Project Pellon-A A +A
Thursday, May 31, 2012
AH! June has finally come, not many were really waiting for it. In reality though, people tend to be fretful about the month as it spells the end of all summer fun – the cool times at the beach, exciting campfires, nature tripping and other enjoyable whatnots.
But to feel sad is really unnecessary because fun does not have a time element.
Anyway, there is more to June that meets the eye. It just needs to be explored. So before everybody ultimately bids the summer season adieu, and say hello to more delightful stuff to do, why don’t we all see what kept some creative minds busy in the last couple of months?
This feature highlights the fruits of some young designer’s labor even during summer.
Exur Jude Lopena, Jerrick Macasocol and Vandale dela Bajan, all emerged victorious in their feat to exhaust all artistry they possess to come up with crafts that would bring out the best in a tricky material called pellon.
Pellon is a fabric backing used for dress making and sewing. It is employed especially in collars or areas that need stiffening. It has somewhat the look and feel of thick coffee filters. These are the sorts of fabric that usually look plain and ordinary, yet, anything that these enterprising designers handle never comes short of amazing.
Exur calls his design “Lisière” that means “edge” in French. He likes to think of himself as someone who always strives to discover flattering conditions no matter what. Moreover, his designs mostly harbor hints of European style combined with intellectual way of looking at fashion. So he worked on harnessing the widely favored geometric patterns and ideal styling, which is to say pushing a clean and modern
approach to an even higher level through interesting folds and forms.
With several twists and grips, a desirably arresting piece was conceived in spite of the toughness of pellon fabric. The striking shape conjured up is a reminder of that paper-folding art called origami while a bashful participation of pearls and studs completed the ensemble, thus, inducing the “second-glance effect.”
This piece clearly speaks of bold and dynamic attitude towards fashion so that a woman should have enough guts to wear in order to leave the kind of impression she intends.
Jerrick, for his design, curiously took inspiration from the structure of a leaf because he felt drawn by its texture, line and even by how it is held by a twig.
Actually, he thought of calling this piece “Josephine” in reference to his mom who apparently acts like the twig holding the leaf, which represents, well, himself.
The piece was all hand sewn to articulate the intricate details and awesome construction. He preferred to make his craft less outrageous so as to fit in the confines of “wearability” despite the unconventional features of pellon fabric. He also made sure the style fits almost all types of personality and butter up any figure.
To secure a likeable state for the dress, Jerrick made a bias cut to form an A-line mullet one piece dress. Aiming to add drama, he worked on forming three wing-like forms at the hem – two on both sides and one trailing a little at the back. He also made the piping and straps in tactful braids.
The last piece was made by Vandale. With the same fabric used, the piece elatedly appeared to be a creative interpretation of a polished couture with clean lines and geometric scheme set in a modern taste. This piece spells a strikingly beautiful visage that would require no less than a sure poise and elegant gait.
Imagine more people spending summer time this way—crafting masterpieces.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 01, 2012.