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, this design developed around the theme of origami folding instructions for a fox.
The designs were made up into prototypes and were presented at EPSON's headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
This project was part of my exchange placement at Tama Art University, Tokyo. The brief was to recreate watercolour and ink effects using CMYK process printing alongside an additional printing technique. We were encouraged to experiment with techniques that were new to us.
The watercolour experiments reminded me of the glazes on Japanese ceramics and so I created a design to feature both. To recreate my drawing on fabric I used colour devoré/ burn out to blend the colours whilst also removing the fibres.
Katazome is a Japanese dye technique using a stencil and a resist paste. It has been used for many years to create the beautiful kimono fabrics worn in Japan.
I learned this technique at Tama Art University and created this piece of 12 metre long repeated design in a soft muslin fabric.
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 instead of stitched and in doing so the fabric can be easily re-purposed.
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.
I'm happiest when I am experimenting in the print room. Here are some of my latest samples.