For my BA collection I did comprehensive research on prehistoric bog and mound finds from Denmark and Germany’s Iron Age and Bronze Age – supported by the Danish National Museum. The mummified bog and grand mound people and their gloomy apparel represent an elegant, rough and simple take on masculine clothing. By changing the materials and proportions I turned it into modern menswear.
I looked at the elderly for inspiration through the way that they dress and style themselves. Looking at the condition Dementia that effects a large majority of the elederly for interesting ways of styling both day and nightwear together. This was personal too as my Nan who recently passed away suffered with Dementia so I had personally experience of what the condition is like and took inspiration from others in her nursing home in the later few months of her life. This also inspired my knitwear directly as there is an oversized jumper with a family favourite photo of her at Christmas in a Christmas hat knitted into the front. Again going round her home and the homes of others taking print and knit ideas from wallpapers and soft furnishings such as florals and pixellating them turning them into jacquards on jumpers and all in ones and enlarged printed vest tops.
My collection is inspired by two concepts/ideas. First is the idea of Suprematism, which was created by Malevich in regards to his paintings. Suprematism is the idea of capturing spirituality within material realm and with the help of material things. The second inspiration comes from my fascination with Scandinavian design esthetic, Swedish Modernism/Functionalism in particular.
The project is an exposition of the Romanian folklore. The inspiration comes from the traditional Romanian costume and is put into a modern context. My focus has been on the details and the contrasts, in the rich history of the country, which is build on a number of traditional handcrafts and the beauty and possibilities of the nature.
This year the Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show coincided with the centenary of the famous Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art, and as such we used the archives as inspiration. I was especially interested in a short film made in the 1930s called “7 till 5” by Norman McLaren. He is known for his early experiments with animation and this film documents a full day in the Art School. This got me thinking about how art students today react to the Mackintosh building, and how we all dress up, “playing the part” of art students. I therefore set out to make ridiculous ‘studio wear’ for artists working in the Mackintosh building today.
My main inspiration for this project was a number of photos I took of worn down urban environment. I also had a variety of materials that inspired me indirectly: VHS tape, tinfoil, pill package, etc. I quickly learned that my traditional way of sketching wasn’t much good and it was a time of experimenting and learning-by-doing at the looms.
I based my MA collection on an illustration I made using images collected in various cities. The illustration is called “The Lady is loosing balance and the Mailman thinks she is popular”.
I like to explore how the combination of images can create meanings and stories that are not there to begin with. I work in a very intuitive way, trying to build an atmosphere within my work. I find that too much thought can make the outcome feel forced and overworked.
For this project I was drawn to the absurd. From a pair of legs sticking out of a trashcan in New York to an elephant balancing on it’s trunk in Daniel Firman’s installation at Palais de Tokyo’s Superdome exhibition in Paris.
This project is based on the search of an experimental work method.
I used the idea of collages as the main theme of the project.
Based on that idea, I worked with combining pieces knitted in different materials, textures and colors. My focus was on the interactions between the shape of the pieces and the shape of the body, and the interaction between de different textures and nuances of colors.