Are We There Yet? is a printed, fashion textiles collection exploring the theme of travel, transportation, holidays and adventure. The collection’s main inspiration comes from the artistry and graphic qualities of retro holiday and travel posters and Holiday magazine covers, which use illustrative scenes and bright colours to portray an idea of luxurious, nostalgic and paradisal getaways.
The collection focuses on different aspects of travel, including various modes of transport, conventional and unconventional, such as trains, train stations, airplanes, airports and hot air balloons, with a further exploration of signage, typography and mechanical structures associated with them. In addition to this, the collection celebrates different types of holidays, and the souvenirs, tickets, postcards, photography, maps and other ephemera that travelling cultivates. Artists of the 20th century, such as Joan Miró, Gary Hume, Franz Ackerman, Ellsworth Kelly, Harry Smith, Francis Picabía and Kandinsky have also been referenced, as well as poster art and graphic designers, such as Paul Rand, Tom Eckersley and Horace Taylor, who have predominantly inspired the shapes, colours and themes used within the original drawings, print design, photography and visual research of the collection.
Are We There Yet? includes screen-printed designs, made from hand dyed cotton corduroy, cotton twill, brushed cotton, denim and cotton organdie, all printed on using pigment-based inks to provide the texture and bright colours, as well as a combination of stencilling and linear screen designs, required to give the collection its bespoke and contemporary ‘wearable art’ feel. The collection consists mainly of heavy weight materials with the idea of creating samples that would be transformed into unisex, interchangeable spring/summer outerwear, jackets and bottoms. Due to the limited time spent in the print workshop, the designing of physical samples was obliged to take on a much more resourceful and sustainable approach, through making collection of hand-woven complimentary samples, mimicking check and stripe patterns, using cut-offs from screen printed samples and left over pieces of dyed fabrics.