Ocular Odyssey

Ocular Odyssey

Manchester Deaf Centre & Salford Makers for Push Festival 2020.


Commissioned by HOME young creatives, Salford Makers artists Sally Gilford and Natalie Linney worked with young people from Manchester Deaf centre to co-create a bespoke fashion collection. 


Over a ten week period the group were introduced to a range of artistic practices that were used to generate surface patterns for the collection. The high energy fast paced workshops cultivated dynamic thinking and independent decision making. The artists encouraged working in large groups to accelerate the creative process and create collaborative designs. Taking inspiration from the natural and urban landscape, the workshops were designed to show a wide variety of practices and to ensure inclusivity. 

Working with Natalie the group manipulated fibres in woven structures, and created textured wall hangings with a pallet inspired by the city. They were introduced to botanical printing techniques, using leaves and flowers to create ethereal surface designs, and explored expressive mark making and collage which were combined to create stand alone textured samples. Garment and silhouette design were introduced and the decision making process on how the final collection would look started here, including colour palette selection.

For the next phase of the project, the group worked with Sally on a range of screen printed fabrics, the designs of which were influenced by the outcomes of the initial phase of the work. Using a combination of photo and stencil screen printing, a range of sample surface designs were created and re-interpreted onto a range of digitally printed and hand printed fabrics.

The final collection consisted of over fourty items ranging from hoodies to bags, the entirety of which was hand sewn by Jessie Stringer Fewtrill. A fashion photoshoot was arranged at HOME and photographed by Joe Smith.