This project grows from the concerns about levels of wellbeing in the contemporary world. A floral investigation explores colours and emotions, to find an ethereal, calming and positive space. Photography and layering explore a dream-like, escapist mood which moves between expressive illustrations and loose diffused effects.
Cultures are defined by their shared customs and behavioural patterns. Social and geographical disruption is reported in the news every day with serious consequences to the human condition and its future environment. Social disintegration results from human-related and natural causes, for example, war, terrorism inter-racial disputes. Societies and families are broken apart by forced migration. However, societies evolve, adapt and absorb foreign cultures.
The visual expression of these concepts resulted in a collection of samples for a fashion application.
Each sample portrays a story: cultures displaced and fragmented represented by sharp contrasts in the colour palette and textile patterns. In contrast, visual evidence of cultural absorbance and integration is represented by mergence patterns. The collection comprises a combination of denim, leather and polyester velvet for Spring summer market.
Phobias is a project that visually explores individual experiences of Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) and Nyctophobia (Fear of the Dark). By producing works that represent these people's account, we are not only able to better understand such conditions, but also allows us to realise and rationalise our own feelings that we may of labelled embarrassing or shameful.
A new graduate from Birmingham City University specialising in embroidery. With a focus for the telling of personal stories and psychology through the use of textiles. Concerned with benefitting wellbeing, by exploring concepts that open up conversations about our mental health and individual journeys.
Combining digital, machine and hand embroidery techniques to produce graphic illustrative embroideries that not only tell someone’s experience but give a distinct design aesthetic.
The Palpable collection provides dramatic, tactile embroidered surfaces for couture fashion that showcase bold colour statements and exquisite technique.
Hand embroidery techniques are used to create intricate designs that highlight sophisticated craftsmanship.
Taking inspiration from beautifications in nature, the Palpable collection aims to tempt the innate need to touch using the concept of sensory overload as way of intriguing the senses. Each design in the collection has been hand crafted through, utilising the initial unique technical drawings and illustrative motifs.
Being so passionate about craftsmanship, the collection features traditional hand embroidery techniques such as goldwork and tambour beading. Each design focuses on the quality of stitch and materiality to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. The interjection of hand crafted 3D embellishments provides a contrasting contemporary twist on traditional embroidery- decorating the final surfaces with a lavish dominance.
'Wonderful Misfits' is a vibrant, structural floral collection, designed to celebrate the beauty of being unique. Inspired by the types of flower mutations - fasciation and proliferation, they have playful styling potential.
Inspired by the aesthetic and movement of these two particular mutations, playful, low-budget materials such as craft foam, vinyl and felt are transformed, combined and used to create statement 3D samples and embellishments. Each piece consists of both hand and laser cut pieces, combined with intricate hand beading and stitching. Bold, eye-catching and vibrant colour is used to excite and evoke a positive mood. Each floral oozes with its own unique personality and celebrates being different from the rest.
Potential applications for these florals include hair pieces, jewellery, bag design, brooches and more. There is further potential for visual merchandising, art pieces and translation into print design.
The project creates awareness of endangered animals, that could become extinct in the near future without campaigning. More species each day are added on the endangered list, however people are not aware of this issue. The designs tell a story about each animal, its life and what it could become. The facial expressions are a key feature within the collection. The expression of each animal, provides the emotion behind the work and concept. The fabric samples are aimed at a high end Interior market. My work displays large scale powerful statement motifs, with every design having an underlying message.
I utilised my 19 years previous dance experience as initial design inspiration to form my Final Major Project titled ‘Beautified Pressures. My finalised body of work explores the hidden muscle strain in dance performance. The collection uses embroidered interventions that choreograph and restrict varied materials to convey the demanding pressures experienced by a dancer’s body. I have then added embellishments and hand embroidered detail as a form of distraction to resemble how the audience can be blinded by the beauty in performance. Through an assortment of textile processes, Beautified Pressures is an established collection that is performance wear focused but can be applied to luxury fashion.
The menswear collection is inspired by the lustrous play of colours found within creatures of the natural world. For years, design has been influenced by the brilliant practicalities of nature, and here, iridescence symbolises protection and attractiveness within a species, perfect for an introduction into menswear. Upon observation, there is a need for adventurous colour and audacious design within menswear, which is the motivation behind this collection. Iridescent based animals are juxtaposed with the modern geometric aspect of design, adding a contemporary twist to detailed illustration. The figurative motifs are accentuated by bold colours, providing a new and optimistic approach to menswear.
This collection is Inspired by Egyptian culture and the history behind tombs and beliefs. to bring back the richest culture this collection is encouraged by the blue lotus known as ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’ using bold colours and distinctive tones. The inspiration of art left on tombs and the storeys that where painted throughout them.
I am a recent graduate from Birmingham city university with a degree in Textile Design specialising in Surface Print. I am experience in interiors and hold a creative passion in vibrant colours and pattern making. I describe myself as affiant, active, helpful and creative. My strengths are being organised and able to adapt to various working environments and being energetic and imaginative in my work. I am motivated and driven by different lifestyles of working and being creative to achieve goals. My goal is to become print designer with the knowledge of technical and manufacturing of material and surfaces.I always put 100% focus in to each of my designs digital and hand drawn designs.
An investigation into sustainable hand-crafted fabrics as a way to engage and remind the audience of the trace we are leaving on the planet. Ocean pollution and traces of discarded items are the fossil remains of today.
This collection aims to consider the effects of the current Anthropocene epoch, in which humans have a significant impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems, including climate change. To produce a collection of luxury interior fabrics with a focus on the traceability of fibres and consideration for the lasting traces that we leave behind. A strong emphasis on sourcing of high-quality wool and natural fibres which will return nutrients to the earth at the end of their life cycle and experimental weaving using discarded waste products to create something desirable once more.