Originally fascinated by the idea of opening up closed forms, through a meditative process, sketching, Lottie began exploring how she could apply internal space to closed forms. These 2D spatial exploration sketches provided a platform of inspiration for her collection. Through a transition between dimensions, she took the initial 2D forms and transferred them into 3D form through cutting and draping fabric onto a body. The cutting of the fabric exposed the inner space between the fabric and the body and allowed the idea of space to flow through a garment. This idea was initially inspired by a quote by sculptor Barbara Hepworth, “movement goes out from the form into vague, indefinite space and there is movement to the opposite direction from infinite space towards emergent form.”
Wanting to explore the idea of meditative processes further and incorporate it into the design process, Lottie created her collection using a mindful, sustainable approach to design, known as zero waste pattern cutting. Often the curved pieces in our clothing do not fit economically together in the cutting process within garment production, however cutting and draping only one rectangle/length of material, ensures that no waste is left over. The average amount of fabric that is wasted when garments are cut and made is 15%. The energy and resources to produce that 15% of fabric also gets wasted.
The garments within s p a t i a l exploration: are mainly constructed out of natural, organic materials, with some garments that have been up-cycled. The use of ‘adjustability’ runs throughout the collection… Lottie has explored how forms can change, through the use of pulling on adjustable straps. Some of her garments have also been made to be reversible.
As well as focusing on elements of sustainability, space and perception s p a t i a l exploration: is gender -neutral… the use of oversized, organic, spatial forms provides a platform to challenge the boundaries between male and female clothing. The pieces have been made to suit both women and men, adjusting to different body types and sizes. The decision lies in the hand of the consumer. Lottie wants the clothing to communicate the wearer, who ever that may be, male or female. This collection is trans-seasonal, allowing the consumer to not feel pressured or controlled by a summer/spring or autumn/winter label.