The pre-collection research begun in the Welsh valleys. Having been surrounded by the industrial heritage of Wales, living in a city that used to be one of the largest producers of copper, Laura already had a strong grounding in her subject matter.
With a passion for interacting with people and learning about their stories, Laura felt that a culmination of her fashion education would be best expressed by an investigation into the humble stories of the historical working people of Wales.
Inspired by the changes experienced by the people, communities and landscapes of Wales during the industrial revolution, Laura's work portrayed an anger at the unfair treatment and destruction which occurred at the time. With terrible working conditions, long term illnesses gained through work in the mines, communities destroyed by poverty and unemployment and beautiful natural landscapes destroyed by industrial works, Laura's work was dark with extreme proportions representing the burden which people were forced to carry.
Using authentic Welsh fabrics from one of the last remaining mills in wales, Melin Teifi, Laura designed a collection to express her frustration about the pain which the Welsh people experiences during the industrial revolution.
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