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Shannon Heald

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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About me

I am passionate about colour and pattern and have always loved fashion. I have developed my skills in surface pattern design and embellishment, through the use of hand sewing and beading to create a range of textured surfaces and improved on my digital skills.

A big part of my work is researching, as I love exploring and learning about different topics, to broaden my horizons, as a practitioner, such as this year taking up a new skill of crocheting that heavily features in my final collection.

This MA has taught me to become more resilient and confident when it comes to my creative practice, which has lead me to become more independent when it comes to the creative process and decision making, which is a skill I will take with me when I work in industry.

For my project I took inspiration from the Y2K aesthetic to create a fashion and accessories collection with the intention to be worn at a festival. Exploring how themes of nostalgia and escapism that are currently major design trends can be translated through textile sampling and making. My project has been to explore using bright colours and clashing prints while incorporating them with playful and psychedelic designs and themes of excess when it comes to pattern and colour.

Initial drawings in posca pen

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Digitally enhanced and manipulated drawings

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Paint pouring sample

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Neon cord, couched onto fabric

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Machine and hand embroidery on fur

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Close up embellished sample

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Embellished sample

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Crochet bag close up of the pattern

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Close up of embellished skirt

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Close up of perspex sequins on a denim pocket

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Keywords: Y2K, Escapism, Nostalgia, Festival, Playful, Enjoyment, Excitement, Joy, Music


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