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Current Projects….
~ Urban Madness documentary update - Interview with musical icon Matt Johnson from the band The the.
~ History of Fashion and Textiles - Essays
~ Journey Through Philosophy With Fate
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Dimples Directors Art Book
~ Vibrational Textile Design Thesis
~ Acting workshop in Hollywood, at
Lee Strasberg February 2016
~ Fashion Textiles
CSM Prep Fashion Folio
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Artistic Biography

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Artistic Biography

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Fate Rising Website - 2014/Present
I created a website in Rapidweaver to document my Fashion and Textile Exploration, my philosophy studies, and my experiences during my travels (www.faterising.com

Dimples Director’s Notebook/Character Development - 2015
Dimples is my most recent Director’s Notebook and I have used it to develop the characters, set and costume design for a story inspired by a lucid dream that I had on a vision quest in Nepal. The story weaves together my interests in philosophy, quantum physics, plant consciousness, space travel and alternate dimensions, fashion, Tibetan and Nepali spiritual beliefs and global youth culture. 

Urban MAD-ness Project - England & USA 2015
London, England & Los Angeles, California
Urban MAD-ness (Music, Art, Dance) is a project I conceived of to explore contemporary approaches towards the creative process. As part of this project I interviewed artists and musicians on their source of inspiration and how they feel their creativity is effected by the modern way of life. This year I interviewed Deca and Jeffrey Lewis, and several street artists and musicians in Denmark, England and the US, and am compiling film footage and interviews to create a short documentary. I will be interviewing Matt Johnson of ‘The The’ in December, 2015. This autumn I went to Los Angeles to explore designer owned fashion boutiques and interviewed a DJ collective, Moonside, who are seeking to create a new approach for EDM artists to collaborate on music events.

The ‘F’ Word Fashion Competition - 2015
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Killerton House, Devon, England
My entry was from my Autumn 2014 collection, entitled 'Date With a Rockstar’ and included a skirt, two tops, an under-bra and a shoe design. My designs were chosen to represent the 16-18 year age group, and were exhibited at Killerton House in Devon from February through September, 2015

Fashion and Textiles Exploration - Term 5 - England - 2015
Devon, England 
Throughout my Fashion and Textile Exploration, I studied different eras of the history of fashion, from early man through the end of the 19th century, in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. I also attended exhibitions, fashion and art shows. When back in England I began the process of consolidating these studies into articles for my website, faterising.com, and also started to learn about couture sewing and embellishment techniques from books, videos and documentaries.

Fashion and Textiles Exploration - Term 4 - Vietnam 2014
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Vietnam is a major centre for wholesale textiles and custom tailoring, and manufacturing in all areas of the garment industry, including shoes, bags, watches, jewellery, textiles, brand name production...and reproduction, and more. In Vietnam I learned about the wholesale textile market and purchased a variety of new textiles to balance the silk garments that I designed in Cambodia. I also took the opportunity to do professional photoshoots of some of my completed fashion designs. 

At this time I was learning about traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean clothing and had a wonderful opportunity to personally experience wearing these traditional costumes. I had a series of photos taken in these traditional costumes at a photography studio in Ho Chi Minh. 

Fashion and Textiles Exploration - Term 3 - Cambodia 2014/2015
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Cambodian textile industry is focused on natural fibres, such as raw and fine silk, silk organza, and intricately dyed and woven silk based on traditional designs. They also create textiles from banana and lotus fibre. I visited the Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT), and interviewed Kikuo Morimoto, a Japanese textile artist who is credited with saving traditional Khmer silk textiles from being lost to time after the Khmer Rouge regime decimated the traditional way of life in Cambodia. Morimoto travelled (perilously) through the countryside in the early 1980’s, finding elderly weavers who knew the traditional skills and brought them together to teach a new generation of silk makers. This was an opportunity to learn about fine art textiles made completely by hand using traditional techniques, and was truly inspirational.

