“I enjoy playing with a sense of dystopia in my work. I decided to explore preservation through rocks, amber, and artificial intelligence as a nod to the unimaginable possibilities of the future. I was inspired by Pierre Huyghe and the physical manifestations of time. I came across the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, it’s known to be the most unliveable unoccupied surface on Earth, which really captivated me when reflecting on near futures and ongoing narratives surrounding human and artificial imprints on places of immense ecological complexity. I designed a unisex look with organic seams, slashed surfaced, and interchangeable garments that obscure the silhouette, continuing on the theme of wearing down over time.
“The pandemic has made me concerned for my year out, but I’m actually more worried about the impacts of Brexit, it feels like everyone’s fashion education is a financial sacrifice.” – Dillon Grace
Previously, I thought textiles were as far from my aesthetic as you could get. Textile design always felt random and intuitive, which was intimidating because I have a meticulous approach to everything. If anything, being on FDM is all about taking ownership of literally everything you do, we’re taught authenticity all the time which is so important. Young designers all want to be sustainable but the recycling and repurposing culture doesn’t work for everyone, but with the pandemic, it seems like one of the only ways to work sustainably. Doing this project with so many restrictions has really made me question what sustainability means, so being able to speak to Phoebe and Stephanie to find solutions has informed me how I’ll work in the future. I think it’s hard to think about branding whilst I’m still exploring my experimental, artistic years as a student. I hold great value to aesthetics, but I’m also hugely inspired by other creative disciplines: music, art, dance. I’m attracted to the idea of working on more collaborative creative projects. Charles is great because he definitely thinks in a similar way to me, it’s inspiring to speak to someone who feels passionate towards members of our community that offer talents that can elevate fashion to a whole new dimension.
I find comfort in the knowledge that nobody can do what I want to do better than I can, so it feels great to know that everything I’ve made since the pandemic began has been me and my thoughts only. Without the usual distractions of socialising and partying, I’ve worked hard and been able to check in with myself on how this project embodies my creative integrity. The pandemic has made me concerned for my year out, but I’m actually more worried about the impacts of Brexit, it feels like everyone’s fashion education is a financial sacrifice. It’s so normalised, but I’ve got positive energy… or maybe I’m in denial. I’m hoping that as we’re slowly being able to return to normal, that there will be more of that fun, hedonistic, and collaborative energy in fashion to work hard on fewer big projects. I’m excited to shake things up.”