Rachel Hilston

Contact:
rachelhilston2000@gmail.com
University/School:
Heriot-Watt University
Location:
Heriot-Watt
Specialism:
Accessory DesignFashion DesignTextilesWomenswear
About Me

Hi I'm Rachel a Fashion Graduate from Heriot- Watt University

When I design I tend to gravitate towards themes of nature and history of sources of inspiration. I go on tangents throughout my creative process, which is a key part of my process to develop new ideas. I enjoy experimenting using textiles and trying out techniques to evolve my creative skills.

Developing a S/S women's occasiowear collection that aims create elegant and flattering feminine silhouettes. Choosing soft satins, chiffon and jersey to develop a comfortable day to night collection, that can be worn for all day events. 'Heart of the Earth' is a collection for that creates a subtle statement, while being wearable and comfortable for the wearer. The name represents the science behind volcanoes and spiritual beliefs volcanoes hold.

INSPIRATION

Inspired by the colliding plate movements that shifting causing volcanoes to erupt.

Inspired volcanoes I was mesmerised by the volcanic power and science behind their behavior. Often representing a higher power, volcanoes tend to be feared and known as a destructive force of nature. They are also admired throughout many mythologies and cultures, seen as sacred they are honored. In my collection I wanted to show a alternate mesmerising side of volcanoes, using soft and delicate fabrics to contrast against a harsh and destructive theme.

I wanted to emulate the organic lines and capture as many colours as I could to give justice to such a mesmerising and astonishing part of nature. Layering chiffon throughout my collection in a way to capture the soft tones of colour that flow in the lava. Producing my final collection has reconfirmed my desire to work in the creative field and challenge my ability to create new things.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Inspired by the colliding plate movements beneath the earth's surface.

My matching set is made from charcoal jersey cotton and hand embroidered in tones of orange thread. The shape of the of the neck, hemline and waistband are taken from the cracked lines of the colliding plate movements on the earth's crust. These colliding plates are the start of a volcanic eruption, which is hidden deep and out of sight . The hand embroidery of both the shorts and crop top represent the lines and shapes taken from lava flow. Lava flows outside once a volcano has erupted, free flowing and widespread. Lava travels covering and destroying all in its path, although I wanted to show a softer side and capture the natural orange and yellow tones in this natural phenomenon. This is my favourite outfit of my collection, mimicking the beauty and detail volcanoes hold.

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