"Making the products glitzy and glam in a sophisticated way." - Priya Godfrey-Evansby Priya Godfrey-Evans
Glitz and Glam
“My ideas have developed from finding rubbish, things that people don’t need anymore, to finding beauty in them. Making the products glitzy and glam in a sophisticated way.
“After graduating I plan to buy an embroidery machine. It’s a big investment but I can then start by making small patches to sell.
“I’ve loved my time at AUB, it’s where I’ve found myself.”
"I've been inspired by plants for fashion, along with colours, surface and layers.'' - Alison Coleby Alison Cole
“My work is based on a rug technique. I’ve been inspired by plants for fashion, along with colours, surface and layers.
“After graduating I would like to take on an internship to gain experience in the industry. Then I would love to start my own business.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time at AUB experimenting and learning all the new techniques”.
"I've mainly produced my work by screen printing and hand stencilling." - Gemma Stephensby Gemma Stephens
48 Hours in Barcelona
“My work has been inspired by visiting Barcelona, particularly by Gaudi, I love the architecture, the colours and patterns found in his work.
“I’ve mainly produced my work by screen printing and hand stencilling.
“I would like to do an internship after graduating. I spent some time in America designing bedding which I really enjoyed. I will also be setting up an Etsy shop to sell my work on.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at AUB”.
"Being awarded the Textile Society award enabled me to continue working with a range of innovative fabrics" Jemma Pratt
“For my Final Major project my research and imagery was influenced by the reflective, transparent and distorted surfaces within X-ray vision and skeletal fish. I combined the use of a microscope and camera to photograph disarticulated fish bone remains collected from the Bournemouth University archive.
I applied my mixed media skills: CAD embroidery, Hand embellishments, Laser cutting and Digital Print as an addition to help me explore different surface qualities to work with. Amongst my research high-end design company Jakob Sclaepfer inspired my way of working. Their fashion fabrics influenced my choice of techniques, where I combined the Sonic welder and Laser cutter, to re-create fringing techniques and embellishments to form my own materials. As an addition I used the heat press for vibrant colour and flat textures to work back into.
Being awarded the Textile Society award enabled me to continue working with a range of innovative fabrics. I used a combination of rigid and fluid materials, including shiny, matt, and metallic surfaces. In my drawing and developmental processes I experimented with different qualities of papers to inspire my fabric choices.
I have learnt so much at AUB and I have really enjoyed having the freedom to explore mixed media processes. We received regular tutorials and critiques with Anne-Marie, lecturers and designers from the industry and there advice has helped me develop my personal work and skills. I am currently working as a Visual merchandiser but I would prefer a job in design. I aim to gain as much experience in the industry in the next year, before completing a Masters. I also have an interest in working with Hodge Sellers and Jane Bowler. I am going to miss being in a creative studio with everyone else, but I am excited to see what is next.”
"It is a collection of sensory surfaces that explores whether design could be taken beyond function and aesthetics" Charlotte Alexander
“We have become discontent with the ‘human habitat’ longing for an environment more inclusive of our emotional needs and well-being.
‘The Sublime’ is a project inspired by vast expanses and epic landscapes. It is a collection of sensory surfaces that explores whether design could be taken beyond function and aesthetics towards more meaningful interactions.
Laser etching has been used on concrete to mimic the effects of weathering to reveal tactile patterns based on topography and natural textures. Subtle reliefs have been created through casting and the embedding of material; and the thermoforming properties of perspex have been exploited to create three-dimensional forms that emerge from a surface evoking a desire to interact.
Some of these surfaces are not necessarily inviting or practical; based on our more challenging natural environments (Arctic/Antarctic) some pieces are intended to crumble and change with use, to appear fragile or make us wary of our interactions with them. They are surfaces intended to make us more aware of our surroundings and ourselves within a space allowing for more fulfilling user, product relationships.
It was very clear from first year that my interests lay in 3-D manipulations and material innovation rather than in traditional textiles, and I’m so glad that this course gave me the freedom to explore these interests. The landscape of textiles is changing, and I feel this course is at the forefront of it – supporting and propelling innovative design for fashion, interiors, and craft. It has been a fantastic 3 years, and I would not of been able to get through it without the support and advice from the fantastic team of tutors and technicians.
