BA (HONS) FASHION

The Moorit Sheep

Inspired by my own family mythologies, this project is a celebration of my island heritage and Scottish tradition. Illustrating the story of the pollical rebel Vincentius Hawick, who fled the Sottish Borders to the Shetland Isles. I borrowed from my own connections to these places to generate a feeling of nostalgia. Focused on fabrication, this collection finds common ground in the shared wool heritage and the importance of the industry to these rural Scotland.

As people turn back to localism in a time of global uncertainty, it was important to me that this collection communicated an impression of ‘Islandness’ from a local perspective and its fundamentally sustainable characteristics. Throughout history, resources within islands have been limited, which has resulted in materials being given a higher value. Showcasing locally sourced materials, home grown yarns, found resources, this collection is a visual memoir that embodies what it means to be an islander.

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Combining islander ideologies and traditional techniques to create a circular design approach that allowed for a fresh perspective on menswear to me realised.

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These garments were designed with the desire they would stay with the owner like a fond memory, reminiscent of a time when clothing was cared for and made to last for generations.

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The aspiration is to translate an essence of the Northern Island’s beauty and culture, having it sit inherently in the fibres of the collection.

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Focused on fabrication, this collection touches on the shared importance of the wool industry within these areas of rural Scotland and were used to convey such rich textile history and reduce the environmental impact of the collection.

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Growing up in Westray, I watched the women of the family knit, patch, croquet, quilt and sew. Often the men of the family would be out mending something, making use of the things they had available.

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