The collection was not only inspired by the growing natural forms found within the garden but also typical garden objects such as botanical books found in the garden shed alongside vintage seed packets and tools. The print I designed above is inspired by the graphic nature of the Victorian seed packets and botanical books that I explored. I then collaged my print into initial silhouette ideas on the body to experiment with different proportions, looking at creating volume at different areas of the body. The textures within my print also inspires details and fabric manipulation ideas.
My initial 2D collaging often inspires my 3D draping. I start to experiment with how these silhouettes could physically form around the body and how to create interest from various viewpoints and angles. With the blossoming shapes of flora being a central reference point for my design development, I aimed to create volume in different areas of the body and experiment with folding details that could contribute to the overall silhouette and add movement. After draping I will often collage again extracting the key shapes and details then experimenting with proportion again, minimizing shapes to become details or enlarging to create a whole silhouette. These collages are then refined into sketches of various garment types. Within my collection I wanted the garments to be a combination of organic blossoming silhouettes alongside gardenwear reference points; creating a woman who finds comfort and beauty in the rawness of nature.
In order to highlight my collection’s narrative, my design process had a strong focus on experimenting with various techniques to create different textures that I found within my mother’s garden. With knit I used plating within my jacquards to create dimension and experimenting with the needle tension with different yarns to create inconsistency within the colour/yarn distribution. Melting different fabrications and materials together also resulted in organic outcomes which complimented the more consistence textures of screen printed flocking and puff and digital prints developed.
With the custom textiles I created being integral to my collection, it was important that I experimented with placement and different combinations of textures in order to strengthen each look within my final lineup. The latex moss textile I created was inspired by the condensation found on greenhouse glass as trapped plants are trapped against it’s surface. I wanted to replicate this transparency alongside creating a bubbling texture beneath the surface. The placement of the textile is to appear as if it is growing out of the apron’s seams and seeping across to consume the surface of the garment; similar to how my muse is consumed by her wild garden.