GRADUATE TEXTILES DESIGNERS ANSON LAUCentral Saint Martins graduate Anson Lau’s first collection centers on textile and fabric design. For her collection, she took inspiration from three famous artist across a series of works - Marina Abramović, Eliza Bennett and Justin Bartels. The works from these artists revolve around physical sensations through the use and the infliction of textiles and objects.
From these three key pieces of work, Anson’s collection centers on the superficial perception of an object. Her collection encourages the wearer to engage in a dialogue with the garments to sense the disparity between what we see and what actually is.
CHRISTINA SEEWALD Christina’s research topic HAUFEN is concerned with sexual dependency and interdependency between individuals. Many people in big cities like London have the desire to be independent, but at the same time a craving for the intensity that comes from interdependency. (Nan Goldin)
In order to get inspiration she collaborated with Jelly Luise, to make a mood film that would support her final collection in terms of colours, shapes and structure. Their common research expanded, considering movement and time as well as bodies in relation to each other.
CONSTANCA ENTRUDO Constantly inspired by colour, Constanca Entrudo aimed to generate fabrics that would challenge the usual processes of print making through the use of techniques like dyeing, heat pressing and embossing. Her graduate collection is influenced by the idea of performance, circus and transgression.
After spending some time in factories in the North of Portugal, Constanca learnt about the processes of textile and garment making. Due to this, her work is born from the entirely unconventional method of visiting factories and researching into production processes.
OLIVIA MAILEY Inspired by her creative grandmother, Olivia was intrigued by all things textiles whilst growing up, leading her to pursue a Textile Design degree at Nottingham Trent University, where she developed a passion for using photography and digital imagery to inform her design decisions.
Olivia’s graduate textile collection ‘Changing States’ was sparked by the idea of metamorphosis and how we are always adapting to change within our surrounding environment. Taking a scientific approach, her abstract photography is a key aspect of the collection, capturing the uncontrollable reactions triggered during physical and chemical changes.
PALOMA ALARCON Paloma Alarcon is a mixed media textiles designer specialising in hand embroidery, embellishments and laser cutting. Paloma focuses on pushing the boundaries of innovative design using modern and traditional techniques for Fashion statement pieces and accessories.
Combining a range of materials from acrylics, plastics and wood to conventional woolly threads is what sparks Paloma's contemporary designs. With Peruvian origins the idea of bringing Peru's cultural aesthetic and colour is always vivid in her collections.
POPPY FULLERInspired by the arts, history, materials and my surroundings, Poppy is particularly intrigued by the heritage of textiles and how to translate this in modern culture. In her work she explores the relationship between textiles, witchcraft and the idea of weaving as a form of code or language, using both jacquard & dobby looms.
Drawing on her initial theme of magic, she expanded to a more abstract approach as her work progressed. Focusing on elements such as transformation, distortion of reality and secret knowledge allowed her to express her research in a more individual way.