Transitioning from art to fashion design is something I always wanted to do from a young age. Particularly liking that subjects can wear items with your artwork on instead of hanging a piece of art up on a wall.
I have always had a very strong interest and love for tattoos since a young age, growing up with art as my favourite subject I wanted to incorporate my artwork into fashion design.
With traditional tattoos always being a passion of mine I wanted to design a collection where tattoos was the main drive throughout my project. Tattooing is popular within many cultures, so my research began with tribal tattoos and tradition. I love the bold aesthetic of traditional tattoos, how each image is it's own art piece.
My design development came primarily through Japanese fashion and design. Their modern streetwear style combined with the elegance of Japanese traditional garments was something i really enjoyed. Japan as a nation still has very strong rules surrounding tattoos and people are often seen as outlaws, not just in Japanese culture but many other cultures around the world. This then led to my Japanese and La gang culture research where i pulled shape and silhouettes from.
my collection consists of simple silhouette inspired by Japanese and tattoo culture with utility top counter stitching detailing.