Kathryn Stock

Costume with Textiles BA(Hons)

For my final major project, I decided to look at ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This classic text explores themes of wealth, class, envy, idealism, morality and shows the best and worst of the American dream. For my adaptation I have chosen to keep the text set in the 1920’s and design for immersive theatre. As each character is not as nice as they first seem, I decided to explore colour symbolism, in particular the negative connotations of colours. I then gave each of my characters a jewel tone shade to represent their negative traits and the decadence of the era. I have also explored making my production more diverse through race, body shapes and disabilities. Through the project I had made links between themes in the text and events of the 1920’s such as prohibition. To tie into my textiles sampling, I experimented with alcohol inks. The interesting aspect of alcohol inks is that you can never fully control how they will move which creates a unique print each time. I am extremely proud of my work this year as it has allowed me to challenge myself creatively and am excited to begin my career.