Ever wondered how the use of the internet affected our minds? Let it be exactly this question that kept the Scottish designer Hannah Paxton up, leading to the release of her ‘Distorted Reality’ graduate collection. Working with a mix of bright eccentric colours and morphed imagery, every design demands attention only to introduce its audience to the dark side of social media. The Heriot-Watt graduate seeks to represent the negative effects of social media on people’s mental health through twisted photography, flashy and busy prints, something that didn’t go unnoticed as she sees her designs featured in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK as part of our Global Young Talents 2021.
“ I wanted to explore the idea of how social media in particular twists our views as a society. Whilst I think social media can be a positive platform at times, I think we are subjected to disturbing content that can make us think more destructively, especially about ourselves.”
“ For this collection, I think a brighter almost ‘psychedelic’ colour palette worked well as it expressed the hypnotic feel of the internet as well as the computer-screen-glare that we look at. ”
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