This project is based on my 92 year old Nan’s Bungalow in the Isle of Wight.
As an appreciator of junk, brought up bargaining for hidden treasures at the Sunday car boot sale, I wanted to represent the joy of found items and honour their nostalgic value. My creative identity tends towards vibrant, perhaps unfashionable textures and colourways and this was something I intended to explore conceptually and aesthetically through researching kistch or ‘tacky’ objects.
When collecting primary research, I found a kitsch character to my Nan’s bungalow that I connected with. Deeply personal to me, I was initially hesitant to use this as a source, as my Nan would probably be quite unhappy with me if she knew how many people have now seen the inside her bathroom, but eventually I decided it was the natural inspiration for ‘Tat’.
The majority of my final collection is made of jacquards (produced using a domestic electronic knitting machine or the Shima Seiki), intarsia and pockets. Imagery used in this project came directly from the bungalow interior. I also incorporated a selection of jumbled quotes from my Nan such as “cheap as biscuits” and “tough as old bullets”, these were used as graphic text elements as well as inspiration for jacquard imagery.
'"Cheap as Biscuits" -Nan