Britney Pearce works to create more conscious designs. She takes pride in including handmade crafts and detailing within her work as well as producing pieces driven by circular design. Britney always designs with a sustainable heart, responding to current day environmental issues and developing innovative solutions to problems surrounding them.
Britney’s work is supported by her strong research ability, developing new materials and sourcing sustainably she considers the impact of her work at every stage of her design process. Drawing inspiration from the environment inspires originality within her fashion and textiles designs and has led to innovative practises, such as her development of organic, floral, biodegradable textiles. Britney is always looking forward, finding new methods to develop work responsibly and creatively, whilst developing beautifully considered designs.
Over lockdown I often spent time in my garden. The spare time I had allowed me to reflect inwardly and was a period of peaceful personal growth. I spent time researching sustainability practices and methods of more considered design. This naturally led to me developing a collection and designs encompassing nature's influence. Everything in my collection takes care to be sustainable, from fabric selection and sourcing, to processes used, even considering elements such as water usage in the dyeing process.
The collection addresses both the way we prevent nature from growing in an over industrialised world, as well as the responsiveness this growth has to the elements surrounding it, specifically to wind and rain. 100% organic peace silk is used to contrast the bioplastic providing an element of responsive movement and breeze. Textile elements are developed through environmentally conscious practices, such as hapazome dyeing with botanicals and developing biodegradable textiles.
The use of natural dyeing, bundle dyeing and floral hapazome printing is used to develop silks in a range of beautiful, colourful layers. The setting of florals into bioplastics alongside natural dyes provides a stunning preservation effect, exploring the suspension of flowers in time. The bioplastics change over time; their colour fades and the florals' natural colouring bleed into the bioplastic. This allows a uniquely raw study of the florals and reflects the ever-changing nature of our environment. Modularity is introduced within the design for a more sustainable approach and acts as a reflection of nature, plants and their irregular and unpredictable growth. Garments are fastened exclusively with ties, using otherwise leftover dyed silk to create rouleau strips. The bioplastics are secured similarly with handmade bias binding in the same silk fabric.