​L'enfant et les Sortilèges

Chinese Cup
Fire
Dragonfly
Squirrel
Cast Line Up

Work undertaken as a first year design and textiles project at the University of Huddersfield.

L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (The Child and the Spells) tells the story of a young boy who rebels against his mother and causes destruction throughout the room in which the first act of the opera is set, and then in the garden where the child ventures in the second act.

I chose a circus theme for my take on this opera, with each of my chosen characters taking a different circus role. As the main character, I have interpreted the Child as the ringmaster. The Chinese Cup takes the role of an equestrienne, whilst the Fire is interpreted as an agile acrobat. I have developed the Dragonfly as an aerial artist and the Squirrel as a clown. These roles are shown through the designs above. The textiles samples below show experimentation for each character during development stages of the project.

Free Hand Machine Embroidery
Free Hand Machine Embroidery
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Honeycomb Smocking
Honeycomb Smocking
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Hand Embroidery
Hand Embroidery
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Canadian Lattice Smocking
Canadian Lattice Smocking
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Canadian Lattice Smocking
Canadian Lattice Smocking
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3D Felt Flowers
3D Felt Flowers
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3D Felt Flowers
3D Felt Flowers
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3D Squares
3D Squares
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3D Squares
3D Squares
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Square Smocking
Square Smocking
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Square Smocking
Square Smocking
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Smocking Pleater
Smocking Pleater
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Free Hand Machine Embroidery
Free Hand Machine Embroidery
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Italian Quilting and Hand Embroidery
Italian Quilting and Hand Embroidery
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Italian Quilting and Hand Embroidery
Italian Quilting and Hand Embroidery
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Italian Quilting and Free Hand Machine Embroidery

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Canadian Lattice Smocking
Canadian Lattice Smocking
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Canadian Lattice Smocking
Canadian Lattice Smocking
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Honeycomb Smocking
Honeycomb Smocking
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Teasling/Stitch and Slash
Teasling/Stitch and Slash
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Teasling/Stitch and Slash
Teasling/Stitch and Slash
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Layering
Layering
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Layering
Layering
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