Forest goes back to nature for Gray’s Degree Show

An aspiring fashion designer from Hopeman in Moray has taken inspiration from the natural world for her final year project which is on display now in Aberdeen.

Forest NapierForest Napier (21), who is studying Fashion and Textiles at Gray’s School of Art, has unveiled the culmination of four years’ hard work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday, June 24.

She is showcasing her women’s knitwear collection which has been inspired by nature, specifically foliage and undergrowth and the immersive qualities which they inherit.

Forest, who developed an interest in art and design while at school, said: “As an aspiring fashion designer I knew that I needed to learn more skills and explore different areas within fashion. I’m glad I did as I learnt how to use knit machines and have now found my specialism in knitwear.

“I have focused on women’s knitwear influenced by the deterioration of skin. I started comparing it to leaves, stripping them of their outer coating and tissue which leaves behind a delicate, sensitive skeleton of veins. I have used transparent yarn and three-dimensional chevron patterns to symbolise layering.”

She added: “It has been a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the whole four years because you always want to push yourself further to be better. But being surrounded by such creative people has been really inspiring and motivating.”

Forest is now looking forward to the next challenge, but will look back fondly on her time at Gray’s, especially the class trips and…the canteen.

“We have been on a few university trips, which have been really interesting where the tutors have organised studio exhibitions visits. Also the canteen at Gray’s sometimes gives out free food on Fridays and I’m the first one there.

“After graduation, I intend to apply for internships and career opportunities internationally in efforts to gain more industry experience and hopefully find myself owning an industrial knitwear machine for freelance work.”

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fourteenth year, runs from June 17 to 24 and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.


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