Back in May 2012, after watching Shingo Sato's Transformational Reconstruction videos on You Tube, I decided to have a go at Shingo's "origami concept' for myself.
It was an intense project to figure out all by myself.
As you can see, the design lines were drawn onto a calico jacket which I had already fitted. These lines are then cut and paper inserted to create the 'pleats'.
I also created a skirt to complete the suit. In actual fact, I designed a few skirts, each taking many days to complete the complex origami design skirt. I made them up in calico to test, and lets just say, that they found their way quietly to the bin of shame quite quickly! But we learn from our mistakes! I wish I had photographed it to show you.
A few months after this effort, I was honoured to be invited by Shingo Sato to take part in his first online class of TR techniques. I was fortunate to further explore the many techniques TR has to offer and the exciting design possibilities TR opens up.
This was the 3rd attempt at a skirt, which finally made it into this wool and wool/silk Valentino fabric.
It kind of just echos the feature of the heart on the shoulder.
If you have never heard of Transformational Reconstruction (TR), then I strongly urge you to have a look at some of Shingo's You tube videos, where you can learn more about these exciting fashion design techniques.