June's Designer of the Month:
Rebecca Smith is a Fashion and Textiles graduate from Colchester School of Art, specialising in printed textiles for fashion and surface embellishment. Rebecca is exhibiting at new designers from the 27th - 30th June, stand T30 Colchester School of Art.
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Rebecca specialises in experimental practice of traditional print processes with a creative use of mixed media including 3-dimensional surface embellishments from a contemporary context. Rebecca’s graduate work is an androgynous collection of individually embroidered pieces and contemporary imagery is inspired by the turbulent, swirling, intricate cloud patterns pictured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The use of oversized, athleisure silhouettes, update the use of historical craft based techniques into a contemporary style.
Rebecca's favourite textile technique:
"My favourite textile technique is the Tambour beading embroidery process, having been inspired by Georges Hobeika and Chanel’s couture collection production videos I taught myself the technique last year and I have working this year with how to showcase this skill within my own work. I also fell in love with the Devore process while on my degree and I love the hand produced effect and the variations in textures it creates."
"My dream role would be to work within a high end couture embroidery or print studio. In the mean time I am hoping to set up my own freelance embroidery business."
"I have always had a keen interest in learning historical crafts and incorporating them within my own work in a contemporary manner. This has lead me to pick up bobbin lace, tatting and tambour embroidery as well as knitting and crochet. I love the idea of keeping these traditional techniques alive but showcasing them within new and innovative ways."