Monday, May 27, 2013

An Ode to the Hinterland; The Design Process Two

This is the sixth in my ongoing series, documenting the design process for my upcoming collection, Hinterland. 
Close up of a Hinterland Summer design.

Last we talked, we left the process at a tech-editor-ready pattern. This time, I'd like to talk (briefly) about the photoshoot.

There's any number of great photoshoot-organizing tips, posts, and articles out there. Etsy just had a very basic one on their blog recently.

But here, I want to let you know my philosophy going in to the Hinterland photoshoots.

Up until now, the vast majority of the patterns I've published have been exclusively modeled by me. This has its limitations. I've been stuck as the model mainly because I've been a bit shy in asking friends and family to model for me.

Well, that is no more! I can tell you now that I've had great luck in this regard.  Models of different heights, faces, and sizes will be included in the official photos for Hinterland.

Selecting models to represent your designs is always an important (and political) consideration. As I said, I've mainly been limited to myself through a reticence to ask others, but also through sheer logistics. If you have different people, you have to have different sized samples, and locally, so that they can be photographed in whichever setting you've picked to create your pattern/collection's look and mood.

I'll expound on the political considerations in a further post. Which, let me tell you, I can't wait to write, as the strident feminist I am wants to shout from the rooftops about culture and body shaming and sexism.

5 comments:

Jennifer Court said...

Very much looking forward to the next installment. Hope your trip went well!

elenaknits said...

Really looking forward to your next collection!

Meredith MC said...

I love the term "strident feminist." You don't mind if I borrow it?
Can't wait for that post!

Hilary said...

Whoa, that's awesome! I've also been too shy to ask anyone else to model my designs. And let me go on record as saying you're an awesome model for your designs! But how exciting to photograph your pieces on others. Very cool!

lollyknits.com said...

I can't wait for your next post, but for right now, I am loving that ice blue color..