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As a concept driven fashion designer, working sustainably is imperative in my practise. For my graduate collection I have used discarded upholstery fabric from old furniture sourced locally in Co. Armagh. I have treated the fabric and leathers and incorporated them extensively into my collection, which is born from extracting inspiration from the south and west coast of Ireland's wild Atlantic way. It is an echo of the Irish woman's journey throughout history, engulfed by the natural elements of the Atlantic coastline; seeped in a culture, embedded in mythical wonder and extensive natural beauty. My creative process takes form with a rigorous exploration of my rural surroundings; gathering shapes, patterns and colourways from our island's surface. I am a firm believer that when you interrogate normality, fascination and beauty can be drawn out of even the most mundane of things. This concept coupled with the rescue of no-longer loved fabric is often the starting point of my design process. My love for all things intricate and obscure enables me to drive my development, deconstructing my research and reconstructing it into something captivating and poignant. Through the thoughtful combination of different methods such as embroidery and macrame I aim to encapsulate the rugged yet effervescent disposition of our wild Atlantic coastline.

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BA HONS TEXTILE ART, DESIGN & FASHION

Annie McColgan