During my five months studying in Japan I was lucky enough to take part in a collaborative project between Tama Art University's Textile Design Department and EPSON Seiko's Smart Canvas brand. We visited their factory in Shiojiri and it was fantastic to see both the Smart Canvas watches being made as well as their more classic styles.
We were asked to design a watch along the theme of 'adult kawaii'. My first design is called 'Edamame' and is inspired by character culture in Japan and my attempt on the cute Japanese style. My second design is called 'Kitsune' the design developed around the theme of folding an origami fox.
This project was part of my exchange placement at Tama Art University, Tokyo. The brief was to recreate watercolour effects using CMYK process printing alongside an additional printing technique.
I used colour devoré/ burn out to blend the colours whilst also removing half of the fibres. My design was inspired by the variety of Japanese ceramics and specifically sake bottles.
Katazome is a Japanese dye technique using a stencil and a resist paste.
Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 2017
The Glasgow School of Art is an annual event which this year celebrated its 70th anniversary (1947-2017). The event is organised by third year Textile and Fashion Design students.
My collection was inspired by the Japanese 1960s architectural movement 'Metabolism'. I also took inspiration from Japanese furoshiki (wrapping cloths). The collection is tied together.
Jeans for Genes Competition
Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.
In 2016 I entered a competition to design the charity's campaign t-shirt. My design was selected by the committee of fashion experts and went on sale through their website.
This was my first project whilst on exchange at Tama Art University in Tokyo. It was a simple brief to design a black and white repeat inspired by nature. My drawings developed from the new shapes and forms that I saw when I first arrived in Japan.
Our fabrics were chosen to be exhibited as part of the cross-school exhibition 'select 2'.
Soutotenugui Design Competition
A Tenugui (手拭い) is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton. It has many uses: a washcloth, dishcloth, but often as a headband, souvenir, decoration, or for wrapping items such as bottles. These designed were submitted to the Tenugui company Souto Tenegui. The brief was to design around the theme of Hachioji. I looked into the silk making history from the area and drew my inspiration from these themes.
These bags were printed and sold to raise money for our trip to New Designers 2018.
This bag was designed to waste no fabric. I printed the full width of the roll and used the end of the fabric to make the handles.