Final year project
Creating a room of ambience [Read more]
A series of woollen macramé knots hung on wooden disks. A smaller ply cotton macramé structure is knotted within the negative spaces of the wool. The piece is visualised as a hammock then photographed deep within The Outwoods, Loughborough.
Shaggy fringed rug
Three series of heavy weight chunky fringing backed by naturally dyed netting, featuring detailed sequin embroidery. This has been draped and photographed on highland rocks buried in the woods. It is contextually featured as a rug.
Silicone pipe macramé
Repurposed industrial silicone piping threaded with hand dyed yarn and knotted into a macramé sample. It hangs from hand cut wooden dowels and is pictured deep in the Outwoods, Loughborough.
Dissolvable stitch samples
A hand dyed ombré macramé netting structure with dissolvable stitched embroidery squares hand sewn in. This is photographed over an intricate dissolvable stitched structure, holding a weaving of raffia, cork and latex.
Silk pleated panel
A large scale series of alternating pleats, ranging in size and direction, on luxury silk, with two tone organza weaving through.
Hand drawn lion print
Digital print series
Initial photography and drawings that have been digitally translated and transformed into repeat patterns. These have then been printed on wallpaper covering, organza and as velvet cushions and furnishings. They have also been further developed through embellishment and the application of biodegradable glitter.
A series of drawings which inspired my collection, drawn in ink, pencil and charcoal. My visual research grew from combining geometric shapes with the detail and organic texture of geological surfaces.
Creating sustainable immersive collections, aimed towards experiential design and multi sensory experience to be used to enhance well being and enjoyment.
In this project, Rachel created a room of ambience for a yoga retreat taking place in a hotel. The room would be used as a walkway into the yoga space and uses decor, sensory and interactive features to create a calming and natural atmosphere. Her inspiration came from woodlands and trees, creating the desire to bring elements of the outdoors indoors to connect the audience with nature and it’s healing properties. Not only does this empathise the core values yoga holds of being at one with our bodies and nature, but also builds a platform to talk about issues of sustainability and protecting our woodlands.
Each piece of fabric used to construct her collection had been bathed in essential oils like lavender and vetiver. These smells that infuse the room, combined with the soft tactile experience of the collection, will calm the user, encouraging them to take time to care for their mental wellbeing before entering the yoga retreat and focusing on their physical wellbeing.
She captured the feeling of safety and enclosure in her collection, which she would normally seek in woodlands, by creating a series of large scale hanging pieces. The translucent materials and experimental play with negative space and letting light pass through, investigates how these elements interact with our well being. These processes feature macrame, pleating, dissolvable stitch and digital prints to create a hammocks, cushions, lighting, draping, blankets, and immersive caves.
'Should London fashion week be cancelled in the name of the climate emergency?' A critical insight to the extent in which large scale commercial events encourage irresponsible design and therefore attempt to dismiss the climate crisis
Final year project
Creating a room of ambience
'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
Artist liaison at Boudica Festival
September 2018 - September 2019
Workshop Technician, Area 51 Design