New HARMONY – LDN

Process

Introduction

Throughout history, people around the globe have tried to make sense of their world through a variety of methods used to tap into the spiritual universe. 

Divination or “to be inspired by a god”, is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a spiritual ritual. It is the practice of determining the hidden significance or cause of events, sometimes foretelling the future, by various natural, psychological, and other techniques. 

The basis of my project is established on this idea: that the future already exists; but it is also important to know that our future is not fixed. Changes in our current situation can affect our future situations, and there is little we can do to control it. I wanted to look closer into this idea of an overwhelming power, and trying to manipulate the uncontrollable.

Research

Exploring the human connection between our conscious and unconscious, and the uncertainty in which that brings has helped shape the aesthetic of this collection, “Searching for Divinity”. The designs give a sense of controlled chaos, while focusing on minimalism, raw mark making and depth. 

My initial research began in the archives of my university
library, delving into historical books on international
witchcraft. Visual stimulus was inspired by the book
“Witch Worlds: Magic And Imagination”
By Richard Van Dülmen, which held detailed
historical drawings from around the world.
These dark and eerie drawings set a tone which
I have incorporated within my prints. 

Drawing development

I wanted to explore this idea of a conversation between our conscious/unconscious mind during the process of divination, and the difficulties in harnessing or making sense of the answers given to us during the divination process. I started with soft charcoal marks to represent the beginning of the process, and connecting with the subconscious. However, divination is mostly down to interpretations and things can be mistranslated along the way.  

 

Using this theme of “uncertainty”, my mark making style developed to become more chaotic, and I began using graphite pens to create energetic and unpredictable motions on the paper. By exploring this idea of connecting to the unconscious mind,
I was able to investigate changes in depth, and also create a softer
side to the collection; something more ethereal and dream-like.
I wanted to show this range to reflect the different intensities felt by
the diviner during their practice, as well as the depth of emotion
and the battle with the unconscious mind.

Materials

The Divinity collection has an eclectic mix of floral and abstract designs, creating a luxury womenswear collection printed onto carefully considered fabrics. Designed specifically for the autumn/winter market, New Harmony has developed this project into a set of beautifully designed silk scarves.