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Emily Trendell

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Major project:

The Struggle

My current work is an exploration of the tension between control and chaos and the intense experience of this struggle.

The intention of the work is to explore the battle of these opposites. The resulting pieces seek release and freedom from the restricted, ordered, controlled and habitual, while retaining and revealing the tension of the struggle so as to remain closed, safe, methodical and measured. I have used knitting as the vehicle to explore this struggle and reveal a number of pieces that that wrap, entwine, engulf, tangle and cocoon the body in a struggle between the desire for freedom and the safety of imprisonment. The materials reveal the tension between the unplanned and random, the considered and restrained.

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  • My current work is an exploration of the tension between control and chaos and the intense experience of this struggle. 

    The intention of the work is to explore the battle of these opposites. The resulting pieces seek release and freedom from the restricted, ordered, controlled and habitual, while retaining and revealing the tension of the struggle so as to remain closed, safe, methodical and measured. I have used knitting as the vehicle to explore this struggle and reveal a number of pieces that that wrap, entwine, engulf, tangle and cocoon the body in a struggle between the desire for freedom and the safety of imprisonment. The materials reveal the tension between the unplanned and random, the considered and restrained.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Design Crafts, UCS, 2013
  • Experiences

  • Swatch designer, Code Studio, London, 2014–15; Knitwear designer, Justin Smith Esq, London, 2014–15; Freelance knitwear, Emily Trendell, 2012–15
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014–15; The Campaign for Wool, Wool Week, Southwark Cathedral, London, 2014; Black, Good Times Tattoo, Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday, London, 2014; Pitti Filati, Research Area, Florence, 2014
  • Awards

  • WGSN Knit Trend Swatches Award, 2014; Royal Worshipful Company of Haberdashers Award, 2014; Royal College of Art Nokia Award, 2014; Zenga Baruftta Award, 2014
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate
Exhibition

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate
Exhibition