A reflection on farms in Zimbabwe, Australia and Scotland. Wanting to pay homage to the people and places that have been home to me.
Towards the sinking sun is a reflection on farms in Zimbabwe, Australia and Scotland all of which have influenced me. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up on a tobacco farm, and I was the only child in our farming community with a toy ironing board.
I reflect on Zimbabwe through the lens of Jackie Nickerson’s photographs. In her photo series Farm. She explores the ideas of working clothes and how the Zimbabwean models ideas differed from her own. Nickerson captivates incongruity between subject and setting, creating a mindful consideration between pride and the way in which the women and men are dressed. This has driven my approach to the design for this collection.
My family moved to Western Australia during the land reforms in Zimbabwe of the early 2000’s. This is where I spent the rest of my childhood. I saw the agricultural landscape in Australia as barren and hostile. This is embodied by the Driza-bone riding jacket. This landscape is unforgiving, but also provides comfort with underrepresented softness and serenity. Using the Driza-Bone riding jacket as a source garment, I drape with the storm cape in different scales in a variety of materials to explore graphic silhouettes and cascading shapes.
In every spare moment I try to reflect on my life in the Scottish Borders where I supported my cousin on her sheep farm. In the fields and around the farm I catch glimpses of these slick, highly reflective stainless steel cable ties. They are incongruous with the landscape. Tools on the farm are agricultural artefacts, they become ornamental sequins in a functional space.