Since graduating, I am in the process for setting up my own business while doing free-lance work on the side, and will be exhibiting at The National Centre for Craft and Design come September. “
"The work produced is a mixture of 3D and surface manipulation" Eleanor Nixon-Hill
In at the Deep End
“In at The Deep End’ explores wellbeing, movement and how people take a step away from technology. This has been explored through the movement of swimming supported by imagery taken from an abandoned swimming pool, paused in time.
The work produced is a mixture of 3D and surface manipulation. This project has been created using digital print enhanced by stitch, laser cutting and handprint finishing techniques. A mixture of lightweight fabrics, contrasted with thicker stiffer materials layered together has been used to create depth and represent the fluidity of water and structure of the buildings housing it. colour is a key aspect of this collection, used to portray the feeling so that the viewer is immersed in the same world.”
"Taking an unconventional source of inspiration from crumpled and damaged scrap cars" Lily Goulding
“Taking an unconventional source of inspiration from crumpled and damaged scrap cars, my final project ‘Heavy Metal’ was inspired by the surfaces, shapes and textures found on the beat-up metals.
Through the use of heat press sublimation printing combined with hand and digital embroidery, I have explored the tension between the perfect and imperfect by creating prints and embroideries for the ready-to-wear fashion market.
The past three years have been such an amazing experience. I have been encouraged to be highly experimental with my chosen materials and surface explorations, allowing me to develop my own style and aesthetic.
The AUB show and New Designers were a valuable opportunity to gain experience in communicating and presenting myself in a professional environment. I am sad to be leaving AUB, as I have loved working within a studio environment alongside my peers. It has been great to see how we have all developed and improved over the three years and I look forward to see what the future holds for us all! Since graduating I have started working for the Hand & Lock concession at Topshop Oxford Circus, personalising Topshop garments with monogramming and embroidered patches.”
"I did a trip through America and at one of the campsites we stayed in Colorado, there were loads of signs up saying what to do if a bear attacked. I wanted to get that sense of humour through in my textiles." Nicole Rayment
“Well, they’re a bit of a mistake. I did a trip through America and at one of the campsites we stayed in Colorado, there were loads of signs up saying what to do if a bear attacked. So I thought it’d be quite funny, I wanted to get that sense of humour through in my textiles. It wasn’t meant to be that speckled. It just happened it was only a development, but then everyone kept making comments and going on about them, so they’ve ended up as my main piece. I can’t get away from the bears.
I’ve loved it, it’s the beginning but also terrifying. You’ve got a security blanket and where I’m going to be working on my own I’m not going to have any of the people I’ve been working with. I’m probably not going to have an experience with a studio like that again.
I’d really love to start in house design for an interior company. Then learn from that and move onto freelance and make a name for myself. It depends what happens first. If anything comes from this I could go into freelance now.”
"For this final years exhibition I went full out, I went for my 3D, bright colours, neon base and fluorescents." Priyanka Shah
“Since first year or foundation I realised that 3D was my strong point. After coming to Uni and starting my first year, geometric has been one of the key things I’ve always wanted to develop. That’s what I think I’ve done throughout the three years and just developed my 3D skills worked with loads of different colour pallets. So this final years exhibition I went full out, I went for my 3D, bright colours, neon base and fluorescents. That was the aim and I feel it works really, really well. My inspiration has started coming from household objects. You probably can’t tell but, going through the process, that’s where my starting point was.
Hexagon has been one of my strong shapes since second year and I haven’t done a lot with it As you can see, its one of my strongest skills, so I wanted to bring it into a 3D element. It’s like something you put under a table, such as a glass table, it can be stuck on a wall.
It’s actually been amazing; I’m going to miss it so much. Its kind of sad it’s all finished now, but it’s the start, it definitely is. I’m really excited for what’s upcoming. I do still want to continue my 3D manipulation. I would like to work for an interior designer or for an architecture company because my work is quite 3D based, but we’ll see where it takes me. I’ve got an internship starting soon in September with Tiger Prints, so I’m quite excited for that! We’ll see where it takes me on.”
