8th June 2016
Bianca von Stempel, a partially sighted designer from Kingston University, says her collection, Tactility (dresses nodding to the 18th century and featuring braille dots) was inspired by a quote from Helen Keller (“the only thing worse than blindness is having sight but no vision”
FAD Finalists to show at Fashion Scout AW16
19th January 2016
We can all miss the beauty around us, but for those who are visually impaired this is even more so. Murky colours bleed together through light entering my eye. This draws me to the moving and intense light in ripples and reflections, in water or caught by the glass of my magnifier. To capture and communicate the barrier of the blur that separates me from detail.
14th June 2016
Bianca von Stempel, an FAD finalist who is visually impaired, was put forward for the Sophie Hallette Lace Award for her feminine collection inspired by the way she sees the world. Bianca’s work was made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza and lace in muted colours to create a blurred effect.
Atelier bi-annual fashion magazine
I have been featured in Atelier's Bi-annual fashion magazine for the issue "SURMOUNT".
My work symbolises femininity, strength and overcoming adversity, whilst adapting to the visual arts in a sighted world.
Despite having very little sight I am able to get really close to my work on paper and define the fluid lines.
I work with both strong and delicate shapes, using Water-soluble pencils, which blur and diffuse my drawn lines.
The work attempts to show, what and how I see in fashion and how I relate to fashion imagery and design.
I try to capture the moment, personality and identity of the subjects in my fashion drawings. As it is essential to show the extraordinary, spirit and individuality in