“The Many Muses” is a textile-focused S/S18 womenswear collection inspired by three different muses of beloved male painters: Jeanne Hébuterne, Fränzi Fehrmann, and Rosa Rolanda. Often revisiting my thoughts over the years, the collection seeks to pay homage to these three particular women for repeatedly inspiring me during my own creative processes. Through varied textures, hand-painted nudes, experimental embroidery, and digitally-printed textiles, I seek to honour the luminous creativity of these women that is often overlooked. Despite my own projections, it is disheartening to realize that all three women have frequently been solely understood as muses; in reality, they were spectacular painters and artists in their own right. While I am grateful for the countless works they have helped birth and inspire, it is my intention to explore their inner worlds sartorially and give thanks to their undervalued work as artists. It is precisely their secret works that have aided in fuelling my own cycle of creativity.
The following repeats are part of a 2015 textile collection entitled, "Inner Worlds". Entirely watercolour-based, the collection is primarily inspired by the inner, secret worlds and gardens depicted in Yayoi Kusama's earliest paintings. Incorporating colourful motifs of imaginary universes and of what inhabits them, the collection explores the inner worlds that reside in the depths of each and every one of us in order to escape our often unfulfilled, monotonous realities. Just as Kusama implemented motifs of infinity throughout her work to both metaphorically and physically obliterate her own crippling anxieties, the following designs seek to transform the repetitiveness of our collective fears and ruminations into joyful, dreamy repeats. Through the collection’s bright representations of secret worlds and gardens where even fish and flora coexist, Inner Worlds ultimately depicts human hopes and desires as salvation.
Textile & Embroidery
A Textile Journal, Embroidered Pieces & Samples, and Resist Dyeing Samples.
Styling & Art Direction
Styling & Art Direction: PARACITA (Eloise Ptito and Jennifer Laflamme)