Add // Subtract
This final project explores a new definition of embellishment: a process which can both add and subtract from the surface of a fabric.
Visual inspiration comes from a collection of photographs that display distorted linear and striped compositions, varied qualities of light, and bleached out colour. The concept of building up and taking away from fabric, alongside these photographs, led me to the themes of layering, concealing and revealing, light and shadow.
I investigated textile techniques that perform the process of addition or subtraction, most significantly devore printing. The print often becomes a structural element of the textile, and reweaving allows embroidery to be integrated into the fabric. The processes often affect the handle and properties of the textile, transforming heavy to light, opaque to translucent, stiff to fluid, strong to delicate. Contrasting gloss and matte finishes highlight these varying properties. The resulting fabrics lie somewhere between surface and structure, creating a refined and unfamiliar concept of embellishment.
School of Design
MA Textiles, 2016
I am a textile designer specialising in print and embroidery for fashion. Integrating a background in embroidery with a new focus on print, I create textiles that blur the boundaries between the two disciplines. I am interested in making fabrics that are not what they appear; prints that resemble embroideries or wovens.
- BA (Hons) Design - Textiles (Embroidery), Glasgow School of Art, 2012
- Freelance embroidery designer, Alexander McQueen, London, 2014 onwards; Embroidery trainee, Alexander McQueen, London, 2014; Embroidery and print intern, 3.1 Phillip Lim, New York, 2013; Embroidery intern, Mary Katrantzou, London, 2013
- The Textile Society Bursary Award 2016; The John Dunsmore Nepal Textile Scholarship 2015