A graduate from BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, where I have been working with a range of printmaking skills as well as visualising and producing fashion garment based final outcomes, also finding a passion for digital garment design using 3D Fashion Design software as a way to present my design ideas and concepts.
As a creative student I have been able to combine my love for both Art and Fashion, as well as being able to develop my drawing, pattern cutting skills and experiment with the specialism of my course: print design and application, from dye sublimation, to screen printing, to digital printing. These methods have allowed me to create my own original printed fabrics which I used to make fashion garment based outcomes, also allowing me to develop my sewing and pattern cutting skills.
An exploration of the uncontrollable factors that form part of being human, living with the skin we are in and the conditions that can be thrust upon us. Looking at various forms of cancer, a disease that many of us have experienced in some way, affecting the lives of many of my close family and friends, with particular focus on the conditions of mesothelioma, hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer.
Combining a mixture of textural, graphic and detailed imagery, the collection aims to highlight a taboo subject, raising awareness of these conditions, whilst allowing a range of women, of all skin tones, ages and sizes to express themselves through different combinations of the layered garments. This collection, made from a range of sheer and opaque luxury feel fabrics, incorporates the techniques of dye sublimation, devore and discharge printing, which have also been visualised as 3D digital garments.
My five outfits, named after the stages that classify cancer, feature a large collection of garments made from a variety of fabrics from opaque lycra garment, base layer pieces with more textured, luxurious fabrics and sheer garments layered on top to create a multi-layered combination of prints. Each of my outfits, titled stage 0 to 4, which can be seen written as numbers or roman numerals, represent the prints and fabrics that you see within each garment as progressively, in each outfit the level of cancer and the amount of cancer inspired imagery increases to show how conditions like these and changes we see in our bodies are out of our control.