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Print designer and MA Fashion Student Iona Caitlin Lewis

Iona Caitlin Lewis recently graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in textile design and  has continued straight on to a masters in textiles for fashion at Manchester School of art.

‘An unconventional eye translates photographic imagery with a subtle sophistication and constant questioning to create imagery for fashion based purposes, print and accessories.’

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‘My work follows an ethos of finding beauty in the overlooked and questioning what we consider to be aesthetically stimulating. Through digital print design I aim to bring harmony within a juxtaposed concept and make it appeal on a mass-market level.

My starting influences are always personal ones, from the memory of a touch of fabric to the feeling of silence. I want to translate more than just image and create prints that appeal to the senses and unfold a quiet story. A sinister feeling has always been apparent in my work that is combined with a well-structured colour palette to distort the viewer on the emotion they feel towards it. The print itself is primarily photographic and I aim to explore themes that challenge perceptions and turn them into feminine and desirable fashion outcomes.’

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‘I have recently graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in textile design and continued straight on to a masters in textiles for fashion at Manchester school of art. I am hoping to deepen my understanding in the field and work towards creating my own brand of designer print for fashion and accessories.

Besides studying towards my masters I am planning on launching my first range of silk and woven scarves in the new year to showcase the prints versatility on an accessory based level. Hopefully in the future I will develop a strong concept on what I perceive as an ‘accessory’ and be able to develop new and exciting ones, so keep an eye out!

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The story of ‘Keratin’
‘The initial photography used was taken in natural daylight of my grandmother, Evelyn Ada. Her skin, like popped bubblegum, proved to have the perfect mix of fragility and beauty, through the pale tones and abnormalities that occur with age. Focusing closely and magnifying sections led to a distortion of the overall image and lead to the question, what are we looking at? The translation onto fabric allows each person to see something different in the skin, much like the lines on a face, they tell their own story. The structure of the fabric and garment design is contrasted to the delicacy of the print, allowing a modern femininity to shine through each fold.’

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Website | @iona_caitlin