Suzi Park & Clare Baumfield

Wales & England

About Suzi & Clare

Suzi Park and Claire Baumfield met at Graduate Fashion week in 2011. Suzi had been approached by a business entrepreneur who came to college to discuss a possible student fashion competition to work towards a range of menswear to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company he worked for, Bluebird (of land-speed record fame). The concept was amazing and when Suzi saw Claire’s degree collection at GFW, she believed that we need look no further as Claire’s collection was perfect. Unfortunately, the whole project did not take off, despite Claire and Suzi working extremely hard, the project never got off the ground.

The Cambrian Wool design challenge gave Suzi and Claire the opportunity to collaborate. (Claire is a menswear designer and Suzi a textile designer and embroiderer). Using one of the designs from Claires original Graduate Degree collection, a men’s shirt was selected and together a design using the Cambrian Mountains woven fabric was used which would be the base fabric for the shirt design, with additional naturally dyed yarns which would be used for the embroidery detail on the shirt.

Making for the Challenge

The pieces for the lower sleeve have been indigo dyed. The shirt has been cut and made up conventionally with the lining of the collar, sleeves and yoke in indigo dyed and shibori cotton. The embroidered details have been inserted into the shirt sleeve during the making up of the shirt.

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