The work explores the beauty in stitching and mending garments back together when they are damaged. By doing this we extend its life, we give it new possibilities and we give grace to that broken garment by holding onto the sentimental value it means to us. Taking inspiration from nature and the world around us, the project looks at how mending a garment could be related to how we mend ourselves emotionally and physically.
Specialising in embroidered textiles, mixing intricate machine stitch with details of hand stitch aswell as the mix of digital print with patterns created using photography.
Inspired by personal photography and the love of texture and use of colour.
Distorted Rhythms takes inspiration from the uncontrollable growth in nature and finding the rhythms within overgrown environments, focusing on the dramatic structures of tree roots and vines. Personal photography was the base of the project capturing the energy of how they wrap, connect and intertwine with each other. Extracting the tubing texture from the structures and manipulating its traits within expressive embroidery. The energetic rhythms within nature offer a comparison to the energetic style and playful colours of the 1980s, this combination will give the project an abstract twist. The 1980s mimics the busy rhythms that happen within nature.
The fashion swatches are designed for experimental womenswear intended to make a statement. They stand as a collection giving off a playful mood with the expressive colours.
Cultures are defined by their shared customs and behavioural patterns. Social and geographical disruption is reported in the news every day with serious consequences to the human condition and its future environment. Social disintegration results from human-related and natural causes, for example, war, terrorism inter-racial disputes. Societies and families are broken apart by forced migration. However, societies evolve, adapt and absorb foreign cultures.
The visual expression of these concepts resulted in a collection of samples for a fashion application.
Each sample portrays a story: cultures displaced and fragmented represented by sharp contrasts in the colour palette and textile patterns. In contrast, visual evidence of cultural absorbance and integration is represented by mergence patterns. The collection comprises a combination of denim, leather and polyester velvet for Spring summer market.
Phobias is a project that visually explores individual experiences of Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) and Nyctophobia (Fear of the Dark). By producing works that represent these people's account, we are not only able to better understand such conditions, but also allows us to realise and rationalise our own feelings that we may of labelled embarrassing or shameful.
A new graduate from Birmingham City University specialising in embroidery. With a focus for the telling of personal stories and psychology through the use of textiles. Concerned with benefitting wellbeing, by exploring concepts that open up conversations about our mental health and individual journeys.
Combining digital, machine and hand embroidery techniques to produce graphic illustrative embroideries that not only tell someone’s experience but give a distinct design aesthetic.
The Palpable collection provides dramatic, tactile embroidered surfaces for couture fashion that showcase bold colour statements and exquisite technique.
Hand embroidery techniques are used to create intricate designs that highlight sophisticated craftsmanship.
Taking inspiration from beautifications in nature, the Palpable collection aims to tempt the innate need to touch using the concept of sensory overload as way of intriguing the senses. Each design in the collection has been hand crafted through, utilising the initial unique technical drawings and illustrative motifs.
Being so passionate about craftsmanship, the collection features traditional hand embroidery techniques such as goldwork and tambour beading. Each design focuses on the quality of stitch and materiality to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. The interjection of hand crafted 3D embellishments provides a contrasting contemporary twist on traditional embroidery- decorating the final surfaces with a lavish dominance.
'Wonderful Misfits' is a vibrant, structural floral collection, designed to celebrate the beauty of being unique. Inspired by the types of flower mutations - fasciation and proliferation, they have playful styling potential.
Inspired by the aesthetic and movement of these two particular mutations, playful, low-budget materials such as craft foam, vinyl and felt are transformed, combined and used to create statement 3D samples and embellishments. Each piece consists of both hand and laser cut pieces, combined with intricate hand beading and stitching. Bold, eye-catching and vibrant colour is used to excite and evoke a positive mood. Each floral oozes with its own unique personality and celebrates being different from the rest.
Potential applications for these florals include hair pieces, jewellery, bag design, brooches and more. There is further potential for visual merchandising, art pieces and translation into print design.
I utilised my 19 years previous dance experience as initial design inspiration to form my Final Major Project titled ‘Beautified Pressures. My finalised body of work explores the hidden muscle strain in dance performance. The collection uses embroidered interventions that choreograph and restrict varied materials to convey the demanding pressures experienced by a dancer’s body. I have then added embellishments and hand embroidered detail as a form of distraction to resemble how the audience can be blinded by the beauty in performance. Through an assortment of textile processes, Beautified Pressures is an established collection that is performance wear focused but can be applied to luxury fashion.
Amelia Bailey is a recent graduate from Birmingham City University
with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design, specialising in Embroidery. Amelia
focuses on creating tactile surface textures through hand and digital
By using natural dyeing methods, Amelia takes a sustainable approach
to her work, considering material choices for a truly bespoke finish.
A neutral but effective colour scheme allows the surface textures to be
the main focus and creates a calming and comforting feel.
Amelia’s exhibition at New Designers explores anxiety and depression,
with a focus on body image being the main message behind her work.
By embracing skin textures, Amelia’s designs consist of fabric manipulation
and contrasting textures to embrace ‘imperfections’
Amelia is excited to continue her design journey, aiming herself at the
luxury market with possibilities for her designs to be used for couture
and bridal applications.
Semi-Awake State is a series of hallucinatory landscapes that are influenced by personal emotions, and visuals experienced within the confused state of awakening.
Combining unusual graphic images haphazardly create confused overlaps that hint possible juxtaposing material infusions. These resemble the involuntary imbalance of perspective within an unconscious mind.
A mishmash of liquified and synthetic materials with exaggerated embroidery stitches are used to add detail and bring energy to flat sublimation prints. Pertruding elements consume the viewers allowing them to become immersed by the self-generated getaway.
Through documentation of individual imaginings, a colour pallet is established that explores the emotions sensed. The colour pallet is subtly introduced to everyday imagery to hint the tangible uniting with the invented.
Specialising in embroidered textiles, mixing digital stitch with details of hand stitch including beading and goldwork.
Inspiration is often gained from nature, creating intriguing surfaces and textural fabric manipulation.
Having been influenced by the rural habitats of grasslands and moorland throughout my childhood, the atmosphere creates a perfect scene of textures, colours and patterns with a strong personal attachment. Dartmoor particularly has been a key place where I have grown up making it personal and close to my heart, this is what makes me intrigued in how the beauty can be put into embroidery.
Inspiration will be taken from flowering plants, but also the contrast in the wide variety of species. The climate on Dartmoor plays a big part in my interpretation of the place, it has a climate of its own and is often windy, having an effect on how the plants are seen, felt and heard. Therefore a key element of these places to me is the movement of the grasses.
Precious Wilderness will unfold and create a sense of these habitats through embroidery methods, with brushed lines and textures representing the dry, fine grasses. This contrasting with the rich tough heather and gorse with popping colours through gold work. Digital embroidery will provide a strong background of colour and pattern whilst hand embroidery techniques will show softer touches such as meadow flowers and create textured surfaces.