Born and raised in Hampshire, England. I am a visual and tactile person; with a specialty in leather accessories. After completing my internship at ANGEL London, I learnt the process of making a leather accessory to a luxury standard from start to finish, which is what led me to use those skills for my final collection.
I love to explore different textures and patterns, especially leather. I am strongly driven to help in the fight against climate change and improve sustainability within the fashion industry, which is something I focus heavily on in my degree. After writing my dissertation on mycelium and it’s future in within the industry, I gained my an extensive knowledge on leather and specifically bio-leather in which I grew myself and discovered new developments within the production of mycelium.
I have always been fascinated with societies infatuation with machines and the need to develop the next best machine. The speed at which new products are made. The seamless integration of it with our lives I find scary. This led me to look at artificial hearts.The very organ that makes us who we are, that symbolically feels our emotions and without it would mean we don’t function at all. If it becomes artificial, what then do we become? At what point do we lose ourselves, becoming a manmade object too?
With the Metaverse developing fast companies need to explore the idea of the fashion industry in a digital format, as how we present ourselves in the real world will soon merge with how we present ourselves in the digital. This collection looks at our relationship will machines in a time where big brands are investing into technology to allow them to be sold within the Metaverse.
For this final collection I focused heavily on the materials I used to convey my concept. I used leather as it is an animal skin therefore closely representing our own, I used digital knit with a pattern I drew that looks like the texture of a finger print while still relaying the concept of flow. Additionally, I used repurposed black vacuum pipes and dead-stock YKK waterproof vinyl zips to give the contrast where man and machine meet. Some of the bags in the collection have a resin handle, which I made using I silicone mould. I created the mould by first making the handle out of clay, then setting the silicone around it to form a negative of the shape. Inside the handle is plastic chips made from recycled bottles tops, which I melted, shredded and then blended to from chips small enough to fit in the mould. The handles represent another form of movement within the body, that of blood flow, however, the particles this time are plastic, representing our connection to man-made material.