Emily Teague

Reading Between the Words

Emily Teague is a third year Fashion Design student specialising in menswear. Her project is inspired by artist Lucus Dupuy and her own experience with dyslexia.

Fashion Design - BA (Hons)

Give us a brief overview of your project

'Reading Between the Words' is inspired by the artist Lucas Dupuy. Dupuy explores
architectural shapes with the combination of blurred lines and symbols to resemble his struggles to read and write due to dyslexia. Using Dupuy’s inspiration, primary research and collaging heavily influenced this project. Angular shapes and layering pieces became a strong design detail throughout. With a monochrome colour palette utilising textures such as knit became very important.

Dan Britton produced a “Dyslexic Typeface” by removing forty per cent of each lettering. This slows down the speed of which people can read, allowing a non-dyslexic person to experience the struggle and frustration of everyday reading with dyslexia. I wanted to carry on the ‘difficulty in the reading’ aspect by having the print printed black on black as well as blocking out sections to resemble my own struggles.

Why did you choose this concept?

I have strongly connected with Dupuy’s work after finding out I was dyslexic a year and a half ago. I love producing work that has that personal connection to me. This project has allowed me to produce an outcome that I am so proud of to overshadow any negatives I have felt over the past 18 months.

What processes have you been using?

Processes that I have used include manipulating paper and the projection of primary research on the stand, pattern cutting all garments alongside toiling, screen printing onto my fabrics and manufacturing all of my garments.

What do you hope to achieve with your project?

I hope to achieve a high quality finished collection to showcase at Graduate Fashion Week alongside completing all folder work to the best of my ability. I also want to produce a portfolio that communicates my skills and abilities in my specialism that is ready to take to industry.

How has your course helped you to prepare for working on your project?

I feel I have grown so much over the course of my degree. All pattern cutting sessions, design development classes, textile inductions and sewing workshops have all prepared me for my final project. Tutors and technicians have guided me throughout my three years to achieve the best grades and outcomes I possibly can in my final project.