Since my early days as a design student, I have always been fascinated by everyday life and exploring goings on within our society. The idea of taking something that is seemingly dull or overlooked and transforming it into a collection or a piece of design is something I crave to explore.
Having studied Womenswear as a specialism for most of my course, I used my graduate collection as an opportunity to delve into different parts of design I wanted to pursue after graduation such as Menswear and print design. Following my year in industry as a garment technologist, there has been a large focus on creating the perfect fit and finishes to my pieces in my final year work, which I showcased through my tech packs.
After the events of COVID-19, I was put on furlough from my industry placement which was largely office based and it lead me to come up with the idea of 'office nostalgia'. The idea that parts of the average working week that younger people would normally find boring, they now almost miss and find quite humorous. I studied the work of photographer Lars Tunbjork and Artist Thomas Demand, looking at their different uses of colour within an everyday setting as a starting off point for print development.
I took the idea of a 'work week from hell' as a starting off point for my design development - Thinking of all the annoying things that could happen and turning them into humorous prints or garment combinations. This can be seen in my line up with the biro print shirt, photocopy pullover, file drop shirt, shrunken trouser and ink stained cardigan.