Emily was inspired by the first-hand stories she has collected and understood during her research around the streets of her home city of Leicester.
I want people to notice my work and use that to help start the conversation around the subject of homelessness and the fact that thousands are without a roof over their head.
For my research, I travelled around the streets of my home city of Leicester to try and understand what life is really like living on the streets. Through my interviews, I gained a better understanding of what it’s like to live on streets and importantly what led to a life on the streets. My aim is to raise more awareness and get the conversation started around the subject through my textile/fashion collection and especially through my specialism of printed textiles.
I have been inspired by the stories and have used them to interpret their lives through my artwork, I have drawn inspiration from artist Jean Michael Basquiet’s, as I felt he was able to express emotions through a creative interpretation of his own life and felt that I could reflect the individual stories through my use of colour, drawn line textures, shape and form through my own textile work.
These materials were from charity shops and have then been taken apart. Emily felt this process reflected and conveyed the story of what is happening to people living on the streets about being forgotten and discarded. Emily wanted to make the clothing loved and wanted again, so to do this she has dyed the individual garment sections, screen printed designs that been taken from my sketchbook. She used traditional hand screen printing techniques to print bright optimistic colours all over the garments. Additionally, she has also cut up some of the old and unwanted clothing to create fabric samples, hand dyed them, screen printed and then applied creative stitching and appliqué techniques, to make her ‘Andrew coat’. Emily is also working to create a limited edition printed t-shirts and tote bags to sell and to raise money for the homeless. The designs are intended to provoke a conversation about the people that she has met and to highlight their individual stories about their personal experiences.