Cecily Cracroft-Eley

BA Fashion Knitwear

Cecily Cracroft-Eley

Cecily’s collection is a projection of beauty among apocalyptic visions of a destroyed landscape, made of recycled and natural materials with a focus on craftsmanship and sustainability.

AWAY IS A PLACE. It is a desert on fire. WE’VE FUCKED UP. Our climate is in a state of catastrophe.

My graduate collection, ETAKA, is my projection of beauty among apocalyptic visions of a destroyed landscape. Situated in this “away place” somewhere between the utopian and dystopian wreckages of postmodernity. Considering my own place in the creative renewal of this catastrophe, my collection follows certain principles of wabi sabi, in that it is made primarily from recycled and natural materials “whose devolution is expressive and attractive.” (Andrew Juniper, Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence).

It is also for this reason I have placed emphasis on the handmade. Valuing the process of time serves both as a therapy and a protest against the voracious cycle of the fashion treadmill which weaves obsolescence into the very fabric of its garments.

As a young designer, I recognise the value of craftsmanship and sustainability, both of which I always seek to incorporate into my work. I’m interested in knitwear, in particular, as it brings about a whole creative process so that everything, down to the very fabric of the garment, is original. For my graduate collection, I worked with local craftswomen in Uganda and Rwanda who helped me create entirely handmade and hand embroidered garments.

‘Etaka’ is the word for the red earth in the Lugandan language used widely in Uganda. Having spent time in Uganda, one thing that always stays with me is the rich colour of the earth which settles as dust on every surrounding surface. It is as if the leaves and the branches and even the backs of animals have been sugar-coated in red.

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