Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Hannah Middleton



Hannah Middleton has just graduated in Textiles from Cardiff Metropolitan University. The focus of her graduate collection was the shore line and the creature found there. I love the unusual barnacles and mermaids purses, but also her drawings in stitch that keep the energy and power of her original sketches.






Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ibukun Jesusanmi I





Ibukun Jesusanmi has just graduated in textiles from Manchester School of Art. Her work is full of
character and fun and has a great energy of dynamic mark making and texture, incorporating beading, fur applique and hand embroidery. Thank you


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Kate Connell






Kate Connell's textiles were bold prints on modern fabrics. I loved her shoe concepts and vibrant energetic fashion illustrations. Kate has graduated with a BA Hons from Glasgow School of Art.




Monday, 19 June 2017

Natascia Forte




Natascia Forte has just graduated with a BA in Textiles from Glasgow School of Art with effervescent tufts of knit contrasting with flatter weaves in exciting contrasts of texture, visual dynamics, and colour.





Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sgàire Wood




Exploring the identity of 'Ceticity' and it's identity in dress, Sgaire Wood's collection 'Sidhe' is a response to the confused and fragmented identity of the Celt in post colonial society, examining the commodification of authenticity and fetishisation of the traditional rural life of Celts in Ireland and Scotland. 



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Liga Boyd I



Many moons ago Liga Boyd was one of my fashion students and so I am very proud this year to see her graduating in womanswear from Edinburgh College of Art.
"The focus of my collection was modern societies obsession about body and image proliferated through social media. I took a surrealist approach to my designs by distorting the silhouette and creating my own fabrics such as macrame and knit in a new way. the metalic sparkle through the fabrics is to represent mirrors and camera flashes." Liga Boyd  

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Irene D'Antonio



Irene D'Antonio has just graduated from Edinburgh College of Art witha  BA Hons in Fashion and at Graduate Fashion Week in London she won the Marks and Spencer's Womenswear Award. Irene's work combined beautiful Italian tailoring, with avant-garde Japanese tailoring and more traditional Japanese forms like the Kimono. Irene's palette was a spring summer burst of marigold yellow and cherry blossom pink with textile designs of printed maple and ginkgo leaves.




Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Macbeth





I have been making more whirling dervish skirts, for the first time since working with NC students, this time for an adaptation of Macbeth by director Tina West, and her wonderful students, from Fife College. This adaptation is a contemporary and evocative piece of theatre, which echos internal and external conflict that we see around us in the contemporary political environment, it is a site specific piece that uses audio and powerful physical theatre . The skirts had to be adaptable, reversible and able to be split apart so that they can be used as scenery.


This performance is taking place in Dunfermline Abbey all week with special school performances.


Monica Dritschel


Monica Dritschel has engineered bread into a dress, fashioning a complete and complex garment with incredible attention to detail and texture.

"The aim of my work is to skew the role of food. I transform its function from an essential substance ingested to sustain life into an object which envelopes the body. A fundamental food staple is a bread. It has symbolic significance in religion and literature; it engages our visual, tactile and olfactory senses. I use ordinary white sliced bread to create a garment, thereby communicating the complex issues surround the effect of food on one’s body. By, transforming an everyday staple into a fur-like coat disrupts one’s common preconceptions of what one commonly consumes. To warp the function of food. Instead of being viewed essential for life food now becomes a material which envelopes the body. Bread is used to create a garment that establishes a new relationship between the internal and external self. Perceiving dough as a 'clay' expands the boundaries between cooking and contemporary art. The manipulation of this material into a fur-like surface causes disruption of common preconceptions, making one deeply reflect on the role of this common staple." Monica Dritschel

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Freya Whitaker



"I encourage you to look at our world differently, I ask you to ask if there is a possibility that there is another world, an alternative to this one. I ask you to ask yourself: 'Have these situations already played out?' I ask you to see what I see, to look at the world through someone else's eyes, to listen with someone else's ears. What if this world is just as disorderly as our own but in a new direction? Through my practice, I ask the viewer to eliminate overthinking and complexity to access your inner imagination that may long be forgotten."  Freya Whitaker 
A giant mask with fractual lenses was part of Freya Whitaker's degree show encouraging you to step inside and see the world from a different point of view.