Ways of seeing
Well, it’s still a live question—and it’s one that I suspect will take me a lifetime to untangle. It’s not a notion that can be unravelled and then simply knit up into just one piece of design.
As an aside, one of the benefits of working through the process of design, is that ideas evolve and new themes percolate. One element became quite clear as I worked through the Rani design process. If looking at the final piece at close quarters, there was no discernible image within the ‘pattern’ of the textile. From a distance, however, it was easier to lock on to the photographic imagery. Indeed, in photographing the knitwear the original imagery is immediately apparent.
In fact, I worry that in photographing the collection we’ve stolen its soul, as the imagery is not immediately evident when the pieces are seen in real life!
This journey of designing this collection led me to reflect about on the process of looking. What we see (or think we see), close up is not necessarily the truth (or the whole truth). Sometimes, you need some distance—in order to see the reality, or wholeness, of a situation.
Home is not a simple, easily grasped concept.