A year ago I discovered on the Internet Shingo Sato a Japanese designer and instructor, and was immediately fascinated by his approach in designing a pattern, which he calls “Transformational Reconstruction“.
His approach to design is not new, since we patternmakers know how to transfer darts , add style lines etc but it has limits because drawing a pattern design on paper has less creative possibilities.
Shingo Sato’s design process “Transformational Reconstruction” which is done in 3D gives so much more possibilities to be creative.
Shingo Sato shares his designing process by giving workshops in various parts of the world like in the USA, UK, Colombia, Japan, Italy.
But he also shares his work via YouTube via numerous video’s ( at this moment he added 34 video’s)
It all start with a good basic pattern which you can accomplish by moulage/draping or drafting by hand on the flat ( paper pattern. The basic pattern which is sewn from unbleached cotton will become a new pattern after the design lines are added on a dressform.
Shingo Sato often use wavy or geometric lines for a design but also builds a pattern using his “Architectural Reconstruction”
Example of a dress design which is in my view and amazing design with all those beautiful wavy lines the dress has 8 invisible zippers which are not that difficult to sew but impeccable sewn in wavy lines is a master piece.
( I wonder if Japan has other more flexible invisible zipper brands which are more easy to press into shape than the ones we know like the brands Opti and YKK)
You can watch his video channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/trpattern
I ordered his book Book “Transformational Reconstruction” published and sold by Centre for Pattern Design shows 12 chapters and 2 accompanied dvd’s.
The book can also ordered from his website but you need to understand Japanese language.
If you would like to try designing a pattern using TR, start simple like this one which I made:
You can view how this is done here
I also made a dress and a top inspired by his TR design process and will post about that within a few days.
Enjoy watching the YouTube video’s and learning this way of pattern designing.
Shingo Sato is also on Facebook and he will start a TR Cutting school in Milan Italy next week where you can attend workshops, see link for more information.
Thanks to Shingo Sato for your amazing work which helps to be more creative in pattern designing.