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Laura Craske

MA Textile Design

I am inspired by Russia and Russian traditions, such as the national emblem of hand painted lacquer dolls and the wood painted designs called Khokhloma. Through my research, I have considered the important historical and cultural relationships between traditional and modern day techniques. As a result I have developed and created my own hand-embroidered designs, using my embroidery and textiles skills to develop my knowledge within this field of study. Such designers as Karen Nichol and John Craske, who have been really inspirational within my work, have informed my practice. I hope that through my work I am able to raise public awareness of the some of the issues associated with modern day contemporary embroidery techniques, such as slave labour and sweatshops, and to bring back an appreciation of hand embroidery.

Adopting an individual approach to my embroidered designs has allowed me to mix traditional hand embroidery techniques with contemporary modern day processes and materials, to create something unique. In my Masters Project, the use of bright bold colours with materials such as leatherette and corrugated plastic combine to produce a sculptural effect.

Textile

– A Tale Of Time

Textile

– A Tale Of Time

Textile

– A Tale Of Time