Shania Matthews

designer
Florence / Italy

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

I grew up in the suburbs outside of London. I have always enjoyed creating and making things since I was young. Fashion was something that I just happened to fall into. Studying at Polimoda was an exciting opportunity to push my own boundaries and experience a new culture away from what I was used to.

THE CONCEPT OF YOUR COLLECTION

“Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard” is the parenthesis of my collection. A phrase often used by my great grandmother when I was younger My collection is about my mother’s childhood, growing up in Northern Ireland during the 60’s/70s – the time of ‘The Troubles’. These were dark times for English and Irish history and it definitely was not a good time to be English, living in Ireland.

My fragmented garments are created with broken English elements of ceramics and tapesty, along with fabrics placed together through patchwork. However, this was an unspoken family topic, my perception of my mothers childhood till recently was what I had seen through her Sepia tinted photos; Seemingly happy, I projected this through my use of colours.

WHAT ARE YOUR LUCIDITY PILLS?

Always look for the beauty in life

Image courtesy of Shania Matthews.

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