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Final Major Project

The Garden of Earthly Delights

My final project was a creative and colourful continuation of my final year dissertation research. I researched closely into the relationship between feminism and fashion, gender equality and the current ‘gender neutral trend’ within the fashion industry today. For my final major project, I am writing a trend story called ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’. I will be reimagining and retelling, the unjust story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden in a modern day narrative. The aesthetic for my project includes highly saturated colour, 3 dimensional embellishments and hand cut appliqués focusing on contemporary designs for women’s wear, menswear and gender neutral fashion accessories and conceptual jewellery pieces. I will be exploring the boundaries of femininity and masculinity and how the two can work side by side.

Dissertation:

My final Year Dissertation researched in depth into the meaning of femininity within fashion, how the boundaries of femininity can be pushed and how the accepted norms and perceptions of femininity have altered the role of women within society throughout the ages. I looked in-depth at Elsa Schiaparelli, Charles James and Paul Poiret as historic case studies and notorious liberators for women’s fashion. As contemporary case studies, I  focused on established brand Prada and new up and coming label Beja East. Amongst other themes, I explored the modern day relationship between feminism and fashion, how designers balance masculine and feminine design elements and lastly the current ‘gender neutral’ trend which is being seen in many high fashion brands. My dissertation has greatly influenced my Final Major Project.

If you would like to know more information or to read my dissertation, please contact me at lisscooketextiledesign@gmail.com

I achieved a First class grade for my dissertation.

Global Colour Trend: Strata

Strata was a collaborative project with trend forecasting company, Colour Hive (prev. Global Colour Research). This trend focused on a raw, earthy aesthetic yet still clean and still luxury. I created a range of innovative textile art pieces and conceptual interior fabrics working to a minimal theme. My personal inspiration came from a varied range of sources, including research into Inuit cultures and tactile maps, which very much inspired the fabric and material choices for this brief. I used a range of leather skins, suedes, furs and laser cut wooden embellishments. I also gathered inspiration from minimal scandinavian styles which influenced my drawing and pattern outcomes. The most exciting aspect of this project was having 3 of my designs picked to be shown at the Colour Hive Trend stand at the January Furniture Show 2016. Two of my designs were incorporated into the trend mood boards and the other was featured as a cushion design within the main presentation. I also had a print design that I created for Strata published and featured in Issue 41 of Colour Hive’s Mix trends Magazine.Strata was a collaborative project with trend forecasting company, Colour Hive (prev. Global Colour Research). This trend focused on a raw, earthy aesthetic yet still clean and still luxury. I created a range of innovative textile art pieces and conceptual interior fabrics working to a minimal theme. My personal inspiration came from a varied range of sources, including research into Inuit cultures and tactile maps, which very much inspired the fabric and material choices for this brief. I used a range of leather skins, suedes, furs and laser cut wooden embellishments. I also gathered inspiration from minimal scandinavian styles which influenced my drawing and pattern outcomes. The most exciting aspect of this project was having 3 of my designs picked to be shown at the Colour Hive Trend stand at the January Furniture Show 2016. Two of my designs were incorporated into the trend mood boards and the other was featured as a cushion design within the main presentation. I also had a print design that I created for Strata published and featured in Issue 41 of Colour Hive’s Mix trends Magazine.

Trend: Volume

This project was a very quick turnaround set over 2 weeks. For this brief, I designed my own project and set my own outcomes. I chose to create and write my own trend forecast including a trend statement, vibe and mood boards, and fashion direction images. I then created a collection of surface pattern designs interpreting the trend and a series of fashion illustrations showcasing how these prints could be used. One of my favourite pieces from this brief is the large scale conceptual illustration that I created.

Design, Production + Application

Trend: Geology

This was a second year project, and a self-proposed brief. As something that I felt that was very on-trend, I decided to focus heavily on geology as inspiration, looking into marbling, iridescent surfaces and rock strata. I was focusing on fashion based outcomes, taking a lot of inspiration from high end labels such as Delpozo. My finished collection featured a highly embellished aesthetic utilising the creation of my own beads and jewellery pieces which I made by hand using materials such as polymer clay and plastics.

