Inspiration for a collection comes from surprising sources! It might be a memory of a place or simply something seen – it might be the weather or a world event.
The main theme is to bring movement and energy to the cloth and clothes in your wardrobe. Movement comes from the fluid nature of the silk fabrics and is implied in the painted marks. World events certainly confound – and after 9/11/2001 the word ‘Adjustment’ was printed huge across all the painted clothes.
It was difficult to know what else to say at that time.
A recent visit to the studio of painter Frances Bacon, , recreated in exactitude in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin prompted two collections. Bacon used the door of his Reece Mews studio as a palette and it is covered with marks , paint tests and smears .
It is bursting with visual energy, beautiful and random.
This approach was brought to the painting on silk for a summer collection – starting with random colours, she tried to push them around to find some visual logic. The fascination with this as process extended into a much darker group of garments for Winter 2013, flashes of paintmarks hover and float without necessarily having any relationship with each other across the garments.
The weather IS a big influence. Carole lives near Bath in Somerset where the hilly and beautiful terrain is a constant reminder of the drama in sky , sun and the changing seasons.