An interior collection exploring the concept of acoustic textiles and the idea that woven pieces can be used in interior settings to minimise acoustics, through the process of absorbing sounds.
This collection is explored through the means of felting, Canadian smocking, pleating and layering. These fabric manipulation processes demonstrate that the possibilities to create texture are endless and in order to be creative and find new solutions, one has to push the boundaries and challenge the norm.
Following a muted yet sophisticated colour palette, consisting primarily of greys and warm neutrals, these woven acoustic samples aim to complement and work alongside any elegant domestic interior. A splash of colour can be seen at intervals, with the intent to soften the mood of the woven panels, while sticking to a sophisticated and predominantly greyscale aesthetic.
Absorption of sound waves is achieved by the vibration of individual fibres within the felt, making felt as a material one of the best solutions for sound proofing and sound absorption. Experiments using the samples allowed an understanding to be gained into which ones were most effective at absorbing sound, acting as the driving force for this project.
"We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates." Junichiro Tanizaki.
Spotlight is a collection of constructed designs that change in pattern and expression when exposed to different lighting conditions. The collection has been created with intensions for the application of interior furnishings and lampshades, designed to promote self-wellbeing in the home through a magical ambiance.
Light is an important aspect for all areas of design; whether it’s how it is used or the lack of light available, each situation will present both disadvantages and advantages to the design. For this project, light is used in ways that will change the original expression and characteristic of a design, whether it’s taking an aspect of the design away or emphasising hints of new motifs that didn’t seem to be noticeable before in the natural light.
Textile designs that evoke the idea of Braille sequences, presenting raised dots that make up Braille in an abstract way.
Dotted clusters in random rhythms rather than structured ones.
My textile outcomes have been designed to provide the desired texture for visually impaired consumers to interpret, with design features that are familiar to the touch and have a tactile interest that give a sense of comfort to visually-impaired consumers who use Braille within their daily lives.
Gathering feedback from my target audience (speaking to sighted and visually impaired consumers), mainly gathering key insights from my Grandma who is registered fully blind, I understood what textural features were desirable and had significance to my target audience.
Gaining this feedback allowed me to produce textile materials that would enhance this type of consumer experience when handling my fabrics.
Braille has inspired my design elements, using various yarns to form abstract clusters of raised dots.
My final fabrics have carefully thought out design features, allowing for interaction and comfort when felt.
These woven fabrics can be used in fashion and interior contexts such as a feature scarf, sleeve suggestion, placement design for a top, and an interior wall hanging.
Creating fabrics that aren’t just visually exciting, but also offer tactile elements is important to me as a textile designer. This offers an additional element to a visual consumer, as well as textural meaning and importance.
A collection focussing on the concept of escapism and evoking the feeling of relaxation.
This collection of bespoke hand knitted interiors, were made to be used within places of rest, primarily holiday lodges and woodland retreats to implement a sense of escapism for the consumer.
These products will have the potential to generate a sense of escapism – whether that is through nostalgic memories created when viewing or touching the products, or through the cosiness and textures of the interiors, to help the consumer to escape reality and relax.
The concept of this collection strongly relies on the soft material qualities and the sense of calm you feel when you wrap yourself inside a warm, chunky blanket. Inspiration came from the intertwining shapes found within the woodland environments.
Sedimentary Narrative is a range of woven material concepts and fabrics for ‘homely office’ interior spaces.
This collection centres around the conflict between Control and Mania during the formation of sedimentary rocks and minerals.
Minerals are created through a delicate balance of immense heat and pressure, and the slightest alteration in either factor can completely alter the resultant mineral form. It is an intricately controlled process, with the possibility for unpredictable results. This inspires visual and structural experimentation through warp and weft floats and tension play. Meanwhile, the layers seen in rocks such as Banded Iron Formations inform tonal colour and patterns that evoke the transitional process of these rocks, and the wider Earth itself.
While often overlooked by the everyday eye, these sedimentary forms narrate Earth’s gigantic and everchanging landscape. They tell this story in a gentle and subtle way, with details that demand close attention; this textile collection replicates this feeling. Combining material manipulation techniques and contrasting yarn qualities, with considered interjections of colour, the collection showcases understated yet beautifully dramatic fabrics and woven concepts.
Intended to be relaxing and promote emotional wellness within a domestic environment, these interior swatches introduce a dynamic tactility into the home. Soft knitted and tufted samples are combined with geometric laser cut PVC leather and plastic wiring, creating a variety of multi media surfaces. Geometric shapes provide familiar, calming symmetry whilst gentle textiles bring organic lines and textures. Gradation of colours and cocooning of materials intend to comfort and soothe. Taken inspiration from a range of WGSN trends, the collection provides a modern solution to interiors that create a calming environment.
The main line of enquiry that inspires this project is to explore how far the boundaries of knitted textiles can be pushed to produce concepts that are unique, conceptual and sculptural, through exploitation of yarn combinations, to artistically communicate the sensory experience of fever dreams.
Headache-inducing colour combinations work alongside curious knit structures to create fabrics that intrigue, confuse and invite touch and conversation.
Using unconventional materials such as various monofilaments further support the exploration of unique knitting, and material testing pushes the project forwards, as yarns of various colours and textures are blended with monofilament to exploit the properties of these materials. The exploration of the concept of ‘Fever Dreams’ is based off a personal experience with disorientating dreams induced by illness, which are something frequently experienced personally. They are confusing, disturbing, and push the boundaries of reality, providing a different perspective of the world. Mainly characterised by extreme contrasts in shape and scale, bright colours, loud noises, and phobias, “Up Up & Away” aims to translate this disturbing phenomenon into an engaging and sensory knitted textiles collection, producing fabrics and art pieces suitable for interior application.
A lens through which to observe the slow time of mountains.
A grouping of textile art outcomes that explore the ways that our perception of an environment is influenced by the quick and the fleeting.
Beyond narratives about reconnecting with nature, the ways in which a place is considered significant and the paths that traverse a landscape form the bedrock from which this project was formed. A place is specific, built of all the threads that make up the landscape and the experience of being in a place is different depending on the weather, the season, the direction of the wind, which path is taken.
Hand spun yarns of differing material and colour qualities have been explored in order to capture a sense of place. These yarns in combination with other natural fibres have been selected in order to suggest the different atmospheres created from the interweaving of a landscape with that which influences our perception of it.