Utopian Dreams is a textile collection inspired by three close female muses. I became inspired by the recollection of their personal dreams and developed three narratives from this that has fuelled the collection. Each narrative is based on different themes ranging from abstract and obscure floral imagery to scenes of soaring birds.
My initial concept for this collection began with the idea that we are able to escape to other worlds when dreaming, often worlds that juxtapose to ones reality. By selecting ethereal fabrics and using bright and bold colour schemes in my work I was able to create a collection that allows you to escape into alternate utopian worlds.
I have used a variety of techniques within this collection including screen printing, hand-dyeing, digital printing and embroidery. All screen prints have been completed at home using the stencil technique to create bold and vivid imagery.
The overall concept of my collection was inspired by Francesco Clemente, a contemporary artist who creates large scale installations with vast painted murals. Clemente's works inspired me to create bold immersive prints that can transform a place into an all encompassing environment, allowing you to transport yourself into the dream being depicted on the fabric. For my final showpiece I created an two metre bed canopy. Using both cotton and chiffon I was able to create different illusory effects. The designs on this installation were inspired by my friend Madeleine who dreamt of being amongst vast buildings with soaring birds above her. I have taken this and developed a utopian setting inspired by the imagery that Madeleines recalls.