FASHION & TEXTILES
I explored the Fashion trend ‘High Voltage’ and based my theme around ‘perceptions of beauty.’ I planned various shoots to create an image of different kinds of beauty including size, height, race, hair colour and cosmetic features. The meaning behind this, was to show off that everyone is beautiful with or without all these added features to the body. I then developed these photos into various repeat patterns, adding in colour, drawing and unique ways to layout my work. My aim was to showcase the individuality in all of the models and to put models together that are different shapes and are unique in themselves, to show everyone is beautiful.
I've based the project around club aesthetic and subcultures found within them, particularly the LGBT community and drag queens. I've looked at quite a bit of drag performance wear and the more provocative fashion elements found within the scene. I have used neon colours, as I wanted it to represent lighting effects and club interiors.
I have been exploring a new style which is more messy and distorted, developing my ideas and use of Jeans by adding more patches, loose threads and distressing to improve the quality and make them more interesting texturally. I also made t.shirts using materials and equipment I have available at home. My aim was to promote my brand by making clothing that is available to everyone for an affordable price which has expanded my followers!
My work is based on the theme of Mexico and I have created a series of digitally designed patterns and a collection of fashion silhouettes utilising my pattern designs. The patterns were formed from the famously known carnival “Day of the Dead”; a celebration of the life their beloved ones live and was heavily inspired by the work of Alexander Henry which influenced my own pattern designs.
“The Secret Garden” This piece portrays the keyhole for the door into the secret garden. In the story, the door is hidden away and extremely hard to see as it’s been covered by overgrowing plants. The flowers resemble Collin who was bed bound his whole life but in the story he grows to be healthier than ever. I feel he portrays the flower growing and blossoming into something beautiful. The butterfly is Collins father, he takes very long trips away as he can’t face his son due to his wife dying. I thought the butterfly was perfect as they are very delicate animals and fly away when ever anything gets close. The leaves are Mary who has helped the whole family grow and come together for the first time.
The inspiration for my project was bioluminescence and the sea creatures that display this natural phenomena. I was interested in using tactile materials and surfaces. I included lighting in my piece to create a sensory outcome for an audience that have certain sensory deprivation.
Oranges have a natural outer layer, so why transport them wrapped up in layers and layers of plastic and bubble wrap? With this piece I aim to raise awareness of unnecessary plastic waste. The stuffing is from old pillows, the skirt is made from old bubble wrap, bin bags and food packaging.
This piece was inspired by my Romany heritage to highlight the issues I have faced while rediscovering my Romany gypsy roots. Fear and shame has conquered in past generations, and I still fight against discrimination even today, making it all the more important that I celebrate and bring my past out from the attic. The outfit represents my moth eaten, half-forgotten roots and how they have shaped who I am today. It may be faded, dated and half-devoured by moths but the gold coloured careful stitching that highlights familiar faces is timeless. It represents all that I am made of, brought out of hiding after so long.