Wolverhampton School of Art

Project success for Fashion and Textiles students with local designer Paul Burbridge!

Paul 1First year Fashion and Textiles students enjoy project success with Birmingham designer Paul Burbridge from Burbo K’Ture.

Paul 2Recently Fashion and Textiles students worked on a live group project with local fashion director, stylist, designer and collaborator Paul Burbidge. 

‌Paul has an ongoing relationship with Disorder Boutique and Sixth Sense Salon, contributing to shoots and film projects. Paul has had the pleasure of working with some incredible photographers, make-up and hair artists and models.

‌The group project offered our Fashion and Textiles students the opportunity to work together to upcycle used and unwanted men’s shirts. Paul helped lead the project and encouraged the students to explore the potential of the shirts details.

‌Each small group of students were presented with a box of ‘goodies’ including donated men’s shirts and ties and were asked to:

  • Paul 3Evaluate - what do we have to work with
  • Paul 4Explore - experimenting with process and exploring silhouette
  • Create - designing and planning and preparing fabrics
  • Construct - construct final pieces.

The students have collaborated with final year photography student Peter Jackson to create some impacting images for portfolio and social media.

Paul was thrilled with the outcome and course leader, Sharon Watts explained: “The project has given the students the opportunity to build knowledge, acquire new skills and experiment with different processes and produce an outcome for fashion”.

In the world of fashion and textiles, designers and manufacturers play on the desire for new products using trends to drive the desire for the ‘next big thing’. Constantly evolving our style and as a result our wardrobes. The past two decades have seen huge changes in spending with ‘throw away fashion’ affecting the environment. As the future generation of designers, it is important to be aware of ethical issues and find ways they can respond to concerns over the environment through design.

Find out more about studying Fashion and Textiles with the University of Wolverhampton.

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