As part of the Lily Lolly Craft Festival, St. Angela’s graduates invite you to their final year exhibition at The Factory Performance Space in Sligo 13th-17th June. Join us for the launch on Tuesday 14th June at 6:30pm for a chance to meet the designers. There will be guest speakers on the night.
MEET THE DESIGNERS
Collection: My collection Forever Young is aimed at the 12-14 year old market. As a parent of twin girls aged 12 years I am finding it increasingly difficult to purchase clothing that is both age appropriate and trendy. Clothes are manufactured with the idea that they are “disposable” after a short life span. With limited options, young girls all dress like clones and have little opportunity to display individualism.
Inspiration: I take my inspiration from the natural world. For my graduate collection I based my design on the coral – the vibrant colours and surface design. Using natural fabrics, fabric manipulation and embellishments, I designed a range of clothing that is high quality, durable, colourful, fresh, individualistic and above all fun to wear for the young teenage population. I used natural fabrics and bright colours, which energises this collection.
Going forward: I aim to investigate the viability of a new business venture to address this gap in the market I have identified. I am very interested in the ‘Slow Fashion’ movement and wish to create a product, which is well made, durable, eco-friendly and competitive as a style item.
ROSEANNE MC NAMEE
Collection: My Graduate Collection is called Transparent Bubbles. To create my collection I have chosen fabrics to replicate the idea and concept of a bubble including iridescent fabrics, printed leather, cotton and knitwear. Embellishments are features of my collection – used to create the concept of a bubble.
Inspiration: I focused around the concept of how a bubble is formed and what shapes it creates. I find the colours of a bubble fascinating and wanted to investigate more. I’m from Galway and come from a family of nine. I have always had an interest in fashion and both my Nana and Granny would have made clothes for us when we were young; I got the inspiration from them to pursue a career in Fashion.
Going forward: My next project is to design an outfit for Ladies Day at The Galway Races. After graduation, I would like to gain experience working with a designer in Ireland and abroad such as India, Paris and London. It is my ambition to start up my own business as a designer under my own label.
Collection: I designed and created an occasion wear collection The Beauty of Colour – my concept being to enjoy the occasion when you can, as life is so short.
Inspiration: My Graduate Collection is inspired by dragonflies: the beauty and colours of these fascinating creatures, each unique in their own way. Looking at the lifespan of a dragonfly, I discovered that they don’t live very long. Considering our own lives and the one of a dragonfly I developed a fun, happy colourful collection. Let life take you and enjoy the occasion.
Going forward: My dream is to have my own label and be one of Ireland’s leading designers. For now, I am going to gain some experience through internships to further my knowledge in how an actual fashion company is successfully run.
Collection: My Graduate Collection is called A Textured World of Emotions. I created digitally printed fabrics from original art pieces and manipulated fabric to add interest. This collection was designed with the words comfort, protection, security and memories in mind.
Inspiration: I am from Sligo and have always been inspired by my local surroundings. This collection is inspired by textures in the woodland that is located near where I grew up, Hazelwood. My colour and texture inspiration have also been drawn from this. I developed a story through my design development of a girl moving away from her home town to an urban civilisation – still longing for home and the comforts that came with it. I wanted the garments to be a reminder to this person of the feelings she once felt in her special place. My fabric choices and silhouettes also came from this idea.
Going forward: Who knows what’s yet to come, but I am excited to find out. The fashion industry is competitive and ever-changing. I have no doubt it will keep me on my toes.
Collection: For my Graduate Collection I created a gender neutral collection entitled History Ungendered. I believe everyone should have the freedom to wear what they like, in a way that is individual to them. I attempted to challenge gender barriers with my collection. All the fabric I used is upcycled, resulting in a collection that is environmentally sustainable. Each piece of fabric has its own story: I used old curtains, 30 year old silk my Mum got while travelling in Hong Kong, 60 year old fabric left over from my grandmother’s clothing factory and tweed cut-offs, sourced from the Foxford Wollen Mills (I come from Westport, Co. Mayo).
Inspiration: The concept behind my collection is Bringing the Old into the New. I took inspiration from the clothing of Ireland’s past, when there were definite gender codes that people were expected to follow. I created a fresh and contemporary collection, representative of today’s society, which also manages to stay true to the traditional culture of clothing in Ireland. I strongly believe in the approach people had to clothing in the past, when clothing wasn’t thought of as disposable, so I tried to challenge the ‘fast fashion’ trend seen today by attempting to create a timeless collection.
Come see these fantastic designers’ work and meet them in person. I’m looking forward to the event!
Where? The Factory Performance Space, Sligo.
When? Tuesday, 14th June @6:30pm
Thanks for reading,