For my FMP, I researched the history of Hip-Hop to where it is today. I studied all the different elements of Hip-Hop to create my own logo for the culture.
Throughout the three years I have studied at Birmingham City University, I have learnt many new skills which I was able to apply to my FMP. I thoroughly enjoy work that involves precision and that challenges me, therefore I chose to carry out my work placement with an embroidery company, Hand & Lock.
Ignorant fools create a civilization, to lead innocence into destruction. Mankind is oblivious to the pain they cause each other, controlling souls of another being just for satisfaction. Taking away parts of their form to reconstruct a new being. Society stigmatise the odd ones, making them feel alienated from the rest. Forcing people to migrate into nonexistence, leaving behind the possessions they honed.
Sleep is a simple necessity everyone must have to function on a daily basis. Why do we need to slip into a state of unconsciousness to recharge our batteries? Our whole body completely relaxed, yet our mind elsewhere. Dreams taking us to new and old dimensions, through our fall through time as we lie completely still. A journey in our own bed. What do our dreams mean and why does our sleep change who we are as people. Investigating human nature and our need for routine and regularity in life, returning to our beds every day. Our sanctuary where we feel safe and to keep all our secrets and feelings. Somewhere we invite people to let them in and show our sensual side . We are born in a bed, we die in a bed and our relationships revolve around a bed; how are they an integral place in our lives?
I was initially influenced by the artwork “School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012”, created by Kerry James Marshall, this particular piece of art represented a huge part of the black culture and therefore lead me into researching this topic. Once I had begun my research I found a photo journal by Stephen Shames (who uses photography to raise awareness of social issues), of The Black Panther Party for self defence, I was interested to find out more about The Black Panthers and their movements so I decided to collect in-depth information about them. I attended a lecture about the Legacy of the Black Panthers in October which taught me many things I was not already informed about through books on The Black Panthers. After having been to this lecture I decided I wanted to put a positive spin on my research and focus more on the non aggressive movements they made, particularly focusing on the role women played within the party, and not following the usual media light. Some of my design work has been heavily influenced by the artist Emory Douglas who did all of the illustrations for the Black Panther Newspaper, and although much of my research has a masculine feel to it due to the way the Panthers are portrayed, I have managed to create a diverse womenswear collection with the research I collected.
Looking to the explorers of the world – Shackleton and his exploration of Antarctica, Edmund Hilary and Tensing Norgay’s summit of Mount Everest and Ranulph Fiennes more recent explorations of the world. Taking inspiration from vintage outwear and survival garments to gain a greater understanding of practical garment construction. Taking into consideration the sheer vulnerability of these men as they challenge themselves beyond the natural extreme.
My concept of Schadenfreude comes from meaning ‘harm’ and ‘joy’ explores the illicit influences we are exposed to in our youth, the balance of culture, faith and expectations, the idea of concealment. All elements combined that mould into who I am today. To push the boundaries against the idea of innocence.
Through this I have explored the subject of infantilisation of women in society, physically, emotionally and sexually. Why is there an importance to retaining the youth in women? Reflecting upon schadenfreude of the product of which culture and society has created through their disturbing fascination of the provocative mind set of the infantilisation of women.
Are these the influences of which we are exposed to throughout our youth, distorting and manipulating innocence, putting into play the product created by society. We become the words we have been pre-defined by, to thinking we are breaking and pushing the boundaries in order to redefine youth, carrying the concept of youth into our adolescence with continuous reflection of the schadenfreude caused through the infantilisation of women.
A place of isolation can be a place of revelation.
The wet fishing nets hanging up in an array of colours against the decaying buildings.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to not only work in New York for six months, but to also study in Milan during my degree course at Birmingham City University. Whilst studying in Italy, I discovererd a small fisherman’s island 'Isola dei Pescatori' on the edge of Lago Maggiore and this proved to be the inspiration behind my collection.
Against a backdrop of an island in the middle of the Italian lake region, the contrasts was vast, the various boats docked, awaiting nightfall to sail upon the lake. The cobbled streets with the bustling tourists, the chimes of the church bells, and the glorious smell of fresh and aromatic Mediterranean dishes seeping into the air emphasised the continued domicile of local residents on the island; all these aspects represented pure vibrant beauty to me.
My womenswear collection has combined all that I loved from my experiences of visiting this island, through the choice of silhouettes, colours and texture. The result of my vast amount of primary research was an influence that enabled me to design and develop a beautiful and cohesive graduate collection.
"If paintings could be explained and translated in words, they would not need to be painted" - Paul Courbet
When clothes become the canvases of the Artists.
Structured garments entirely made of artists canvas.
Shapes and colors represent a fusion of modern and ethnic, a contrast between rigid lines and fluffy brushstrokes.
The garment motif contains messages written in Arabic but breaking up the letters to make it unreadable, the text exposes three concepts regarding the communicative power of clothing.