‘Murmuration’ was inspired by migration and travel, predominantly from that of birds. I wanted my knitwear to translate the freedom and texture of feathers and flight by looping and fluffing different textured yarns.
Dense and sparse patches of pattern and texture are used throughout to represent the murmurations of starlings and other birds when flying as a flock. I find the shapes and patterns of the ‘dance’ breathtakingly beautiful and feel they capture the essence of flight and movement perfectly.
The bright colours used in my colour palette have been derived from map imagery and the feathers and patterns of birds. I worked with vivid colours that evoke excitement, to create an uplifting and lively collection that brings happy emotions to the wearer and the audience. The bright colours are warm, uplifting and positive.
My designs are made to resemble the feeling of freedom as they swish and drape around the body, due to the loose tension and loopy nature of the knit. The textural nature of the varied yarns represent all the different species of birds, as migration is a universal aspect of all birds lives.
Map imagery was also used as inspiration for the shapes created in the colourful patches. The rippling motion of the textural loops when worn are reminiscent of those of waves, a major form of transport for humans / birds when travelling. The textural loops are also representative of the loops and curves of a contour map.