Graffiti Aesthetic

Graffiti is often considered tasteless but I personally see it as a form of self-expression. My aim was to demonstrate that graffiti can be aesthetically pleasing when made to look like art. I love the idea that no two pieces ever look the same. I have ensured that my prints show a wide range of skills and techniques, which I acquired during my time at university, such as the use of dye sublimation and screen print foil overlays. I was keen to create busy, abstract and textural print designs that have a layererd look. The two-print trends I have looked at are 'Graffuturism' and 'Abstraffiti'.

Through undergoing this research, I have been able to take my own creative approach to the abstract graffiti trend by experimenting with line drawings and textural grounds. I have also looked into the use of scale and how this can affect the overall look of the print. Street art is often oversized; therefore, I have taken this into consideration when making both my print designs and my two statement garments.

Throughout my final major project, I constantly referred to my chosen fashion trend of Wonky Couture for inspiration. To develop this idea, I decide to use large fabric manipulations on my garments. This meant taking an asymmetric and three-dimensional approach to my work in order to make it eye-catching and bold. My final collection has a bespoke feel with a tactile and sculptural appearance. I loved the idea of making my collection look high-end because I wanted to show a complete contrast to where I found my initial inspiration: the street.