Natasha Mohide

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Natasha Mohide, 23. The University of Brighton, BA Fashion & Textiles Graduate 2009.

-specialism: Woven Textiles.


Design Background:

 I am from a small town in Somerset, I went to the local secondary school, studying Art, Textiles and English Literature for my A levels. I decided from a young age that textiles was what I loved, where my passion and inspiration lay. I took steps towards my goal, which was a career in textile design. I went on to study a Art and Design Diploma at The University of the West on England. Then on to Brighton to study for my BA. Throughout this time I also undertook experience at Woven Studio, London, VAnners Silk Mill and Anna Sui, New York.


What was the most valuable you learned before starting at your education?

Commitment – to this day I can’t not see something through once I have started, especially if I have given someone my word.


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Project title:

A Baltic Romance


The project was inspired by Russian royalty, I initially drew inspiration from the ‘Age of the Tsars’ exhibition at the V&A. I then broadened my research to Russian wooden churches, military costume, concentrating on themes of luxury and opulence. Creating a balanced collection of decorated, encrusted surfaces alongside plain quality woolens and cashmeres.


Where do you get inspiration from in general?

 Anything really, its always a bit random. I’ll be struggling with a project theme, then all of a sudden an idea will appear out of nowhere. A culmination of things I have seen, read, exhibitions visited, films watched.  I will be clocking up ideas until they finally make a theme. I am a bit of a magpie, a sucker for anything beautiful and traditional.


How is your process when you design?

 I will firstly collect images, sketches, ideas. Ill then lay everything out to try and construct some sense and theme. I will identify colour palettes, decide on A/W or S/S and gradually begin to create an idea and the final feeling, fabrics I am trying to create. I always try to also remain open mined in order that ideas can change and develop.


What do you find most difficult about the design process? 



What are your strenghts?

 An innate understanding and sensitivity for fabric qualities.


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What are your weaknesses?



Describe your collection with three words?

Luxurious, opulent and understated.


What techniques did you use:

I used extra warp techniques, interesting yarn interaction. I always experimented and designed on the loom, rather than in a sketchbook or on the computer.


Which machines did you use to create your collection?

24 shaft Coputerised Arm Loom, 16 shaft George Wood pedal Loom and Jacquard Hand Loom.


Which technique was the most difficult?

 Jacquard weaving, the results can be amazing, but there is so much freedom and so many factors that can effect the result that it can be difficult to control. This can be said of weaving in genral if you don’t have a strong technical basis.


Do you have a technical or conceptual approach to designing?

 Probably more technical, it’s the nature of weaving, the technical decisions have a major effect on the design of the fabric. 


How long did you work on this project?

6 months.


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Is there something you regret not doing in your collection?

 The possibilities are endless, there are loads of things I could of done if I had an endless amount of time.


What made you pursue Woven Textiles?

It just felt right – it sounds cheesy, but true!!!


What designers inspire you?

 I respect fashion designers such as Dries Van Noten and Burberry, companies that design beautiful timeless products. Although I think it is important to be current, and aware of trends – I design fabric that is beautiful, and therefore hopefully always wearable despite what is in fashion.


Why did you choose Brighton University?

 The course looked perfect for me, with a good balance between creativity and business studies. The placement as part of the course was a big draw, gaining experience whilst studying seemed invaluable. I had a good feeling about the city.


What did you think of the education?

It served me well.

During your education, which project has been your favorite?

 My graduate project as I had a long time to develop my ideas and indulge myself!


What advice would you give new students?

 When you are deciding on a university, know what you want to get from the experience. Do you research, visit the college, ask lots of questions, not only to the tutors but also the students, the students are more likely to give you an honest answer!! Find out about facilities, working space, tutor, contact time, course structure etc.


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Which fellow students would you like to highlight?

Abigail Dow, also a weaver, an extremely talented textiles designer, check her out!! Also google; Ruth Costelo, Fashion Designer, amazing work!!


Why do you want to be a designer?

Because I love it?


What was your childhood drean job?

 I wanted to be a forensic pathologist when I was a child, I had a bit of a turn around!


Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition?

 I won Best Textile Portfolio 2009 and the Nagoya Prize for my graduate collection. I was also nominated and selected for TEXPRINT 2009, which involved exhibiting in Chelsea and at Indigo in Premiere Vision.



Will you continue to MA?

Maybe, I would love to do an MA, but not for a few years.

Will you be selling your BA collection?

My graduate collection is for sale, I will begin developing new collections soon.


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