Our lust for acquisition has resulted from our insatiable appetite for more commodities. All we desire within our reach and never fully in our grasp; the shopper forever on the hunt. The beautiful item sits so radiantly on the shelf, perfect and pure. Forbid those who mention the hands that made such a thing. Perhaps we don’t want to know as the truth may destroy our desire. Disconnection from the fundamental human need to make, sell and buy garments is ever present as the shop window shrinks to the size of a computer screen. Shopping, an activity that once empowered cities and humanity to thrive is dissolved into dust.
This drawing represents the tectonic nature of the project which narrates the garment making story. It explores the figurative qualities of architecture as a building that is for fashion. Therefore, the architecture acts as a backdrop to the fashionable activities taking place.
- The Retail Atelier, Bath Yr 4
Fashion and architecture deal with the primitive human need to clothe the body. Poetically, fashion involves clothing one body where it is constructed to fit by draping and manipulating the fabrics. The tectonic nature of fashion is interchangeable with architecture, since both disciplines share techniques and strategies
This cast explores the underlying love language through the arched façades that allows one to rediscover the romantic nature of garment making
This cast explores the form of the Porteuse staircase. Garments will be circulated via the staircase. The Porteuse will be in a flurry to carry all their beautiful garments via this staircase.
Cast Model 1:100
In our longing to consume, we try to keep up with a system of endless trends, that only seeks to profit from our desire to feel satisfied. Through commercialism and fast fashion we get our quick fix but are never fully sated. In search of our desires whilst in a third world country someone has to starve to make our garments. We have become de-laminated from a once enchanting industry; that empowered cities to grow, culture to be shaped and social encounters to take place. In the words of Ellen Sampson, “The distance between maker and user in contemporary commodity cultures often renders the maker inert in the experience of the wearer, the maker’s agency is viewed as boded within the transaction of making”
This drawing shows the secret lair in which the fashion designer works away deep into the night.
- The Retail Atelier, Bath Year 4
This model shows the nomadic traveller on a journey through the various entry sequences into the heart of the exhibition space
- Skin and Bones, Bath Yr 2
The scheme sits in the context of Bath, which is a city of façades. Façades that discuses all sorts of horrors both architecturally and morally. The truth that lies behind the face forms a meta-story for the project. The scheme occupies the inner façade of Broad Street and is a place where the truth of garment making exists. The scheme seeks to explore the way the façade acts as a veil between what is inside and outside, between inner self and outer self. An underlying love language starts to form through the arched façades that allows one to rediscover the lost romance of garment making.
This drawings depicts an archway into what lies beyond; the hidden world of garment making.
-The Retail Atelier, Bath Yr 4
Can abstraction form architecture and can architecture form abstraction?
A drawing that seeks to explore abstract forms in architecture
- Contortion, Bath Yr 1
The fractures through the site act as passageways into a secluded location that is all about the found space and découverte. Bath is a city of many hidden spaces that act as vains through the urban fabric. In the act of passaging you discover a new space in the heart of Bath
Contextual Found Spaces
Consumption Epicentres Research
Solitude, the very place of complete peace or at its antithesis can bring about anxiety. Does one want to spent time with themselves, only to realise they can’t stand themselves. Often we view solitude as complete aloneness, but perhaps if we learned the art of being alone and spending time with who we really are then we can truly love ourselves.
This drawing expresses the way spaces can bring us closer to the art of being alone.
- Interior Design, Personal Project
Throughout the course of architectural theory, engineers and architects have often been compared to tailors and dress-makers of the past. Sartorial style according to Schuman is about timelessness rather than trends. Fashion, unlike architecture moves at a temporal pace, constantly in flux. Architecture on the other hand is static. Satorialism brings Fashion and Architecture closer; it is the neutral ground.
Both disciplines question identity, which is relative to our style. A garment goes beyond ourselves, whilst simultaneously being a reflection of ourselves and our ‘style’. Conversely, according to Loos, it is a means of a mask. By dressing in our own individual style we present a version of ourselves that is de-laminated from our inner-selves. The timeless style of tailoring is not a novel concept in architecture. Le Corbusier often refers to “well-tailored buildings” in his essays .
This drawing shows that perhaps fashion can be temporal and architecture can be in flux.