Chloe Scadding

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Chloe Scadding, 21. Chelsea College of Art & Design, BA (Hons.) Textile Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Mixed Media

 

Design Background: 

I have always been fascinated by clothes and fabrics and as a child I could be found with a stack of paper drawing countless ladies in dresses. I always knew that I would follow an art/design related subject and textiles just seemed to fit.

 

Inspiration:

I took the idea of perspective within glass, using the view through a frosted window. Translating the layers of colour and pattern into drawings using combinations of painterly backgrounds and scratched away graphic style spray paint. I then translated this through machine and hand stitching, setting, molding, imprinting and printing with resin, creating a collection for bespoke interior surfaces.

Changing perspectives, colours, backgrounds and pattern formations within frosted glass, the imprint of  favourite places on your memory, watermarks captured on the page, soft blurs of light, squares and colours within light bulbs and bold playful lego geometrics.

 

Where do you get inspiration from in general?

I’m inspired by my surrounding environment, small details and different perspectives which form part of a story that can be explored through textures, pattern and colour.

 

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How is your process when you design?

I translate my inspiration onto a page through mark making, my drawings are a vital part of my design process as they give a starting point to constantly refer back to. I then interpret the marks into fabrics, exploring different techniques developing the aesthetic alongside technical processes. 

 

What do you find most difficult about the design process?

The very beginning stage of drawing, the first few goes can go quite wrong but it just takes a bit of patience to find your mark and style of drawing for the theme.

 

What are your strenghts?

My ability to innovate through in-depth exploration of materials and processes.

 

What are your weaknesses?

Becoming too consumed by my work.

 

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What techniques did you use:

I use quite a range of techniques, working a lot with plastics and latex.

I’m very hands on when I work, combining machine and the hand crafted, using melting, imprinting and printing, stitching, bonding, setting and cutting methods.

 

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Which machines did you use to create your collection?

I love to use the heatpress, creating completely new fabrics through melting layers together. For parts of my final collection I used the Irish sewing machine which creates beautiful thick satin stitches then combining this with pattern set resin.

 

Which technique was the most difficult?

The resin work for my final collection was quite difficult as I was on a time limit before it set!

 

Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?

A mix of both, I think the best designs come from drawing on both elements.

 

Which garment took the longest to make?

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Which garment is your favorite?

The molded lace like dress, it was made from latex and formed to fit around the bodies shape.

 

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What technique is your favorite?

The cut latex as it was a very successful, the aesthetic of it goes against preconceptions people may have of latex clothing. On a few occasions it has been mistaken for leather!

 

What made you pursue mixed media?

I chose mixed media due to its endless scope, you are free to work so many different mediums and with endless techniques, this does often make it hard to know where to start but also makes it exciting.

 

What designers inspire you?

Linda Florence, Amelie Labarthe, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Victor&Rolf.

 

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Which designer would you like to work for in the future?

Hussein Chalayan.

 

Why did you choose Chelsea?

I chose Chelsea because it offers mixed media as a discipline which not many colleges do, it also is on a beautiful site and has a great reputation.

 

What did you think of the education?

It was very good, I feel that I was able to use the three years to really develop and explore. I was encouraged to be innovative in my work, and within mixed media the possibilities are so broad this is what intrigued me.

 

During your education, which project has been your favorite?

My final collection was my favourite, I worked on it for 6 months and was able to really develop my concept and fabric development.

 

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How were the school? Facilities? Teachers?

I really enjoyed my time at Chelsea, my specialism tutor was very dedicated, and the studios had a great atmosphere, the students were very supportive of each other, constantly exchanging ideas and offering opinions.

 

What advice would you give new students?

Take criticism constructively, learn from mistakes and be open to change.

 

Which fellow students would you like to highlight?

A lot of the work was really strong this year but I really loved Tope Tijani’s work, her prints on plastic have such subtle yet bold qualities.

 

Why do you want to be a designer?

Because I love textiles-I’m obsessed! I feel very lucky to be in the position where I can work with something I enjoy and am passionate about.

 

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What was your childhood dream job?

To be an artist.

 

Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition?

I was selected to take part in Texprint 2009 with my BA work alongside 24 other textile graduates,  we took part in an exhibition in July and will be exhibiting at Premier Vision in September.

 

With one word, what is your best quality?

Determination

 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m keeping an open mind to what may happen as it all is going so fast at the moment. I really want to be in position where I can utilize my skills with different technical processes whether that be working within a design house or setting my own company.

 

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Will you continue to MA?

Not as yet but its something I’d love to do in a few years after I’ve had some experience of industry.

 

Will you be selling your BA collection?

My final collection is for sale for private collections and it will be exhibited again from 21st September as part of ‘Ysh London ten’ at Westbourne studios, London during London Design Festival.

 

Were can we find more information on you?

I have been featured on WGSN’s trend forecasting website, the ‘homework -living’blog, ‘Ysh London’ and ‘trend stop’, you can also find me on artsthread.com and at chelseadegreeshow.org/2009.

 

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Contact info:

chloescadding@yahoo.co.uk

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One Response to “Chloe Scadding”
  1. e.rega says:

    the latex dress is really amazing, I normally think latex looks gimmicky, but it’s totally transformed the material.

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