My work explores traditional menswear tailoring with surface pattern design. I found inspiration in Barabara Hepworth's sculptures, 1950’s textile design and within the photographs my father kept during his 25-year long career as an RAF pilot, recorded in his logbooks. Abstract shapes are fundamental in my surface designs and I wanted to use subtle and tonal colours within repeat pattern to create an outerwear-focused collection for the younger man. I enjoyed contrasting humorously shrunken silhouettes of my blazer jackets and cropped trousers with the longer overcoats. I used large ‘bagged-out’ shapes as functional pockets to further explore my interest in abstract forms and to incorporate a strangeness into an otherwise structured collection. Design responsibility is important to me and thus I endeavoured to solely use second-hand and discarded wool -a naturally sustainable material- to create garments inspired by my father’s uniforms. I combined a variety of wool colours and surfaces as a base for my designs to be digitally printed onto. I experimented with self-coating, which prepared the materials in order for them to be printed at the Centre of Advanced Textiles here at GSA.
My design made into the Kalopsia Collective "Signe” dress for their Stockholm shoot in June. Many thanks to Kalopsia Collective!