Jocelyn Ochoa-Oregon - "Restoring Bloom"
Restoring Bloom, 2021
Polyester organza fabric, glitter tulle fabric, chiffon fabric, lining fabric, crinkled satin, knit embroidered fabric, fusible interfacing, polyester thread
45 x 52 x 3 inches
I choose to name my garment Restoring Bloom as it resonates well with the creative state I am in. Therefore, I decided to choose spring as a recurring theme to express my thought process. Spring symbolizes the act of restoring what was once there, hence the bloom of beautiful flowers in exchange of withered leaves. It embodies the idea of second chances in this case to pieces of scraps and to our true selves.
Like these scraps, it takes courage to pick yourself up and rekindle one’s inspiration. For some time now, these remnants were stored away just like my creativity. But, just like Spring will always bloom, so will my drive.
As I deconstructed a previous sewing project, made from polyester organza, I realized that I hadn't given justice to its sheer effect. That is when I decided to embrace it and pair it up with chiffon and tulle.
Inspired by their translucency, I decided to cut out flower silhouettes and have them hung from the shoulder flap with a cascade like flow. I wanted them to mimic a beautiful bloom impersonating the arrival of early spring.
Three different fabrics were utilized: leftover lining from a jacket project, crinkled satin also left over from another sewing job, and an off-white printed-textured knit fabric meant to be made into a circle skirt.
As I looked over my possible fabric options, I knew from the beginning that I wanted these fabrics to become one. Therefore, I opted for quilting and asymmetrical methods. First, I drew out rectangles with specific dimensions and from there started creating lines that eventually lead to triangular figures.
Instead of utilizing the right side of the fabrics I felt it more convenient to shape my garment out of the wrong side. I wanted to mute the self in order to make the flowers the focal point. In addition, to preserve the motif of zero waste, I found it more convenient to use different fabric grains such as the bias, crosscut and every so often follow the grain line.
As I was working on finishes, I first intended to make clean edges but as I saw how all the seams were coming together, I opted to direct me. There was something about the raw exposed seams that gave it character. However, due to the nature of the crinkled satin, I used pinking shears to diminish the unraveling. For the sake of consistency, I picked up some of the leftover fabric and built the belt. It was only then that I realized the effects of utilizing as many scraps as possible.
Overall, my creative process was both healing and experimental. When one first starts off with an initial sketch one is not sure if the intended design will be translated clearly. Nevertheless, I have learned to accept the beauty of creating and understanding that some ideas have a better chance of existing if given the opportunity to sprout.
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