“The project was practice-based and involved multiple areas of research such as environmental impacts of the fashion industry as the social, cultural, historical and political aspects of clothing. Action research allowed me to do that, I was able to look at real world issues and resolve them with a practical approach.
“I used sketching and storyboarding, developing 2D illustrated ideas and taking that into 3D and then continually working that 3D. In terms of the writing I probably did multiple drafts of every single paragraph because in the beginning I would write around an issue and not directly to it. I had to learn how to figure out what I was saying and how to write it in the most succinct way and that was really challenging.
“During this process I learned how to write and it gave me agency, because I had thoughts and ideas based on my experience and the ability to write well allowed me to express myself in a more convincing way. Cornelius in the photo studio, Matt in the 3D labs and Fleur in the book bindery were available and willing and supportive whenever I needed them and that was a really nice surprise. It was genuine care, care for their craft and what they were doing.
“I had done all the prototyping and considered every detail; I knew exactly how everything needed to look and be made and the technicians at AUT were incredibly supportive of what I was doing. When you do an undergraduate degree in the fashion department you would say “this is your final collection” it’s not, it’s your first collection. For me, it’s the first iteration of an idea of who you may become as a designer or as a design thinker and post-grad allows you to dig deeper into that and take that to the next step.”