I am inspired by raw emotion, art, by stories, by movies, when I am travelling all the different cultures I get to experience and through people I meet. I am drawn to the elements Japanese aesthetics like of wabi-sabi, finding the perfect within the imperfect as well as Korean design aesthetic and culture. I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into designing such as hand embroidery, quilting and painting to create unique, individual pieces which is what this collection consumes.
The design process begins with me setting goals for what I want to achieve out of this collection and then begins the process of research and concept. A lot of research goes into where the fabrics are coming from and into history of what I am creating not only to dive deep into the culture but to also be sure to not offend of cultural appropriate from any visions I have.
My research took me into taking key elements from the 1800’s dandy man, 1900’s Korean warrior, the love story of Romeo and Juliet as well as my own cultural middle eastern background. Once the research is complete then the designing begins. The 12 bodies completed there would have been at least 20 or more iterations per garment/look as it is a continuous flow of evolving until the first sample after which the design still evolving until the final piece. After the design is set I create the patterns are and cut out my first sample to test the look and continue on from there.
Once completed the garment will then be made in final fabrications. It was important that all the garments were hand painted and locally embroidered for sustainability purposes and to be able to collaborate with locals bringing business and consciousness to Melbourne artists.