My art foundation degree gave me a great chance to have an insight into several art and craft subjects. I got to try photography, illustration, graphics, jewellery, fine art, fashion, textiles and 3D. I could integrate lots of subjects and this course really pushed me to think about proffessional presentation of my work before my scary uni interviews!
For my first fashion project I had to design a garment and a textile art piece inspired by renaissance. I decided to immerse myself in the magical world of 17th century costume and mixed my love of draping, knitting and screen printing to create a unique garment inspired by the timeless silk screen print artist William Morris. This image was taken by a photographer for the Birmingham Post Newspaper.
For my final major project I chose to study the historical Spanish dance, Flamenco. Using voluminous ruffles with variations of indigo dyed hues, rose prints, boning and assorted fabric roses I created a contemporary fashion costume. My main inspiration was the diverse and exciting designer ‘John Galliano’ for Dior couture fall 2003, with his iconic flamenco collection in memory to the death of his late father. This project was challenging and exciting and encouraged me to select fashion as my future choice in degree course. After completing my project I selected a model to wear my garment in the end of year fashion show, it was very satisfying to see my final piece in motion.