Manimekala (Mekala) Fuller is a young womenswear fashion designer specialising in print and surface decoration, currently based in London, UK. After graduating from the prestigious BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at the University of Westminster, London, UK in 2018, Mekala is now a freelance fashion and accessories designer, while also developing her namesake luxury brand, “Manimekala”. Her time at Westminster included a successful year of working in the fashion industry, both in London and abroad. Her talent lies in surface decoration, using traditional hand techniques such as hand-painting, screen-printing, dyeing, and hand-embroidery in combination with new technologies such as digital printing, sublimation printing, CAD embroidery, laser cutting and digital jacquard weaving. With her breadth of technical knowledge and experimental experience she creates innovative and modern textile designs, then showcases them in her bold, yet elegant garment designs. Mekala’s design work has been recognised by the international fashion industry - her graduate collection saw her selected as one of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s CFDA+ Graduates of 2018, a finalist in the Italian 2018 International Talent Support competition, and a finalist in the 2018 London College of Fashion x Cass Art #DRAWFASHION illustration competition.
- Wayward"Wayward" is about the clashing of cultures and taking pride in each person’s unique mixture of identities, with distinctive print motifs developed to identify Manimekala’s inclusive gang. Abstract marbling prints play with the idea of replication and assimilation, while hand-written Tamil text recalls the designer’s personal heritage. Silhouettes are simple but powerful while the range of scarves provides the wearer the opportunity to fly their flag.
- Modern AlchemyManimekala's eclectic graduate collection establishes her own coven of modern witches. Researching moral clothing laws from 17th century Puritans to the Amish, she has conjured simple yet dramatic silhouettes. Taking inspiration from the raw beauty of volcanoes, and ceramicists such as Ken Price, she has performed technological alchemy to develop each of her unique fabrics. Starting with handwoven raw silks, she combines traditional textile processes such as marbling and screen-printing, with su
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- WUTOPIA POP UPA Utopian Retail Showcase of Emerging Creative Entrepreneurs! WUTOPIA is a festive pop up shop in the heart of Covent Garden, backed by the University of Westminster and its Creative Enterprise Centre. We'll have art prints, paintings resin decorative art & homeware, limited edition fashion, men’s sports apparel, men’s jewellery, beauty/wellness products and stationery. The images are some of the products I'll be selling including Limited Edition Giclee prints, canvas acrylic paintings and ha
- NUA x DESIGN Collective Pop-Up ShopNUA x DESIGN has launched an online pop-up shop selling original art, prints, and home decor in line with the #artistsupportpledge movement, which was created by Matthew Burrows and has taken the world by storm. The Artist Support Pledge initiative was created to help maintain and support livelihoods within the arts community during the current pandemic. The pledge invites artists and makers to post and sell their work for £200 or less (+shipping). Each artist who participates pledges to purcha2
London, United KingdomFreelance
• Independent luxury print-based fashion brand, stocked in central London concept store. • Manage entire business - garment/accessory design, sourcing and development, sampling and production, PR/marketing and sales. Ethical and environmentally-responsible UK-based sampling and micro-production methods, including hand-printing and “zero waste” approach. • Participated in “Westminster Pop Up”, a week-long London pop up shop in collaboration with other creative entrepreneurs from the University of Westminster.
Student AmbassadorNational Saturday Club
- London, United KingdomFreelance
• Assisted University of Westminster Fashion tutors in teaching fashion to students aged 13-16 for the National Saturday Club, in collaboration with the British Fashion Council. • Responsible for 1-on-1 teaching of technical skills, specialising in print and embroidery techniques including screen-print, sublimation print, shibori hand-dyeing and hand-embroidery.
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- Fashion Design
- Fashion Drawing
- Textile Design
- Printed Textiles
- Pattern Design
- Abobe Illustrator
- Fashion Accessories