School of Design Textile Design

Sophie Allardyce (she/her)

An embroidered textile designer with a passion for colour and material exploration. My work showcases a fascination for material-led design and I seek to create textiles that are flexible in their context. Sustainable practice is imperative to my process as I look to celebrate the beauty of discarded objects.

Arts Thread
Layer. Stack. Wrap.
Footwear Concepts

Layer. Stack. Wrap.

‘Layer. Stack. Wrap.’ Has evolved from a full-bodied collection of research taken from salvage yards in and around Glasgow, an industry that celebrates the beauty of discarded objects through restoration. A ‘Trash to Treasure’ process. Inspired by the elaborate miscellany and intricate tactility of these locations this collection has been driven by material curiosity.

With a focus on predominantly hand-embroidered processes, I have created an extensive collection of multi-layered designs featuring a juxtaposition of bold form interlaced with intricate colour and material detail. The use of discarded material has been central to my design process and I have incorporated flaws into my collection, allowing the viewer to appreciate the beauty of imperfection.

Through a bold use of scale and material combination, I have created a set of highly adaptable designs allowing them to be flexible in their context. This collection is intended for fashion and interior purposes.

Considering responsible design, this collection has been created using only sustainably sourced materials including discarded factory leather offcuts, wooden remnants, found objects, and pre-loved jewellery. Incorporating a zero-waste methodology into my design process has been crucial in capturing the core of the project’s starting point.

fashion visualisations

Fashion Collage Visualisations

Leather patchwork sample

Leather and tape unit piece

Tape Drawings

Primary and colour research

material drawing

colour and material analysis

material experimentation

Footwear Concepts

‘Footwear Concepts’ is focused around bold and energetic shoe concept design with a focus on abstract and trend led trainer design. Through research into conceptual shoe design, I have enjoyed creating abstract silhouettes and challenging the adaptability of footwear. Colour and material curiosity have become the main focus of this project and the use of leather and wood have allowed for flexibility as well as durability. The project has been completely responsible through the use of leather offcuts and found material. The final concept design features a reworked trainer to combine decorative embroidery technique with functional detailing.

Initial silhouette concepts

Exploring flexibility in design

Concept designs

Final footwear concept design