The work explores the beauty in stitching and mending garments back together when they are damaged. By doing this we extend its life, we give it new possibilities and we give grace to that broken garment by holding onto the sentimental value it means to us. Taking inspiration from nature and the world around us, the project looks at how mending a garment could be related to how we mend ourselves emotionally and physically.
Passion for travel and discovery drives the project. Absorption of atmosphere and surroundings feeds ideas and thinking. Bustling markets, ornate architecture and specs of scattered pattern highly inspire and are captured through photography.
In synchrony with world Westernisation, lesser recognised communities are becoming overpowered by modernisation. It is believed that elaborate festivals, exotic clothing and exquisite techniques are dying out, but is this the case? Dissemination of cultural references sees pattern, adornment and materials adapting to unlikely environments and melding in surprising combinations.
Modern metropolis’ are bursting at the seams with multicultural richness; flashes of ornate intricacy and noteworthy textures are updated with fresh yet loyal colours.
Cultural appreciation and contemporary references are fused to create an array of conceptual artefacts which celebrate traditional aesthetic. Smooth leather, wire and foil portray the fluidity of modern life whilst wool fibres pay homage to long-established communities. Motifs, compositions and textile methods are informed by the authentic dress, customs and typical patterning of far reached establishments. Time intensive techniques are combined to form eclectic, hand crafted outcomes. Collaging of cross-informed patterns blur cultural influences, creating a united aesthetic representative of the 21st century’s vast ethnic diversity.
The concept of the Cursed Prince comes from a rejection of the typical representation of men and women in literature through reversing the roles of the hero and his fated. This idea is communicated through the inversion of the traditional tropes of storytelling, focusing on fairy tales. The designs take classic elements and characteristics from fairy tales and twists them with their Romantic counterparts in literature to create a Gothic and evocative collection of fabrics that infer a story through visual elements. The Cursed Prince suggests a characterisation without visually representing this in the fabric. Designed for bespoke tailoring as a reaction to the absence of the dramatic in menswear, the collection focuses on evoking atmosphere and mood, using the wearer as an active protagonist rather than depicting a linear story.
Specialising in embroidered textiles, mixing intricate machine stitch with details of hand stitch aswell as the mix of digital print with patterns created using photography.
Inspired by personal photography and the love of texture and use of colour.
Distorted Rhythms takes inspiration from the uncontrollable growth in nature and finding the rhythms within overgrown environments, focusing on the dramatic structures of tree roots and vines. Personal photography was the base of the project capturing the energy of how they wrap, connect and intertwine with each other. Extracting the tubing texture from the structures and manipulating its traits within expressive embroidery. The energetic rhythms within nature offer a comparison to the energetic style and playful colours of the 1980s, this combination will give the project an abstract twist. The 1980s mimics the busy rhythms that happen within nature.
The fashion swatches are designed for experimental womenswear intended to make a statement. They stand as a collection giving off a playful mood with the expressive colours.
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.
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun" - Mary Lou Cook.
Hi, my name is Theon and i specialize in constructed textiles. I am creative, motivated and multi-faceted within my industry as a textile designer. I distribute a keen eye to detail within rug making. My area of work consist of design and making, as well as implementing a variety of colour and texture gaining a vase amount of surface options with the use of different coloured rug yarn.
Furthermore, i have quickly emerged to enjoy my intricate weaving at university. It would be a privilege to play some part of extending the growth by showcasing my creative skills within this industry. Throughout my years studying textiles, it has truly been sublime furthering my development with the rug gun by the use of wools, silks and synthetics that interpret artwork and patterns into incredible textile objects.