As a designer I am interested in exploring function and aesthetics within textile and garment design. My current work pushes the boundaries of cross-disciplinary textiles, combining knitted and woven textiles and developing techniques to join the two structures. Through this design process I have developed a collection of functional womenswear garments that display innovative transitions in textiles.
My role was to create hand-woven fashion fabrics and hand-drawn jacquard designs, research and develop trends and modernise archived fabrics.
My roles at Awamaki were many and varied; I designed a collection of textiles and accessories, developed trends, worked with natural dyes to create unique colour stories and hand-finished bespoke interior textile pieces. I also initiated and ran a series of design workshops with rural communities of weavers, knitters and spinners, promoting sustainable and ethical making and empowering female artisans.
At Woven I worked as part of a team developing custom jacquard and hand-woven fashion fabrics, weaving trims, fancy tweeds and lightweight shirting, designing scarf embellishments and creating inspiration boards.
I spent my time at Leto and Ariadne hand-weaving silk scarves for both the menswear and womenswear markets.
This course has well equipped me with skills in both creative design and professional business and market awareness. My final collection explores the transitions between different structures, combining woven and knitted textiles and exploring the application of new techniques to garment construction.
Through a broad exploration of art and design techniques, this course led to a focused study of colour, pattern and materials relating to fashion and textile outcomes.
Steiner education provided an alternative learning experience, constantly combining academia and creativity and exploring arts and hand-craft from an early age.