Inspired by using unwanted textiles, Kate used patchworking techniques - leading her to research into Victorian womenswear and 60's silhouettes.
I enjoy working with surface design and have recently been working more sustainably by using unwanted and deadstock fabrics. I think fashion should be fun and playful and that's something I explored in this collection while being mindful of where I sources my textiles.
My pre-collection titled ‘Miscellanea’ was inspired by making use of discarded textiles, having inherited lots of textiles from a deceased relative - saving them from being thrown away. To make use of these textiles I researched into patchworking techniques which led me to the Victorian era – where patchworking was a popular way to repair clothing and use textiles, which was often seen as a luxury.
To introduce a contemporary element, I was excited by Yves Saint Laurent’s use of patchworking in the 1960’s, thus choosing to blend the eras, using patchworking as the common theme. The deadstock and discarded textiles included old bedsheets, net curtains, offcuts from previous work and unwanted ties. Excited by the range of colours and prints I used this to create a vibrant and playful colour pallete.
Making use of these textiles, I explored techniques that could utilise textiles and also explore surface design. Therefore patchworking was an exciting option for not only it's history but also being able to make use of the whole piece of fabric through piecing together differing shapes.