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.
Following on from a very successful placement with the prestigious design studio and creative team at Circeline , alumni of Bath School of Design, Ryoji Morimoto is now seeing his work out and about in Beijing collections.
These Times and How We Maintained Focus
Creative soul, Millie Sandy, is in the spotlight today, as part of our weekend celebration of this years graduating cohort.
‘Putto and the Unexpected Guest’ follows the story of a little cherub who struggles to identify love within himself and amongst his surroundings.
Confused by fellow putti, who spend their lives cultivating love through flowers and song, Putto turns to the Love Giants, inspired by the different forms of love according to the Ancient Greeks, to inquire about the unnamed burning sensation he frequently felt within himself.
With no luck, Putto begins a journey through nature, enjoying the simple things in life when he stumbles across his reflection within a puddle and soon realises what he had been missing.
This feeling was love and through his quest had discovered it did not only surface from the love received from others but could be felt through the love of oneself, the surroundings and of times gone by.
This message is emphasised through research of the Renaissance, a colour scheme developed from a trip to Rome and embedded through the use of recycled, ‘pre-loved’ materials.
In a time of uncertainty, where we must remain distant but strong, love still continues to hold this planet together.
Keep up your tremendous ethic Millie, you’re winning.
How wonderful to see alumni Jenny Reed’s on trend print design out there for Topshop
Looking great Jenny.
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