Team Evocative Sovereign, Paul Ditty
1. What paper are you using? YUPO original paper, 50 wt
2. Tell us a little about you? I’m relatively ordinary. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2015 with a B.S. in Textiles and Merchandising, with a Minor in Apparel design. I currently reside in Cheyenne, WY. I work for a small regional airline during the day, and I spend my evenings designing. Lately I have really enjoyed creating my own textiles through painting, dying, and fabric manipulation techniques. I then turn the fabrics I’ve made into garments. The piece I’m working on for the PFS is no different, I’m creating several custom textiles, and turning them into a garment.
3. Have you ever competed in the Paper Fashion Show before? This is my first year competing in the PFS and I am excited but nervous. I guess cautiously optimistic is the best way to put it. There is a lot of work that must go into creating a beautiful, yet wearable garment from paper, so its very important to make sure everything is secure and will hold up while on a moving body.
4. What is the biggest challenge you face with creating the fashion? There are several large challenges with creating this fashion, the first being manipulating the paper. I chose YUPO paper for my design because it’s a synthetic, that is quite a bit stronger than other fiber based paper. I’m using this paper in its lightest weight and largest size because I want my garment to be sewn. This paper seams together beautifully, and still maintains its strength which is fantastic! However, the paper doesn’t drape well, so my garment will be highly tailored and fit to my model, this creates the challenges with manipulation. The paper must be formed and cut to shape very accurately before it is stitched, or my garment won’t fit, and that would not be a good thing. Without giving away too much, my garment is inspired by stained glass windows, the colors and the intricacy really grabbed my attention, so I used that as the base inspiration for this garment. That being said, the paper I am using came to me white, so that posed another challenge. Synthetic papers don’t take to paints and dyes very well, so I needed to find a coloring process that worked and didn’t add unnecessary texture to the paper. After some trial and error I found the ideal medium. Ink.
5. Why do you participate in the PFS? I chose to participate in the PFS because it was something new that I haven’t ever done before. I’ve competed in other various design challenges and competitions, but this was something entirely new, and challenging. I was excited for the opportunity so I took a deep breath and dove straight into the deep end. I’m still holding my breath and crossing my fingers, hoping everything will work the way I want it to.
6. Anything else you want to share? I’m very excited for my piece to walk the runway. I’m very thankful that I have the opportunity to show off my skills and creativity with this new medium, and I look forward to the show!