With an inherent interest in Sustainability, I have focused much of my research on the consumer use phase of a garment’s life cycle, in particular, the laundering process. My GFW portfolio is showcasing my entry for the Coats sustainability competition and my nominated entry for the GFF childrenswear award.
I am a very practical person and enjoy design for functionality and longevity with the intention of keeping things circular. My graduate collection is inspired by my Celtic heritage and research into sustainable laundry practice and will showcase on my website. While I have specialized in womenswear, I have a keen interest in childrenswear and enjoyed designing a 12-piece range based on trend research and the ‘Y2K’ aesthetic.
For my entry in the Coats sustainability competition, my starting point was from the research into Celtic culture for my final collection. The amalgamation of people from all over the world during the Indo-European Migration inspired me to produce an up-cycled patch-work fabric to represent such unity and diversity. Using a zig zag stitch, I made the Coats thread the feature with a contrasting thread representing the unity of one tribe that is spread across a large vicinity.
I designed a 12-piece childrenswear collection for my nominated entry for the GFF childrenswear award. My inspiration came from the ‘Y2k’ aesthetic becoming a key trend in 2021 and how trends are cyclical and thus predicting the 2000’s having a heavy influence on the 2020s. I paired back the neon colours and grungy aesthetic to create a playful, child friendly colour palette with a versatile collection that can be mix and matched with ease to allow for self-expression and independent dressing.
Ensuring that the Coats Epic Ecoverde Rugged thread was the main feature of my upcycled garment for the Coats X GFW sustainability competition, I chose to use a hot pink contrasting colour so that the thread would really stand out. The zig zag pattern is topstitched on the outside, visibly joining the two layers of fabric scraps to form my patchwork fabric. This feature thread detailing is to represent the unity of one tribe, The Celts, that is spread across a large vicinity I.e. The large patchwork fabric in comparison to the migration over the entire world.