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Verity Germer

MA work

Nepenthean forms

Inspired by visceral and instinctual forms, the collection uses a mix of traditional and modern knitwear techniques with new application to create form and shape.

Informed by comfortable tangible spaces and objects and the balanced interaction between disparate materials. The collection grew from research into visceral surfaces and forms, which enticed the viewer to interact and involve themselves with the work. Coping mechanisms, subconscious protections and nepenthean forms are all present and the empowerment of the wearer is key. By creating an immediate tangible connection or an intrigue to touch the work, the viewer looses the common alienation of luxury clothes. Inspired by the visual and descriptive language of manual makers and the relationship between the maker and the made. An intuitive relationship between form, function and tactility is always present. The pivot where distaste becomes desire is a fascinating moment of control, which I believe allows you a curious comfort. This balance is something I recreate through my work.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2017

    Specialism

    knitwear

  • Verity's work is inspired by comfortable tangible spaces and objects and the balanced interaction between disparate materials. Inspired by the visual and descriptive language of manual makers and the relationship between the maker and the made. An intuitive relationship between form, function and tactility is always present. Using understated techniques to highlight the beauty of the item, emphasis is placed on visceral forms and surfaces which intrigue the viewer and applying traditional knitwear systems through other practices. The viewer is encouraged to interact with the varied surfaces through the treatment of the material, which encourages the curiosity of the viewer, and the alienation often found in luxury fashion is eliminated. All elements are fully fashioned to reduce waste and the structure is integrally knitted into the garments to reduce multiple process construction.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion, Kingston University, 2015
  • Experience

  • Knitwear designer - TOAST - London, Freelance designer and manufacturer - TOOGOOD - London, Design assistant - Banana Republic - New York
  • Awards

  • Dyloan Bond Factory, Alison Bennett travel bursary