Teen Vogue & Parsons School of Design: Thinking Like a Designer…Part 4/5

Did I tell you that the assignments for this course were freaking fantastic?!!!! In the previous post, we talked about painting on fabric. This assignment we’re talking about creating your own accessory piece (wohooo!!!!!!) πŸ˜€

In general, accessories can be made out of several different materials. They are emotional, free-spirited pieces. Ranging from prints on bags, clear plastic materials for see-through bags, to unconventional belts, there are a lot of materials that you can experiment with to produce new designs. The challenge for this assignment was not just creating an accessory piece, but creating one out of unconventional material. One suggestion was creating a belt out of a rope and a padlock! yeah, I’m serious πŸ™‚

First, I wanted to create a pair of sunglasses out of Styrofoam and gold metallic paper. I’m not sure why, but that’s the first thing that popped in my head hahahhaha!!! Then, I thought about learning paper quilling and creating a couple of butterflies for earrings. I still love this idea, but I thought this might be unpractical to produce if I’m gonna be thinking like a designer. One day, it hit me. I decided to create a pair of earrings using laminated paper. I’m already creating laminated dashboards for my Etsy store. The laminated product is relatively sturdy and I could have a lot of fun with the different illustrations I could use as the designs for the earrings.

In order to complete my product, first, I visited a local craft store and bought a pack of earring hooks. I chose the silver color because I thought it would work best with the white laminated paper. Second, I printed several of my shoes’ design on a single piece of paper with different sizes. I picked the size I liked the most. I laminated the design using my lamination machine and lamination pouches. Then, I used my whole puncher to create the wholes where I was going to secure the hooks to. As you can see, it actually looks like a real product LOL!!!! I was sooo happy with the final result.

It’s amazing what you can do or create with very little material! Hope you guys love the earrings that you try to create something yourselves πŸ˜‰ Let me know in the comments if you do!




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