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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Emma Hamshare

Show RCA work

  • Shiodome

    Shiodome, Emma Hamshare 2019
    60cm X 110cm

  • Itchome

    Itchome, Emma Hamshare 2019
    110cm x 60cm

Major project:

The Channel

False horizons are assembled for the commuting urbanite who feels a compulsion to keep moving along subterranean city arteries. Concentric shapes bend perception to provide the effect of continuous travel.

The result of intense research and testing, The Channel is an interior musical instrument, encouraging a moment of pause and play. The piece makes use of touch, sound and vision to engage simultaneous sensory activity; encouraging a cognitive pause from overcrowded physical and digital networked pathways, enabling the audience to become the composer.


  • Emma’s work addresses contemporary material and spacial challenges, analysing the relationships between the human body and the spaces it inhabits. Her work involves a constant conversation between hand-making skills and digital craft, to create interventions for traditional textile thinking and mechanisms.

    Working at the intersection of often delineated disciplines, her work is rhythmic and repetitive – echoing the symphonies of everyday life. She makes use of scientific knowledge and technological innovation to form new perspectives and create artworks that skilfully manipulate input, processing and output, to create architectural outcomes.

    As an artist, she views her function as a translator; colour can be translated into code, pattern into numbers, and movement into sounds. Her goal is to use intelligent textiles to create mindful moments in an increasingly chaotic world. 

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fashion Design Technology, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, 2008
  • Experiences

  • Director and designer, äelska, 2011–17; Fashion lecturer, Kingston University, London, 2011–present; Textile designer, 123 Bethnal Green Road & LMB Recycling factor), 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Interactive installation, performance piece commissioned for Opera North; Phonemes’ piece featured at ‘Tate takeover’ event in the Turbine hall, Tate Modern
  • Awards

  • The Sidney Perry Foundation Scholarship; The Ruby and George Will Trust Scholarship; The Leathersellers' Company Scholarship; The Cockpit Arts/Radcliffe Craft Development Award, 2012; Creative Craft & Cockpit Arts Award, 2011; Marchpole (YSL, Ungaro) Scholarship, 2008
  • Funding

  • The Leathersellers’ Company, The Ruby and Will George Trust, The Sidney Perry Foundation, and the RCA
Royal College of Art