Milestones Of Zahra
Inspired by collage artist Ernesto Artillo, who creates work based on important events in his life. I re-created my own collages by collaging my mother in laws pictures as a starting point for the textiles and design work for this collection.
The colour palette reflects the contemporary mood, intricate compositions with contrasting contents, and abstract prints patterns. I wanted to create looks that moved seamlessly between eastern and western realms.
A Woman Like Her
‘A Woman Like Her’ collection is based on Qandeel Baloch’s life — a woman who was honour killed by her brother at 26 years of age in Shah Sadar Din, Pakistan. I wanted to do this collection to celebrate her life and bring to limelight what change she brought to this world. This change reaches far and wide. It spans from a change in the honour killing the law, now named the ‘Qandeel Law’, causing those found guilty of murder "on the pretext of honour" to be sentenced to life imprisonment. At her core, she acted as a voice for women and stood to protect her freedom of expression. This has all compounded to create awareness regarding honour killing in Pakistan but also in the world.
The collection features colours and silhouettes inspired by her modelling career and daily life.Tailoring is used to show women empowerment. Subtle money prints have been created from the Pakistani rupee to showcase that she was the breadwinner of the family. Furthermore, a combination of sheer, lightweight fabrics are used for layering and draping inspired by the clothing Baloch has often been pictured in.
The human body is the most complicated machine and art, and artists are happy to explain this mysterious beauty from different angles and different ways. In this project, I studied some works by Jenna Mello Landini and kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson and learned about the connection between mechanics and art. I want to use different materials to express my mechanical and human connections. This series of designs revolve around this potential connection, which seems to be independent of each other, but also connected in some way.
“ Memories tickets”
Inspired by childhood memories and looking back mentality. Whether it is a weird doll, strange bunny, a sweet ice cream, a lively Carnival, or maybe happy holiday time, are all part of this memory story. Childhood memories often affect a lifetime, and looking back at the child ’s world from an adult ’s perspective becomes more interesting, which can be from multiple angles. A “MEMORY TICKET ” that can go back to childhood, and how many people will choose to accept. This theme is divided into two series of spring and summer and autumn and winter, SS is dominated by cheerful holiday memories, AW is dominated by a strange atmosphere of sadness. The two are connected by embroidery words Tickets.
The 80's was a decade where women tried to be as equal as men in their jobs, by fighting for equal pay and equal job roles. The woman represented in this collection is feminine, fearless, strong and stands for her rights within her career.
Sustainable collection in partnership with Troficolor.
The initial starting point began with artist Alexandra Levasseur and the significance behind her artwork. She’s inspired by the science of string theory, about the possibility of there being many alternate dimensions that are each unique, and overlap each other so complexly. This is so she can decipher the deep relationship induviduals can have with the universe, and the art of finding ones indentity and purpose through the natural sourroundings. She portrays this through eclectic lines, loops and layers, as well as through visuals of disorientated melting bodies that seem to be melting into the universe, to signify the connection between the universe and humankind.
I also looked at artist Paul Klee who uses cubism to articulate alternate realities. I took inspiration from his colour palette and the harsh lines amidst the softer ones in his shapes. This was part of the influence for my silhouettes in my collection by transforming a typical tailored coat/blazer silhouette by softening with it with drape and disorientating the body shape.
Dream with in a dream is a design project based on my own personal love for the hip-hop and street wear cultures. The concept looks to the birth of hip hop in 70's New York and follows the development of fashion through the growth of the culture up to the 90's. Merging and crossing over elements from 70's to the 90's the project aims to create an new unorthodox take on the silhouettes typically seen within hip hop. As well as a key focus point on the sneaker culture seen within b-boy imagery influencing shapes, trims and branding.
This project was started with the research about 3 feminist installation artists. Kris Lemsalu, Genesis Blannger, and Sarah Lucas. In the artworks of Lemsalu, she combines animals and humans, nature, and culture. Her works are made up of hand-made materials, including animal furs. Sarah Lucas's work is a common piece of furniture and reading that is common in everyday life. Genesis Belanger's work is simple, witty, grotesque, and surreal. The materials used by Lemsalu and Sarah inspired me that use fabrics and ropes as my common materials. Created different textures by splicing, splitting, and other methods and consider how to integrate them into a piece of clothing.
In addition, Sarah's series of portraits show a tough and rude gesture, masculine but feminine, which is suitable for the development of the face and the design sketch.
I extracted the colors I like from the work of Genesis Belanger as the main colors in my collection and combined with Lemsalu's work to create interesting fabric patterns.
Behind the blonde highlights and contradicts the stereotypical definition of the term “blonde” that is still used in modern society, through my muse Marilyn Monroe. Inspired by her article “curves versus character” which explains her frustration of continuously playing a character with no name and known just for her appearance. I have incorporated these themes into my research to capture the essence of who she really was and the strong woman behind the bleached hair and red lipstick she was typically known for, that made her the Hollywood's dream. Contrasting this with pop arts theme of Hollywood and the artists, Anna Ray and Tracey Emin to influence texture, colour and form in creating my own interpretation of this topic. In doing so I have created a collection of prints from my paintings within a pop art style, to portray Monroe as strong. To reflect this message further, within my textiles and embellishment I have taken element's of Tracey Emins message of strong femininity within her typography and Anna Rays installations exploring the idea that everything has depth with her use of colour.
PROJECT 1: MIGRATION
MIGRATION IN THE MODERN DAY IS USUALLY REFERENCED TO DESCRIBE PEOPLE MOVING AWAY FROM THEIR PLACE OF ORIGIN, BUT MIGRATION IS BIGGER THAN A PREFERENCE OF HABITAT. MIGRATION IS A GENERALISED TERM BUT WHEN EXPLORED ITS MEANING AND NECESSITY DIFFERS ACROSS SPECIES.
THIS PROJECT INVESTIGATES THE INTERPRETATIONS OF MIGRATIONS FOCUSING ON THE SEASONAL MIGRATION OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES TO THE CULTURAL TRAVELLERS COMMUNTIY OF ROMANI GYPSIES.
THIS COLLECTION IS INSPIRED BY HISTORICAL TRADITIONS, COMMUNTIIES AND SURVIVAL INSTICTS, EXPLORED THROUGH LINEAR PRINTS, BOLD COLOUR INFUSIONS AND FLUID SILHOUETTES.
PROJECT 2: "intimacy" IN A SYSTEMATIC WORLD
LONDON UNDERGROUND IS RECOGNISED LESS FOR ITS HISTORICAL ATRIBUTES TO THE CITY AND MORE FOR BEING THE INFULSTRUCTURE TO THE SOCIAL AND PROFESSSIONAL WORLD.
THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD OVERSHADOWS THE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS AS MONDAY TO FRIDAY STATIONS ARE FLOODED WITH SUITS AND SILENT COMMUTERS.
THIS COLLECTION APPRECIATES THE HISTORICAL BEAUTY OF THE UNDERGROUND AND THE DAILY INTERACTIONS.