From the 15th of october untill the 15th of December 2009 i was in Jaipur, India working for a fantastic company called Anokhi. Anokhi is a fair trade company, promoting and sustaining oringal and traditional Indian crafts such as wood block printing, I designed all over prints and border prints suitable for use with woodblocks and for embroidery. I spent 2 weeks working on a village indigo plant called Jahota where I experimented with existing Anokhi blocks to come up with new textures. The experience of living and working in such a different culture and environment was invaluable. I became inspired by the Anokhi work ethic as well as the plethora of Indian textiles I observed both at Anokhi and while travelling in Rajasthan.
Friday, 9 April 2010
For this tailoring project i used photographs of second world war children wearing stiff wollen jackets they had grown out of, probably before the war started. It can be worn as menswear or womenswear and comes with a minature version, made identically only 50% smaller for a teddy bear.
photograph taken by Lydia Garnett and Yasmine Hussain (who collaborate to make view finder) at the 1st and 2nd yr fashion show last year.
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I used smock shirts, Victorian night wear and babies christening gowns as a starting point. Then i got obsessed with hiding colour and creating a texture and from one piece of fabric. this is the first garment where i really experimented with length and size. This shirt was also show cased as part of Mary Portas' TV series; 'Mary Queen of Shops', In JuJu a Brighton fashion boutique. This lead to an article about my work being published in Brighton Visitor and The Argus.
I Made this mask while on placement at Alexander McQueen. It was made for a collaboration with Dazed and Confused for the October 2009 issue 'Franken Fashion' Where 13 design houses were asked to create a mask using materials left lying around their studios. Its base is a latex gimp mask and enameled wind up toys are applied. The red enamelled wind up toys were left over material from the A/W09 collection.
I looked particularly at creating a sillouette similar to the shape made by the way that adolescent boys wear trousers low on the hip with lots of pant showing. I also investigated suiting and the idea of including a comabund or waist coat as part of the trousers themselves. I also wanted to include a feeling of bottomless pockets like in The Mask when Jim Carey pull a Bazooka out of his pocket.