A Place I Call Home

In this work, I have explored the themes of contrasting aesthetics between Suffolk’s rolling hills and Glasgow’s cityscape.

My work primarily explores contrasts with tonal blends and mathematically inspired stripes, which have been studied in sketching, thread wraps and digital development before weaving. Sustainable design is the process’s focus, so I have explored hand-painting warps and small-batch dyeing weft. I have worked closely with The Sudbury Silk Mills Shop and Skye Silks to repurpose deadstock materials, such as different weights of silks and cotton.

Through sampling and refined design ideas, I have created a bespoke collection of scarves, using double cloths and different shading within the woven structure to convey the sense of home I feel in each place.

Handwoven Silk Scarf with stripes and hand painted. Worn by person with striped top

Suffolk Barns

This scarf has taken inspiration from the barns around Suffolk's rolling hills. The reversible design highlights forms and colours, capturing details with the mixture of silk and cotton. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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Hanging handwoven fine silk scarf grey lilac and rose pink

Corrugated Silk Scarf

This scarf has taken inspiration from the barns around Suffolk's rolling hills. This scarf uses weave to highlight shading ideas to capture form, capturing details with fine-weight silk. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 9 inches (22.5cm)
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Handwoven deadstock samples with irregular stripe patterning

Sunset on the Clyde

Handwoven with deadstock silk, these samples display the joins of the separate locations, combining the materials used by a local mill in Suffolk with the colours and forms of the Clyde. The crossing of colourful threads in warp and weft appear iridescence with movement as they highlight the ripple of water flowing.
Hanging reversible scarf, one side striped and other hand painted

Suffolk Barns

This scarf has taken inspiration from the barns around Suffolk's rolling hills. The reversible design highlights forms and colours, capturing details with the mixture of silk and cotton. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
For Sale: Price on Request
fine weight silk scarfs hanging, pinks and rose golds hand painted

Handwoven Hand Dyed Shaded Fine-Weight Silk Scarves

This scarf has taken inspiration from the barns around Suffolk's rolling hills. This scarf uses weave to highlight shading ideas to capture form, capturing details with fine-weight silk. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 9 inches (22.5cm)
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a collection of three scarfs, all variations of colours hanging next to each other. handwoven and hand dyed, intertwined with deadstock yarns with highlighted colours

A Collections of Places I Call Home

The collection of three scarves combines various colours, forms, and segments from the places I call home. These pieces explore the contrast of Dunvegan's heather, the autumnal leaves in Linn Park, and the rolling Suffolk fields. These scarves are made to be reversible designs combining hand-painted, fine-weight silk with deadstock fine silk irregular stripes to highlight similarities and contrasts with where I call home. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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details of zoomed in hand woven, hand painted reversable scarves with deadstock irregular stripes

Zoom in Details of a Place I Call Home

The collection of three scarves combines various colours, forms, and segments from the places I call home. These pieces explore the contrast of Dunvegan's heather, the autumnal leaves in Linn Park, and the rolling Suffolk fields. These scarves are made to be reversible designs combining hand-painted, fine-weight silk with deadstock fine silk irregular stripes to highlight similarities and contrasts with where I call home. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
For Sale: Price on Request
zoomed in area of woman wearing fine weight hand painted hand woven silk scarf, tied in knot

Corrugated Barns Shaded Silk Scarf

This scarf has taken inspiration from the barns around Suffolk's rolling hills. This scarf uses weave to highlight shading ideas to capture form, capturing details with fine-weight silk. Length is 6 feet 2 inches (188cm) by 9 inches (22.5cm)
For Sale: Price on Request
different weight silks in a landscape inspired woven artwork, looking at different colours, weight of yarn and peg pland

Design Development For Sunset on the Clyde

Design Development Sketchbook Page
black and white sketching showing warp and weft and digital design work to further be developed into a woven fabric

Design Development for Damask

Design development breaking down warp and weft and structure to be further developed with colour

Material and Colour Exploration

Developing materials and colours, considering sustainability, reference to place and colour within design

Digitally Printed Scarfs

For this collaborative project, working with a fashion student who is a print specialist and a weave specialist to explore different ways of getting colour onto a woven fabric using printing and dyeing processes. The design and production process has been separated into segments supporting our specialisms. Our aim for the project was to create a contemporary bespoke product that utilised modern equipment by minimalising wastage in water and dyes. We want to create a timeline and transparency within this process and create unique pieces related to our collections. Documentation of the collaborative process has been key to developing a completely transparent production that allows the wearer to be part of our process.

