Nicole Martin

 
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Nicole Martin
Hello, my name is Nicole Martin, and I am graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2020 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. I have developed my professional experience from a design internship at Monique Lhuillier from the past summer. I am proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I also have various other skills, such as sewing, drawing, draping, designing, and hand skills. Such specific hand skills are dying, embroidery, beading, and knitting. I have experience working both in a team and on solo design projects. Researching for collection inspiration is always fun and inspiring for me. I express my collections not only through sketches but by various drapes and treatments. I strive to learn and experience all that I can  to apply in my designs and to then one-day design impactful garments for the consumers to wear and enjoy.
For my first senior mentor project I worked with Vivienne Hu. Where we tasked to design a spring/ summer collection based on the elements, and primarily use prints. In addition, to designing modern pieces we had to draw some inspiration from the early 1940s and intricate origami drapes. I was inspired by the element, earth. Thus, I stuck to light browns and shades of green. I was also greatly inspired by 1940’s fashion icon, Lauren Bacall and fashion designer Adrian Adolph Greenburg.
Being inspired from the elegant drapes of the 1940’s and complexity of origami drapes I took my own twist of these ideas by draping my silhouettes first. Then combining this with my research of modern silhouettes to create this high-end feminine sportswear collection.
Being inspired from the elegant drapes of the 1940’s and complexity of origami drapes I took my own twist of these ideas by draping my silhouettes first. Then combining this with my research of modern silhouettes to create this high-end feminine sportswear collection.
These are my flats of my garments to show more details of their construction.
These are my flats of my garments to show more details of their construction.
For my second senior mentor project I worked with Ruth Carter on a season less evening wear collection. We were assigned in groups and each group got assigned a certain African tribe. We research these tribes and drawn inspiration from them to incorporate in our design. I was assigned to the Himba and Hamar group. Though having two tribes to research, both had similar aesthetics to each other. 
Both Himba and Hamar tribes had similar ideas of wearing this ochre paste on their skin and hair for beauty as well as protection from the sun. I admired this color that was so important to their aesthetics I incorporated it as my main color. I incorporated many metal colors in this collection do to the fact that both tribes wear such colors of metals in their jewelry. The Hamar are known for adorning their all leather attire with the various colored beads. I interpreted this by doing my acrylic plastic treatment, that are hand linked, shown in my design to the far left. As for the braided yarn and pom poms, they are inspired by the iconic Himba hair, of which I imaged in my own way for my muse as well.
Both Himba and Hamar tribes had similar ideas of wearing this ochre paste on their skin and hair for beauty as well as protection from the sun. I admired this color that was so important to their aesthetics I incorporated it as my main color. I incorporated many metal colors in this collection do to the fact that both tribes wear such colors of metals in their jewelry. The Hamar are known for adorning their all leather attire with the various colored beads. I interpreted this by doing my acrylic plastic treatment, that are hand linked, shown in my design to the far left. As for the braided yarn and pom poms, they are inspired by the iconic Himba hair, of which I imaged in my own way for my muse as well.
Here is some more in-depth detail of the silhouettes I designed. I did mainly draped and leather pieces due to the fact that both tribes’ main dress was draped leather skirts and tops or ruffled skirts. I even translated my own way of their layered ruffled leather skirts by doing organic pleated layered tulle skirts.
Here is some more in-depth detail of the silhouettes I designed. I did mainly draped and leather pieces due to the fact that both tribes’ main dress was draped leather skirts and tops or ruffled skirts. I even translated my own way of their layered ruffled leather skirts by doing organic pleated layered tulle skirts.