Ruth Fowler (L6)BA (Hons) Textile Design
Throughout my time at HCA I have focussed on making a statement with my textile work. I often aim to create something beautiful whilst simultaneously addressing sensitive topics I have a passion for.
My most recent work, as part of my Final Major Project, is a comment on climate change and the impact this has on endangered tigers. The prints are part of my developmental work, from which I created a zine.
It contains statistics and information about the threatened species and includes a DIY guide for the construction of a protest banner. I led a collaborative online workshop during lockdown and completed patches were sent to me in the post. I have now assembled the banner, ready for use when lockdown has ended.
In previous work I approached the sensitive theme of loss and grief, producing a mini collection of eco-friendly woven samples that could be incorporated into a comfortable burial shroud. I explored how fabric reacts with nature, by burying, naturally dyeing and incorporating found objects into the woven structures. I was awarded a prize for this project by our industry partner, Envisage Group.