Global Colour Trend: Remote

This project marked the start of my second year studying textile design at Birmingham City University. At BCU, we are incredibly lucky to be linked with a fantastic trend forecasting company called Colour Hive (prev. Global Colour Research). The university anually collaborates with them on projects and special events, such as this one. Each year the second and third years at BCU work alongside Colour Hive to create innovative samples reflecting their current trend forecasts and analysis. For this project; I worked on a trend called ‘Remote’. This trend focused on a rural, natural and comforting aesthetic. I created a range of experimental and innovative interior samples and artworks reflecting and interpreting this trend. I choose to look to traditional textiles as a starting point for inspiration such as weaving and basketryThis project marked the start of my second year studying textile design at Birmingham City University. At BCU, we are incredibly lucky to be linked with a fantastic trend forecasting company called Colour Hive (prev. Global Colour Research). The university anually collaborates with them on projects and special events, such as this one. Each year the second and third years at BCU work alongside Colour Hive to create innovative samples reflecting their current trend forecasts and analysis. For this project; I worked on a trend called ‘Remote’. This trend focused on a rural, natural and comforting aesthetic. I created a range of experimental and innovative interior samples and artworks reflecting and interpreting this trend. I choose to look to traditional textiles as a starting point for inspiration such as weaving and basketry

Fabric Concepts

This was a short 4 week brief in which I created a conceptual collection of experimental and innovative fashion fabrics to be used in a high fashion context. I begin by taking a lot of photography of lichen, moss and fungi- I really wanted my samples to look like they were alive! I took inspiration from high fashion designers, Mia Bergman, Yvonne Kwok and Junko Shimada, creating a lot of textural pieces utilising unusual materials such as sand paper, plastic straws, plastic bags, rubber gloves and staples. I also worked on the idea of manipulated and interactive fabrics; one of my final samples was a really interesting interactive piece that you could mould and bend to create different folds and shapes.


Colour

Colour was a client based brief in which I created a coordinating interior collection for a clients home. As the project name suggests, It incorporated a lot of colour exploration, such as colour mixing, creating colour palettes and dying fabrics to a specific shade. Designing the appropriate colour palette for the client was the integral aspect of this project.

The client I worked for loved mixing antique objects and vintage items with contemporary designer pieces, so I took a lot of inspiration from a wide range of interesting objects I sourced such as vintage perfume bottles, jewellery, ornate picture frames and even an old sewing kit. I used this initial vintage inspiration but added a contemporary flare.
I took on quite an illustrative style for this project producing highly detailed, intricate, quite whimsical drawings, but incorporated bold geometrics and graphic kaleidoscope prints. The final colour palette for this collection comprised of a rich selection of metallics, jewel tones and soft pastels reflecting the initial inspiration, but incorporated flashes of bright red to give it a contemporary twist.


First Impressions

In this module I worked to a concept driven brief called ‘First Impressions’.
As my first university project, I started thinking about my first impressions of Birmingham as a city and alternatively started wondering, if the city itself could speak, what would its first impression be of me?
I produced a lot of drawing simply by looking at my surroundings and observing skylines, buildings, storage containers, pylons, roads, cranes, and the peaks of suburban houses in the distance. I worked right across the board in this module producing printed, woven and embroidered textiles. I started to think about my own transformation and how I felt I’d changed as a result of coming to university. Overall this project really represented transformation; how I had changed, how the environment around me had transformed from a small rural town into a bustling city and how the city is constantly evolving and growing around us. I loved the freedom, the colour, the creativity and the expressive but busy aesthetic I created throughout this brief.


Previous Work

This is my exhibition space for my final major project at College. This project was inspired by textures such as chipped paint, ripped paper and rough brick surfaces. My love of repeat pattern design and coordinating bold colour shaped the final collection.

I received a ‘Fresh: Presentation Award’ at College for the best final major project exhibition space. This was awarded to me for my skills in styling considerations, bringing together colour and texture combinations and designing an evocative and dynamic exhibition space.

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