"I’ve been really exploring how far you can go using just one colour, or the tones of one colour." Megan Tanner
“My last project was all white, so this time I wanted to try all black. I’m really inspired by colour theory and the depth of a colour. I’ve been really exploring how far you can go using just one colour, or the tones of one colour.
I went out with my camera and just looked at everything that was black, and then grouped them into cracked and mottled surfaces. I also looked at grips, so I looked at tyres and drains and things like that. I also looked at oil spills. The fur came as a natural progression, because I was looking at velvet, because it’s how you get the blackest black. Then the fur was just sort of extending from the velvet really.
It’s been really good. I think before third year I didn’t really know what I was doing. Then, in third year, a big shiny embroidery machine showed up and I decided that’s what I was going to do! Before my third year I’d never cut or done embroidery!”
"My FMP is based on land art, so I looked at how they placed it together to then make something new from land. I was kind of looking at the surface of the land and textures." Hannah Board
“I’m inspired a lot by natural things such as landscapes, and I also looked into land art. My SPP was landscapes of exploration, so I looked into that for inspiration, as well as the series Frozen Planet.
My FMP is based on land art, so I looked at how they placed it together to then make something new from land. I was kind of looking at the surface of the land and textures.
It’s been amazing and I’m going to miss it so much. Especially having that time in the studio with so many creative people, I don’t think you realise just how great it is. Everyone is so different and they always come with new ideas that you’d never think of. I loved it!”
"I was very inspired by Scandinavian design philosophy, which is simplistic and minimalistic." Georgina Mackenzie-Smithby Georgina Mackenzie-Smith
“I was very inspired by Scandinavian design philosophy, which is simplistic and minimalistic. It’s all about using honest materials like wood, so I tried to take that on board. For instance, I deconstructed the Hans J Wegner Wishbone chair and taken it on by myself. I’ve taken the screws you use and rearranging it into a pattern. I’ve also done a few tables, deconstructed them and taken photos.
I’ve also done this embroidery pad and used bolts that I’ve rearranged. I went to Copenhagen and a lot of it was desaturation of colour, so that was taken from there.
This next project is from Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson. I’ve got the arches from there. I went to London and looked at all the grand hotels there. He’s got botanical aspects in his film, and I got a lot of inspiration from him.
I’ve loved my time on the course. It’s very hard, they get you to experiment with whatever you can, but it’s really good. I’ve loved every minute of it!”
"My collection is inspired by the circus. A lot of it is loosely to do with the animals and acts within a circus." Daniela Evans
“My collection is inspired by the circus. The tassels are inspired by the horse’s tails and their natural hair. The feathered bits are from the caged birds and birds of prey. A lot of it is loosely to do with the animals and acts within a circus.
There are also giraffe eyelashes. It was collaboration with two of my housemates, one did Photography and one did Make-up. I did enjoy collaborating because there’s extra input, but it was stressful at times. We also had a short Fashion film, which showed a dark eerie circus. It was really useful and it was really fun working with the other two.
I’ve had a really good time and I’m really sad to be leaving now. I want to get some sort of internship, potentially with Jane Bowler. She was a visiting lecturer at uni anyway, so she has met us before. My first step is to try and get that!”
"I try and create cool surfaces in resin and cement, to create these interactive tiles for walls and partitions for interiors." Chloe Hemmingby Chloe Hemming
“I use my photography as a basis for my work and interpret it through stitch. I try and create cool surfaces in resin and cement, to create these interactive tiles for walls and partitions for interiors. I’ve not seen many others like it, so I guess I’d call it innovative.
It’s the sort of idea where they’d be put in hotel lobbies and bright open spaces, where a lot of light can go through them
It was really good, I learnt a lot. Compared to where I was three years ago, I didn’t think I’d be making anything like this, I didn’t know this kind of stuff was possible. I was never really interested in traditional textiles, so I’m glad I could do the degree but be free enough to do my own thing.”
