This past year at Glasgow School of Art has gone so fast, it is hard to believe that this time last year I was just about to begin the course. As our Masters show was a couple of weeks ago now, and I am back home in Shetland I thought it would show the ‘before’ work before I put up the photos from the photo shoot which took place before the Promenade and the degree show.
The first stage from September till January consisted of initial research and creating a concept.
I wanted to carry forward some themes from my undergraduate collection which formed around the idea of creating fabrics which had a northern identity and crossed themes from simple Scandinavian design and traditional scottish woven cloth qualties, but also introduce some new ideas.
My initial concept and research ideas formed two different sections. Fabric ideas and Silhouette and Shape:
This year I also had to design the shape of the garment as well as the fabric. As I was weaving my own fabrics I thought that it would be best to keep these quite simple. The images above shows the initial concept ideas of how I could translate my artworks and fabric ideas on to the garments which I would go on to create.
The second stage which started in February and went through to the end of May was a busy time. Sampling and producing Toiles for review, and thinking thoroughly about what I wanted my collection to look like. As I had previously only produced samples for collections it was so exciting to see these ideas developing on into garments. As stage two still had a lot of experimentation in it, I think it was the most exciting part of the year.
Stage three, the last stage, was a very busy time, but also a great achievement. From June until mid August we had the manufacture and create our collections. I planned out that I would have about two weeks for each look, to weave the fabric and then put together the garment. By weaving each look at a time, meant that I could change my ideas and add new discoveries as I went.
I am back home in Shetland for a couple of months having a break and also working for Jamieson and Smith, the Shetland Wool Brokers in Lerwick. I have a few things up my sleeve for the next few months so keep an eye out for updates!