Adopting a multidisciplinary, experimental approach to textile design, my work focusses heavily on material and process, using both traditional and unconventional, innovative methods.
Throughout my textile degree, my work has increasingly explored the potential of bio-based, sustainable materials. My fascination with innovative biomaterials and manufacture lead me to focus my practice on mycelium, the root structure of fungi. Using both traditional and unconventional 3-dimensional modelling, casting and moulding methods, I have created a series of mycelium sculptures, each reflecting a location significant to me both visually and compositionally. The resulting artefacts are 100% bio-based, sculptural vessels which highlight both the beauty and compositional versatility, that mycelium can possess.
I am a highly experimental designer; I have pushed the boundaries of my practice, exploring fairly new and unconventional material. While this has been challenging at times, it is also highly rewarding to create innovative materials. I am meticulous and methodical in my process and experimentation to achieve tangible results. I have particularly enjoyed working across disciplines, combining scientific methods with craft and design processes.
Beyond the degree level, I hope to expand my knowledge and skills in the design field. There are so many new and exciting materials to explore that hold the potential to revolutionise the design world, hopefully, one-day replacing unsustainable ones altogether. I hope to be a part of this change, developing and designing these future materials.
Final year project
Dorset: Durdle Door
Mycelium sculpture based on the geologically fascinating Durdle Door on the south coast of England, grown from reishi oat seed spawn with barley straw, eucalyptus paper, wheat bran, and clay.
'Surrey' mycelium sculpture grown from reishi millet grain spawn, eucalyptus paper, wheat bran, and yellow clay dug up from Cranleigh, in Surrey.
Mycelium sculpture visually inspired by Croft Quarry, composed of reishi oat seed spawn, cotton paper, sheep's wool and red clay excavated in Loughborough.
Four sculptures featuring Bolivia, Surrey, Leicestershire and Dorset: The Tape Measure.
Final year project
During my year in the industry, I worked as Studio Intern at MONC, a sustainable eyewear company based in London. My job encompassed several roles, including creative digital and marketing, customer service and relations, and material and sustainability research. Working on a product was highly informative and relevant to my practice. The company not only broadened my understanding of how a small business runs; as a conscious brand, it allowed me to gain a huge insight into our unsustainable consumerist market. The brand's ethos was to create conscious eyewear made from sustainable, durable materials - something I have taken forward into my own practice. The research I conducted during my time with MONC introduced me to a whole host of innovative materials, including mycelium, which I proceeded to experiment with within my own work.
Working with a small brand had its challenges; there were several occasions when I had to learn new skills very quickly. It was important to be highly adaptable and willing to take on multiple different job roles at one time. My digital skills are much improved since my year in the industry, whereby I am now highly proficient in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Overall, my experience with the brand massively shaped my design practice going forwards.