A student from the University of Portsmouth has had some of her work selected for exhibition at a graduate show in China. Emily Streatfeild’s work went on to display this weekend at the British Councils UK Graduate Show in Beijing, a few weeks after her work was showcased at London’s Fashion Week.
She submitted her work to the British Council towards the end of June after staff from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries singled it out at the University’s graduate show. Emily’s collection, ‘Encircle Expose Echo’ is inspired by natural erosion and modern structural patterns in underground environments.
She said: “I was very excited when I found out that my final collection had been chosen for China. It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase my work internationally and to travel and experience a new culture.”
“My designs explore creative pattern-cutting, using draping to inspire layers within. When you look closely these layers contain multiple prints, patterns and materials, creating tactile embellishment on the surface of the garments.”
“I explored the difference between the London Underground and Cheddar Gorge Caves to inform my designs. Through careful observation of the patterns which occur both organically in nature as well as those engineered by man, I examined not only the juxtaposition of old and new patterns, but of the encounter between past and present.”
Emily’s work was also chosen by BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles course leader Tom Clulee for exhibit during London Fashion Weeks RAW fashion showcase for emerging innovation-driven designers, sponsored by Procter&Gamble.
Tom said: “Emily’s collection is the result of four years hard work on her behalf, it is an imaginative and personal response that really sums up what we stand for here in Portsmouth – innovation, commitment and excellence.
Emily is currently doing a further education teacher training course at the University so she can go on to teach fashion and textiles.