Celesi(a)l(strology) is a collection that embraces the growing trend of zodiac symbolism and spirituality.
In an era of individuality and self-expression, astrology can provide a sense of unity and community - every human being has a star sign associated with their birthday, and similar to the feeling of finding a key-ring with your name or initial on it, it has become increasingly popular so seek out trinkets and accessories that visually express your zodiac sign.
Each astrological sign is placed into an elemental group - earth, air, water or fire. From this, I have created a selection of prints and motifs that explore these groups in more detail, using the birth stones connected to each sign to form unique and interesting colour palettes.
These prints are intended for light-weight spring/summer womenswear, steering astrology away from the typical dark/moody winter colour palette and giving it a bright new life with delicate, hand-finished embroidered details to add texture and playful tangibility.
Fluid Comfort is an interior fabrics range, designed around the concept of liquid qualities combined with plump, comforting textures. This project combines both printed surfaces hand embroidery detail, using a subtle, soothing colour palette.
The inspiration behind the abstract motifs and patterns is fluid forms, taking inspiration initially from glasswork. As the concept was refined, the focus shifted more towards water and the amorphic forms that are created from the movement of liquids.
This collection of samples is for bespoke alternative bridal wear. The designs was influenced by the journey taken within the country of Nepal during winter season.
The journey started in the capital city of Kathmandu, continued through road traveling in Lulitpur district, seeing the two rivers meet, Sun Kosi and Dudh Koshi. Resting in a rural village of Khotang between the deep and winding valleys. Finally continuing forward with the road trip towards the plane landscape of Ihatari district.
Ideas were inspired through the images and videos collected from that journey, which lead to the exploration of nature influenced textures , form and shapes seen during the trip. Furthermore, the colour pallet was exclusive and linked with the experience of the traveller. This led to compositions showcasing intimate and key moments of the journey.
Techniques such as sublimation printing, digital and hand embroidery including couching, tambour beading, and stumpwork, was integrated to further explore the textural designs. All these processes helped to create a detailed narrative within the samples.
This led to a unique bridal wear collection which showcased how well personal moments can produce creative outcomes and different options by breaking the traditional route.
Through the eyes of a diver | Colonies under threat
Inspired by the beauty of bleached coral reefs, this collection expresses the message that change still needs to happen. As coral bleaching is still an ongoing consequence of man-made pollution.
When designing the bleached coral in this project the aim was to use alternatives to traditional embellishment techniques, such as beads and sequins. The distinctive combination of clay, found materials and textile elements are hand crafted to make relationships and connections between form and surface texture, with the aim that each element of the work is individual and distinctive of the rest. The intention being to replicate and enhance the beauty of the complex creatures and living organisms that connect together to form the unique and ever-changing coral reefs that live in the oceans all over the world.
Using the view point of a divers journey through the waters and along a coral reef as inspiration for the work meant looking at the work in a new way. While carefully considering their journey and how their route can vary and follow in different paths helped to envision the work in its finished article and how it can be displayed in a distinctive way. When researching and discovering the different types of coral it gave new views into how much more the pieces can be developed to accurately represent the natural coral but on a more heightened scale.
The majority of the designs consist of a neutral colour palette to represent the bleaching of the coral, with subtle hints of colour to explore how a divers journey may come across sections which are healthy and haven’t yet experienced as severe bleaching. Other pieces have a completely white colour palette to ensure the severity of the issue is highlighted to the audience, with the aim to raise awareness even further.
A range of luxurious fabric swatches for S/S20 Outerwear, inspired by routine maps, pavement and plants.
The final collection will value different hand embroidery techniques whilst working with digital and machinery processes.
The idea of merging irregular shapes and textures found within these elements will show the journey taken from the routine map. Mark making, observational drawing and collage drawing are explored throughout the project to generate new motifs and design compositions. Colours are taken from these elements to create a personal colour palette and to produce contrasting colours which are used for the final samples. Combining different embroidery and knit techniques such as Wilcom embroidery software, hand embroidery stitches, hand beading, stumpwork, couching, hook up and rib technique which are mainly used for the final samples. This project is vital as it is also career focused which fits with the future career as a hand embellisher.
The Bridal Burj collection of high end fabric samples, provides bespoke embroidery embellishments showcasing modern, contemporary and delicate techniques.
Taking inspiration from visiting the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa, its blue prints reflect the different shapes it has at every level. Each design within the collection had been made up of various shapes within The Burj Khalifa, which has then been sublimated on polyester crepe and satin fabric. Following the current trend within Asian Bridal wear, colours of white and blush pink are also used in this collection.
By analysing and experimenting further on the height and form of The Burj Khalifa, this element of 3D has been expressed throughout my embellishment work which provides a contrasting contemporary twist on traditional embroidery. Furthermore, having personalised bespoke beads and using processes such as laser cutting and sequin film to achieve specific shapes which made the collection unique.