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Textiles Design for Fashion Graduate Fiona Coupe

Fiona Coupe is a graduate in ‘Textiles Design for Fashion and Interiors’ from Bath Spa University.

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‘I have become increasingly interested in combining hand and machine knitting skills with other more experimental processes. My final degree project, Grotesque Elegance creates an impact – ‘a beautiful nightmare’. It demonstrates the forever changing state of emotion through the anatomy of the human body. I have created knitted and constructed pieces which interact with the body, and have styled them in an impacting editorial photo shoots to portray the emotions: Fragility, Frustration and Claustrophobia. I have also collaborated with a contemporary dance student to enhance the provoked emotions.’

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‘I’m fascinated by experimental, spontaneous processes and use knitting to create an innovative response. But I am also interested in flamboyant intriguing styling. I’ve particularly enjoyed working with materials which stretch, and are manipulated with movement of the body. I have been inspired by the preserved anatomical specimens at the Hunterian Museum in London, nightmares, and unstable emotions. I find inspiration in unusual things which are not generally perceived as beautiful, which makes my work innovative.’

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