‘Depression is something I associate with the misuse of Photoshop.’
Megan Wyatt, a 21-year-old fashion design graduate from Falmouth University in Cornwall, explores Japanese street style, mental illness and the damaging effects of Photoshop to create innovative pattern design for her final collection. You can contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter at @meganmay_fs and visit Megan Wyatt’s website.
What is the background of the work you submitted?
The work submitted is my final graduate collection from Falmouth University. My concept began at the start of the academic year, looking into Japanese street style. This is something I have always loved and been inspired by.
My main concept began with working on Photoshop; looking into how it can digitally manipulate body image as displayed in magazines, and the personal effect this has on image. I started experimenting with creative pattern cutting until I came across Julian Roberts’ method of hollow construction: subtraction cutting. This technique uses one piece of fabric and removes parts of that fabric rather than adding to it. Circles are used to create a tube for the body to go through and this was how I achieved my distorted shapes. I drew all of my prints which I then digitally printed onto cotton canvas.
How did you design the print image?
The story of the prints comes from a very close friend of mine who suffers from severe depression. They tell the story of how she feels, how others see her and how people judge others with mental illnesses. Depression is something I associate with the misuse of Photoshop.
What inspires you creatively?
I am mostly inspired by Japanese street style, fashion and culture. All of the fashion magazines I read are Japanese. I find it magical. The clothes remind me of when I was younger; they are a bit like a fairy-tale. I enjoy looking at all forms of art that tell a story.
A couple of my favourite artists are Yayoi Kusama and Sebastian Masuda. Yayoi Kusama was a big inspiration to me during my graduate collection. Her work is full of honesty; it truly represents who she is and her journey to where she is now. Masuda’s work is full of colour and imagination. I am also interested in people that don’t follow trends and dress how they want to. I like people who dress a bit weird; people that you instantly look at in the street. That’s what I like.
What is your favourite film of all time?
My favourite film is ‘Annie’. I love musicals and it has always been my favourite ever since I can remember. My mum used to play it for me on the video player – she would rewind it as soon as it finished. I would watch it over and over again.
What is your favourite music track or album right now?
My favourite artist is FKA TWIGS. I love her music, her videos, her image – everything! She’s great and different from all the other artists of today. This is my favourite work of hers. It’s called ‘Through Glass’ and I love the video!
What is your favourite blog or website for inspiration?
I use Tumblr for inspirational images. These are mainly just weird, colourful images that give me inspiration for new projects!
What did you enjoy the most about your university?
It’s great studying in Cornwall; it’s like a constant holiday whilst working on a subject you love! After everyone handed in their work, we had a BBQ on the beach and swam in the sea.
What does Fashion mean to you?
Fashion is not just about following trends or reading Vogue. Fashion is about self-expression. It allows you to express who you are and what you love through what you wear. I can immediately tell if I have the same interests as someone by how they dress. Fashion should be fresh, new and exciting. There is nothing exciting about walking down a street and seeing the same look everywhere. That’s probably why I am drawn to Japanese street style.
What would be your ideal internship?
I am currently looking for a graduate fashion job or internship. My ideal internship or job would be somewhere fun and exciting. Everyone would get on well so ideas could just bounce off one another. This industry depends upon teamwork. I want to be constantly challenged in a job or internship; taking risks really keeps me on my toes!
I have graduated from university so I am looking for jobs. Are there any websites in particular I should be looking at for the best chances of finding work?
Have people that have been entered in this competition ever heard from anyone offering them a placement/ internship after seeing them on your site?
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Voting open 11th – 19th July 2015.