The graduates from MA Craft and MA Textiles present examples of their practice with underpinning research and development, showing why the craft and textile making process is so important in contemporary life and how they explore themes and issues through materials.In this show you will see a diverse range of motivations and themes explored through weave, fabric and three-dimensional pieces.
Projects from the 2022 graduating cohort include: handmade modular furniture featuring a personal and contemporary take on traditional Korean motifs; experimental, narrative-driven ceramics themed around the significance of particular animals; interactive toys made from wood and wool, inspired by and connected to a particular Italian valley; ceramic tableware that captures the joy of Mediterranean seaside memories; large ceramic vessels exploring the idea of marginal places and precariousness; a suit of hand-dyed and woven fabrics capturing a fascination with graffiti in the urban environment; Experimental tartan colour ways, and a collection of ceramic vessels reflecting a detailed process of gathering and working with locally-sourced clay.
There is a concern throughout this work with the impact of materials, making processes and artifacts on our daily lives.
MODULAR PANEL by Jiin Kim
Materials used: beech wood, plywood sheet, rattan cane, acrylic paint
This is a modular wooden panelled screen utilising the c-type hinge. Users can assemble and dismantle freely and convert it into a different structure according to its desired purpose. The panels can be used for a variety of different domestic applications. I have used this concept to make a screen using a modular panel construction influenced by my Korean identity as an inspiration.
Tread lightly on the earth my darling
Materials used: Local sourced and bought clays
Almost a year ago I fell off my bike and broke my elbow-it wasn’t a normal break and the surgery to rebuild my elbow took 7 hours and the doctors were not sure how much movement I would get back in my arm. As I was relearning to use my arm I started to make vessels, imperfect and tipping, on the point of collapse. This experience has drawn me towards exploring precariousness within my work. Vessels on a tipping point with small bottoms and round bellies; vessels that sit lightly on the earth.
Manipulating Tartan by Laura Wale
Materials used: mercerised cotton, double cloth
My work is inspired by traditional tartan cloth, and manipulating this so that I can create new patterned fabrics that by definition can be considered tartan, but by appearance look completely different. All my samples have been woven using mercerised cotton, using double cloth and a block set up on the loom. I have used a range of neon and traditional tartan colours.
My Crown is My Power by Celia Johnson
Materials used: cotton fabric, watercolour, embroidery floss and wool, sublimation ink
If you Google the term ‘unprofessional hair’, your search will show a variety of Black hair styles. In March this year the US House of Representatives passed an act called the “Crown Act” -Making it illegal to discriminate against black people for wearing their hair in its natural state or braided. C.R.O.W.N stands for “Creating a respectful and open world for natural hair.” This is my response to the discrimination faced by Black women whose hair does not fit constructed norms. I take my inspiration from social, cultural and political events, using mixed media fibre arts to shine a light on injustice and prejudice faced by Black people.
Quilting is traditional pastime often attributed as ‘women’s work.’ However, many marginalised groups have used the medium as a form of expression. In its basic sense a quilt is a three-layered piece of fabric. I have used the quilted forms in my pieces to represent the layers of identity Black people must adopt to avoid judgement and racism. The embroidery and patchwork elements are a way to add 3D elements to my pieces and incorporate West African symbols as a nod to a diasporapast and hopeful future.
Blue Collar #3 by Ksenia Semirova
Materials used, Faceted beads, Glass and Plastic –Bone beads –Seed beads –Cotton threads –Handcrafted cords, cotton, mohair, and chenille
The collar is one of three samples made for capsule collection of jackets as a part of final MA outcome that was dedicated to studying and experimenting with traditional Russian pearl embroidery. The primary goal was to find an alternative approach for development and creative interpretation of the unique part of a national heritage that has travelled through ages with no significant change. Additionally, the project sought to discover the ways of the craft application in contemporary textile and fashion. Researching and experimenting with materials but keeping the traditional embroidery workflow allowed to gain a range of alternative approaches, which significantly expanded the boundaries of the technique.
The Woodland by Frances Gwilliam
Materials used: wild claywood ash
These pieces are the product of a project based solely in one woodland. All of the materials I collected and processed myself, and with a lot of testing and experimentation, these were the final product. They were a reaction to how unknown and impersonal the objects we use are. My intention was to have a relationship with my material that is difficult to experience in our society. Allowing it to talk and collaborate with me to produce the form and colour, creating a unique and emotive final piece.
La Capra Blu (The Blue Goat) by Francesca Zandra
Materials used: Wooden off-cuts,hand spun wool from the Dolomites, Italy
As someone who grew up in the Italian Alps, I draw inspiration primarily from my childhood memories, based on the magical surroundings of the Valleys in Trentino. The live creatures investigate my iconographic heritage and bring to life the secrets hidden in the mountains of Val di Rabbi. The toys can move and react to people when touched. Each unique interaction will make the installation come to life, turning it into a “living” installation.The performance allows us to reconnect with our spirit through exploring the freedom to play.
Small curls by Rose How
Materials used: Wool, mohair, wooden frame, wire
A hand knitted motif using the colour work technique intersaria, set into a frame and illustrated using fencing wire. Inspired by the curls of wrought iron gates.
Walking Jacket by Poppy Fuller Abbot
Materials used: British wool, hemp & cotton, dyed with cutch, logwood, iron & sappan wood
Poppy works intuitively with plant dyes and natural fibres to create experimental fabrics. Her recent work focuses on embodying ritual journeys which spark curiosity and imagined narratives.
Blue Adonis Necklace by Daniel Manning
Materials used: Made from found materials from a Sussex Hedgerow
I explore working with found and waste materials that people throw away. The majority of the materials I work with are gathered during litter picking sessions while walking the South Downs. These materials become a ‘precious’ new resource full of creative potential.
Biodegradable natural biopolymers by Lorena Gonzalez
Materials used: biodegradable biomaterials
The presented work is a collection of biodegradable biomaterials samples as a possible greener material alternative for creating clothing. They are displayed from the lighter colour to the darkest.
Errored Print in Homeware by Jessica Newton
I have created a range of prints which show how errored print production can be successfully implemented into pattern design to reduce post producer waste. All these prints have a high tolerance to error, and therefore will be accepted as unique products alongside ‘perfect’ outcomes. I wanted to challenge aesthetic choices within my research and this outcome demonstrates the social importance of the maker and human error inclusion. This will also look to save waste in the supply chain, and continue developing recycle and reuse schemes in textile homewares.