that I'll be using my Passport as I reject to look as a serious terrorist or serial killer on the picture of my ID card.
Lanyard of my IDENTITY
Police bulletproof vest looks like a suicide vest
Coming back to London, at the airport control I was scanned and my hand luggage was put aside; I forgot one of my phones inside, which was touching something organic and the security man told me that it looked like an assembled bomb.
I've realised that my lanyard, which is inspired by police bulletproof vest might end up looking like a suicide vest if you are not a police officer. Another reason why my lanyard must be transparent, allowing my belongings to be seen.
POICE VEST vs. SUICIDE VEST
Collecting the adequate materials was really tedious and time consuming. I had to draw and develop the designs first to know what I needed and I visited every single fabric shop in Valencia (Spain) in search for completely see-through plastic fabric. I couldn't find any, the only ones they had were translucent. In a store, they had a yellow plastic fabric that I love its touch and I ordered it in clear.
1. From a store in Spain:
- Clear fabric
- Clear thread
- Black webbing tape (2,5cm)
- Black velcro
- Black thread
- Black carabiner hook
- My name engraved on a black plate
Searching for carabiner hooks, I found them black in a key cut store. While waiting, I saw the engraved plates and I decided to order one with my name.
- Black buckles (2,5cm)
- Black strap belt (2,5cm)
- Black Swivel hooks
- Black badge holders
- Clear plastic snaps
- Plastic snap pliers
Clear plastic fabric
Plastic snap plier
Side Release Buckle
Swivel hook 25mm
I really appreciate technicality and I do enjoy pattern making because it's the architecture of clothes: precision on drawing flat makes perfection when building a 3D element.
- Big pocket
- From the measurements of my 13 '' MacBook laptop. (35 x 25cm)
- Small pocket
- Approximately half of the big pocket. (15 x 25 cm)
- From my head measurement.
- From my hands measurement.
Making on calico
I've never sewed a pocket before and I had to watch a Youtube tutorial.
I don't enjoy transferring on fabric and cutting because it takes time and you don't get anything visible in these steps. However, I love the sewing process because I can see how the fabric takes a 3D shape and it's just fascinating.
VICTORIA (NEW TUTOR) FEEDBACK AND QUESTIONS:
- For who?
- For myself.
- Colour choice?
- Black: because it's the only colour I wear when dressing.
- Clear: because I want to display my belongings as it's a provocation.
- Is it functional?
- It's very functional (Victoria said it's the most functional she's seen today), as I can carry lots of personal belongings.
- Research related to final outcome?
- Reflection done?
THE FINAL MAKING
I had to put everything together in a day.
- Body harness
- Bottle harness
- Back pocket (back)
- Small pockets (front)
I couldn't sew as many pockets as I wish for the final outcome. I sewed pockets in calico before quite quick and I estimated my time to do 4 little pockets (front) and one big pockets (back). When I get the clear thread the lady from the shop told me I can use it for the sewing machine. When I unpacked the thread, I realised that the clear thread has stretching and I can't use it for machining.
I had to sew by hand all the pockets because I really want to use a clear thread. My priority is the back pocket as it's the one with the message "Attention aux pickpockets".
PLASTIC DOESN'T FRAY
I was regretting choosing plastic fabric as it's difficult to sew but there's always a silver lining and plastic doesn't fray and I can save time of making seams. It actually looks more minimal and neat without seams and this result really goes with my personality and fashion style. I'm feeling bliss, as the lanyard is for me and the materials are adapting to my personality.
Metal studio: cutting glasses
Measuring bottle for harness
Bottle harness with velcro
Hand sewing pockets
Sewing big pocket
Hidden access with snaps
- I had to bring half of my mannequin to display the lanyard.
- I also wrote a summery note of the research.
- Nice illustrations
- Good design development
- Concept/narrative clearly presented
- Good colour scheme
- Brough to life from design sketches.
- Technical skills
- Every details is connected
- Looks very professional
- Research and design development match the final outcome.
- Very functional
- Easily wearable by lots of people.
- The back print is somewhat comical
- It fulfils the part of provoking pickpockets very well including the material choices.
- It's very me
TO IMPROVE FEEDBACK:
- Lack of narrative
- More research
- Try shades gradient
- Fill pages
- More mark making from inspirational pictures.
- More material experimentation.
- Take pictures wearing the lanyard.