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.
Inspired by Charly's life from enlisting in the war to escaping to the circus referencing tent details, functional pockets and hand printed fabric.
My FMP concept is inspired by a man's life. Charly was an animal trainer who spent his life travelling and performing with the Circus. With morbid begins of losing his father to world war II, for helping Jews escape, his father was killed in the gas chambers and Charly (or Heinz his German name) was taken to a Nazi orphanage, which he then went on to be recruited for the German navy, which resulted in his captured by the American forces. But he escaped and went back to Berlin for his mother and found a job at the circus. His career grew, working with horses, lions and tigers. A constant reoccurrence through his story was a link with belonging and symbolisation of the orphanage, army, being reunited with his mother and the circus, which is very well known for its community and solidarity. Using this concept, my collection will be inspired by Charly’s life, referencing his begins in the war and his journey through the Circus.
Dissecting the life of the average working-class family, exploring class, family roles and occupations.
Time and time again the working class are exploited and fetishised by outsiders for design. Whilst fashion has one too many times depicted a negative image and in some cases demoralised those who identify with this particular classification, this project evolved from the suggestion of celebrating "working-class-ness" rather than the tired predictable 'chav-chic' / industrial doom and gloom.
Being a part of the industry and from a working-class background it has often sparked controversial thoughts, it felt only right that as someone who is passionate about her roots, to focus in on my own family and childhood in particular. Reviewing shape and colour of nostalgic objects and homing on on the family set-up, roles in which my parents played and the roles within the workplace.
As we grow older we each experience changes, not only physical but also in our attitude and behaviour.
These become magnified into our later years as we grow old and frail and the sad reality is that our loved ones experience the worst of these changes. For many, its a case of not being quite as active as we once were or having to speak that little bit louder - for some though they’re far more concerning. Almost 10 million people each year are diagnosed with dementia, a hugely debilitating illness that manifests itself in many ways. Not causing upsetting memory loss, but also impacts our ability to do day-to-day tasks, concentrate on simple tasks or even mobility. Dementia is an illness I unfortunately know all too well having to face the harsh reality of watching a beloved family member slowly deteriorate from the person they once were. One escape for those unfortunate to suffer from this illness is in finding comfort in familiarity. This can be in that favourite item of clothing or the treasured family heirloom that triggers memories to come flooding back, even if for just a short period of time. Many others find comfort in creative arts therapy. Becoming fully submersed into a piece allows for the persistent troubles to disappear for a period of time, creating a sense of accomplishment and in some cases sparking a miraculous turnaround.