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Brief Published: 20 Jun 2012

RCA Highlight: Nathan Tom Pass


Seen recently at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) MA exhibition in London, Nathan Tom Pass impressed with his collection of outerwear made from technically engineered fabrics.

Inspired by the expeditions of adventurers Ernst Schackleton and Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic, the collection’s muted colours have a vintage aesthetic, while the treated textiles themselves utilise cutting-edge technology. Pass demonstrated a variety of techniques such as nitric acid on leather, erosive crystal on weave, and embroidery using bone needles.

Prior to his adventure-inspired final collection, Pass has created voluminous hand-knitted accessories and various pieces of jewellery and embellishment using metal, beading and treated, stiffened fabrics.

Nathan Tom Pass