This collection is inspired by the concept of transcending the subconscious mind. I wanted to reflect the process of unfolding the subconscious by creating
various folds in my garments and using straps to achieve theses folds. With every look more of the self is revealed and exposed. The use and placement of the straps also plays into the idea of the struggle between the body and the subconscious portraying the challenging path of transcending.
Hand printed cotton organdie creates an ethereal atmosphere throughout the collection.
I used an Anthotype process to create the print using plant material and fixed in salt water which relates to my concept as Buddhist monks believe cold water immersion is an integral part of self-transcendence. I chose to predominantly use various tones of blue as the colour holds a lot of significance in Buddhist culture reflecting the sea and sky, Infinity in the sky speaks of the limitless heights of ascension.
I challenged myself to have a sustainable approach to my collection. Traditional pattern cutting is combined with zero waste pattern cutting and stand work to create my silhouettes. I incorporated a lot of drape in my designs to try and reduce as much fabric waste in my patterns and used reclaimed Shaolin Buddhist robes for fabric. All my fabrics used are natural fibres cottons, silks and reclaimed fabrics.
Work experience Faustine Steinmetz and Pam Hogg