Specialising in experimental knitwear development, I am a concept driven womenswear designer, with a relaxed street-style aesthetic, often taking references from sportswear and leisurewear. My concepts surround our relationship with the modern world and pose questions on how our experiences and relationships are ever-changing as the world evolves.
Taking influence from urban landscapes, architecture and subcultural references, my work juxtaposes contemporary ideas with traditional hand craft techniques, putting a playful spin on how these practices are applied to fashion design, with a forward thinking approach. Working with an array of different fibres, textures and colours, my work aims to convey these concepts through knit, pattern cutting, fabric manipulation, print, devoré and digital illustration, bringing 2D designs to life with creative and experimental practices.
Inspired by close up images of intricate patterns in concrete, the concept focuses on how we miss the sense of physical touch in the modern world; moving into virtual spaces our human interaction and experiences with the world are disrupted. The collection explores an overindulgence of the senses with colours and textures from urban cityscapes and conveys these experiences through contrasting knitted textiles, screen printing and devore to create a sensory overload.
Following an oversized and relaxed aesthetic, with references to sportswear and leisure throughout, the collection takes influence from basketball and dance in the streets of New York through Jamel Shabazz’s photography, and my own photography of diverse city scapes, capturing a sense of urban grittiness which is conveyed through a juxtaposition of layering opposing textured knits.
My final collection is made solely from knit, all which come in opposing forms and capture a sense of contrasting textures found in urban settings to recreate the sense of touch that we often find is disrupted as the world moves into a more virtual space. To achieve this, I have use contrasting yarn fibres; a striped, dense feeling knit which is made from cotton, Lycra and lurex, inlayed with mohair gives a scratchy yet fluffy sensation all at once, fluffy brushed mohair which is flocked creating relief with a velvety feel, and sheer knits made from cotton and lurex which is burnt away with devoré to create more delicate layers.