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Carys Reilly-Whitehouse

MA work

The anatomy of 'Fragile' and 'Unconventional' Women

My Final Major project has been a year-long personal narrative exploration of historical psychoanalytic theories of weave, using digital performance to analyse the construction of contemporary femininity and mental illness on social media. Sculptural costume pieces applied to the body facilitate performance as a means of research to critique and often ridicule historical and current psychiatric objectification and pathologisation of the female body and mind. The concept of the body as both the material and the maker within the creation process of weave forms the basis of my use of the body as my primary tool of research-driven practice.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2017



  • Working conceptually with a range of mediums including sculpture, photography and digital performance, my research-driven projects typically explore narratives of contemporary constructs of femininity and psychology.
  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion And Textiles, Winchester School Of Art, 2015
  • Experience

  • Intern, Agent Provocateur, London, 2012; Intern, Stella Mccartney, London, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • WSA Degree Show Exhibition, WSA Gallery, Winchester, 2015; WSA Degree Show, Barge House, London, 2015; (NO) BODY, Hockney Gallery, London, 2016; OTHER, RCA Entrance Gallery, London, 2016; Bad Art, Bones And Pearle, London, 2016; SHE, Ugly Duck, London, 2016; SHE, Sao La Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2016; SHE, LPM Gallery, Austin, Texas, 2016; SHE Book Launch Exhibition, Unit 5 Gallery, London, 2016; Muriel, Assembley House, Leeds, 2016; 9x15, Hockney Gallery, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • RCA Progression award from WSA, 2015
  • Publications

  • Caitlin Hinshelwood, 'Featuring the work of Woven Textiles student Carys Whitehouse', Make Future, 2015; 'RCA', RCA Feminist Society Launches with Inaugural 'OTHER' Exhibition, Royal College Of Art News and Events, 2016; Megan Elizabeth, 'The Hermit, The Waif, The Witch and The Queen', 'This Space', 2016; SHE (book), 2016