'Camouflage' jacket photographed on location in Manchester's Northern Quarter - Photography: James Henning-Lee / Model: Jessica Slater
'RUFFLE' IDENTITY MASK
'Ruffle' Identity Mask - Model: Bilal Tahir
TONAL RED ORGANZA SAMPLE VISUALISATION
Tonal red organza sample: hand painted dye treatment, expantex print with flock layer & beaded textures. Visualised on jacket back yoke - Model: Bilal Tahir
Tonal red organza sample, tonal black silk twill sample, foiled & hand embellished basket woven sample.
'BLUE ON BLUE' BAG
'Blue on Blue' bag - blue synthetic material with woven ribbon inserts, joined together with nylon satin yarn. Bag handle - nylon satin yarn constructed with macrame knotting techniques. Model: Meg Horsnell
'BUGLE' IDENTITY MASK
'Bugle' identity mask photographed on location in Manchester's Northern Quarter - Photography: James Henning-Lee / Model: Jessica Slater
TONAL BLUE SAMPLES
Tonal blue samples - Printed denim, layered with blue chiffons & worked into with bobbin stitching technique. Hand painted screen, acid dyed silk twill in 'Camouflage' design.
'FRINGE' IDENTITY MASK
'Fringe' identity mask photographed on location in Manchester's Northern Quarter - Photography: James Henning-Lee / Model: Bilal Tahir
Jessica is a multi-media textile student who uses her design work to start conversations about current social issues. Her textile practise is varied, exploring processes such as print, stitch, laser and hand-work to create diverse, original fashion collections.
'Surveillance State’ is a collection aimed at a gender neutral fashion market. The aim of this collection is to start a conversation about gender standards in today's society, with the garments and samples challenging traditional masculine and feminine standards. The inspiration for the collection stems back to a trip to Berlin, where Jessica learnt more about the historic divide of the Berlin Wall. The emphasis on surveillance during this period in Berlin was incredibly interesting to her, with the theme being current in today's society. With this year also being 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, she felt it was very fitting to focus her work on this shocking time in modern history. Jessica's skills lie in colour and concept, allowing her to create bright, statement textiles for fashion. Her work can be very diverse, with collections comprising print, stitch, fabric manipulation, laser and handworked techniques, marrying together through the bold colour choices made. Jessica has secured a job at Anna Valentine Ltd, where she worked during her placement year, following her graduation in July. Here she will be working with the design team in creating embroidery, beading and surface applications for couture, bespoke and ready-to-wear fashion.
Selected designer for Texselect (2019) Selected designer for SDC Colour Competition Midlands Heats (2019) 3rd place for The Clothworkers' Award in The Bradford Textile Society (2019) The Loughborough Employability Award, Loughborough University (2019) Exhibiting designer at Premiere Vision (2017 and 2019) Student Ambassador, Loughborough University (2017) Represented Loughborough University Textiles, The Clothes Show Birmingham (2016)
June 2017 - July 2018
Anna Valentine Ltd - Design Assistant Jenny Packham - Beading Intern