The Landscape Of Time
BA Textile Design RMIT 2020
As a result of the global pandemic, the subsequent extreme lockdown measures in Melbourne allowed us to leave the house for only one hour each day. The Landscape of Time was inspired by long, lingering walks by the Merri Creek and surrounds which provided an endless source of design inspiration. I aimed to reflect the soothing, calming qualities nature provided me during these difficult times within my collection Akam Puram (Inside Outside).
Heavily textured backgrounds layered with richly coloured abstract and irregular-scaled motifs mimic the raw qualities found in nature. Akam Puram is a collection designed to suit a variety of applications that aim to provide a sense of comfort, joy and escapism within the home.
My intention to utilise materials and processes of responsible and sustainable origin saw me designing for digital print and fabrics were printed locally in Melbourne, on natural fibre fabrics such as cotton, cotton-linen blends and thick cotton canvas.
Ideas were generated using photography, mark making with sharpies, pencils and inks, as well as textured rubbings from my surroundings. These were then transferred to a digital platform where surface manipulation techniques were explored.
Contrasting colour palettes of muted, earthy and warm shades fused with optimistic, bright pops of colour from worn, graffitti painted walls and fences culminated in a raw, abstract and layered aesthetic.
Designing for lifestyle, my fabrics are adaptable and suit a variety of applications - bespoke fashion pieces, soft homewares, upholstery and interior fittings such as floor coverings, wallpaper and wall-hangings. Motifs drawn from designs provided inspiration for jewellery and ceramic pieces that reflect the raw and honest qualities found everywhere in nature.