Rachael Flynn

I have created a collection within women’s accessories that draws inspiration from nature without negatively impacting nature itself. Many fashion items that are not consumer conscious can become detrimental to nature, and in many of those cases to birds. I hope that by trying to promote the use of other materials, I will show that it is possible to capture the natural beauty of birds without any harm coming to them. Throughout history, feathers used in fashion items were generally that of exotic birds due to their striking colours. Focussing on local birdlife, I decided to use a reserved colour palate, working largely in monochrome and adding hints of subtle colour to highlight and celebrate the beauty of our British birdlife. My visual research has been hugely focussed around the idea of fragility; both mirroring the fragility of nature itself and that of the delicate structure of feathers. This inspired my use of silk and silk organza fabrics as these are light and soft. Additionally, I found that the organza added an element of translucence to my work that mirrored the sheer aesthetic of feathers. I also wanted my work to contrast in design; paralleling a literal drawing style which portrays a celebration of the beauty of the British birdlife, with a mixed media and illustrative approach that characterises the life and energy of these birds in movement.




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