Young designers after my own heart entered a recycling contest this Tuesday against professional designers twice their age. They had one week to fully construct these wearable art creations and
we couldn't be more proud!
Narathip Maya, and 17 year old aspiring designer from my Mattyom 6/1 class used numerous materials to creatively give birth to this masterpiece above.
Here the students are putting the final touches on their gowns in the school's art room. You can see CDs waterfalling down the mermaid-like tail of this dress.
Meet the designer!
Narathip Maya posing on a log in Phetchabun, Thailand. He will graduate this next year and hopes to be become a professional designer one day.
Narathip's Design from the Recycling contest last year.
A University in Phetchabun, Thailand hosted the event and gave out hefty cash rewards to the winners.
Narathip made not one, but two outfits!
Modeled by the lovely
& Sandy Bakkemo.
Behold the incredible winged warriors above.
Other noteworthy garments.
These candy wrapper cuties look great!
Narathip designed the two looks on the left.
My students Dammie and Lew designed the two gowns on the right using feathers, leaves, recycled paper, vinyl, future board, fruits, and corn. The finished product is stunning!
(Scroll to the bottom to read in Thai)
When asked about the time constraints Narathip said,
"This series took all 1 week. Don't panic!
We make in a just week by working really hard."
When did you start designing? "I design whenever I hear about a contest. I was excited to design at first, but now it's difficult because the material we use has encountered problems and
we must change it almost every day."
Why do you want to become an Apparel Designer?
"Why am I into designing? Honestly speaking, I don't know why I want to become a fashion designer I'm really not sure, but one thing I can answer is that I want to do what I love.
and I love love love designing clothes.
I love everything about design, I don't know how to describe, but I adore it. Designing has become a part of of my life.
I'd drop it didn't, of course."
Which of the other designers' work did you like the best?
"The set I like best is Young, who won the first series (in three) because his dress has exquisite resolution. This took him a lot of patience to create, and the details of his work are the best."
Did you win?
"I came in third place.
I feel very happy and very proud of the works I designed.
I consider it a success.
It was a good experience that I learned from.
Competing teaches everything on its own,
like working with others, problem solving, and new design techniques."
Was there a prize? "The 1st prize is a gift card with a cash prize of
1,500, 2nd place gets 1000 and third, 500. I got 500, but
the prize is the friendship with everyone
working on set and the friendship of the contestants together."
For the gowns above, Narathip used paper, cardboard, stretcher bound, rice, water bottles, coconut leaves, coconut tree bark, wood, spray paint, tubing and beer cans.
On the left! You can see the green water bottle bottoms below her banana leaf peplum. Flowers are fastened into the netting and her wings are so mighty but light weight.
On the right, she is wrapped in a dragon whose scales are made from hundreds of neatly cut pieces of aluminum, Leo brand beer cans. Her head dress consists of beer cans and soda can tabs.
Anyone who knows me from middle school, knows that
soda can tab decoration
is right up my alley. I was the soda can tab queen, THE QUEEN! Collecting thousands and wearing them swinging from my pants as a tail.
In closing, I asked...
What are your design plans for the future?
"Now I'm planning to send the gowns to a national dress design contest for the stage of Miss Thailand 2015. I will enter the university next year, so right now I'm looking for a Design University and researching what I need in order to pass the proper tests in class, and to build a portfolio that shows my design's creativity."
We are incredibly proud of you, Narathip
and wish you good luck in your future career!
The interview pasa thai
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Amercias next top model season 22
Americas Next Top Model,my favorite "Reality" TV show launched their 22nd season this week :D
It's quite possible that I may be the last ANTM fan left in the world.
I console myself by declaring that everyone has a guilty TV treasure of their own. Mine just happens to be a house full of beautiful people fighting over who is the most puurdy.
This last year I binge watched through all 21 seasons. And through this research I've gathered up
ANTM's BEST PHOTO SHOOTS OF ALL TIME.
The Helmet Shoot!
This modern, almost ode to Daft Punk, image is the photo that won it all for model, Yoanna in the series' second season. They were in Italy which must have been the inspiration for helmeting her as everyone mopeds themselves around there. The stylists randomly gave Yoanna this helmet and history was made! Her winning photo graced the cover of Vogue and it's still one of my favorites.
I recreated the photo because sometimes I like to pretend I'm a model. Just the other night I had a dream I walked in a Marc Jacob's show, I was late and didn't get my chance but the dress I wore was insane!
This was one of ANTM's most successful
cross dressing shoots.
They bring in professional Drag Queens and
style the model contestants up to look like men.
In the photo above, the bombshell, Natasha
(who is yes, a Russian mail order bride living in America. Don't judge! Her husband is hella cute) rocks this look. Grabbing her crotch, rolling up one pant leg, finding a toothpick and creating her own grill from a gum wrapper, this woman's dedication surpasses them all.
