Sophie Cane

Design Product & Packaging

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
In response to the increasingly alarming factors around the textile industry and fast fashion, I experiment with creating an educational kit which could be used within the education sector, by primary school pupils. The contents of the kit, will allow children to actively learn about the textile industry in an exciting and playful way, using only recycled and sustainable materials and processes.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations bring to life the product packaging, continuing this theme throughout the kit. The Alpaca character is the friendly face which leads the children throughout their journey in discovering fabric types, natural dyes and DIY weaving projects. Miniature illustrations of natural dyes and sustainable yarns accompany each piece of material within the pack.

How did you make this work:
Developing my own 100% natural dyes using vegetable and fruit extracts, mixing with vinegar to fix the dyes to the fabrics. Pairing these dyes with gum tragacanth, a natural seaweed paste used as a thickening agent, to then screen print imagery onto the fabric pieces. Also combining with the use of eco-friendly printing inks and fabrics. Alongside printed matter from soy-based risograph printing.

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Norwich University of the Arts
MA Communication Design
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Currently Based:
Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Sophie is a recent graduate of BA Illustration, which she studied at Norwich University of the Arts. She is now continuing her studies on a one year Masters Degree investigating Communication Design. Her work explores environmental and historical themes and is always executed through the use of vivid, striking colours and playful designs.