Bethan Nadine's graduation collection, at Grays School of Art Fashion Show, 'State of Mind' was a delicate collection of intricately embroidered and embellished tops in sheer fabric with bold kaleidoscopic printed skirts.
State of Mind‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty – That is all / ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’John KeatsThe natural world led Keats to formulate a concept he called ‘negative capability’ or the capacity of a person to experience ‘uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact or reason’. In the natural world we can put aside our personal certainties and simply respond to the colours, patterns and textures we see, feel and touch without superimposed discipline of cultural norms or distractions of our binary and technological 21st century existences.In the natural world, in the hills and mountains where I like to run, this physical freedom can also provide different creative expression of the landscape around me. There are no rules here. The landscape is abstracted. My source material is organic, shifting and my exaggerated colours more vibrant than any real moorland. Swirling lines and shapes that hint at mountain sides, rivers and living things are representative. There is no order in repeat patterns. In this state of mind my initial designs are intuitive and free, simply an emotional response to nature. A state of mind and a way of seeing. Bethan Nadine