My love for fashion and silly design
There are no guilty pleasures. If you like something you like it. For example, I like fashion. Ever since that one day in 1997. I was in a dentist waiting room and didn’t pick up Micky Mouse but Brigitte, a women’s magazine. I glared at an article about Versace. The dresses! The colors! The models! I was an elementary school kid and suddenly realized there is a world outside rural Celle. A fancier world. Beyond functional kids clothing, Zwiebellook und „wear whatever your older siblings didn’t wear out“. Thus today, I made a silly t-shirt design.
Ever since 1997, I was a fashion designer. I drew everyday, new patterns, styles, prints. Just for myself. I loved going to the dentist because I knew there would be those magazines. Even today. I go to the dentist because of the yellow press. But I never much cared for looking styled myself. I like fashion, passively. People sometimes tell me I’m fancy because I always wear dresses. I do that out of laziness. With a dress you look dressed – without having to match two separate pieces! Who has time for that? I’d wear onesies if they had pee holes. And also since 1997, I have that same hair style. Anna Wintour picked it up from me.
On Saturday, I went “shopping”. Which means I didn’t buy anything. Got enough dresses. I’m a bad customer. Instead, my hands wander through fabrics, inspect new color combinations, examine latest forms. The endless clothes rail of exuberance makes me happy because it stimulates my senses. And at one store, they had advertised a t-shirt design contest. I love winning. I love designing. I love deadlines. (And deadline was that same day).
Whenever I see a design contest, I participate
Whenever I see a design contest, I participate. No matter if it’s t-shirt design or ugly door design (see below). Best part about contests: It’s playful. No one can tell you what to do when you don’t take money for it. It’s just for myself. An exercise. And if anyone likes it, even better. But so far, I was never lucky:
– I drew a theatre poster for the play Der Räuberhotzenplotz (my finely detailed drawing lost against someone’s bulky blots)
– I designed a metro card for the Stockholm underground (a monkey with bananas. I lost)
– I made a logo for a local dog training school (second place and a certificate of participation!)
– At my home town’s gas station, I won second place for designing “the gas station of the future” (I was 10. It included huge bears and a roof top slide. I won a sweet disc man.)
– On vacation, I participated in a drawing contest of the navy sail training ship Gorch Fock (which ten years later, was the ship the navy trained me on. And, later that same day of the contest, rammed the harbor wall and lost its figurehead. My drawing still hangs on my parents’ wall.)
– I came up with an idea to beautify the ugly entrances of my Alma Mater Ruhr Uni Bochum (3rd place and a flower bouquet! When you google my name [yeah I do that] you can still see photos of the prize-giving)
– (…) You get the idea. I don’t make a lot of money.
Design from one amateur to many amateurs
For this week’s t-shirt design contest, there are no rules: Just “something on a white shirt”. I wanted to create a design that is playful, simple and unisex. From one amateur to many amateurs. In my head, the image of a superhero mask popped up – a last minute costume for „real emergencies“. A print with cut out lines. Example: You’re at a party and don’t know what to talk about when suddenly someone talks to you because of your outfit:
„Hey what a sweet t-shirt!“
– „YES, thank you. Look! It’s a superhero mask. You just cut it out, cut out a string from the end of the shirt and tie it around your head!“.
„Cool! Save the world. Don’t forgot to cut the eyes out! Wait no, don’t cut them out on your eyes. Is there a doctor here??? Help!“.
Here’s the design process:
Post Scriptum: I didn’t win! So I gotta print my t-shirt design myself. But hey, I got a thank you email from that company.