Rowan Stallan

Contact:
rowanstallan@gmail.com
University/School:
Edinburgh College of Art
Location:
Edinburgh
Specialism:
Award NomineeFashion DesignSustainabiltyWomenswear
About Me

I'm Rowan Stallan, a Fashion Design Graduate based in Scotland.

Growing up within the Scottish landscape between Glasgow and the West Coast of Scotland, weather forms, urbanity and modes of decay have been at the forefront of my design inspiration. My graduate collection, Decaying Forms, combines diverse print, unusual material choices and layered draping.


I am a woman wear designer passionate about sustainability and print design. My collection combines digital and traditional methods of printing as well as experimental approaches to fabric manipulation.

INSPIRATION

Decay

My collection explores the poetic character of an old abandoned hotel situated on the west cost of Scotland in a small town called Tighnabruaich. My collection explores themes of decay, the weather and the Scottish landscape. I am drawn to the hotel’s decaying features and the idea of the building being untouched yet affected by its surroundings.

I was captivated by the ghostly forms of the draping wallpaper, collapsing ceiling and nature which has taken over the building. The hotel is rich with texture, I have observed it ruinous state recording the surfaces which have rotted and cracked. Peeling wallpaper reveals new layers, and the damp and mould creates beautiful organic patterns. I am fascinated by the idea of finding beauty in what is not considered beautiful.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Sublime Scottish landscape

Growing up around Tighnabruaich small fishing village, I was inspired by the sail boats and fishing attire that the fishermen wore. I was interested in exploring clothing which responds to its environment. When thinking about materials for my collection I was drawn to images waterproof materials that protect you from the outdoors. I have chosen alternate materials like latex which mimic the waterproof garments I saw as a child. I have created an underlying mood within my collection which reflects the feeling of decay, to highlight the presence of the Scottish landscape, dark yet beautiful. Craftsmanship and quality are very important to me as a designer. I have used high quality durable materials within my collection such as latex, wool and waxed wool all of which have sustainable and environmental benefits. Through this, I have captured the atmosphere of the abandoned hotel, using a combination of traditional and digital printing methods, creating bold and textural textiles.

My collection reflects the feeling of decay and highlights the presence of the Scottish landscape, dark yet beautiful.
Award NomineeFashion DesignSustainabiltyWomenswear
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