Screen-printing at Cirque du Soleil (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

Screen-printing at Cirque du Soleil (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

With three weeks down and one to go, I embarked on my final week at Cirque du Soleil filled with excitement and a sense of anticipation of what was left of my time here. Combining the methods and techniques that I had learnt in the previous three weeks with the Cirque team, I began to develop my freelance project that was based on the show OVO.

Ready for the next print!  (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

Ready for the next print! (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

A show that was inspired by the world of insects, I had an enormous amount of visual inspiration to draw from. At the beginning of my process I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options and different possibilities that were available right before my eyes, each one just waiting to be explored. Throughout the duration of my free-lance project, I conducted primary and secondary research, watching the teeterboard performance act and made design decisions in relation to their physical requirements. I designed and created a series of twelve textile samples that could be used in the construction and development of the intended performer’s costume. Using a range of techniques such as foiling, pleating, dyeing, sublimation and screen printing in order to bring the aesthetic of the show OVO to life.

Free-lance project presentation (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

Free-lance project presentation (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

To be given such a degree of creative freedom during my time with Cirque, allowing me the ability to grow and develop my own interpretation of the methods and processes was a true gift. I cannot believe that my time here in Montreal has come to an end, it really has flown by right before my eyes. Reflecting on my time here at Cirque du Soleil, it was a thought-provoking and inspirational learning experience and I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to absorb and learn so much during my four-week stay in Montreal. I am honoured to have met and had the privilege of working alongside all the talented people at Cirque.

Close up on the fabric prints and textures developed during my time at Cirque du Soleil (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

Close up on the fabric prints and textures developed during my time at Cirque du Soleil (Photo: Tess Tavener Hanks)

Lastly, I would also like to take the time to wish all the WOW entrants the best of luck with their entries for this year’s competition. The World of WearableArt is a truly unique experience to be part of and you never know where it may take you… maybe even to Cirque du Soleil?