Kat Andrews (22), a fashion and textiles student from Gray’s School of Art. Her collection, called ‘BAIT’, works on traditional fisherman knotting techniques, using rope and silk matka to create unique designs.
I wanted to have the chance to create my own collection and be able to show how fashion can be influenced by anything. I’m so pleased with how my work looks. Having always lived near the sea and studying in the oil capital of Aberdeen I felt passionate about showing the impact humans have had on the seas. From the trapped nature of the ropes to the black oily colors in one of my pieces I feel I portrayed the sense of pollution in an intriguing and wearable way. Within my graduate collection I always thought I would see my designs on people like Susie Lau, FKA Twigs and even lady Gaga or Daphne Guinness. I didn’t want an age limit to my pieces instead I wanted to show a confident and experimental nature of the wearer.
[su_pullquote]”My next fashion collection I’ve set to be realized next year for SS17″[/su_pullquote]After the collection was done I headed down to London for New Designers following the Degree Show, to further showcase her collection along with more than 3,000 other design graduates from all over the UK. It was such an amazing opportunity to show my work alongside other graduates around the country. From the show in London I was commissioned to work on a one off piece for a knit designer, which showed my piece in New York for a fashion-forecasting event. Reflecting on my time at Gray’s, I would say the four years I spent there has had a big impact on the way I work and now hopefully land a job I want within the industry. My time at Gray’s has completely changed how I look and develop my work, its has given me the chance to express my design identity and see it evolve.
For me next I think is to make my A.nimal collections better known. So far it’s going well after creating some A.nimals for a wedding and even having a head from Debenhams when I was at new designers in London buy one. I want to hopefully have my own little business making and selling these lovely creatures and still have time for more fashion collection work. You are able to personally choose clothes, pick the eye color and include initials or messages on the animal of your choice. The range so far consists of a rabbit, fox, sloth, panda and a lion, all in a variety of sizes.
My next fashion collection I’ve set to be realized next year for s/s’17. I am really interested in astrology and constellations at the moment and have always wanted to create a beautiful, wearable collection covered in embroidery. I’ve already started buying hundreds of beads and skin mesh. Unfortunately no images or drawings just yet but keep on eye out on my Instagram.
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