Central Saint Martins
MA Fashion (Knitwear for Fashion)
Alexandra Larrabure - Textile and knitwear designer from Lima, PeruMy practice focuses on the creation of experimental yet wearable garments, with an emphasis on textures and patterns. I use my practice as a space to explore ideas freely, reflect on different concepts and to engage with my surroundings, as well as to explore my own identity and subjectivity. While my designs are underpinned by a conceptual base, it is during the making phase that these theoretical narratives are brought to life, engaging in a material process of meaning-making. The process becomes intuitive and focuses on the materials and the aesthetic, leading to the abstraction of these concepts. The use of craft techniques is integral in my work: I have found that it is when I turn to my hands that both the design development and the conceptual framework become stronger. I engage in techniques such as beading or knitting that have a repetitive and labor-intensive process as a way of going against the speed and high turnaround of garments in the fast-fashion industry.The fragile aesthetics of my designs, and the intricate patterns making up my textiles nod towards the aesthetics of pre-Columbian textiles and ancient Peruvian weaving techniques, which have always been a source of inspiration for me. This closeness to textiles from a young age is what started my appreciation of craftsmanship. This, in turn, allowed me to value the method and the time invested in addition to result of these processes, and to recognise the effects engendered in the research, design and production phases of my collections.
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