BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR TEXTILES

Man-Made Within Nature

This project focuses in on the bad effects man has had on the natural environment, this is in comparison to my Semester 1 project which focused on the good which man had on the natural beach environment. The main focus is the waste that washes up and litters our beaches, mainly plastic waste. The collection is a series of knitted samples for women's garments which will encourage slow fashion, not to have a quick turnaround and end up in landfill in a short amount of time. Along with knitting other elements will be included; hand manipulation, embroidery and also crochet as working from home means I cannot knit all the samples I want. The project is to encourage recycling and upcycling as no new yarns have been purchased to complete this project.

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Image 1 is my moodboard for the project, it reflects the feel I want my project to have; beachy, textural and flowing. I have included a primary image, textures, a pattern from my sketchbook a designer inspiration which I feel reflects my theme well.

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Image 2 shows all the different patterns I like to generate before I move onto the knit stage and start creating fabrics. Having lots of different patterns and shapes to work with helps me imagine the vast variety of stitches I can work with.

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Image 3 shows the likeness between the patterns created on photoshop to the fabric created on the domestic knit machine. Partial knit creates these beautiful wave-like shapes which relate back beautifully to the patterns I created.

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Image 4 is one of my final visualisations. I created an Avant Garde skirt with lots of sheer elements. The skirt is made up of partial knit along with a combination of lace stitches in the middle followed by partial knit knitted on less needles.

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Image 5 is another of my final visualisations, I wanted to show the collection of fabrics also has opaque fabrics, not just sheer. This fabric was created by knitting lace holes and then embroidering around then in one of my accent colours.

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