I'm interested in detail, print, I like to manipulate materials to create something unique and wonderful.
I was born in America but raised in London. My Mum is Nigerian and my Dad is African American. When it came to my collection I wanted to explore my Nigerian heritage as I felt I knew nothing about my Nigerian roots. I was also inspired by Adire which is a textiles indigo cloth created by women.
The aim of this collection is to raise awareness about scarification, the hope is to bring women out of their comfort zone and get them to acknowledge that scars are beautiful even if they are seen negatively by others. In Nigeria, Yoruba women are the ones who make the indigo batik and use it as a cloth to wear, they are hardworking and dedicated and there should be an element of royalty when wearing the headpieces. In Nigerian culture, the ‘gele’ represents a woman’s crown and it also represents respect
I felt it was important to highlight the history of marking people and the reasonings behind it. Something that used to have such a hurtful and insulting meaning should no longer be seen this way.
Padded stuffed denim - I wanted the folds to mimic scarification. I wanted to showcase scarification in a beautiful and elegant way. I started to research and look at fabric manipulation methods such as tucking and the trapunto method. I wanted to capture the skin-like texture of scarification in a beautiful and empowering way. I also wanted to show the Nigerian culture heritage of the indigo cloths that was made by women in Yorubaland in Western Nigeria.