Also during this time, I commissioned wooden buttons to be carved with a business logo that I created (see above). The craftsmen that I worked with carved each button by hand, and the workmanship was beautiful.

In Siem Reap, I connected with an excellent source for wholesale silk and she introduced me to a tailor with the skill to bring my designs to life. I had a tight budget, so the focus of my designs was on elegant, yet affordable fashion for teens that incorporated traditional textiles and global youth aesthetics. I brought my designs, patterns and textiles to her and we worked together with her seamstresses on a regular basis over the next three months and, in the process, I became friends with the whole family. When my designs were completed I did a professional photoshoot at Angkor Wat in some of my designs, and also in traditional Khmer costume. 

Fashion and Textiles Exploration - Term 2 - Thailand 2014
Bangkok, Thailand
The Thai garment industry has a great divide between manufacturing on a small scale and manufacturing on a large scale. I learned that the difference in cost base for textiles and garment making is huge depending on whether you represent a large company, or you wish to create clothing for a small brand. This divide is partly due to the large profit that small garment makers can make when dealing directly with tourists. This was a valuable opportunity to learn about the power of mass production.

Fashion and Textiles Exploration - Term 1 - Nepal 2014
Kathmandu and Patan, Nepal
Here I studied the cashmere industry, including cashmere quality, weaving and knitting techniques, and the dark side of how manufacturers cheat unsuspecting customers. I also explored the Nepali garment making industry. In Nepal there are seamstresses who are highly skilled at beadwork, so I designed two tops, one encrusted with faux pearls and blue, pink and clear crystals in a random pattern, and the other a combination of deep caramel crystals, pearls and clear crystals in a linear pattern.

Vision Quest - April 2014
Annapurna Mountains, Nepal
I spent three weeks, on three separate visits, alone in the Annapurna Mountains in Western Nepal. This beautiful, wild landscape soars toward mountain peaks that are some of the highest in the world. These vision quests were a valuable time in my life for contemplation and for creating a clear sense of direction for my creative inspiration.


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2012-2013

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Shambhala Warrior Training - 2013
Shambhala Centre, Boulder, Colorado, USA
The Shambhala Warrior Training is based on Tibetan Buddhist approaches to calming the mind and establishing connection with compassion for self and others. It is a training to form the foundation of becoming a spiritual warrior, able to face life with passion and strength, while still remaining true to yourself, leading to a happier existence. As part of the training we did twelve hours of sitting and walking meditation daily. I honed my capacity to concentrate and feel that I learned a lot more of value from this course as well.

EDM Costume Design - 2013/2014
Boulder and Denver, Colorado, USA
My Fashion and Textiles Exploration curriculum began with an exploration of the EDM (Electric Dance Music) industry. This facet of American youth culture offers a fascinating blend of fashion and music, combined with the practice of peace, love, unity and respect (P.L.U.R.). For this exploration I interviewed EDM musicians, music and concert producers, and dancers, and hand-sewed three EDM dance costumes of my own design.

Body and Soul Expedition - 2013
Watershed, Boulder, Colorado, USA
I attended a single semester at Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado; a unique private school that teaches all of its courses in ‘expeditions’ that integrate History, the Sciences, Literature, Philosophy and Geography into a core curriculum that is different each semester. I enrolled in the ‘Body and Soul’ semester and learned about the physical body (Biology and Chemistry) and about current scientific exploration into the mind and consciousness, as well as different views on the existence of the soul, life and death in comparative religions. This course inspired me to create the curriculum for my Fashion and Textiles Exploration.

Vision Quest - October 2013
Flat Tops, Continental Divide, Colorado, USA
My vision quest began with a ten day hike into the Rocky Mountain wilderness in Colorado. Sadly, on day two, after a pathetic hiking accident, I was left with a knife wound to the knee, which was very close to being the end of my journey all together, but that didn’t stop me from carrying on to the end. Part of the program was to go off into nature by myself with a tarp, a sleeping bag, a knife and a bag of peanuts. It was an intense experience of being completely alone in the wild and I used the time to enjoy nature, write in my journal and contemplate life.

