Curated Talks: Geometric shapes and folding obsession

So my dear friend, Tiravan or TV, just recently graduated from LCF. They have produced yet another fine young accessory designer. Her graduate collection called Flat to Form is like no other. Combining her inspiration of geometry, ultra fine folding techniques and leather, who would have known, you get a bag.

These are some of her inspiration boards and colour palettes.

I was lucky enough to snatch a short interview with the designer herself covering her inspirations, expertise and what her future holds.

1. What are your inspirations for this Collection `Flat to Form’?

I was inspired by the art of origami and geometric forms, areas that have always been of great interest to me, this collection explores the relationship between 2D and 3D forms through a one piece pattern cut and fold.

2. Why did you choose to study at LCF and fashion accessory?

Given that the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Accessories (Product Design and Development) course at LCF has a prestigious reputation, it’s also the only institution in the UK that specialises in leather accessories. I chose to study there to craft my skills and interests for both product design and fashion.

3. What is your expertise?

Generating and developing highly conceptual ideas, and having the risk-taking confidence to do so. I never take the easy way out. Moreover, I have had much experience working on creative patterns, 3D experimentation, and leather.

4. Where does your expertise lie? (in terms of accessories, fine jewelry, bags, etc)

As mentioned previously, creating daring and highly conceptual ideas is what I’m all about, and that’s generally where the project takes off. Certain ideas / project could lead to the development and production of a wide range of accessories within a collection, whilst other ideas could simply lead to creating bags only. I do always have a little plan to start any project off with and a slight idea of what I would like to make, but through creative and technical experimentation and development at university, I have learnt to let the ideas develop as freely as possible without a fixed outcome in mind from the beginning, unless the given brief states otherwise. However, more often than not, the outcome of my previous collections have been bags.


5. Which accessory designer do you want to work for in the future or do you have any fashion idols ?

At this point, I don’t have any specific idol or favourite fashion designer. I often take my inspiration from products and places, namely architecture and paper craft in particular. But I should probably point out that I love Issey Miyake’s innovative ideas and way of handling fabric and materials.

6. What do you have waiting for you in the next few months

I am heading to Imperial College of London next, it is a great opportunity for me to strengthen my skills in both business and design. So that when I graduate, I can either enter the fashion business market as a stronger candidate and launch  my own brand.

7. Tell us a little bit about who/what are your daily inspirations?

I do research and browse my blogroll daily, I regularly check websites to see what other designs the world has to offer. Also, there is so much to do and see in London!

Isn’t she sweet! Let me know if you like these. You can also leave me a comment and say hello via Twitter 🙂


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