Final year project
Textiles: Innovation and Design [Read more]
Time For Reflection
Time For Reflection provides Madeleine with a platform to create an interior focused collection concluding her time at Loughborough University. Over the duration of this project, ideas and research are integrated into experimental material developments.
The project's title 'Time For Reflection' defines the designer's key inspiration sources, a collation of previous successful collections; Enhanced Naturals and Seaweed Florals. Together with the designer’s curiosity of fashion informing interior spaces, the final collection follows a catwalk to couch approach.
Spending increased amounts of time at home, by the seaside, has significantly influenced Madeleine’s final collection. Introducing a passionate newfound love for interior design, the designer has incorporated an interior dynamic into the collection. Living a coastal lifestyle has led Madeleine to reflect on the importance of mental and physical wellbeing. Rural landscapes have not only become creative inspirational sources, yet they have provided the designer with a retreat and a sense of security and safeness. Since we as a society are spending more time at home, the design worlds focus on interiors is becoming ever more prominent. Madeleine’s made to measure final collection contributes to on-trend opportunities, creating bespoke interior focused designs to create tranquil homes where the surface design of material matters. Clean lines and organic textures contribute to creating liveable spaces. Maximalism introduces a ‘more is more’ approach to the collection’s dynamics, concentrated textural prints provide clashing motifs. Bursts of colour help to bring the runway into living spaces, incorporating fashion seasonal trends into the Time for Reflection Collection, focusing on how to make our homes shine.
Investigations into lighting design, studying new ways of working with glass and how natural lighting transforms an interior space have contributed to the collection’s inspiration. Time for Reflection encapsulates the concept of rural landscape scenery becoming the artwork focus within a room.
Madeleine distinctive style is reflected throughout the collection, working with laser-cut forms to create beautifully intricate hanging forms made from leather, cork and hand-painted silks. Exploring different materials proves fundamental to Madeleine’s experimental process.
Time For Reflection
Ribbon designs inspired by Giles Deacon and Marc Jacobs support the collection's fashion informing interiors motif, stimulating Madeleine’s experimentation of trialling new fabric enhancing techniques.
The extensive technical process of hand-dyeing silks can be seen to be demonstrated within this design. Once dyed the silks have been cut and pressed into strips. The silk is then stitched, turned inside out and pressed again to create beautiful ribbon lengths of fabric. A series of ribbon pleats are delicately positioned and attached to a base of hand-painted silk.
Time For Reflection
The technically skilful process of hand dyeing silks is also demonstrated within this design. Stitch room workshops have enabled the designers' production of princess pleats samples of which have been unit built to produce this organically fluid natural design.
Key processes and fundamental decision-making skills are displayed and defined within the designer's technical files. All important sampling and design processes, provide clarity as to how the collection is produced and developed.
Inspired by the organic and natural forms of seaweed, Madeleine has created a collection of designs of which encapsulate organic flowing floral elements, whilst also demonstrating sensory-stimulating surfaces.
Intricate laser cut components produce a flamboyant floral seaweed inspired lighting design. Natural forms lead to a key inspirational source for Madeleine's designs, this is reflected in the materials used within this design, a defining use of leather and cork.
Madeleine displays a prominent style throughout her collections, working endlessly in laser-cut workshops to create beautiful bespoke laser designs.
Incorporating dark distinguished elements into the collection creates dimension and versatility. Experimentation captures the fluid textual qualities found within various seaweed forms. Manipulated dried PVA, ink and bleach samples create sensory-stimulating surfaces, reflecting the textural qualities of seaweed.
A diverse range of final outcomes intended for an interiors space is contextualised using visualisations to support the context of the designs.
The visualisations present a scaled perspective of Madeleine's designs within a contemporary home space environment. This visualisation demonstrates an extravagant lighting design consuming an interior space. Furthermore, Madeleine's printed designs can be seen to be contextualised within the soft furnishings of the room, the cushions and the rug.
Using a series of natural materials such as leather, linen, cotton and silk, of which are coherent with the intended neutral colour palette of the Seaweed Florals Collection. An injection of vibrant colour creates prominence within the collection.
Through the exploration of boiled onion skins, the surface qualities of those found in seaweed are reflected. The exuberant colours found within the onion skins introduce an element of excitement into the collection.
Studying a Multi-Media textiles discipline has enabled the freedom for Madeleine to integrate other textiles practices into her collections, including printed textile design.
Through studying textiles, Madeleine has gained numerous skills, developing digital design skills enabling the developments of digital and repeat printed textiles designs produced using photoshop and illustrator.
Innovative, reliable and conscientious Textile Designer with a positive work ethic.
As an industrial textile designer, Madeleine has the ability to innovatively create designs communicating a series of ideas, demonstrating a dynamic skill set. This reflects Madeleine's versatility within the textiles practice, an enthusiastic adaptable designer. The attention to detail ensures the creation of beautifully formed
Through the development of drawing, photography and sampling Madeleine has developed independently led projects, individually approaching conceptual ideas. The creation of unique mood boards focus on the latest trends together with the production of exquisitely considered colour palettes, Madeleine produces bespoke
designs for both interiors and fashion.
Madeleine recognises the importance of being interchangeable and diverse. This flexibility and quality to adapt are essential to exploring uniquely innovative techniques during times of uncertainty and the ever evolving global environment of today.
Final year project
Textiles: Innovation and Design
UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at Loughborough University.
Intense Foundation Level 1 Qualification in Digital Photography at The Photography Course, London, Shoreditch.
Pattern Cutting and Dress Making Course at The West Dean College, Chichester.
Ten Week Life Drawing Course at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh.
The Ultimate Skills Set Course developing a blog and creating a brand, at Hero, Stockbridge, Winchester.
Supervisor at Jigsaw, Winchester.
Supervising has allowed me to develop excellent people management skills, leading and motivating the team, proving a valued role model. Successfully influencing and inspiring the team allowing, collectively working together. Using transferable leadership skills to make decisions and manage other stores. Expanding visual merchandising experience within the company, creatively displaying new and existing products.
Peagreen, Winchester, Hampshire.
Intern producing digitally printed textile designs using a Wacom tablet and Photoshop software for collections to be presented to brands, such as Nike, John Lewis and H&M.
Havren Fashion Ltd, London.
Following the design process from conception to completion for three seasonal ready-to-wear collections.