Art Quest Film Studies - 2012/2013
Santa Rosa, California, USA
I enrolled in the Art Quest program at Santa Rosa High School to learn more about filming and editing short films. I really enjoyed working with my fellow students and used this time to develop screenwriting skills and to act in my fellow student’s film projects.

Painting Exhibited at Portland Museum of Art - 2012
Portland, Maine, USA
My painting, Birth of Fate, depicting a teenage dream world inspired by ‘Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli, was chosen to represent my school for National Youth Art Month, and was on view at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. President Obama viewed my painting on his visit to the museum in March, 2012.
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2009-2011

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Camden International Film Festival - 2011
Camden, Maine, USA
I volunteered as a hostess and personal assistant to Sarah Ruddy, the festival producer.

Self-Published an Illustrated Children’s Book - 2011
Devon, England
I published my first book, Baba Scrumptious and the Bamboo Baby, in 2011, written when I was 11 years old, for a 3 to 6 year old audience. The story follows the adventures of an orphan who finds friendship when she chooses to do the right thing and save the animals. I completed the original character drawings and then worked with Devon artist, Cara Roxanne, to develop the illustrations for the book.

Photographs Exhibited at Farnsworth Museum - 2011 
Rockland, Maine, USA
I participated in the Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists summer program, creating a series of photographs, one of which, Dreams R Worth Having, was showcased in promotional materials by the Farnsworth Art Museum and was exhibited along with a series of my other photographs and my classmates work, as part of a group exhibition.

Silver Arts Award - British Arts Council - 2010
The Phoenix, Devon, England
I was mentored by Anna Aroussi of the Exeter Phoenix in the process to achieve my Silver Arts Award. I received full marks and was, at the time, the youngest in the UK to do so. The focus of my Arts Award was historical fashion, inspired by the Textiles and Dress Department at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The process of working on my Silver Art’s Award inspired me to begin making director’s notebooks to develop characters in stories. In these books I created in-depth character studies including detailed costume design, home environments, history and life philosophy, likes and dislikes, mannerisms, etc., so that all of their thoughts, actions and dialogue would work together coherently to express their character. 

Short Film Placed 4th at SHOOT Film Festival  - 2010
Dartington Hall, Devon, England
I directed, wrote and edited a short film, entitled Woof Woof, and came fourth at the SHOOT film festival, competing against adult film makers funded by the Arts Council. In addition to making this film, I created a documentary about the process of directing a short film, and obtained complimentary permission to use copyrighted music as a part of this project.

Short Film ‘Woof Woof’ Presentation - 2010
Exeter Public Library, Devon, England
I was invited to present my short film, Woof Woof, to the Exeter Library Film Club. The film was followed by questions and answers by film club members.

Organised an Historical Costume Assembly - 2010
The Maynard, Devon, England
I organised a school assembly on historical costume, coordinating with Shelley Tobin, assistant curator of Textiles and Dress at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon. I was the youngest in the 350 year history of the Maynard to be the organiser of a school event.

Created Graphic Images for UNICEF Fundraiser - 2010
Cambridge, England
I created graphic images in InDesign and Photoshop that illustrated teenage issues, then printed T-shirts and postcards. All proceeds benefited UNICEF; my favourite cause as it fights for the health, safety and rights of children.

Caliban in the Tempest - 2009
Clyst Heath Primary School, Devon, England
I stepped in less than two weeks before the first performance of The Tempest, in the role of Caliban, when another student backed out. I learned the dialogue and stage production, including several solo songs. My teacher, Mr. Davey, believed that young students could tackle Shakespeare, and I am so glad that he believed in us. It was a life altering opportunity that I will never forget.
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