Kristy finds inspiration in observing every little detail around her, from world news to a snapshot of daily life. She absorbs everything, and turns her personal observation and feelings about humanity, voice and the current social unrest into her collections, which also has message about sustainability - she used deadstock materials and technology to explore.
The message behind my collection ‘Disruption: Twisted Insane’ is: the past few months have been a series of rolling disasters, not just Covid. We may have heard different voices and seen different pictures. In these pictures, we may ask, "Is it just me? or is it getting crazier out there?" However, when there are many voices from the outside world, do you have to obey those voices? or do you have to obey what you think or believe? Escape is cowardly, avoidance is negative, and retreat is even more incompetent. We should stand up and fight for what we believe, instead of going with the flow.
My graduate collection 'Disruption: Twisted Insane’ is inspired by the global movement, eg Hong Kong protests, BLM and Asian hate etc. In which showing everyone's twisted thoughts in this twisted world … I started asking myself what is right? What is wrong? From there I formed some key words: distortion, wrapping, twisted and illusion. With these words, I carried out my research and development through experimental drawings, collage and draping to create interesting silhouettes and details.
I wanted to explore sustainability within my work, so I used CLO 3D to visualise real-life clothing on screen, so as to check the style, proportions and fit without causing more waste. The materials I have used throughout this collection are Earth Friendly materials, including end-of-rolls, factory surplus waste, and dead-stock textiles from UK stores online. I want to turn waste into modern women's clothing, create high-quality clothing, and integrate the classic/asymmetrical outline with contemporary influences. I used many woven/knitted jacquard fabrics, two-tone (changeant) taffeta and organza, and messy printed fabric in the collection. I chose these fabrics because I liked their visual effects, and they also imitated the key words I wrote about the feeling of the collection: distortion, twisted and illusion.