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David O'Malley - Exclusive Interview
By: Niamh, 23 May 2013
We chat to up and coming textile fashion talent and final year NCAD student David O’Malley about his love of all things dark, his unusual creations and where he gets his creative inspiration.
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David you’re a final year student in NCAD, tell us a little about your work with textiles focussing on a ‘dark aesthetic?’
‘Textiles is about the hidden and expressive side of fashion. Textile offers life to the garments, in which can create, define and manipulate our personalities. I situate my designs alongside the Avant Garde of fashion designers who create narratives, personalities with the clothing they create. In working with these sources my work blossoms into a collection that has an almost dark unsettling undertone.’
Tell us a little about what you’ve planned for the NCAD Fashion Show?
‘As a textile designer I find I can exploit fabrics by manipulation techniques such as embellishing, burning, fusing and even creating the fabric itself. My collection focuses on head pieces and body adornment. The collection consists of six head pieces following a narrative based upon various sources which include history, film, sexuality, paganism and the occult. Expect a range of tactile fabrics from natural to synthetic, from heavy leathers, snakeskins and furs to unconventional materials from video tape, human hair and beetle wings.’
Your showpiece for the show is certainly very unique with a dark edge, what draws you to explore this darker side of your creativity?
‘The showpiece will be the opening outfit. I wanted to bring an emphasis to the head by creating a silhouette that draws the viewer in. The head piece worn by the model is a reflection of who they are, what they portray, whether obvious or sometime more subliminal. My aim is for the showpiece to take the viewer from their ordinary everyday existence into a world of glamour, danger and intrigue to create a mood. A fantasy that can only be achieved by the escapism emphasized in the garments.’
How did you come to work with Textiles?
‘Originally I intended to go down the road of vis com but when I was in my first year of NCAD that changed from fashion and then again to textiles in second year. I found the creative outcome and possibilities in different areas very appealing with routs of print, weave and embroidery leading to areas of fashion, fine art, interiors and craft. With support and guidance from my tutors every step of the way its a career choice I’m extremely happy with.’
Who is your creative inspiration?
‘People before my time but have total respect for such as Izabella Blow, David Bowie, Grace Jones and Tippi Hedren.’
Where will we see your work in five years’ time?
‘Unfortunately I don’t know what the future holds for me but I like to imagine doing what I love and sharing creativity, sharing a vision.’
Any top tips for aspiring NCAD students?
‘If you’re not in textiles yet, do textiles! If you have a vision or an expression use it. Drive yourself as much as you can to show people your potential. Also alongside the serious stuff have fun too, enjoy college life. You only have four years!’
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
‘It sounds extremely strange because I’m sure when anyone was a kid at one point they wanted to be a fireman or an astronaut, me on the other hand wanted to be a watchmaker... and now I make hats. Close enough I guess.’