I graduated with First Class Honours from Loughborough University in 2014, specialising in Printed Textiles. As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a year of work placements in the textiles industry (interning for five separate textile companies, within both fashion and interiors, across the United Kingdom and in Australia). Following graduation, I worked as a Textiles Designer for Stephen Walters, a silk mill that manufactures woven fabrics for high-end fashion brands. Here I designed artwork for illustrative jacquard fabrics, communicated as CAD representations of the fabric, for use in womenswear, menswear and neckwear. Therefore, although my work focuses on drawn imagery and patterns, it can be applied to printed, woven and embroidered textiles.
My MA project, ‘Synaesthetic’, is a meditative collection of silk fabrics, designed for a high-end fashion context, which are intended to encourage emotional wellbeing by offering visual and haptic experiences simultaneously. This collection seeks to aid contemplation and tranquillity by focusing on expressive painterly imagery, colour, and the inherently visceral quality of the textiles themselves. Designs were created using experimental hand-rendered techniques, in addition to more traditional methods of printing, both screen-printing and digital. The collection also explores digitally-designed embroidery, adapted from original drawings and paintings, which have been embroidered using a luxurious silk yarn that was recycled from the British textiles industry. The use of time-intensive processes within this collection ensure that the resulting textiles are ‘labours of love’, imbuing emotion into each fabric, thus instilling longevity within every piece.
The aesthetic inspiration for this collection was predominantly the sky, in addition to the flora that often frames our perspective of it, depicted as a means of exploring naturally soothing imagery, in relation to the underlying concept of wellbeing. The project was further fuelled by an interest in social, environmental and emotional sustainability, approached from a fashion textiles perspective.