RMIT B.A. (Textile Design) graduate collection
soft_wares is a collection that considers how textiles can make people happy. Taking a multisensory approach, the range reflects how modern day internet culture has helped facilitate positivity movements, created spaces for female empowerment, and enabled the spread of the self-care movement.
An extension of out of ctrl, this project continues with a tongue-in-cheek response to internet culture, this time looking through the ironic exterior to expose the genuine love and support that can be bred through online communities.
Defining the aesthetic approach to the collection are conversational, graphic motifs that mix with sweet pastel tones to create a playful, positive mood. The brighter colours are grounded with navy and highlighted with copper, while adventurous holographics give the palette an extra dimension.
A diverse range of techniques were used to explore these themes, with processes spanning illustration, paper cutting, weaving, tapestry, digital print, jacquard knit, digital embroidery, aromatherapy infusion and integrated audio. Hand generated artworks and slow design techniques create an engaging contrast to the digital processes used and the technology-centred themes.