Embellished Escapism

Aliya Jefferson

Embellished Escapism

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I am currently focusing on the coastline and the escapism that I experience here. I am inspired by texture that the sea and surroundings provide through embellishment. As escapism is something that I experience through touch and tactility, therefore recreating these aspects though embellishment was a natural transaction for my work. There is so much texture to study, from the rocks to the seaweed. I have an abstract and surrealist style. I strive to be innovative and push my embroidery to be contemporary.

My materials have a focus based on sustainable practice, due to the impact the textile industry has on the environment I want to do my part. Sourcing sequins from The Sustainable Sequin Company, glass beads and, using UK based companies to reduce air miles. I have used plastic and poly fabrics in my work, however, all products used I had previously owned. I want my work to be innovative and current. Colour is something I love experimenting with and keeping my colour palette broad of using nine colours, allows my pieces to have a difference and some have a tonal feel, yet cohesive due to the colours used.

I am creating bespoke interior pieces, that will have longevity in the home. I am heavily influenced by the iconic Salvador DalĂ­, specifically The Great Masturbator for his use of colour and freedom of line. I am heavily inspired by Couture fashion house Elie Saab, and their use of heavy embellishment.

I would like to thank my generous sponsors: Boyes, The Sustainable Sequin Company, Brenton & Johnson.

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