Betina Møller

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Betina Møller, 27. Kolding School of Design, Fourth year project, spring 2009 (Expected MA Fashion Graduate 2010)

-specialism: Fashion Womenswear

 

Design Background:

Before starting my education at Kolding School of Design, I took courses at The Animation Workshop, the Drawing Academy, Den Skandinaviske Designhøjskole and Skals Håndarbejdsskole.

During my time at Kolding Design School I’ve done professional cooperations with La Femme Fatale, Cph. and interned at Susan Cianciolo Studio, New York.

 

What was the most valuable you learned before starting at your education?

To be present and to see.

 

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Project title: 

Giant Panda

 

Inspiration:

I have worked on studies in form, material, color and aesthetics. 

Throughout the process the focus has been to create an expression that can visualize the mood of the Giant Panda mind, creature anatomy, diseases, diet, habitat, life and offspring. The aim is to create awareness on the Giant Panda and the efforts to save it. 

The focus for this project has been on aesthetics, to materialize moods from this particular animal to the consumer and to make stronger emotional ties to the Giant Panda and thus the desire for action and conservation of this unique animal. 

This project is driven by the importance of saving the Giant Panda and maintaining the diversity of wildlife and ecosystems which inspire us. You can say a lot about the Panda and why it is an admirable animal. It is in essence, a walking fossil. The only thing that has changed with the Panda in over millions of years is its physical size. However, many of these animals in pristine forests have disappeared. Therefore the Panda are in many ways the last link to a larger and better understanding of this specific animal group and thus knowledge about our planet and its own development.

 

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Concept:

The form concept for this project is built from a 3D Giant Panda model, transformed to 2D pattern designs and then draped to 3D form again. 3 silhouettes, each with a different colour, shape and identity found within nature.

Silhouette 1: Green bodysuit: long bamboo silhouette, to live in ones favorite dish.

Silhouette 2: Yellow dress: Loneliness, desire to be alone.

Silhouette 3: Orange dress: Nurturing embracing volume and hiding place. 

 

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How is your process when you design?

I study my subject thoroughly, read and write a lot in the start of the process. I collect sample materials and pictures and experiment with surfaces and shape. I often built the shape and try out different materials in the form while sketching. I love to collaborate with other designers for instance graphic designers. I feel it brings a new dimension to the final product.

 

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What techniques did you use: 

I’ve used airbrushed fabrics and garments (bleached and coloured) to give a sense of light in the bamboo woods. Hand-knitting techniques were used to imitate the illness from parasite worms. The entire collection is developed through the concept of using 3D form to create 2D shapes and patterns and then taking them back to different 3D forms. 

 

What technique is your favorite?

Draping with the shapes I have constructed. It makes my process very free. It feels intuitive to have a limited set of rules or guidelines…. (Thank you Lars von Trier!)

 

What do you find most difficult about the design process?

Taking decisions when you’ve worked too long on a project and go blind.

 

Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?

I use a combination of both approaches.

 

Which garment took the longest to make?

The orange “Panda mum-dress”, it’s in two layers of silk organza sewn with frensh seams, and painted with air brush.

 

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Which garment is your favorite?

I like the yellow dress a lot, because I fell that it almost made itself and took me by surprise! I had worked hard on the silhouette and then suddently it all came together. I think the three different qualities and nuances work well, and the differenses in the materials makes the draping move very elegantly when it is worn. 

I aimed for a look of airiness, embodiment and strength which I think works for the final silhouette. 

 

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How long did you work on this project?

5 months.

 

Where do you get inspiration from in general?

My inspiration is found primarily in nature and art. I also enjoy looking at vintage clothes, traditional ethnic and ceremonial folk costumes. And of course street style as well.

 

Why did you choose Kolding?

I visited other schools before applying and this was the place I felt at home. The facilities are great as well as the consultants. The intimate environment at the school creates a bond between fellow students. I think it has something to do with location of the school in a smaller town in the province. It certainly makes your life very simple and concentrated around your work, it’s a unique atmosphere that brings an intensity to the work.

 

What advice would you give new students?

Take a walk everyday. Rememer it’s a privilege to study and you will learn better if you enjoy and have fun at the same time. Always ask questions and show you care.

 

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Which fellow students would you like to highlight? 

I think there’s several, but to mention one; Gratuate textile designer Magnhild Disington has made a cool and inspiring collection of trend surfaces for portable electronic devices focusing on tactility. I love her experiments and think she hit a potential marked with her aim of giving the products more of an affection value and therefore lenghting the duration time for the product. 

 

Why do you want to be a designer?

I have the need to create and make the world a better place….. (Thank you M.J.) 

I love to look at beautiful things and sense the strong energy in great ideas, It gives me energy in a way nothing else can.

 

What was your childhood dream job? 

I wanted to be a vicar at the age of 3 but was told it would take me 7 years, which changed my mind. Later I dreamt of being a circus performer, rideing a onewheeled bike or an artist.

 

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With one word, what is your best quality?

Empathy.

 

Which designer would you like to work for in the future?

I hope to collaborate with a great number of interesting designers, artists and performeres both nationally and internationally.  

 

Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition? 

I’ve participated in Designers Nest in 2005 with my 2. year collection.

 

What are your plans for the future?

Finishing my MA in Kolding and then see what life brings me!

 

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Contact info: 

betinamoeller@gmail.com

betinamoeller.wordpress.com

 

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