Plymouth College of Art
Costume Production and Associated Crafts
I am a dedicated creative who explores nature through various textiles techniques. I use time-consuming techniques like weaving, tufting and latching, and I believe each piece benefits from every second I put into it. I hope to become a self-employed artist, making one-off commissioned pieces by hand for clients. I have felt inspired by nature for my entire textiles journey, and it always allows my work to flourish. During my final year, I focused on combining textiles with garments to encourage movement and new shapes. My passion of nature culminated in designing a collection of performance costumes to celebrate endangered animals, these protest costumes became part of my plan for Collective Purpose - an organisation using art to enact positive change against the climate crisis. I plan to continue to celebrate our natural world in order to educate others on each of our individual actions.
I worked a week at John Boyd Textiles, a mill that taught me how to become a much better weaver and I still use their methods on my own loom. My ongoing relationship with the Barbican Theatre has been important during my time in Plymouth, they have given me experience backstage as well as giving contacts and advice. My own business began in first year, and I have worked on it alongside my coursework. These years have been beneficial for my future as I have already learned so much and had time to find my branding and grow a following. I am grateful for the experiences I was given through workshops in other departments in the college, it has allowed me to try equipment so I know what to save money for and use in my own practice. Starting my small business alongside my work has allowed me to experiment with new techniques and processes and bring new skills and ideas into my work. During third year especially, my two trains of creativity have merged, by creating textile-heavy garments and experimenting with new applications of my work.