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Ian Brownlie

MA Textile Design work by Ian Brownlie showcasing menswear in white by palm trees
MA Textile Design work by Ian Brownlie showcasing menswear in white by palm trees
MA Textile Design work by Ian Brownlie showcasing menswear in grey by palm trees

A wearable textile sculpture displayed alongside related documentation. The piece seeks to convey a sense of the personal, environmental, and historical. Among its intended attributes is the theme of colonialism and recognition of the historic place of empire in feeding the current discourse around Brexit. (Although, its meaning, to paraphrase Roland Barthes, lies with the viewer, or the wearer, or…)

The challenge has been to make the piece aesthetically coherent. My practice is broad, improvisational, experiential and socially engaged. Given the meta social political backdrop, working with detritus destined for landfill and natural materials, the process has felt timely and supportive of the evolving nature of my practice.

I have responded to, and been influenced by, contemporaneous activity, events, and materials worked and gathered together during the timescale of the unit – A recognition of the ongoing dialogue that exists between the various aspects of my aforementioned practice.

In my work, I’m interested in ‘the democratisation of the design process’ and working collaboratively with others in participatory workshops. – Learning through doing. As a community musician and artist educator situated in informal gallery education and community settings, this work informs practice and practice informs this work. It is integral to my creative output and identity as an artist.

Lizzie Starling