I have celebrated hibernation in two collections. They take inspiration from nature in winter, the hidden beauty within hibernation. When nature is ‘sleeping’ and it's first steps in 'awakening' it can sometimes be ignored as it is unassuming, not showing off. However, when looking closely hibernating nature can provide moments of ‘awe’.
The images above are some of my inspiration photos, initial sketches and textile samples.
This collection focuses on ‘awakening’. After a needed rest the first signs of spring emerge. This awakening illustrates freshness and new motivation. This is shown through whole scattered shapes and lighter shades. The scattering also echoes the scattering of seeds.
This collection focuses on the calmness of ‘sleeping’ nature, highlighting the importance of taking a break and rest through mindfulness. This restfulness is demonstrated through curves, soft materials, and darker shades which have been achieved through an iron water modifier.
The images below show my designs in exhibition. The wall panels that I design are to be used in any space to enhance a connection with nature outside. The wet felting process creates panels to help reduce noise within an environment and therefore encourage concentration and learning.
It is important to consider the end-cycle of my designs. With wool being biodegradable when planted in earth, I added seeds into the process so new life emerges completing a circular design approach.
I exhibited this project at New designers 2022 in London.