As we increasingly value experiences over material possessions, travel has become the ultimate attainable luxury. The rise of the Age of the Brag (constantly sharing through social media what one individual does), has lead different upcoming travel magazines and social media to explore more remote destinations, as well as popular cities. Self-discovery through travel is mainly achieved through authentic storytelling. Magazines such as Renegade, LOST, Boat Magazine and social media applications such as Instagram, are selling a lifestyle that is influenced by travel.
Travelling has given rise to a state of plurinationalism, an environment defined as a coexistence of several different nationalities within a state, region or community. Global diversity has become a modern culture that has emerged in many cosmopolitan cities throughout the globe that usually attract travelers due to their diverse backgrounds. Countries and cities such as New York City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Madrid have their own diverse cultural influences.
This movement, however, was not something that happened over night. The phenomenon of migration has led the world to embrace a route towards global exploration. In order to understand the peculiarity of diversity, one must start from the Age of Exploration, also known as the Age of Discovery. This period started in the early 15th century and lasted until the 17th century. The era is characterized as a time when Europeans began exploring the world by sea in search of trading partners, new goods, and new trade routes. Additionally, some explorers set sail to simply learn more about the world. The valuable information gained during the Age of Exploration significantly helped in the advancement of geographic knowledge.
For the present textile collection, these modern and historical stories of travel were translated visually through the aid of research from images of topographical maps, exploration routes, Islamic calligraphy, travel photography and design works from different artists who recreate depth through layers, connection and movement using paper and paper cut outs.
The aim and end use of this thesis project is to create a lifestyle collection of poly-silk blend scarfs, travel bags and decorative wall elements that recollect memories from different voyages of two separate periods of time. The fabrics were created to construct different accessories as well as decorative wall elements so that the consumers may have tangible products that remind them of their travels. The intention of purchasing such product is to remind travelers of their personal discoveries through travelling, and to create a connection when this product is touched, worn or observed. Contemporary designs used in this collection incorporate historical and modern day events to create vivid, lively and beautiful printed fabrics with the aid of digital printing technology.