Colours of contamination
The colours trends of fast-fashion that contaminate our environment
A fast-fashion cycle where some want more and some don't have a choice
Beneath the Surface
Consumer psyche can be informed when consumers understand the deeper issues
Polluted, unusable rivers are a main result of fast-fashion
Eco-systems become broken and disrupting the environment and quality of life
Fast-fashion workers and surrounding communities are at constant risk of serious illness from pollution
Deconstructed around the Edges
The fast-fashion/consumer cycle is flawed and cannot be sustained
Built, not to last
Consumers demand volume from fast-fashion, bypassing quality and longeveity
A student of Textiles: Design and Innovation, Katie specialises in interpreting and conveying highly conceptual themes such as global warming, mental health, and currently, the global, visual narrative of fast-fashion and the emerging high-street trend of 'homeware fashion'. She selects themes that are typically deemed 'uncomfortable', 'un-commercial', and that many people aren't aware of. Katie plays upon this unawareness in her work by letting the viewer choose whether they wish to learn of the conceptual origin or not. And crucially, whether this knowledge alters their feelings towards the work.
Katie's final collection, 'The Fashion/Consumer Triangle', draws from the jarring narrative and locations of where fast-fashion/homeware fashion is made, to where it is purchased. Through contrast of colour, exceptional technical ability and structure vs deconstruction she illustrates these two stages of modern consumerism. Continuing with this concept, Katie plans to undertake a Masters of Research in Art and Design and further her research in an academic capacity. She will explore the relationship between fast-fashion/homeware fashion, consumer psyche and education. Furthermore, Katie has ambitions to complete a PhD and pursue research and lecturing as a career.
July 2017 - May 2018
Simmonds Mills Ecological Architecture and Hereford College of Arts