Where did your primary inspiration come from?
Honesty and intimacy has been key – my work is entirely an extension of my own identity. My work is based on two bodies coming together and beginning to merge, but their identities and genders remain defined. This union is half loving and half fighting; a tension is left in between them. There is a suggestion of a relationship and through exploring this idea, my partner and I became these two bodies – ‘Our Body’ is something so personal and real, yet hugely ordinary as it is such a relatable thing, a relationship.
My research comes purely from a series of films I produced this year. I love how I can be in control of curating an environment and mood, but essentially be documenting a very spontaneous moment between two people. This involvement from curating, acting, filming, editing, and finally observing the films myself has made me value the importance of being honest.
Prior to studying at the RCA did you gain industry experience?
I went straight from studying my BA at Edinburgh College of Art to RCA, so I haven’t had a lot of industry experience. I have worked on and off as a freelance stylist assistant at Burberry since 2011, and also interned at E.Tautz last summer. It was interesting for me to see both scales of fashion brands. Generally, I think conceptual and commercial designs are very different – in conceptual design you please yourself, whereas in commercial design you please the customer. Oddly, with my work I have aimed to do both, not because I want to sell a lot, but because I want all the pieces to be wearable, yet with a twist. I want people to initially see it as just a garment and then later experience emotions through wearing it.