Eye eye

Slater, Laura and Kattah, Mawuena (2019) Eye eye. Colours May Vary.

Abstract

The output is a creative project called ‘Eye Eye’ consisting of a series of largescale printed textile and paper works. The project was a collaboration between textile designer Slater and visual artist, Mawuena Kattah. Both artists responded to shared connections in their practices, of pattern and textiles, image making, and narrative found in family and personal iconography. Research process: Initial inquiry was undertaken at The Whitworth Wallpaper and Textile Collection. Ideas were developed using textile and print as accessible and democratic processes. Slater and Kattah questioned the nuances between artist and designer, drawing upon their shared methods and tools. Their collaborative approach to making, drawing and image development challenged the function of the studio and the factory. Research insights: The notion of collaboration was questioned in relation to the roles of artist and designer. The dichotomy of studio and commercial practice was challenged within the context of textiles. Collaboration is important in keeping work relevant and innovative whilst sustaining the longevity of the creative economy. Through the project, Slater and Kattah argue that the design industry needs to acknowledge practitioners that come through alternative routes to practice. Dissemination: The project was disseminated at the following: Exhibition: ‘Eye Eye’ - Colours May Vary, Leeds, 15-30 November 2019. Seminar: ‘PROCESS I PATTERN I PRINT I PURPOSE’ The Whitworth Study Centre, Design Manchester, 16 November 2019. Seminar: ‘Archives and Collections- Design in a Gallery Context’, The Hepworth Wakefield- 14th December 2019. Editorial: ‘Together in Print’ by Jake Kennedy, Editorial Pressing Matters Magazine, November 2019. Exhibition: Collect, Crafts Council, Somerset House, 25th February- 1st March 2020. Acquisition: V&A Textile Collection, ‘Eyes’ (Pink) and Screen-Printed Linen, November 2019, Laura Slater & Mawuena Kattah.

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