MA Textile Design
Ghanaian president and Pan-Africanist advocate Kwame Nkrumah once said ‘I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.’ As a South African immigrant, twice colonised and thrice misplaced in the world, the difficulty of identity vs. heritage has perhaps unsurprisingly, prompted dominating themes that continue to infiltrate my work. As a surface print designer my practice has revolved around the importance and influence of pattern on a person, place, or as a symbol for identity.
My Re:New collection for my Masters’ project has allowed me to delve deeply into these themes and challenge my sense of self through technical experimentation to find a truly unique pattern aesthetic that represents my identity as a ‘Global citizen’. The project has challenged my time management, organisation, and problem-solving skills to develop resilience while working under pressure.
The results showcase a wide variety of pattern styles that capture my versatility as a designer, while attention to detail and digital design skills have allowed me to showcase heritage pattern styles combined with modern techniques and processes. My time at Norwich University of the Arts, as well as previous experience in education, hospitality and administrative sectors have enabled me to develop my leadership and communication skills. I look forward to utilising these skills while doing what I love: surface design in the Textile Industry.