As the world descends deeper into isolationism, Fashion’s
capability to communicate past borders, languages and time zones is a
compelling thought when thinking about what is going on in the world right now.
A message through clothing can be more powerful than ever right now.

 

My motivation to do this course comes from the role models
and experiences in my life. The role models in my life are my friends as they
continue to support inspire and influence the work that I create and that is
very important to me for the progression of my work. I would like to think that
one-day people would be inspired and motivated by my own hard work.

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My interest in fashion has developed and is influenced by
artists such as Francis Bacon, a figurative painter. I really find his work
influential because he produces such grotesque and beautiful imagery in his
paintings. ‘Figure with meat’ (1954) is one of many interesting paintings I
think. I like because it is very raw and unconventional to what a paintings
should look like. Adriana Sahar has strongly influenced my work. She produces
these outgoing and boldly printed clothing, sometimes using animal prints and
coloured faux fur. Her use of print and colour is what I love most about her
collections.

 

I have pursued my commitment in fashion by assisting a
stylist named Yuki Haze on a photo shoot. I was able to converse with designers
and stylist, gaining added insight on how they work. Furthermore it was so
exciting to see how the designers, stylists, makeup and photographers come
together and collaborate as a team.

 

My foundation course has allowed me to try new things that
I’ve never experienced before. It also encouraged me to further reflect on how
I can apply the techniques and skills into my practice. For example I was
testing the manipulation of different materials. I experimented with plastic
and how it could be transformed in different ways. I heated the plastic up
which resulted in it being easier to bend, twist and experiment with. To
further develop I produced illustrations of the twisted plastic material using
it as an unconventional piece of clothing. An influence for the designs was
Iris Van Herpen. She makes clothing using 3D materials, experimenting with 3D
printers in a way that excites me.

 

Group tutorials that were taken place during the foundation
course have been pivotal in my development. Giving and receiving feedback with constructive
criticism that I could further improve on and resulted in me being more confident
in my work and myself. These tutorials have helped me to prepare for this
course as I am now able to take feedback as a way of people are helping me to
become better in my practice and future career aspirations.

 

Specifically, I feel that this course will provide me with a
wide knowledge and understanding within the industry and of my work. I hope
that my experience at university allows me to work more independently and share
my ideas with others and work alongside other creative individuals to produce
the best work.

 

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