The concept for my Children’s wear collection consists of the idea of different environments in which children play and what they choose to wear to explore their surroundings. Comparing different classes through history that wore formal attire with the ‘play’ clothes of modern day, children growing up, learning and playing in a street environment. Exploring childhood as a concept I wanted to portray the idea of how children enjoy impersonating their parents as a form of expression and play, using make believe to explore their parents lives through their own eyes. Expressing these ideas through garments looking at oversizing and tailoring. My collection is coherent to the idea of growing with your clothes incorporating drawstring sleeves so children won’t grow out of them as quickly and will last them as they grow. My garments incorporate both smart and casual aspects, this playful smart wear can be worn to various occasions.
“They may be tiny but they break through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen."
"They occupy an urban landscape which is very hostile and they have to be adaptable and find little bits of soil to prosper"
I explored the work of a few photographers who document the High Line throughout the seasons, and focused on one in particular, Joel
Sternfeld, whose work was used in a bid to rejuvenate this forgotten wildscape in the heart of Manhattan. Looking further into the
juxtaposition of wild landscape against concrete architecture, I found artist Michael Landy and photographer Wolfgang Tilmans; Landy
creates delicate etchings of weeds found at roadsides, and Tilmans has a series of photographs showing the resilience of wild nature
growing in window boxes in urban areas. In order to translate this imagery into my designs I’ve created an all over repeat print influenced by the photographers I’d looked at, painting a variety of plants and weeds that are growing on the High Line and mixing them together to create a dense, overgrown look. I also experiemented with creating prints taking influence from the Barbican, looking at how light creates different shapes as it hits the concrete, to contrast against the foliage of my all over print. My collection brings together a mix of tailored, boxy garments, oversized knitted pieces and sportswear detailing, featuring lots of layering to mesh all these styles together, portraying the mix of natural and manmade elements. I’ve also used unusual materials such as concrete, artificial turf and insulation fabric to create different textures, and alter the way the garments work on the body.
My FMP was inspired by people living outside of society, such as the skate community 'Skatopia'. I looked at the blurred lines between a dystopia and a utopia in places like this, and the idea that one person's heaven is another person's chaos.
I have worked in industry with Mary Katrantzou, Ashley Williams, and Richard Malone.
I have worked with a bridal organisation based in Stourbridge, taking their garments through the full manufacture process.
For my Final Major Project I was given the opportunity to collaborate with a company of my choice. I chose to collaborate with a bridalwear company, as I felt it would enhance my knowledge of the industry further and would serve as a new challenge. My research resulted in a collaboration with Georgina Scott Bridal.
This project required me to produce two full outfits in a base size as well as a larger size. The aim of this project was to take the two outfits through the manufacturing process, from initial sketches to fully finished garments. The project included the creation of technical specification packs, grading, layplans and costings and QA reports.
The process involved several fit sessions, each identifying issues which needed to be amended to improve the final garments.
The whole process has enabled me to enhance and develop a range of skills needed as a garment technologist, which I look forward to applying to a future position.
Final major project in collaboration with Karen Millen
For my final major projected I have collaborated with a womenswear brand. The company I have collaborated with is Karen Millen a high-end luxury brand, who I communicated with throughout the project and attended fit sessions at their head office.This project required two full outfits in a base size 10 and a larger size 14. The project starts from receiving the initial sketches from the company through to the manufacturing process to fully finished garments. This project requires Grading, lay plans, costings, technical packs, specifications and QA reports
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”-Darwin
Throughout history an obsession with eternal youth/life has been prevalent, why are we so tormented with a goal to achieve what is possibly a glorified notion ? Alike many "myths" the result in eternal life/youth would be bound to have reprecussions for the actions taken to achieve it, many current experiments to achieve eternal life include playing a "god like role" which lead me to Frankenstein( the creator is the monster not the creation).
Preservation and how something can be kept in the same state became the focal point of the project to which all the ideas link to, this lead to exploring forms of preservation including Dr Von Hagens processes.
I found interest in how legacies are our equivelent and how it emphasises the importance of time, making myself consider what are the important parts to our time here on earth, is it our job ? our contribution to society ? our memories though others ? our family ? but also what is a waist of our time ?
Relating back to the original starting point I looked into the 27 Club as they are individuals with early sucess and unfortunate early deaths. Basquits history and art style caught my attention he embodies the idea of a legacy and how dying young keeps you forever preserved.
A place we have all been, experiencing things for the first time.
A look back to a generation when being called in for tea after playing out with mates was your biggest concern. Influenced by the relics and rituals of childhood and the process of education, further education and then entering the workplace. Youth are excitable and mischievous, however all seems innocent when you are young. With large influences from photographers Tom Wood and Rob Bremmer photographing Liverpool in the 80’s, I have looked at boys from different backgrounds and classes, mostly inspired by the juxtaposition of private and public school boys. I have combined tailoring with casual garments throughout this project inspired by the contrast of groups of boys from different areas.
My collection has a grunge theme which is moulded around Kurt cobain and Courtney loves wild lifestyle. My collection is very chilled with a strong edgy feel with their presence being strongly used in my collection in the forms of embroidery and print.
Concept inspired by contemporary artist Ghada Amer who is highly driven by the female body form expressed threw art work. Research inspired culture change into representing myself as a black women threw design. Having experienced difficulties in society like most women, we all have insecurities. This project expresses myself and will encourage others to do the same within their design work and learnt to love who they are as an individual.
Studying at BCU has been challenging and an enjoyable experience. The course has educated me further in designing, making and highly improving my pattern skills. Learning something new everyday whilst taking further steps towards my goal has been stressful at times, but worth all the hard work. Overall BCU has prepared me to have the confidence to work as an future independent designer for clients and create my own online business.