My final project is an exploration of mending through weaving, using traditional darning and stitch techniques in contrast with unusual material experimentation and vibrant colours to create intricate and visually engaging sampling. My concept surrounds the idea of using my woven samples as bespoke patches that would be used for mending or re-purposing old garments, in an effort to reduce our personal consumption and avoid buying into the toxic cycle of fast fashion. I wanted to promote the idea of fixing and mending your own clothing in a playful and creative way; rather than hiding or covering up any holes in your garment, to instead embrace traditional craft and make mending into a statement.
The Kuna Project
The Kuna project was a live brief collaborating with the Fashion and Textile Museum and the Kuna company in Peru, aiming to explore different aspects of Peruvian culture. My project looked at the key ecological regions in Peru as inspiration for my research and colour palette, which informed my woven outcomes.
The Shuffle Sustainability Project
The Shuffle project was a sustainability driven concept, working with the Textile Environmental Design group and their 10 steps towards sustainable design. My project was linked to number 8 of the 10 steps: Design to Reduce the Need to Consume, inspired by emotionally durable design. My research focused on the different textures and materiality of my samples and I experimented with a range of unconventional materials that created contrasting textures. By creating objects that are designed to be interacted with, I explored the psychology behind haptic communication, and through having an emotional, tactile collection with the objects, people are more likely to cherish and keep them for a longer period of time.
My Revelry project was exhibited at Premiere Vision Paris 2018 as a collection of fabrics suitable for a fashion context. Inspired by revelry as a subject, I was influenced by free style in our society as something to be celebrated, as well as using textiles as a subversive form of personal expression. My research was inspired by musical subcultures, especially the punk style, which informed my colour palette and design work.
The Colour Project
The Colour Project focused on the importance of colour within designing textiles. My research was inspired by the colours found in my everyday environment, and through my photography and research I developed a unique colour palette that I explored through my woven samples. My final outcomes for this project were exhibited in the Spectrum Colour Project Exhibition, 2017.
Common Ground was an interior design project that considered communal public spaces as a source of inspiration: I chose to focus my project on art galleries as a communal area for individuals of all demographics to gather and enjoy. Looking at the interior design and structure of different galleries, I developed my colour scheme and research through exploring geometric structures and yarn types. For this project I developed a collection of woven samples that were visualised as interior decoration for public gallery spaces.
The Fashion Project
The RESET Fashion project was a first year collaborative group project, through creating individual garments that came together to form a full cohesive outfit, which was displayed at the RESET Fashion show, 2017. Our main group concept related to consumerism as a societal issue, and we each focused on different aspects of this. My research looked at plastic waste and ocean pollution as a result of consumer culture, and looked at ways of reusing plastics within textiles to reduce waste in landfill.
During the first year technical blocks, I experimented with the mediums of weave, knit, print and stitch, using my drawings and research to inform my sampling. After working in each technical area, I chose to specialise in woven textile design.
This page shows a selection of my foundation course portfolio work, which I completed at Leeds College of Art in 2016.