"My work came from the idea that there’s beauty held within imperfections." Aoife Barron Flynn
Beauty within imperfections
“My work came from the idea that there’s beauty held within imperfections. Then I started looking into what imperfections could be and I looked at mould and knotted and tangled threads. That led me onto a drawing process of hand painting onto wet paper and getting a kind of dropping effect, where lots of things were seeping together. For mould I was going with the idea of growth and that’s what I tried to emulate through my designs.
I knew I wanted to do a lot of hand dye processes with hand print and threads as well. It’s really weird because, once I looked into the colours of mould, you kind of find the colours in there. There are a lot of pastel tones in there, but I drew out the little bits that I really liked about it.
My time here has been really good. The third year definitely was my best year and I was really willing to work hard. My confidence was definitely given a lot of a boost by Anne Marie our tutor, she’s amazing and I couldn’t have done it without her.”
"I focused on specialist screen and digital printing, using a range of hand print techniques; pigment, procion discharge, foil and flock." Sharayah Engelbrechtby Sharayah Engelbrecht
'Exotic Birds and Reptiles'
“The subject of this project is exotic birds and reptiles in their natural context amongst tropical flowers, plants and foliage. The inspiration and interpretation behind the imagery is derived from nature, museums, botanical gardens and wildlife parks.
The objective was to translate the natural beauty of wildlife and nature into interior designs for wallpapers and fabrics. The target market is boutique hotels. I focused on specialist screen and digital printing, using a range of hand print techniques; pigment, procion discharge, foil and flock. These techniques were used to work back into the digital fabric prints, alongside the screen printed fabrics.
Drawing was vital to the design process, using first hand research and photography. Traditional drawing techniques and designing with Photoshop CS6. Which enabled me to put my drawings into repeats for digital prints and wallpaper designs. They were styled with the intention of complimenting both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Using a range of lightweight interior fabrics, including silk, cotton, muslin, voile, and georgette, I visualised a number of potential applications including cushion covers, duvet covers and drapes . Alternatively, heavy fabrics would be more suited to hard wearing interiors such as upholstery furniture, curtains and bedding – utilising a range of thickness for linen, cotton, velvet and wool.”
"I looked at textures and patterns that encroach on buildings, like the growth of moss and peeling paints, or drain covers and paving stones." Emma McCuskerby Emma McCusker
'Repeat, Order, Overlay...'
“For my final collection at AUB, I created series of avant-garde yet playful fashion accessory and embellishment pieces.
For these works I was inspired by the subtleties of repeat, order, overlay, linking and connecting that are present in Brutalist architecture; juxtaposed to the textures and patterns that encroach on these buildings like the growth of moss and peeling paints or drain covers and paving stones.
Tactility is key to my practice and by using surreal texture combinations and playing with materials, like including dip-dyed hair and fur fringing as well as including water in my work I hope to have achieved a fun collection which begs an inquisitive response from those who interact with my work. As a designer with a keen interest in new technologies, I predominantly use laser cutting and CAD embroidery in the production of my work, but believe it is important to marry this with hand-rendered methods of working- the construction process and a focus on the manipulation of materials is what I hope makes my work unique, fun and fashion forward.”
"I took inspiration from refracted imagery within everyday - looking at distorted forms in reflective surfaces along with digital malfunctions such as static and glitches." Emily Swanby Emily Swan
“Refraction displays both print and manipulation techniques creating a unique collection for womenswear fabrics and accessories. Taking inspiration from refracted imagery within everyday – looking at distorted forms in reflective surfaces along with digital malfunctions such as static and glitches.
I have used print techniques to create bold and colourful designs for garment and accessory fabrics. These printed fabrics are often reworked using folding techniques taking the form of geometric tessellations representing the refracted images viewed within window shapes of reflective architecture. These pieces are intended for accessory ideas focusing on bag panels.
2D folds also becomes 3D using bonding techniques to fuse components together and create expanding, movable pieces for bags/hand held accessories. These are interactive pieces whereby the piece has to be manipulated in some way to see its full form. These ideas are to be developed in terms of materials, structure etc.
Containing influences from aspects of sportswear prints, this collection is aimed towards a young female audience with it’s fresh yet playful colour palette with the addition of metallic and plastic hints to give a reflective quality.”