Final year project
Fragmented Society [Read more]
Sublimation printing of a photographic collage on to recycled polyester. This collage explores human destruction of the natural landscape. However, it also highlights the idea that nature will fight back. Nature's interception.
Reused cotton printed with pigment paste. The sample in the middle was sewn back into using a free-hand machine technique.
A colour line-up from Fragmented Society which shows the way in which I visualised some of my designs.
VAT printed on to recycled cotton jersey. I used a free-hand screen printing technique in which I just rotated the screen in order to create a layered effect.
A line-up from Fragmented Society. From my monochrome story which reflects the negative impacts we have on the natural world. The pops of colour coming through are used to remind us of the natural world still growing amongst the destruction.
Fabric samples from the monochrome story.
Illustrative, repeat print design. This print is significant in the collection as it tells the story of how we choose to hide in the darkness and shut ourselves off to the problems we as a species are causing. This print is my way of allowing us to hold a mirror up to ourselves.
Another line-up from Fragmented Society. This is from the colour story. Within this line-up I played with mixing colour-ways of designs into the same garment. Creating authentic garments that are meant to be cherished and last a life-time.
Charlotte Rebecca Blythe
My work explores sustainable design, which I believe is the future for the fashion industry.
My fashion collection (Fragmented Society) explores ideas of the destruction that humans create within the natural world. It is made from recycled and donated, vegan, fabrics. Inspiration for this project comes from research into the way in which fashion has been used as an art form. The connection between art and fashion is something which has always influenced my work in a tremendous way. I created a collection which explores the way in which we can use fashion as an art form, and medium, to spread and create positive change within the world. The research for this project was undertaken in derelict buildings found in countryside landscapes. In order to highlight the chaos, we as a species have on the natural world, I explored the juxtaposition between urban and natural landscapes. I want to highlight to the consumer through the collection, that nature will continue to grow and flourish despite the desolation that we as a species cause. The idea is the collection will hold a mirror up to us, forcing us to face what we are doing. We are the only ones that can save ourselves. The way in which this collection will spread these ideas is through the creation of a new subculture and tribe. This idea of an underground movement comes as a way of stepping away from societys descent. Rather than contributing further to societies obsession with fast fashion and the blending in of the masses this collection aims to draw attention to the tribe which is saying ‘enough is enough.’ This collection also explores ideas of androgyny. I feel like fashion should be genderless therefore I want the collection to feature a lot of oversized garments which shape the body in different ways. Genderless, sustainable fashion is the future.
Final year project
'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
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