Hand woven digitally printed scarf folded flat

Where Fields Meet The City

Inspired by the Suffolk Fields and Glasgow cityscape, this digitally printed scarf displays the blends of colours highlighted by a shaded woven structure. Hand Woven silk 6 feet 2 inches 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
hand woven digitally printed silk scarf laying rippled on table

Glasgow among the Heather

Digitally printed warp from CAT Design inspired by summers on Skye and the cityscape of Glasgow. Hand Woven silk 6 feet 2 inches 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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handwoven digitally printed silk scarf on female model tied at from

The Clyde and Dunvegan's Loch

Digitally printed warp from CAT Design inspired by summers on Skye and the cityscape of Glasgow. Hand Woven silk 6 feet 2 inches 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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Handwoven digitally printed scarf, draped over a shoulder

Glasgow among the Heather

Digitally printed warp from CAT Design inspired by summers on Skye and the cityscape of Glasgow. Hand Woven silk 6 feet 2 inches 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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process of printing the warp in CAT

Warp Process Details

Exploring the process of printing with CAT Design and how we have cut down on dye and water wastage
finishing warp development

Setting the warp

Exploring how warps have their dye set and drying before warping up.
final sample development, with stretching warp and looking at developing length

Development of Samples

Final samples with developing length of warp and creating warps
weft explanation, small batch dyeing

Weft development

Description of how weft is made, then colour matched to highlight tones in the warp
hand woven digitally printed scarf with blends of colour

Trial Scarf

Hand Woven silk 6 feet 2 inches 6 foot 2 inches (190.5cm) by 8 inches (20.3cm)
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Xerox of a Xerox

This project came from reading “Simulacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard, a French philosopher, and media critic. I was inspired by his concepts of the simulacrum, a copy of a copy, signs, symbols, and objects used to address mass production/reproduction and reproducibility that characterise our current mass electronic media and capitalist society. An overwhelming amount of content and production of goods defines our current consumer landscape. We consume these copies, signs, symbols and objects through mass media and consumer culture, which we collect and organise to form our identities and worldviews. I am interested in how we consume these copies, signs, symbols, and objects and how we use them to express who we are, consciously or subconsciously. This relates to fashion in terms of mass production, like walking into Primark and seeing the same t-shirt in six different colourways; a lot of garments do the same thing but have semantic differences, such as a t-shirt and a shirt both cover the torso, but one has a collar, cuffs, placket and so on. I would subvert this in my collection by manipulating details such as darts and looking at combining seam lines to create one-seam garments. I will also be including print work related to music videos, film, and album covers as a literal nod to moments in time, craft is at the heart at my work employing traditional men’s tailoring methods and techniques such as canvassing.

Excerpts from BA(Hons) in Fashion Design portfolio, contact for full portfolio

Scan from Simulacra and Simulation

Digitally printed lining
Abby wears a merino wool blazer with a dip dyed cotton shirt and cotton drill trouser, and leather briefcase (sourced from vinted) with silk drape
Danylo wears a dip dyed cotton shirt with cotton drill trouser, scarf made in collaboration with Helena Powell (Y4 Woven Textiles)
Nathan wears a merino wool blazer with a dip dyed cotton shirt and cotton drill trouser
Scarlett wears a dip dyed cotton shirt with cotton drill shorts, with a leather briefcase (sourced from vinted) and silk drape
Nathan wears Nail Ring by Alice Biolo