FAULT: So you gotta tell us, Who exactly is Amy Thompson?
I’m a MA graduate of De Montfort university, where I studied Fashion Bodywear. Previous to that I successfully completed a BA in Contemporary Applied arts at Cumbria Institute of the Arts where I specialised in Printed textiles and embroidery.
Currently I’m working as a freelance designer where I have collaborated with stylists such as Patti Wilson for Italian Vogue, B. Akerlund for the Black Eyed Peas and designers Talbot Runhof for Paris fashion week.
FAULT:People have referred to you as a “conceptual fashion designer”, what does this mean?
In my opinion, being a conceptual fashion designer is when you go beyond the initial inspiration point and allow the concept to over rule and become key to informing each detail of the design process. Where the vision to create and express an idea, however abstract, is often more important than the need to produce commercially viable designs bound to everyday function and practicality. Where experimentation in such a concept is pushed to the extreme and creates surprises that can lead to a collection rich in depth, originality and unexpected detail.
FAULT: Let’s talk about your graduate thesis collection, which was for your MA in Fashion Bodywear, what was the inspiration behind the collection?
For my MA collection I was hugely inspired by armour and especially by its interlocking layers and protective body encasing forms.
I wanted to create a contemporary iterpretation of armour using unconventional materials and techniques to a unique effect, whilst playing upon the idea of the armour I created being an illusion of protection.
To bring a new twist to the ancient art of armour I intoroduced a form of construction very familiar to modern day society…flatpack construction, often associated with a temporary, quick fix solution. A stark contrast to the manufacture of traditional armour.
Flatpack construction therefore became a driving source of inspiration for me into the mechanics of the pieces, with the illusion of protection represented further by the use of translucent polypropylene.
FAULT: The sculptured pieces of armour that you created with the use of translucent polypropylene is extraordinary. Tell us about the process you went through to perfectly balance this innovative technique with the use of traditional textiles.
The merge of disciplines is key to my work. My MA collection ‘Plastic Analogue’ is a fusion of innovative technology, product design and fashion.
The armoured pieces provide strong pronouced contours of the body that intergrate sections of lenticular technology within the designs, showcasing patterns that spin and change colour according to which angle the garment is viewed at.
To add a touch of femininity to the equation I used plastic in translucent fresh colours and created voluminous silk dresses and bodywear pieces to contrast against the hard structure of the plastic.
The fabric garments are digitally printed with intense abstract body mapping patterns and computer avatars where bright colours and busy patterns contrast against the minimalistic designs of the armour.
FAULT: Are you currently working on anything new?
This year has been very exciting, with projects including designing an outfit for Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas for their current ‘END world tour’ and last season collaborating with designers Talbot Runhof to produce complimentary accessories and pieces for each look in their a/w2010 collection shown at Paris fashion week. Who knows what opportunities will come my way next, but currently I am working on a new collection which at the moment I am keeping under wraps!
FAULT: What do you want people to know about you as a designer?
I love to explore the unknown, achieve the unexpected, challenge the existing and create the extraordinary.
FAULT: Amy, Tells us what is your FAULT!
I get little bits of plastic cut offs stuck to the bottom of my socks when working which results in me spreading an annoying trail of plastic scraps everywhere I go…its amazing where the bits eventually end up.
Location: Laholm, Sweden:
Photographer Jeanett Haslien
Photographers 1st assistant: Moffi Haziri
Models: Betina L / Pholk , Miriam A / La Mariposa
Special thanks to Lars Kristiansson
By Tommy D Bridge:
The Funky Fingers is a company that especially design shoes that are discerningly different from anything else available. Using unique materials and designs that we all know and appreciate – and adapting them to be worn rather than just used – in a refreshingly chic and alternative way.
Why not step out in something different?
FAULT: How did ‘The Funky Fingers’ designs begin?
The Funky Fingers began back in 2008 as a small craft business based in SW London trading in Brick Lane market and are now stretching The Funky Fingers further through some of London’s finest markets mainly trading at the renowned Old Spitalfields Market.
The Funky Fingers decoupage Designs began after travelling through Europe and being influenced by the different items that have adorned this art, And decided that The Funky Fingers would use this form of art and create an original concept, refunked shoe art.
FAULT: How would you describe your designs?
Our designs stand alone in a world of ever changing styles and fashion, challenging familiar creative designs to give a “wow look at those….!” reaction.
FAULT: What inspires your designs?
The Funky fingers unusual shoe designs are inspired by using materials that tell a story, glossy magazines from the seventies. It was a funky interesting time for fashion and music or a used postage stamp that started out on a letter travelling from place to place or across the world finally to end up on a pair of shoes like a journey through time a statement, a reminder stamped on a shoe just for you how cool is that!
FAULT: How did you learn how to make and design shoes?
There are thousands of pairs of shoes already made scattered from shops to markets and in the depths of people’s wardrobes so we decided to recycle shoes to give them new lease of life!
It all began in the Baltic – in Vilnius, Lithuania – where handcrafts have their own fashion, which for me was something completely new. Whilst browsing the narrow streets and shops we came across this shop called little pencils and little papers a craft shop where we found an amazing selection of decoupage material and a demonstration from the shop owner. So we brought the materials back to the UK and here it all began in a studio flat in SW London late nights…little sleep…arguments…and of course lots of fun!
And then we just switched materials into more unusual. Materials like stamps, maps, glossy magazines etc.
FAULT: What would you describe as the greatest achievement of The Funky Fingers so far?
We are only making our first steps on London’s solid fashionable ground so our achievements are only tiny but at the moment we have been chosen to represent The Old Spitalfields Market in the Town and Country National Markets competition Flash and Banter. We have also been interviewed and filmed by various UK and International Media.
In between times we have been designing accessories for weddings, stage performers and high profile people.
Our products have been brought by customers from various countries around the world.
FAULT: What is your vision for The Funky Finger’s future?
To develop our designs and get noticed within the world of fashion, music, film, art.
FAULT: Which other designer’s work do you admire the most?
If The Funky Fingers followed other designers we would be able to tell you, but this is not the case we do not follow trends we create new ones. In some respects you could say we are fashion rebels because everything we do is against the existing steady and measured fashion. Some may say that our designs are controversial and challenge the way that they perceive fashion.
FAULT: What other artist and musicians inspire your work?
Artists and Musicians that inspire my work would include: Andy Warhol, Hotchip, Lady Gaga
and of course artists on late night BBC radio stations.
FAULT: What is your fault?
Believing that Rome was built in a day!
The Funky Fingers can be found at Old Spitalfields Market on Mondays to Fridays.
And of course online: www.thefunkyfingers.co.uk
Triumph announces the global shortlist going through to the grand final this September in London…
For the third year, Triumph International, one of the world’s leading lingerie and shapewear brands, invites young students from world-renown fashion schools to prove their creativity in an international design contest of the highest calibre. Triumph is delighted to announce the final 27 designers and their winning designs from across the globe who will come together at the global finals and face a prestigious international jury in the hope of becoming the winner of the TIA 2010. This year the event will be held in the fashion metropolis of London, as well as the worldwide online community at www.triumph-inspiration-award.com on Thursday 16th September, 2010.
By interpreting the design theme “Shape Sensation”, upcoming talent will take centre stage with their multinational view of shapes and silhouettes in the Triumph Inspiration Award 2010. This year, for the first time, a one-piece may be entered instead of only a two-piece bra and briefs, but the big goal remains the same: the young designers must win over the jury with the inspiration and creativity of their unique showpiece.
The public can view all 27 showpieces at www.triumph-inspiration-award.com and vote for their favourite between 2nd and 31st August.