The stylistic interpretation of my clothing ventures from my artistic and carefree approach to expressing my personality through what I design. The use of contrasting materials, colours and print helps ignite the adventure in the garments I create.
Life should be a picnic of fun, happiness and carelessness. More often than not we fall into a tedious existence of being comfortable without venturing for more of an adventure, or something that is pushing the boundaries. Through clothing, I want to revitalize the playfulness we embed as a child, taking this through to an adults reality, generating a magical sense of what we sometimes wish we were doing, instead of living in the now.
How could we escape from the monotonous reality we find ourselves living? Instead we could be existing in a ‘utopia’ where we can be careless and free. I took inspiration from nature and childhood to reflect playfulness and portray a paradise that we all sometimes wish we were living in, escaping from societal expectations. Creating a body of work that would capture fun and enjoyment in a time of such doubt in the world, was really my prime focus; a reminder of the adventure that we all have with in us.
Looking at the perception between reality and fantasy, taking influences from the natural organic shapes of nature, enabled me to develop a collection balancing volume, layering and texture. Escaping from society is a big inspiration at the basis of my collection, looking at people who have escaped and lived off the grid in the wilderness to avoid what is expected of them in society. This helped create a whimsical focal point surrounding my collection as a day dream of what we would desire in another life
I explored an avenue of how to create sustainable elements of my collection, whilst still integrating the voluminous and playful silhouettes. The tipi was pink and fit into my colour palette, therefore upcycling it in my collection seemed perfect. Combining the tipi with outdoor waterproof materials and delicate lightweight fabrics creates a juxtaposition in my work that portrays my concept but explores a modern active feeling in the clothing. Using trims such as upcycled paracord and metal hardware like eyelets helps me balance the combination of bold outerwear and elegant flowing undergarments. Using my own drawings and sketches inspired by the whimsical side of the natural world, I created print designs that are bold, fun and free. Print is something that I think represents me as a designer, therefore the distortion of the flowers creates an element of mystery and intrigue for people to look further into the rest of the spontaneity in my work.