Jane Apthorp

As a visual designer, fashion objects that appeal to Jane are those that mirror the elements of other objects she interacts with - they are interesting, unique, a little adventurous, experimental, thoughtful in design, and creatively constructed. They are wearable objects that she interacts with, often altering her shape and manufacturing a new structure and aesthetic.

"I’ve always had an interest in fashion and my university work was always quite object based. Like with interior design, people commonly think of it as the spaces that we live in but it’s also a lot to do with the way that your body moves through those spaces. My investigation quite often was around how a body relates to objects in a more intimate scale of space, so how clothing might fit you or drape on you.

I dress in all these baggy loose things and that allows me ease of movement and that’s really important to me because I’ve always felt like tight clothing is too constraining. I feel restricted and I don’t feel I can do things in tight clothing, and I really just want to be able to do things.

I look for things that might hang out from the body or maybe even change your body shape a little bit through its structure. Garments that actually speak to me a bit more, that might have an interesting idea in it. Maybe the way that two fabrics are juxtapose, like a hard leather with a really soft felt or something, and then how it’s shaped. Interesting pattern combinations. A garment that actually tries to do more than just be a garment. And I will be attracted to something that plays a little bit more aesthetically with different types of materials contrasted together and interesting shaping and tailoring. I think that’s what attracts me to a garment."

Conversation with architectural graduate and Weta Digital texture artist, Jane Apthorp.