How can textiles be a lens to view the world through?
Lost (and Found) in Translation:
I wish to bring forth diasporic consciousness that is especially relevant in this time of global migration. The mood flows in the continuous present tense. Using contrasting checks patterns in our hometowns and knit-woven combinations, this is my perspective on life - here and now.
Part I: Shipra's solo work:
Cloth + Architecture = Narrative.
I show the relationship between identities of my ‘home’ culture and ‘adopted’ culture for the duration of the Masters. Placing traditional Indian cloth , knit elements and myself against British Landmarks. In a physical show the audience would have walked past these sites to see the work, but in a virtual show the audience will now know where I am studying and the cultural/historical environment that the RCA physically sits within.
Part II: Shipra x Sushila collaborative work:
Cloth + Shared Emotion = Narrative.
This collaborative project deals with the portrayal of loss and subsequent gain. As an Indian and a Nepalese in London, we strive to depict this narrative of being entrenched in subtle culture clashes through our fabrics and garments - by mixing traditional and modern textiles, pairing Indian (Tamil) text and Nepali symbols with English text and a combination of Eastern and Western silhouettes.
Shipra Chandran is a multi-disciplinary designer who works on collaborative projects that involve either cultural or scientific applications of design.
She wishes to break free from the common notion that textiles is a soft-academic subject; often considered a second-rate discipline for those who do not take a rigid academic path.
Textiles are ubiquitous and she is appreciative of their possible use everywhere
- that in itself, is their beauty.