My work looks to use the element of touch to reassure and satisfy the wearer, mimicking movement through pattern and fabric manipulation.
Soft to the Touch
In a time of minimal human touch, isolation and uncertainty we all gravitate towards the familiar and the comfortable. My project began by looking at sacred spaces and the importance of having a place of peace away from life.
I asked people to send in photos of spaces that were important to them, alongside researching what sacred means in the context of religion and tradition. I observed that touch was such a key factor in feeling safe, more specifically soft and furry textures, be it pets, baby blankets, or your favourite jumper.
My aim was to create something that allowed the wearer to bring a touch of home comfort with them, wherever they go, as the world begins to open up once again. Selecting tactile materials like silk and velvet, and developing fabric manipulation techniques to create a soothing sensory experience.
My prints have been designed with the idea of tactility in mind, looking to mimic movement and multi-directionality in both 2D and 3D. The unique smocking technique allows you to dig in your fingers and move the fabric, whilst the bobbling can be satisfyingly squished, stroked and squeezed like the world’s cutest stress ball.
My hope is that my pieces deliver a unique sensory experience that is both satisfying and reassuring to the wearer.