March 2011-Project Performance Sportswear Design level 2 Wetsuit project sponsored by Yamamoto

In order to understand what needs to be considered when designing a wetsuit, we were asked to test our toiles and final wetsuit suits ourselves. Luckily we are surrounded by beaches in Cornwall, no problem testing our suits in the chilly ocean in March!

Japanese neoprene producer Yamamoto has sponsored us by sending neoprene in all sorts of colours and thicknesses. On the day I started the project, devastating news came from Japan; the land of the rising sun had been struck by an earthquake and a tsunami. I decided to pay a little tribute to Japan by creating a “lucky” print containing all sorts of lucky charms from Japan. The print is used on the cuffs of my wetsuit.