Chelsea College of Art : BA (Hons) Textile Design.
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I graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design BA (Hons) Textile Design, specialising in constructed textiles and am currently at the Royal College of Arts studying Mixed Media Textiles.
I am passionate about stitch as an experimental medium and the inspirations behind my projects are forms of energy, light, movement, ethereality and mysticism. The original concepts range from cityscapes to butterflies, I always draw and paint to express my ideas and use photography to develop a variety of mark-making techniques and have developed a variety of manipulated and decorative techniques.
I specialise in reconceiving and manipulating non-traditional, cheap or manmade materials into innovative fabrics for a couture market. I have created unique surfaces with latex and monofilament through careful experimentation and resolution. I am very interested in combining eclectic materials.
My third year project was called ‘Resurrection of Spirit’ which culminated in manipulating latex into a lace, changing and controlling its aesthetic with a variety of tools. I created 3 fairytale dresses and wall hangings. This work is based on the death, metamorphosis and rebirth of the butterfly. Not only in imagery but also in colour, texture and shape. The delicate butterfly wing is reflected in the brittle and complex nature of the latex and fabric. The death of one stage of life, the beginning of another reflected in the fragile beauty of the dresses. The re-emergence and rebirth is reflected in the colours, iridescence and hues of the materials and latex creating unusual and delicate textiles.
I am always highly experimental and imaginative in my approach to fabric, creating hand-crafted textiles for the couture market. Since beginning at the RCA I have created avant-garde hats, jewellery and accessories collection from the unlikeliest utopia of shop security tags.
MA in Constructed Textiles. RCA. 1st Year
am highly experimental and imaginative in my approach to fabric and have
developed a variety of manipulated and decorative techniques. I specialize
in innovating man-made or artificial materials into unique and beautiful
hand-crafted textiles or accessories concentrating on surface design for
a couture market.
Achievements and Experience.
Exhibition of paintings&
BEDG @ Passione. March
Work in Progress.
RCA. January 2004.
Karen Nichol. Freelance
Museum of London Fashion
Show. July 2002.
Indigo. Paris. April
DM Limited. Work Placement.
Week. April 2000.
Commissioned Commercial Print and Paintings. 2000&2002.
Poet & Singer/ Songwriter.
College of Art : BA (Hons) Textile Design.