Inspired by her trip to Rome, Italy in the summer, Hope was fascinated by the sculptures, paintings and architecture of the Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and the Doria Pamphilj Palace. Hope learned about ancient Rome, Roman gods and goddesses and mythical creatures, which gave her ideas about creating her own mythical creatures and beings in a surreal world.
Hope combined her large expressive paintings together with distorted photographs she took in Rome, into colourful busy prints, to create a visual of A Surreal Rome. Her paintings are created with large brush strokes and mixtures of mediums such as acrylic paint and pen. Hope distorted her photographs from Rome by creating collages with them. The collages show a Surreal Rome brusting through the photograghs, bringing the concept to life.
Hope’s catwalk collection includes The Pegasus Fountain Dress, The Colossal Knit, The Surreal Suit, The Mythical Beings Knit, The Roman Goddess Dress and The Angel Dress. Each small detail has a meaning and tells the story of a Surreal world of Rome.