Fun fact Natasha didn't win but came in second place to ANTM's only Latina winner, Jazlene Gonzales.
Natasha is my favorite of all the contestants so far.
See more photos of her by clicking the button below!
Now we gaze upon a steamy eye makeup shoot where the models could only expose the top half of their face. It's of course inspired from selfies Tyra took on her vacation in Jamaica, as most of the episodes consist of Tyra Banks (The creator and head judge) talking about herself.. I love the contortion and symmetry of this one. It's like she's a blonde siamese demon emerging from the goop. Few other models even came close to matching her grace here.
The Sheep Shoot!!
Meet Alexandra, the plus sized model from cycle 14
lusting in the grass blades.
Tyra called this one of the best photos of ANTM history.
The top 6 flew to New Zealand, had to wear couture black gowns, outshine the stunning background,
and find a creative way to incorporate a lil sheep friend.
She gets good and cuddly with her fluffy male sheep model in a feat of editorial excellence.
Alexandra doesn't care that he probably smells awful,
she's going for it and this determination won her the Title of America's Next Top Model. The only plus sized thus far.
The Bald Shoot!
I love bald caps especially on models that are just starting out. It takes true confidence to model bald when you are used to hiding behind your hair or relying on your locks to enhance your beauty. Many models struggled, but here we have April, one of the few Asian American models from the show and she makes it look easy. They actually used this shoot as motivation to shave one of their models bald during their makeover episode.
We wanna be bald too!
This is my 18th birthday party in my parent's backyard.
What fiiiine models we make.
I'm so mad because I have this epic photo of all of us where I photoshopped our heads to look legitimately bald but I can't find it..
When I do find it, you'll know.
The Shadow Shoot!
In this shoot Alex was photographed by Tyra Banks herself during the 14th season when the models went to New Zealand.
Although this shadow pattern may resemble an outdated
tribal print from a forever 21 skirt,
back in 2010 this was incredibly artsy in an elegant aztec way.
I just adore the color of the sky here.
A polluty beauty.
The Moroccan Desert Shoot
One of my favorite plus sized contestants of the series, Kasia pouts intensely on top a camel wrapped in beautiful vivid hues. Of course I'm always rooting for the plus sized women to win because, DUH! But the one time a plus won she was seriously just a bigger barbie with a perfect face. Kasia however, has edge!
They ventured out into the Marrakech desert and this styling is so on key, it makes me want to sing! The judges noted that she struggled during this shoot despite the wonderful finished product.
I don't remember this episode but
apparently she didn't fit into any of the garments at the "Go-See's"
(the day they meet all their potential employers)
and this hurt her confidence.
Kudos to her for posing through the pain.
Who doesn't want to pose with a sweet baby animal? This is one of my favorite shots of the entire series. Like, wow! Whats-Her-Face was seriously so charismatic that the judges considered it a flaw. "Don't just vote for her because you like her" I'm sure she's wildly successful now. Her personality didn't outshine her modeling finness in this shot. She commands her cub baby and clenches her jaw while somehow balancing and modeling from her fro to her fingertips. Excellence!
Anyone that complains that they are too white or lacks the confidence to embrace their natural porcelain-ness, this photo is for you!
Just LOOK AT HER! She's literally ceramic.
One of my favorite winners,
(and I've only agreed with Ann and Nicole winning)
Nicole, from the short heighted girls cycle was an insane pose master.
She had an issue with using the breathing equipment and this was initially supposed to be shot a bit lower,
but F that! She rocks this shoot regardless.
I love underwater shoots and this inspired me to film my 60's psychedelic themed line "Alien Angelica" In an apartment's pool. Watch my badass model mermaids!
Angel Angelica Fall 2013 shot in San Francisco's Lake Merced
Not as hot as Natasha but sweet jesus
do I love when dark skinned men have light eyes. ^_^
(Spoiler alter you'll find plenty of those in season 22)
The Vegas Wedding Shoot
America's next top model revolutionized itself in season 20 with the addition of male models. This was such a successful concept
(with all the extra drama sexual tension adds)
that ANTM has continued bringing them in.
This shoot explored the different types of couples that exist today
and they recreated everything from
Shot Gun Weddings to Amish sister wives.
Here you see Cory, the lone gay model of the season playing a disappointed father white Chris and Don
(two straight models)
share a tender and touching moment.
The producers love to push the envelope and Don,
a successful rap artist or Dj, I don't remember,
is not bothered by femininity one bit.
This is the type of role model I love seeing on the show.
So check out Season 22
I literally just saw the first episode before posting this and my goodness is it nuts!
You've found my blog!