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Deus Ex Machina by Karolina Zarzycka Deus Ex Machina by Karolina Zarzycka 

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Deus Ex Machina by Karolina Zarzycka

Deus Ex Machina by Karolina Zarzycka  

  

 

Deus Ex Machina

Karolina Zarzycka, Denmark (Karolina Zarzycka Corsetry)

IG: karolinazarzyckacorsetry

Photography by @paw_some_photography
Shoulder harness by @kittysmortensen

 

The Design

We strive for the perfect society, so we explore, discover and build things of exceptional beauty. But we forget what we abuse and ruin to get there. And what we create and worship is nothing but an empty shell. With no God erupting from the machine to save us!

A city of steel and glass and lines. Immense, unbelievably tall skyscrapers touching the heavens. Utopian Metropolis, put down in calculated geometric patterns. Perfectly happy people in perfect designer garbs with perfectly drawn smiles, like automatons, they mingle on the streets. Everything shining brightly. But underneath the veneer, is desperation, bleakness and no meaning of life to be found.

- Decade: 1920s Germany spun into a futuristic dystopia
- Genre: The geometry of Art Deco and Bauhaus
- Buildings: Slim, blinding skyscrapers
- Movie: Metropolis, about a beautiful futuristic city build of scientific progress and human despair.

Challenge:
I wanted to make something crazy and over the top awesome but my mind was blank. It took me a long time to realize that I was holding myself back by focusing on greatness in form rather than what I loved: detail.

Goal:
To use the stripes to their best advantage, depending on where the pattern is placed on the body, visually enhancing it. By looking on the light, the dark and which way the stripes should turn. Same way as an architect decides which way to place the building and its windows, depending on the sun and incoming light.

 

The Construction

Materials:
- Rose metallic cotton canvas with stripes of black flock
- 5mm artificial whalebone
- Boning channels from 1cm black satin ribbon
- Flat steels at CB on both sides of eyelets

My two biggest challenges:
1. Deciding how to cut the fabric for each pattern piece.

I knew only the following beforehand:
a. having the centre front (CF) and centre back (CB) with diagonal stripes
b. having the stripes on the three diagonal pattern pieces to go into the point of the panels.

I started from the CF, laying each piece on the floor before moving to the next. I also had the mock-up next to me, so I could see where each piece would end up on the body. This helped me to visualize where I was going, and showed me how to place the larger top pieces, with the stripes pointing in the same direction, curving around the body towards the back.

Not only was I looking on the placement of the stripes for each pattern piece, but also where to place the darker and the lighter parts. For instance: the hip piece is lighter, while the pieces above are darker where they join the hip. This visually slims down the waist.
I was going back and forth between fabric, already cut out pieces and the mock-up. By the end my mind was one big stripey knot!

It took seven hours to place, mirror and cut the fabric!

2. In which sequence to sew the pieces together.

Normally I would sew from CF towards CB. I discovered this could not be done here because of the diagonal pieces cutting through the others. It was a fun puzzle to figure out.

Surprisingly, the two pieces to start with ended up being the back hip sewn with the back skirt, working my way up towards CB before going towards CF, with the CF being the last one sewn. Also, one piece was sewn halfway before being sewn fully later in the process.

My pattern pieces ended up having letters as well as numbers, which set the sewing chronology (some pieces had several letters). But I still had to have the mock-up next to me, checking constantly, to make sure each piece was turned the right way and sewn in the correct order.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

Do it for you. Don't compete with the others but with yourself. Set goals about your entry; when you reach them you have already won :D.

More information on my entry can be found here.

 

 

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galadriel
I've been fascinated by your entry since I first saw the in progress pictures - it turned out really nicely! Congratulations on a lovely entry.
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artoftheneedle
I'm so happy you like it and thank you so much for sticking to it and seeing the process <3
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clockwork_faerie
I took have enjoyed seeing this come together on your Instagram! Its so high concept and you pulled it off beautifully! I love these photos! The designing with the cut of the fabric stripes is really incredible. You got skillz, woman!
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artoftheneedle
Oh my, you made me blush. That is so kind of you <3 <3. Though I don't feel I have skills, since I blunder through most of it and am frustrated most of the time..:P
The photos ARE awesome! Thanks to Kitty Mortensen, she was so kind to help me out and she has an incredible entry in the intermediate group (SHE has skillz ;) )

