Ahead of our LCFBA18 showcase at Oval Space, east London, on 6 June, we will be shining the light on some of this season’s star graduates from design, media and communication courses at London College of Fashion. Working across BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Print and Embroidery, we look at the graduate work of Matilda Rose Moore, Mia Anderson, Valia Kapeletzi, Marianna Koulianou and Victoria Newberry. Taking inspiration from feminism, organic shapes and Iberia, these are the five fashion textiles graduates you need to know before our catwalk and exhibition.
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Print graduate Matilda Rose Moore focused her final project on a body of work that brought utilitarian vibes, urban influences, strong narratives and functions vs. form together in a melting pot approach. Matilda told us her time at LCF was “a mentally and creatively challenging three years of laughter and tears”, which led up her to the final LCFBA18 project. She used screenprinting techniques to put together menswear designs of reused and scrap materials. Matilda’s interesting fact about herself is that she was born in the woods. Explore her work through her Instagram below.
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Embroidery graduate Mia Anderson is our next textile feature. Mia is a London-based designer that specialises in handmade embroidered bags and accessories. She takes her inspiration from her own travel experiences of travelling countries all over the world and creates muses from each theme she explores to influence the process and detail of each accessory. She likes to bring playfulness into her work with her embroidered doodles but also likes to express serious feelings of how she felt when visiting the countries through her use of colour. Her BA18 collection takes inspiration from Spain and Portugal. She created muses using her favourite things about each country such as tapas, markets, florals and landscapes from cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Lisbon and Porto.
Mia worked with Womenswear graduate Marine Beybudyan and Bags and Accessories graduate Ziling Tang on a BA18 collection called ‘Entangled’. The collection explores knotted and distorted shapes to express mixed emotions when suffering from a mental illness. It takes inspiration from emotions and feelings such as anxiety, trapped, fear and anger. The collection is meant to make you feel that you are either trapped or uncomfortable in yourself. The knotted garments give off the feeling of being trapped as the jersey garments hug tightly around the body, while the tight layered jersey is meant to represent the anxiety one can feel and layers of feelings on top of you.
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Embroidery graduate Valia Kapeletzi talks to us about her final project and time at LCF ahead of next week’s series of events. “For my final project, I created a series of dimensional woven installation pieces. The main concept is movement, the abstraction of the body and the interaction with light. The variety of processes, materials and colours result in intricate and highly detailed textiles”, she explains. Valia is a multidisciplinary artist who uses textiles as the means of communicating her take on everyday-life eccentricity. Movement, balance, abstraction and transparency form the common thread in all of her work. The main sources of her inspiration are elements of the natural environment rather than the man-made world. She tends to observe the delicacy of movement and the abstract allure of its repetitive motion.
We asked her to explain her time at LCF, she replied with, “Studying at LCF has been a wonderful experience. I had the chance to explore and develop my skills and potential. As the nature of my work is very experimental, I was happy to be encouraged to push my ideas and understand my design identity. Having the chance to be around so many creative people and to also collaborate with them, has been particularly inspiring. Overall, these three years have helped me to evolve on both a personal and professional level as a designer.”
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Print graduate Marianna Koulianou is next up on our textiles feature. She describes her final project as an expressive printing development of organic shapes and sculptures which explores colour and patterns in many different creative processes. Using acid dye, mark making and materials including wool, Marianna has created an irregular but stunning palette of colourful shapes, fruit and vegetables, and meat-free futures. We asked her to explain her time at LCF in 140 characters, she replied with, “My journey through the years it has been a big challenge for me at has grown me as a designer but as a person as well. I have developed my creative process and outgrew my strong points as a creative.”
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Embroidery graduate Victoria Newberry is our final textiles feature for BA18. Feminism was the main focus of Victoria’s final project. She wanted to explore the diversity of the female body through very detailed textiles that display movement. We asked how she would explain her time at LCF in 140 characters, she said, “My time at LCF has been an experience I won’t forget. My course has been so full on, but yet pushed me to explore creative ways of producing textiles.”
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