Sophie Wheeler

Contact:
sophiewheeler121@gmail.com
University/School:
Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA)
Location:
Cambridge
Specialism:
Award NomineeEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignKnitwear DesignSustainabiltyTextiles
About Me

I'm Sophie, a passionate recent Fashion Design graduate from CSVPA

Creating exciting colourful textiles has always been a passion of mine. My collection ‘The Dazzle of Halibut’ is driven by concerns of the waste generated by the fashion industry. Inspired by large silhouettes, playful colours, and patterns I have played with knitting and tufting textiles, using waste yarns to create a collection visually exciting.

I love to create and experiment and I am not afraid of making mistakes as they often lead to something exciting.

INSPIRATION

Rather than stimulating the thief of joy, I hope my collection is a bringer of delight and wonder.

I wanted to create something that was visually appealing and sustainable at the same time. The avoidance of conspicuous consumption of the new stimulated my initial process, which turned to discarded fabrics. I started with only natural and recycled domestic textiles; dyed with waste avocado stones from a local sushi restaurant. These fabrics run through my design in the linings, however the donation of a range of deadstock yarns, from Missoni and John Smedley changed the collection’s course.

My hand-tufted fabrics are camouflaged as textiles for the home, in this way they hide from the outside world. But slowly my inconspicuous aspirations were becoming their opposite. An irony that reminded me of my favorite childhood storybook character Halibut Jackson, created by the British illustrator David Lucas. Halibut, a shy dressmaker who ‘didn’t like to be noticed’ who liked to ‘blend into the background’ became the inspiration for my collection’s aesthetics.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Hand tufted, hand sewn, deadstock and natural dyes

From sourcing deadstock yarns from knitwear factories around the country to natutrally dying 2nd hand curtains and bed sheets with waste avocado pits from local sushi restaurants to be used as linings, to sewing all my tufted pieces together by hand, to plying the deadstock yarns togther to create a thicker yarn that could be threaded through the tufting gun, to hand tufting each piece. Each part of the process has been carefully thoughtout to be both enviromentally concious as well as ethically sustainable.

"THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR PLANET IS THE BELIEF THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL SAVE IT." - ROBERT SWAN
Award NomineeEco / Zero Waste DesignFashion DesignKnitwear DesignSustainabiltyTextiles
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