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“Very little is currently known about natural organic material. Scientists are unable to crystallize it. This is important because once you can crystallize the material, it can be studied with x-ray crystallography.This method is standard for determining unknown compounds.” 'Crystallography' was inspired by a number of different things within a futuristic context. It was a mixture of close up magnified crystals, 'Akira' by Otomo and extracts from the short story 'The illuminated man' by J.G Ballard. Texture and colour are extremely important to this collection as I wanted to keep the pieces as organic looking as possible inspiring the handmade fabrics, with textures trapped under a layer of iridescent gauze. Other techniques included dip dyed knitting and extensive hand sewing, along with making my own resin and salt crystals. A mixture of organic growth and beautiful mutations.
About the Designer
Ashleigh is based in London, United Kingdom. She studied at London college of Fashion and graduated in 2012. Her collections are produced in United Kingdom.
We are currently creating and living within our own dystopia. moving towards the uncertain whilst looking in and watching ourselves as if for pleasure.
“ We demand that art turns into a life-changing force. We will sing to the infinity of the present and abandon the illusion of a future.” Franco Berardi
I am greatly inspired by the ideas and concepts surrounding the future and how to translate this into forms.
With my first collection ‘Crystallography’ I wanted to portray the feeling of the dystopian future. Using extracts from the short story ‘The illuminated man’ by J.G Ballard, where crystals continue to grow to the point of extinction of all species, I felt compelled to create the mixture of beauty and disaster.
By creating my own fabrics through a mixture of felting, dying and excessive beading it brought me closer to an idea not completely recognizable.
In helping to portray this I also use unexpected materials within my work to add depth, another dimension; such as resin, silicone and hand grown crystals.