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Initial Observational Study for 'Celestial Vaulting'

watercolour and pencil on paper.

Pattern Placement on The Body

Silk Fabric Visualisation

Exploring the visual relationship between my fabrics and the body.

Emily Darlington

Woven textiles for women's fashion exploring our fascination with looking up to the sky.

Celestial vaulting is a woven textiles collection inspired by mankind’s fascination with the night sky and its insinuation of the heavens. From the ancient Greeks to the modern-day, we have been attempting to observe, chart and explore the night sky fuelling the imagination and aspiration of countless generations and casting our collective gaze upwards. This has continued to be prevalent throughout the lockdown with news of the pandemic punctuated by lighter stories of the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and NASAs triumphant exploration of Mars. The woven textile outcomes of this project are intended for use in the context of women’s ready to wear fashion- enveloping women in visions of the night sky and transcending their immediate surroundings. The fabric's serve as an exploration into the use of extra weft structures in hand weaving.

Final year project

Celestial Vaulting