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As others have said, it has been a delight to see your process on social media, and it's wonderful to see your finished product. I definitely see your Bauhaus influence! Nicely done!
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artoftheneedle
Oh my, thank you for following all my blunders :P It was fun to share and for the first time share the good and the bad. So happy you like the end result <3
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equinoxxlatex
Beautiful use of fabric design, it really draws the eye and emphasises the natural lines of the body. Love it!
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artoftheneedle
Thank you so much :D..Means a lot to read that, that the intended effect did work out as planned. I've stared at that fabric so much, that I was not sure anymore confused
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kitty mortensen
I'm so proud of you! This came out so well, your contouring with lines- genius
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artoftheneedle
<3 Means a lot Kitty, thank you. And "contouring with lines", that is such a great way to describe it, blew my mind..<3
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jema
The way you used the stripes to create planes and angles within the curved body pattern is absolute genius. It's dramatic and clever and modern and deeply architectural, I love it!
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artoftheneedle
Thank you so so much Jema! This is exactly what I was going for :D
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royalblack
After following the your posts on social media I was really looking forward to seeing the finished result of this project.
I love how unconvential this is and how cleverly you used the stripe pattern.
Especially the sitting down picture also shows what a striking silhouette you have achieved and I think it's perfect for the theme.

P.S.: I love the hooded collar!

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artoftheneedle
Thank you for the kind words Barbara, am so glad you like the finished piece. And me and Kitty had so much fun on the shoot; I had an idea, she went for it and she simply brought it all to a higher dimension.

The hooded collar is actually two pieces: the leather shoulder collar that Kitty borrowed me and a hooded top out of stretchy mesh underneath which I made for a Fetish ball once :P.

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lyrisdesign
Amazing panelling and use of the fabric!
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artoftheneedle
Thank you. I'm glad you like it :D. It was fun to concentrate on the fabric for once..;)
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Martina Frank
The use and setting of these fine stripes is amazing- perfectly put together to a fascinating building. And like in a modern architecture there are so many facettes to discover- great work!

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artoftheneedle
I have always been drawn to stripes or geometric patterns, and making a puzzle out of it was interesting to do. Your words make me happy, because it means my idea came through. Thank you..:D
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bernadettebanner
I love the styling of this--and the creative photography showcases it so well! Also, of course, the dress is incredible. All that piece work and pattern play!
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artoftheneedle
Strangely enough, one of the things that I knew from the beginning how I wanted, was the futuristic styling, I just needed to get there :P. And it wouldn't have worked out, if it was not for Kittys location find and shooting, she really caught my idea to perfection!
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ggis
Just wow, you did such an eyecatching piece! I'm in love with both of your concept and execution. And photoshoot of course, that character intrigues me so much!
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artoftheneedle
Thank you so much for the kind words..I'm an old LARPer and can't help myself but build stories/characters around my work, this means though that I have a very hard time letting them go :P.
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It reminds me of an MC Escher drawing, there is an optical illusion where the lines seem to move even in the still photograph. This is down right cool!
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artoftheneedle
I've never thought of it this way, but now that you pointed it out, it somehow does resemble Escher drawings. You just blew my mind..;)..
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chesla
OOOO! My eyes hurt :D I love this, all the stripes and the shape. Amazing work! x
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artoftheneedle
Haha..glad you love it..and thank you :D
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reiray
I really like how this piece turned out! Congratulations on being so patient to puzzle out the perfect placement of each pattern piece on the darker and lighter sections of your fabric! The result is definitely worth your efforts!
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artoftheneedle
Thank you so so much :D.. It was actually very intriguing to solve that puzzle and for the first time a nice thing to allow myself to take the time.
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lcostigliolo
Karolina, this dress is beautiful! I love the fabric and how you used the stripes at different angles. Stunning!
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artoftheneedle
Oh my, thank you so much Luca, Makes me very happy that you find it beautiful :D
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paulay71
Wow the effect you have managed to create with the stripes on the fabric is beautiful.
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artoftheneedle
Thank you so so much!
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theperfecttouchvictorian
Genius!!
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artoftheneedle
Last edited on 15.03.2019 17:14 by Karolina Zarzycka
all the hearts!
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marloes dadswell
Incredibly clever use of the stripes. Well done on a stunning entry!
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