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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Lavinia Mustapha

Show RCA work

Major project:


Ichijirushi is a featherweight panel of handwoven silver wire and silk organza shapes. The shapes are the remains of another piece of the MA collection, which was laser cut in the pattern of a photograph of sunlight projected through an irregularly surfaced glass window. 

As Kenya Hara explains in his book, White, 'Ichijirushi is a clear and objective condition, which manifests itself in the purity of light, the lucidity embodied in a drop of water or the force of a crashing waterfall'. By utilising 'deconstructed' material and assembling it into a new surface, this piece seeks to emphasise the materiality of light, allowing it to engage with both the textile and the surrounding environment. 

The sheer nature of the silk simultaneously filters and reveals light, and the subtle shimmering wire reflects it, while giving movement and shape to the textile pieces. Overall this 'floating' panel wants to convey a sense of quiet beauty, and by playing on positive and negative space, is a reference to Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's words, 'presence through absence'.


  • School

    School of Design


    MA Textiles


    Textiles: Mixed-media

  • Contact

  • Lavinia is a mixed media textile designer, with a background in fashion design, whose work questions the nature of material and focuses primarily on the development of textile surfaces, and concepts for high-end interior applications and installations. She is particularly interested in 'borrowing' manufacturing techniques from other creative practices and applying them to textiles. Her approach often involves both handmade and industrial processes – in an effort to combine craft and innovation in the most sustainable way possible.

  • Previous degrees

  • BSc Fashion Design, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, 2016
  • Experiences

  • Intern, Hockin, London 2017; Intern, Proenza Schouler, 2017; Collection designer, Global Denim Awards, 2016
  • Awards

  • Global Denim Awards, 2016; Redress Design Awards, semifinalist, 2018
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