RYERSON UNIVERSITY, CANADA
Having grown up in the small fishing and farming community of Port Dover in Southern Ontario, the designer explores her past in Norfolk, a meticulously-curated collection based on her childhood diaries and expressing the desire to run wild. Through the use of print and surface design, forest texture is harnessed, while gold foiling captures the aesthetic and orientation of glamorous soil. The raw edges and frayed chiffon convey a stunning visual of a rugged reality. Luxurious alpaca fur and sheer mesh reveal a natural nakedness- as micro suede mimics the hand feel of soft green moss. An experimentation with conceptual necklines convey the idea of being hidden, peering on prey, while exaggerated, oversized and dome-like silhouettes nod to the idea of mobile shelter. All buttons used in the collection are handmade from cross sections of tree branches with bark still intact for added authenticity.