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Show RCA 2019

Ruth Blanke

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Major project:

'A proper wife should be as obedient as a slave'

A collection of textiles telling a narrative of historical sexism and female empowerment.


  • The essence of my practice is hand drawn, hand printed textiles. I rewrite historical narratives, giving them contemporary relevance to reflect modern issues. My illustrative landscapes convey more sinister meanings, shrouded in decorative beauty. Taking my lead from 14th century tapestry and traditional Chinese techniques to convey modern narrative; reinventing the use of symbolism in a modern age. 

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Illustration, The Kent Institute of Art & Design
Royal College of Art