Georgina Bavalia

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Georgina Bavalia, 23. Nottingham Trent University, BA (Hons.) Fashion Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Fashion Womens Knitwear.

 

Design Background: 

My third year at university consisted of a placement year, where I worked for 6 months at Knit-1, a swatch design studio in Brighton, then for a further 6 months for a private label in New York, assisting the junior sweater team.

 

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Project title:

Functions

 

Inspiration:

 My collection was based on the idea of intelligent/technical textiles, whereby fabric takes on another function through the incorporation of technology.  

The final goal was to insert an electronic circuit into a garment, so my initial research looked into the relationship between the body and technology.  I then decided that I would use stretch sensor technology combined with LEDs in my circuit.

I then had to understand how a circuit worked and was put together in order to produce a garment that had an electronic circuit within it, so I used the circuits and technology itself as direct design inspiration.  I then drew inspiration from the LEDs, light and the idea of stretch to inform my yarns and colour palette.

 

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Where do you get inspiration from in general? 

The environment around me, life, society, art…knitting!

 

How is your process when you design?

I tend to start with my concept in mind, and then start knitting and developing techniques, stitches and fabrics.  The knitting comes first and then the designs follow.

 

What are your strenghts?

I am particularly technical when it comes to knitting, which helps.  I’m also not scared of trying new things.

 

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What are your weaknesses?

There is still so much for me to learn.  I’m also not a fan of pattern cutting!!  

 

What techniques did you use: 

My collection mainly consisted of; vertically and diagonally knitted tubes with high and low butts, partial knitting with elastic and lurex, subtle 1 row stripes in sheer yarns. 

 

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Which machines did you use to create your collection?

 My collection was knitted on the 10gg Dubied and 12gg Shima.

 

Which technique was the most difficult?

 The partial knitting was the most time consuming as it involved a great deal of transferring stitches on the Dubied and I was also using very delicate and unpredictable yarns.

 

Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?

My approach is a combination of the two.  I start conceptual then the process develops into something more technical.

 

Which garment was most difficult to make? 

The sheer dress with lurex stripes, as it was knitted with colorfic, which is a nylon monofilament and behaves in a very unpredictable way.  It was also the final construction that made this garment difficult as it was it was all trial and error.  I had to use very sturdy trims in the end to control the shape.

 

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Which garment took the longest to make?

I would say the skirt with the stretch sensor circuit and LEDs, as after knitting the skirt, which was a timely process in itself due to all of the tubes, the circuit itself had to made and inserted into the skirt.  This was then followed by sewing all of the LEDs to the skirt with conductive yarn and completing that circuit.  

 

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Which garment is your favorite?

The blue/grey dress with partially knitted manipulated elastic detail.

 

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What technique is your favorite?

I enjoyed the partial knitting and the experimentation process with the technique the most.

 

How long did you work on this project?

5 months in total.

 

Is there something you regret not doing in your collection?

I wish I had realized the LEDs wouldn’t show up that well under catwalk lights!!

 

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What made you pursue knitwear? 

I love the fact that I can make my own fabric and control the whole process.  I also really enjoy knitting and exploring different techniques!

 

What designers inspire you?

Hussein Chalayan, Louise Goldin, Miuccia Prada, Nicolas Ghesquière, Martin Margiela, Christopher Bailey…….the list goes on.

 

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

Any of the above!

 

Why did you choose Nottingham Trent? 

I choose Nottingham Trent because it offered a course specializing in Fashion and Knitwear, along with incredible facilities and the placement year.

 

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What did you think of the education? 

I really enjoyed my time there, I had a fantastic experience.  The course was intense, but all design courses are.  

 

How were the school? Facilities? Teachers

The atmosphere in the studio was great.  We were very lucky with the space and facilities we had access to.  The teachers and technical staff were great at their jobs.  They really did teach us a great deal with their extensive combined knowledge from industry.

 

Which fellow students would you like to highlight? 

Of my fellow graduates, Sarah Hanlon, Francesca Samm, Naomi Barber-Rodgers and Stacey Deakin in particular produced incredible innovative work that I’ve always admired. 

 

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Why do you want to be a designer?

I cant imagine doing anything else.

 

What was your childhood dream job?

I wanted to paint.

 

Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition? 

I received the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters Bursary for my proposal outlining my plans for the stretch sensor circuit in a garment.  I was nominated for the Fashion Innovation award at GFW.  I am also in the final 15 for the Knitted Textile Award, which has yet to be judged.  

 

With one word, what is your best quality?

Dedication.

 

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What are your plans for the future? 

I’m currently looking for a job/experience within fashion and knitwear.  I hope to complete an MA in Knitwear in a few years time.  Then maybe one day have my own knitwear line!

 

Will you be selling your BA collection? 

To the right buyer.

 

Were can we find more information on you?

JoPrints

NJAL

 

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Contact info: 

georginabavalia@hotmail.co.uk

07812890287

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