I was inspired by how connected but disconnected we are as a society and how social media has taken over. I've explored this by focusing on the human touch, tactility and forms of communication.
My concept is: To help people recognise how important it is to look past social media and take in the real world around us. How there is so much more to life than the selfie we post, the number of likes we receive or how many people follow us. We need to recognise the importance of real human interaction, embrace, touch and being present with one another.
I was inspired by my emotional response and use of social media throughout the first Covid 19 Lockdown. How i would sit and aimlessly scroll through hundreds of selfies, TikTok videos and constant messages. Although social media has acted as such a lifeline for us all during the lockdown and allowed us to be so connected with one another its allowed me to see how much in our everyday life we rely on social media and how disconnected it has made us.
The lockdown made me notice how much I took for granted, simply laughing with my friends over a drink at a bar, visiting places I love and find comfort within and simply embracing those I love. It made me consider everything I missed and allowed me to realise how much time I waste being consumed and disconnected from the world, due to my obsession with a tiny screen full of tiny pictures.
Throughout this collection ive experimented with many ways of creating texture and the desire to touch to generate a form of connection with the viewer/wearer and the garment. I've explored Technics such as knitting, weaving, embroidery and tufting. This has allowed me to create a bold, colourful and textural collection that emphasizes the importance of touch, presence and connection.