Since starting University, my knowledge about the importance of sustainable fashion has really developed. I am passionate about creating fashion for change, with the lowest environmental impact as possible and my own personal abstract style.
Being able to physically make and see my own textiles come to life through so many hours of work has been such an impactful learning experience, saving so much 'waste' from going to landfill and to rework materials outside of their constraints has only made it more worthwhile.
After coming across startling figures hidden in low-key news articles about the devastation caused by the increasing climate crisis on highly vulnerable individuals, I felt the need to bring attention to this an impactful matter.
The inspiration for the silhouettes throughout the collection have been taken from traditional fisherman workwear, communicating the risks of the sea due the impacts of rising sea levels. The garments them come into their own using hand crafted, woven textiles which creates dramatic movement and the juxtaposition of the heaviness of the nature of a historic steamboat sail.
Some of the key focuses of this collection were centred around mindful sourcing and the use of donated naval materials. Exploring slow craft techniques such as large scale hand-weaving, to produce a base for my portraiture prints, highlighting the voices of those who have been unjustly affected by the consequences of climate change. I have included precious details from an historic steamboat sail throughout the collection to enhance the connection to the risks posed by the threat of the rising sea levels.