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Having graduated with First Class Honours at the The Glasgow School of Art I moved to work at Mary Katrantzou across the Product Development, Design and Studio Teams. Most recently I have also started to collaborate with Charles Jeffery and his Loverboy label. I am confident working independently, using my own initiative and creative ability, but also enjoy working under the direction of designers within a skilled team/studio environment. I feel I can bring my ideas and independent design aesthetic offering it successfully to the collaborative process.
Currently working as a freelance Assistant Design concentrating on Textile Development, Fashion Design and Illustration.
The role consisted of exploring new techniques and design concepts initially for a project in conjunction with Nick Knight and Showstudio and then continued through to the development and design of the SS17 collection during this internship. Specifically to the work with ShowStudio, alongside Charles, the role concentrated on draping and designing his concept for a backpack in collaboration with Woolmark to showcase via live stream on ShowStudio’s website. During the lead to the company’s SS17 collection the projects were based on drape and textile manipulation with ideas developing into final pieces shown within the Fashion East MAN SS17 presentation.
The role involves assisting the links between the Design Team and Pattern Cutters in developing the collections and special projects produced by the department. Combining both technical and design skills to facilitate the progression of individual show pieces alongside the general running of the studio/atelier. Formally I was part of the teams that were involved both in the design fittings and specifying the final make and development and sampling of each piece within all collections - covering show looks, showroom commercial sampling and special projects. The role works alongside all departments within the company, specifically between the Design and Studio - relaying information to both, in the progression of each collection. This gives a strong overview of the process as collective and also the details and construction of each individual look.
Within SS14 I concentrated on in house pleating techniques, manipulating engineered print into three-dimensional pleated designs that were included in the final collection. Both internships not only enhanced my interest in the selection and deployment of the textiles, it also gave me good grounding in the infrastructure of a design house that is successfully developing its growth and market through each season and therefore,the logistical side of the industry.
The aesthetic of this collection was still geared towards highly engineered digital print. I quickly developed the fundamental knowledge of cutting and fitting silhouettes around this process of design. Specifically towards the end of SS13 I worked with how print could be applied to Swarovski crystal mess, developing a process of cutting and articulating this textile into the surrounding woven structure.