TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION CONCEPT?
The collection was inspired by the strength and power of a volcanic eruption. Innovative fabric burning techniques were explored to create dynamic textile surfaces and sculptural silhouettes. Drawing inspiration from the engulfing nature of tormenting lava, combinations of the unique bespoke textiles were layered and heat sculptured to form dramatic silhouettes, accentuating strength and power.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS WHEN BUILDING A COLLECTION? WHERE DO YOU START?
A collaboration of Image analysis, research and experimental toiling allows me to interconnect and transfer my thoughts, ideas, and concepts into both two and three dimension forms. The process of exploring the concepts through experimental shape making and construction excites me. Ongoing experimentation heightens my curiosity and I feel totally immersed in the creative process, exploring every opportunity.
For my recent collection “Erupt”, I explored the unpredictability of what heat can do. I worked to predict and work with the unpredictable ensuring complete innovation.
To begin, I applied heat to anything available just to see what happened. Hair dryers, heaters, direct flame were used to satisfy my curiosity. Reflecting on my inspiration of the volcanic eruption, I would then explore applications of the results seeking innovative outcomes.
WHERE TO NEXT FOR YOU? HOW DO YOU HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LOCAL INDUSTRY?
Even though the local industry seems small there are many local artisans and small manufacturers such as, pleaters, knitters, laser cutters, digital printers that need support. Working locally allows more opportunity for experimentation and for a quick turn around. I hope the local industry will start to grow again so we can build our local maker community.
I am graduating at the end of this year and hope to work in the Industry for a label that works with local manufacturers so I can gain a rich hands-on experience but at a commercial level. I hope to work with a label though that appreciates a more unique slow fashion approach to their design development and sourcing to ensure I am involved in an ethical enterprise.
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