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Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown

COURSE: New Designers Textiles 2019

Pathway: Constructed Textiles

TITLE: ANTHROPOSCENE TRACES

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.
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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.
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Isobel Smith

Isobel Smith

COURSE: New Designers Textiles 2019

Pathway: Constructed Textiles

TITLE: Considering Simplicity

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Considering Simplicity, explores the concept of balance to create calm.
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Having taken inspiration from yoga and meditative practices, a collection has been created of Laminated knits with subtle surface interests which creates malleable textiles which encourage people to slow down and feel grounded. Inspired by minimal design; complementary, contrasting and imperfect shapes are combined to create surfaces that formulate together to create a new playful yet mindful material that invites contemplation. These endless combinations of shapes build up in rhythms alongside strong compositional motifs which creates a playful yet relaxed pairing. Combining tactile embossing and embroidery together will raise and press surfaces; creating additional satisfying yet subtle textures to knitted surfaces.

This new combination of neoprene with knit has created a solid and grounding material which allows potential for people to slow down and to form balance in their own surroundings. Whether this be through using the materials for creating a meditative floor space, Comforting leisurewear or even the potential for simplistic decorative art pieces.

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Rachel Harrison

Rachel Harrison

COURSE: New Designers Textiles 2019

Pathway: Constructed Textiles

TITLE: The Biophilic Workplace

Woven interior fabrics intended to reconnect the consumer with the natural world.
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Inspired by biophilic design, 'The Biophilic Workplace' explores nature's colours, formations and surfaces to inspire wall installations and soft furnishings applicable for the workplace. These designs aim to subconsciously immerse the consumer within nature and consequently benefit their individual performance and overall wellbeing, a common result of biophilic design.

Through experimentation of woven structures, fabrics have been manipulated to form interesting and engaging surfaces, creating effective ways of indirectly representing nature’s formations. Inspired by nature’s hues, the colour palette remains highly refined whilst the use of wooden surfaces enables other natural materials to be incorporated into the collection and considers the importance of other elements of biophilic design such as natural light and air.
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Josie Beevers

Josie Beevers

COURSE: Textiles 2018

Pathway: Constructed Textiles

TITLE: Lagom - Not too Much, Not too Little

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Driven by an appreciation of Scandinavian design aesthetic, this project explores elements such as pure, simplistic and beautiful, creating enticing textural surfaces to form a range of textiles suitable for interior environments.

It is easy to forget how valuable textiles are on a daily basis. The Swedish saying, ‘Vackrare Vardagsvara’, meaning, something beautiful for every day, can be seen as a basic principle of Scandinavian design.

Colour and material inspiration is drawn from the outdoor environments of Norway and Sweden, where pure form and functionality is embraced in all aspects of life.
By using a combination of weaving processes and finishing techniques, a range of hard and soft textile surfaces have been explored. Wool, being one of the most diverse and durable natural fibres has been used predominantly, along with other synthetic materials, in an effort to stop an audience, to touch, think and engage in stimulating textures and illustrate how exciting textiles can be when you engage with your senses.
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