• Elísabet Soffía Bender

Week six and seven - Presentations, laser cutting and CLO3D

This last two weeks I have been really focused on finishing a presentation for my practical module also known core 1 or 702 and then I really wanted to finish my second Illustrator course on LinkedIn Learning.

While preparing my presentation I felt a bit overwhelmed with what I should do, I had options of doing, a 4x2 poster (8 pictures of my work in a format of 4x2) an art poster and then finally a Pecha Kucha presentation (presentation of 20 slides that can only take 5 minutes). I ended up going for the 20-slide presentation where I showed what I have been up to since the first presentation. I prepared for the presentation by organising what I was going to be talking about. I started by setting up my brief in a visual form and then gather some pictures of my work. Here is a picture of my brief.

I then added some of my work from Illustrator courses on LinkedIn Learning then designs for laser cutting and then my results from laser cutting and then I ended on the work I have been doing on CLO3D.

I feel like my presentation went alright, I got suggestions and questions related to my work this time and a lot of encouragements towards exploring laser cutting runes into my designs. I however only thought of it as a way of experimenting with laser cutting and not as a tool in my research so I have no idea if I will end up taking it forward or not. I am open to the possibility, but I have no idea how to connect my other ideas to my ideas of runes. I wasn’t really asked about my ideas for CLO3D but in all honesty, I have no idea where I am taking that work.

I feel like I could prepare a bit more for the presentation, but I prepared for it by reading my talking notes and presenting it to my parents through Zoom and Facebook.

As I mentioned before I have also been focusing on finishing the LinkedIn Learning courses that I have been taking. I have gone from only learning how to use the pen and type tools to knowing how to use all the tools that you need to know how to use to work in fashion. I feel more confident in using Adobe illustrator and I have made my workspace more comfortable for me to use and so I can make technical flats more efficiently. I am so thankful to have been pointed in this direction.

I will attach the links to both courses with this blog, you can also find them on my Linked in page that I will also add in here.

The courses also helped me in making my designs for Laser cutting along with my lecturer that gave me some pointers towards how to make my designs ready for the laser cutter.

After having had a few laser cutting sessions. I made a table that I will add as it is now but bear in mind that I have yet to finish it as I haven’t yet done some samples but this is how it has gone so far.

As you can see on the table the samples have been interesting. Some have gone really well and others not as well.

I used design 1 (my name in two different runes) for the laser cutting setting engrave that is only meant to cut halfway through the material.

I used design 2 (Viking designs the run pathfinder and a saying “You are the best thing I never planed”) for the laser cutting setting kiss-cut that is meant to only cut the surface of the material or cut less than engraving.

I used design 3 (3 different runes that are pathfinder, protection and love) for the laser cutting setting cut-through that cuts through the material.

And lastly, I used design 4 (a saying “believe in your dreams”) for the laser cutting setting raster that is meant to “print” on to the fabric.

I selected fabrics that I thought would be interesting to see the different settings on and they are, cotton, denim (not yet sampled), fleece, felt, nylon (not yet sampled), poly-cotton and polyester.

The laser cutters at university do not have settings for different fabrics and the only fabric that I have found on the cutters is felt so I used that setting for fleece and felt. I started by using the setting ply for the rest of the fabric as those fabrics are thinner than felt.

I felt like ply isn’t really effective as the cut-through comes out; burned and engraving and kiss-cut don’t always come out as expected as you can see on the table.

Of course, there are some good samples there like the engraving and kiss-cut on the cotton as it is like it is printed on. I, however, want to explore it a bit more and plan on seeing how it works when you set the setting for paper and not ply and if I use image format and not illustrator format to print out as the raster did not come out in any way as expected.

I hope my next sample will come out better than the ones I have done so far.

I have already booked 3 laser cutting slots throughout the next 2 weeks where I plan on sampling the denim and the nylon along with all of the fabrics again in a jpeg format and paper setting to see if that will change anything from the first samples.

I have only spent a few hours, the last three weeks, learning how to use CLO3D. I have managed to go through the exercise files called quick start that can be found on the webpage that I will attach to this blog along with one exercise in lessons that can also be found on the webpage. I feel like I need to be more efficient and quick going through the exercises as I aim to go through as many as I can before my deadline on the 11th of January. I still need to understand how to edit if I have done something wrong like has happened in some of the exercises when that has happened, I have had to go back to where the mistake happened and then do everything again. I feel like doing things again helped me remember each step better but in the future, it would make the process way quicker to not having to go all the way back. My lecturer told me that I could find more things about editing on the CLO3D webpage that I will also attach with the blog. I will also leave with you with some screenshots I have taken while I was going through the quick start files.

My next steps will be diving into CLO3D and finishing my sampling process for laser cutting. I would really like to start making development pages and set up my progress in a powerpoint.

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