Joana Dias

Contact:
joanasantosmoreirad@gmail.com
University/School:
Kingston University London
Location:
Kingston
Specialism:
Accessory DesignHeritage & CultureKnitwear DesignSustainabiltyTextilesWomenswear
About Me

Hi! I am Joana a Womenswear Designer passionate about textiles

Inspired by my Portuguese craft heritage I created a collection made of deadstock fabrics and natural fibers

Through knit and print I am able to explore a varied range of textures and colours I find in my references

INSPIRATION

My initial inspiration came from a 1940s Portuguese documentary called "The life of linen"

After watching the documentary depicting the 1940s Portuguese countryside, I fell in love with the simple, highly sustainable and beautiful process of homemade linen, from plant to fabric. In the Douro region, harvesting linen was not only a daily task that would normally pay for rent, but also, a moment of celebration and happiness. My silhouettes are an interpretation of what Portuguese ladies used to wear on these occasions, huge skirts with infinite layers of prints.

My passion for craft and the magic associated with everything we are able to create with our own hands, inspired me to combine my country’s heritage with the Bauhaus, Anni Albers’s pictorial weavings and Barbara Hepworth’s marvelous sculptures. Through knitwear and print, I am able to create different textures which illustrate the surface of the Douro landscape, as well as the structures we can find in the artists’ weavings and sculptures.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Deadstock fabrics and natural fibers

The idea of printing deadstock fabrics gave me a lot of space to create my own fabrics but still explore sustainability

By exploring knit and print techniques I was able to transform my ideas and references into beautiful and unique garments
Accessory DesignHeritage & CultureKnitwear DesignSustainabiltyTextilesWomenswear
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