Alice Hebdon runner up in MA Student Award 2017
Through access to the Glasgow School of Art archives, Alice has researched the origins of the artist’s smock in the paintings of the Scottish artist Joan Eardley and her original working garment. Alice is intrigued by the qualities if its wear and tear, the accidental splatters of paint, and staining.
The judges were impressed by Alice’s development from research to ideas towards contemporary practice and textile design. Continuing with the traditions of linen in smocks, Alice has developed her print using linens produced by Peter Greig and Company of Kirkaldy, the last remaining linen weavers in Scotland. Her printed samples demonstrate an empathy with the qualities of cloth – continuing to soften and wet finish the linens before distressing them, breaking down their surface by brushing and sanding, and subsequently darning and mending – before imprinting these tactile qualities and reprinting them back onto the cloth.
The judges responded to Alice’s vision for the development of these traditional garments into a collection of printed compositions for new, extreme fashion shapes. In the future, Alice aims to develop working relationships with other Scottish textile manufacturers and cloth finishers.