I am currently a 21 year old Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles Design student in love with colour and textures. I find exhilaration by discovering my potential through pushing the boundaries of experimental knitting techniques and combining unconventional materials and creation methods.
I take pride in my abilities incorporating tactility and colour into my design work- I would say these are the focal points of my Textile and fashion work, alongside a thought-provoking and unique concept, creating cohesive and beautiful collections. It never ceases to amaze me how many beautiful and completely different effects and looks can be made when experimenting with fashion and Textiles.
A project based around our ‘manufactured identities’ online and how we use objects and appearance over actions to express our style and personalities. Without these physical attributes and objects, we face ‘anonymity’ and ‘invisibility’ in the online community, e.g. social media.
This project focuses upon the current struggle many youth and adults alike, experience, whilst posting or ‘influencing’ online - “I buy (or look like) therefore I am” mentality, vs ‘irrelevancy’ and ‘invisibility’. My project title highlights the materialistic and surface-level nature of these fabricated personas we create, as well as the central theme of identity.
For this Final Major Project, the Fashion Textiles Pathway was chosen, to showcase the Knitting skills that have been developed over the duration of the Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textiles Design course. There is so much scope when it comes to knit technique, embellishment, equipment and yarns that made this the preferred route to follow for this project. 'Material Identities' showcases a utilisation of unconventional media, such as false nails, safety pins, piercing jewellery and more, as well as yarns that are significantly more difficult to knit with, which have been mastered, to create exciting, highly textured and often transparent or semi-transparent effects. The unconventional media used represents material items one may adorn themselves with, in order to present an 'idealised' version of self, when posting online, or to 'fit themselves' into a particular 'niche', social group or Subculture. The QR codes represent an incredibly quick and simple 'gateway' between reality and the online world.