Throughout my time at University I have specialised in knitwear, womenswear, print and pattern development, and surface decoration. At the heart of my designs is my interest in craft, and the process of making. I care deeply about the quality and longevity of the pieces I make, I aim to create clothes that are cherished and kept beyond trends.
In order to incorporate sustainable solutions within my collection, I have used fully fashioning where possible in the construction, keeping the cut and sew approach to a minimum - therefore minimizing waste. Also by predominently using yarn from my UPW sponsership such as mohair, merino, and viscose rayon, my garments are sustainably disposable at the end of their life without causing to much damage to the planet.
The idea of an object or aesthetic being able to move between taste categories has always fascinated me, therefore the collection encompasses a maximalist, kitsch, and playful feeling. The collection’s look is akin to a child going into their granny’s attic and playing dress up. It focuses on nostalgia, taking inspiration from photographs of my Grannies and objects that I associate with my Grannies, like quilts or ceramic ornaments.
I have taken a naïve and playful approach to colour and pattern. My aim for the final collection is to have a mismatched and layered aesthetic, full of unusual juxtapositions between fabrics, prints, and colours. With oversized silhouettes and layering, and the use of gathers and frills – referencing the childlike aesthetic of playing dress-up. I also focus on the home-made approach to craft – as if a garment had been made for a child by their granny, but then made adult size.
The details in my final collection are as follows. To maximise the impact of each garment yet also incorporate finer details, oversized motif patterns are contrasted with finer techniques like hand embroidery and ribbon applique. This adds extra detail and texture to the surface of the knitted fabric, whilst also referencing the craft skills honed by both of my grannies. I have also used velvet ribbon and silk strapping ties across many of my garments, as this enables them to be functional whilst also adding a luxurious yet playful detail. For the construction across the majority of my collection, all of the seams are finished edges which are then linked together - resulting in a high quality finish that is consequently zero-waste. I have also incorporated a visible seam across many of the gathered pieces to emphasise the amount of fabric utilised, and the craft process employed to make them.