If the first years can do this in lockdown they are going to be fab.u.lous once back in the studio.
Alice has her show in her summerhouse. What a great idea No wonder she celebrates in style
Well done Alice on your collection for childrenswear and display.
It is no surprise to anyone that I am inspired by nature.
Capturing a still moment before they are gone is something that fascinates me entirely.
My process always starts with drawing and painting then gets transformed into beautiful digital prints open for interiors and fashion.
These Times and How we Maintained Focus
Center stage today is Jessica Morgan Helliwell. Welcome to her colourful underwater world.
Thalassic is a word that is related to the sea and Botanica is a play on botanic which is related to the life of plants in this case, the plants of the sea.
Living by the sea, I have always been indulged with luscious beaches and aquatic life. When I was asked what ‘I wanted to be when I grow up’ I was torn between two careers: 1) Being a Marine Biologist OR
2)The Textile industry as an Interior designer.
Deciding between two very different fields, I followed my aspirations and went for the creative route I have always loved and thrived in.
This project is the time for me to rediscover my love for marine biology and combine it with my chosen career path in textiles.
Focusing on coral reefs the collection I’m looking closely at the textures, shapes and colourings found on varieties of coral, seaweed and species that create the architectural colonies of the ocean.
I’m incorporating the lives that exist and thrive among coral reefs and creating innovative, busy digital prints for a quirky, colourful interior setting.
These Times and ‘How we Maintained Focus’
Continuing our weekend theme with our graduating designers.
“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not we are homesick for the places we have never known” – Carson McCullers
The Story of ‘REMINISCENT’ is exploring how my spirit and soul drives me back to the place that I call home.
With collective research derived from the “Riviera of Devon” in Torbay, I portray an essence of ‘wander’; from the cliffs leading down to the sea, to the wildflowers that surround the landscape.
The focus on the wild botanicals is a metaphor – seen through their qualities to self-seed, and change in the seasons. My nostalgic emotions can be unpredictable, yet the desire to ‘spread my wings and fly’ has me in a constant battle between the ‘once was’ and the ‘what will be’.
It’s a feeling of escapism and tranquillity – visually translated into experimental textile prints.
The spirit of my project is adventurous and organic. I have learned to appreciate my home; happy place and discovered a need to share with others around me.
There is no better time to spend at home than right now.
Showing in Chelsea is Amber Sorayapour with her work selected for Texselect
Next stop Paris with a new collection.
See you there
Three graduating students from Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors have been awarded residencies. See above
Sarah Wilkinson, Harriet Kingston and Gracie Porter
We are so delighted they can continue their studio practice seamlessly
Well done Sarah Wilkinson. Here Sarah is standing in front of her work at New Designers
Congratulations to Harriet. Here’s Harriet at New Designers
and here is a piece of Gracie Porter’s work