The work of Iain Baxter&, in Bagged Place ‘Rebecca’s Flat’ has directly inspired my graduate collection. The artist use of plastic coverings combined with an amalgam of contradictory interiors within the apartment shows the intention to preserve and protect the time warped interiors of Rebecca Levy’s apartment. An aesthetic that I have translated within the collection by bonding clear vinyl in various ways; whole garment pieces through heat exposure, creating frames where the plastic continues beyond the garments, trapping pre existing decorative articles onto garments with vinyl and literally covering a whole look in a large plastic bag. Colour is informed by the interiors of the apartment predominately pale shades of blue and mustard accompanied with a mismatch of accents informed by clashing checks and florals interiors.
Fabrication and textiles development are directly informed by clashing interiors and patterns within the installation, which are realised into iconic British garments (duffle coat, overcoat, heavy knitted jumpers and suits) captured by photojournalist John Bulmer, in The North. Dynamic images illustrate realism of the working class in their anything goes dress sense; dirtied oversized clothes, tailored clothing paired with workwear and the gritty street setting. This has inspired an oversized silhouette and use of wools and denims within my graduate collection. Seemingly, a stark contrast to the preserved and plastic environment of Baxter&’s Bagged Place.