Insights introduces Jordan Pitre, a foundation student making her way to undergraduate study.
She talks to us about designing for one of Notting Hill Carnival’s sound-systems The Heatwave, conquering her nerves and chaotic colour inspiration.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Jordan Pitre and I live in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
When did you decide that you wanted to do something related to design?
I don’t think I ever decided that I wanted to do fashion textiles, it’s more that it’s my passion; it’s part of me. Growing up, I spent days with my nan who taught me how to do lots of textiles techniques from a very young age (knitting was always my favourite). From there, we did all different techniques all the time like knitting, printing, crochet, embroidery and painting. I’ve always loved creating new textures and learning new techniques, and that was part of me growing up.
How would you describe yourself and your work?
I would describe my work as a colourful, texture confusion most the time, as I love to play around with colour and texture.
Tell us about the project with The Heatwave.
I found working on a live brief very exciting, as it was a great way to show what I can do in fashion textiles and collaborate with someone going into womenswear to create an outfit, it gave me a clear insight to how projects can be for when I start university. It was a busy five days however, I think working under pressure made it an enjoyable challenge.
For me, the most challenging part of the project was creating a piece for each individual dancer as each dancer preferred a different style, as expected as they’re all individual however we had to create outfits that were unified but still unique. What was challenging for me is I’m a very big expressive textiles designer and it was hard to do that with such little outfits however I believe I achieved this and helped emphasise the dancers body and made their dance moves explode making them look bigger and stronger. It was also challenging to work with others that I had never met before, as for me it was a whole new experience but was amazing to collaborate with all the different specialists and their ideas was a great opportunity.
What inspires me.
I’m very inspired at the moment by colour and the shapes/lines of my surroundings. I believe colour can show so many emotions and thoughts, it is a great way to express yourself and to show how you as an individual see the world we live in. I’m obsessed with colour in texture and the texture that surrounds me, I believe colour can emphasise texture extremely well if i use the correct colour to what I am trying to get people to feel when seeing or touching my textile piece.
Any top tips?
I would have to say my top tip is just being outgoing and as nervous as you might be, to just go for what you want, as you never know what the outcome could be.
I have no idea what the future holds for me, I’m one of them people that do everything and anything to help me get further in my career as I am an innovative student who would love to be a fashion textiles designer. I can’t wait to start studying at the London College of Fashion for Fashion Textiles: Knit as I love learning new techniques and can’t wait for all the amazing opportunities.
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