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It’s Here - ‘We Are Here’ Collection Launched Today

I am beyond happy to have launched my second collection of t-shirts - We Are Here.

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From conception to samples and finally updating the website, which has been a varied journey but one that I am now happy with as I believe the t-shirts look great and convey the messages of Inclusivity, Representation, Visibility and We Are Here despite the very small budget I had to work with. 

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Of course I would like a bigger range of models to showcase the messages above, but this is an aspect that I really want to work on in the future. For now, I will embrace and be forever thankful for the generosity of everyone involved that helped my collection come to life Including the models. 

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There is no small irony in the visual aesthetics of the models who in a way represent my Mum and Aunty, who are both mixed race and grew up in a world with very little role models for them to align themselves with. They have inspired me to be the woman I am today. 

I hope this collection of illustrations will enable more visibility of women of colour and create a concrete catwalk that is not confined to the runways nor gallery spaces that seem to only appeal to the few.  

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These T-shirts are unisex and deliberately so, so anybody can support this message and wear them regardless of how they identify. In addition they are print on demand, using a company that uses fair trade so to not only support workers but to try and reduce environmental damage, which is so important given the amount of damage the Fashion Industry can have.

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I hope you like the We Are Here collection and thank you to everyone who have supported me this far this journey so far x 

Feeling Energised ~ New Designs Flowing
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Cultural events have been the order of the week, which has made for a positive start to the summer holidays. 

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Being around friends who are creative and being in creative spaces ranging from art exhibitions to jazz clubs has inspired me to embrace my own creative side. 

So back to the drawing board literally. I dug out my sketch book and pens, previous drawings (for reflections) and digital drawing pad. I made a list of the principles I wanted to follow so I had a basic structure and just got doing. 

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You can see from these initial drawings and experiments (and these are just my favourites from a multitude of different examples) that there are two variations - layers and single image. 

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At the moment I am really drawn to these two aesthetics, let’s hope others agree too. The next plan is to experiment more with mono printing and painting in to the image for a mixed media layered effect, which again is very pleasing to the eye and I have had good feedback on this. So I will try to push forward with this as well. 

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But so far I am pleased with how things are progressing. Next task will be to see how the prints looks on fabric by getting some samples done.  

So back to juggling selling the current collection and pushing the new one forward.  

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Collusion of the Digital World and Painted Expressions

are becoming more and more common in  my experimental outcomes; and I am loving the process. 

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The beauty with digitized work is that you can delete it immediately if you do not like something. With paint you have to wait for it to dry before making any changes, which can be very laborious and time consuming.  So this process allows me to switch things up quickly. 

Plus it helps my impulsive nature.  

Nothing much to add, so here are some examples of what I have been playing with...  time to reflect but time to keep making ~ this is key. 

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