Morven Shortt – MA Fine Art

This project was inspired by the boldness and expressiveness of Street Art. It adapts traditional crafts such as hand knit and latch hook. The aim was to challenge the belief that these skills are outdated and cannot be used to create something edgy and on trend. 

An intensity exists within any hand process, and this was expressed through the vibrant use of fringing and colour. Throughout the design and construction process and narrative began to develop, as a metaphor for my time on BA (Hons) Textiles Design. Since, I have spread my wings in a sideways move to MA Fine Art. I have made this move as I wish to apply a more conceptual approach to my work. 

I work with thermochromics and smart materials. I found the methodology of defined colour palettes and predetermined designs within textiles too restrictive. The Fine Art MA gives me the opportunity to explore alternative possibilities for thermochromics and wool. I am a mature student, my children are grown up, and I feel that this is ‘my time’. I still have a great deal to explore and AUB allows the freedom to do that.

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