Thursday, 22 November 2018

Alexandra Drenth II

Journey by Alexandra Drenth is a hand embroidered cheesecloth of faces and foliage completed this year. Alexandra retells stories of childhood memories, expressing themes of love and relationships entwined and enriched with elements inspired by nature such as flowers and birds. Her work takes one on 'a journey through time where no sense of time exists'. 

Monday, 19 November 2018


Somarta's continuing exploration of clothes as a second skin has produced this collection called 'Innovations' that is being exhibited as part of "japon-japonismes.1867-2018" (November 15, 2018-March 3, 2019) at the Musée des Arts décoratifs (Decorative Art museum) Paris.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Chunghie Lee

South Korean textile artist and teacher Chunghie Lee creates site specific installations and wearable art based on the traditions of Pojagi. 
Pojagi is a historic Korean art form ( at least 2000 years old) of patchwork, patchwork pojagi, called chogak po, has many uses, it serves to cover, wrap, store, and carry objects.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Rebekah Rai II

Rebekah Rai's design for Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Distorting the body to replicate elephantiasis, commenting on our perception of otherness as monstrous. The costume is formed using sawdust and tights.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Robert Wun III

Robert Wun's SS19 ‘Hua Mulan' amazing pure colour collection inspired by flowers.  

Friday, 28 September 2018

Alia Ali

In a project that highlights the global interaction of people through fabrics, Alia Ali  challenges current hard right political movements with a photographic exploration of how we are of one earth and that the fabrics which clothe our bodies are international and multicultural, a reflection of us, our stories, culture and environment.
"The People of Pattern Project highlights fabric and textile as a product of our earth, a manifestation of our imagination, a reflection of our environment and an archive of our stories. This project delves into a variety of cultures around the world and discovers them through their unique cultures, physical environments, artisans, textiles and the processes of making them."Alia Ali

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Gina Adams

Gina Adams has created a simply stunning portfolio of  'Broken Treaty Quilts', highlighting the deception and violence used to marginalize Native Americans in the formation of the US. These are powerful textile testaments of lies and treachery.

"I am fascinated by stories passed down, both from my own familiar heritage and those told by others. I believe that the passing down of memories what keeps our genetic heritage alive. I am interested in and seek out others who have a similar story to tell and I immerse myself in their shadows. I do so in order to tell my story more clearly, and doing so also helps to clarify what I want the work to say visually. There is a connection to what the ancient ones taught my ancestors, as this information was passed down generation to generation. I consider my work and its process to be a spiritual endeavor, and the process of making to be a ritual component . I decided to learn how to make objects in order to have a better understanding of who my ancestors were and how perhaps I am similar to them. The process of making gives me an identity and an ancestral connection. In this I feel that I have been creating work that recontextualizes the sense of the sacred and the ritual object. In storytelling I am moved by a sense of discovery and connection, and much of it is also deeply connected and rooted in place and land. My life's journey is about where the land, peoples, and stories come together. It is my wish that the viewer will bring their own experience when viewing my work. Thank you for taking the time for your own discovery as it brings meaning to the day." Gina Adams 

Above: Treaty of the Six Nations, Broken Treaty Quilt
Below: The Osage Treaty 1809 Broken Treaty Quilt

Below: Treaty of Middlebury Plantation 1677 Broken Treaty Quilt 

Below: The Royal Proclamation of Canada Broken Treaty Quilt

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Anthea Hamilton

Inspired by the photograph above of Erick Hawkins in 1960, which she saw in a book whilst at art school, Anthea Hamilton in collaboration with Creative Director Jonathan Anderson at the fashion house LOEWE has created seven different costumes for the performance art 'Squash', which is Tate Britain until the 7th of October.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Chloe Thurlow

Chloe Thurlow's bright retro styled graduate knitwear collection for Nottingham Trent university is called 'Sacred Girl's Club'. The collection was inspired by the impact childhood bedrooms have on a girl's identity and how a childhood room is almost like a shrine to their development.
Chloe uses collage initially for her design process, to create the patterned fabrics that she'll use in her design.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Jordan Daniel Grayson

Jordan Daniel Grayson's graduate show for De Montfort, an exuberance of colour and a celebration of plastic culture. The jacket and matching trousers are made from  88 metres of neon net cut into strips and frilled. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Camille Smith

Costumes created by Camille Smith for her degree show at London's Central Saint Martins. This project is called 'Portraits of Panic' and explores the taboo of mental health and how we react to it.

"My final work for the degree show. The work explores the externalisation of emotions associated with mental health and attempts to create a alternative portrait of the human condition. This is just a work for my degree however it is a huge personal achievement that I even got this far and I couldn’t have on my own. It is therefore dedicated three separate ways. To Luke and Jessica who have been a constant source of humour and of light.
To Andrew who’s resilience in the face of death, once again, was a reminder to keep pushing on because good things come.
Finally to Sue who stopped me from ending my own life twice and has reminded me of the reasons to keep living for two years. Sadly many people have walked away during this time, but Sue has been the one constant. I wouldn’t still be here without her.
The work is grounded in shifting the taboo of mental health and how we as humans deal with it. Whether we are experiencing it or not it is an education that we can and need to take something from. I am lucky enough to have had these amazing people to keep me going for the last two years, but everyone who experiences this should! This is only the beginning of The Carnival Collective and I hope to continue challenging and educating people about mental health with it. So look out for them in a field near you (hopefully) sometime soon." Camille Smith

Monday, 2 July 2018

Meg Henry

Makeup by Rachel Gallagher
'She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars' Neil Gaiman, Stardust
This sparkling costume for the character of Yvaine, a fallen star from  the book 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman by Meg Henry for her graduation portfolio at ECA Performance Costume.  Inspired by the books celestial theme the dress is embellished with the twelve constellations of the Zodiac and has lighting sewn into the design. This costume was designed to be part of an evening outdoor theatre performance.
Above photograph: Laurence Winram

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Helda Chin

Helda Chin's designs from her graduate exhibition at Gray's School of Art focused on symbols, the chichèd language of icons and info graphics. 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Cat McIntyre

Cat McIntyre's Graduate show for textiles at Gray's School of Art degree show inspired by organic plant forms as a reaction to urban living.

"My concept emerged as a result of missing my dad’s garden. The nature deficit I faced on return to the Granite City compelled a body of research into biophilic design, a concept which aims to re-introduce natural forms, colours and textures into the contemporary urban home. My work collages aspects of botanics which I find comforting and questions the line between art and design as I consider both form/function and wider cultural debates surrounding mental health and urbanisation. The environment created demonstrates the therapeutic properties of creating with your hands and immerses the viewer into a sensory, calmative utopia which prompts their own memories of the outdoors. Ultimately, the work is both playful and interactive." Cat McIntyre