Freyja Dorren's collection was influenced by the abandoned industrial sites around the city of London, with her main influences being Millennium Mills located at Royal Docks and Battersea Power Station. She has then created digital drawings inspired by the two sites extracting repeated shapes and pattern from floor plans of the regenerated structures. This explores the initial transition from old to new and how this can relate to the circular economy within textile surfaces.
After choosing to focus on the circular economy within regeneration of abandoned factory buildings around London, Freyja focused on the area of re-purposing construction waste and experimented with casting waste with jesmonite and hempcrete creating initial tiling experiments, observing how materials cast and react with eachother.
The collection has a unified theme, yet each piece comes with a different recombination of unconventional pattern cutting and finishing. Zhang's design tells a story of how fashion pieces present a defined beauty and atmosphere, through the considered combination of fashion pieces and background. The resulting end products demonstrate the impression of the crash and fusion, between contemporary civilisation and eastern legacy.
Experimentation with etch has been thoroughly explored as a development into low impact print methods, by using this technique Freyja has managed to avoid the use of toxic and harmful print binders. Patterns are used from distorted digital drawings inspired by abandoned buildings Millennium Mills and Battersea Power Station.
The making of Freyja’s final collection focuses on the process of casting materials jesmonite and hempcrete using handmade silicone moulds. Pieces are then dip dyed using food waste natural dye obtained from onion peel, blackberries, avocado pit and carrot tops. Selected tiles are then painted with Airlite paint, a Co2 absorbing substance that is also anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
One of the main focal points within Freyja's project is the ability to mix and match tiles to create varying colour ways and pattern outcomes. As demonstrated above tiles are rotated and repeated creating unique patterns and colour combinations.
The interactive sense within this project is demonstrated by experimenting with individuals choosing their own colour ways and patterned pieces to create their own patterns making the collection playful and fun as well as practical for varying environments, accommodating various designer tastes and styles and adhering to multiple interior spaces.