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Kamonnart Ongwandee

MA work

Personal Shelter

Exploring emotional properties of materials to enhance harmony and calm 

Inspired by shelter as a primitive form of human protection, and parasol as a symbol of power status in the past, this body of work aims to narrate the meaning of self-empowerment in the 21st Century. Reflecting on personal experiences in London, I combine experimental research methods including autoethnography, mindfulness practice and automatic drawing to explore the potential psychological power of cloths to help human develop presence and awareness, increase mental wellbeing and offer a physical sanctuary to pause and calm. Through this poetics of surfaces, how would it change the way printed textiles are experienced and how would it make people feel ?


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2017



  • Make peace through cloths - fabrics as a poetry in everyday life. 

    Kamonnart often experiments with materials and process, combining surface sensitivity with critical thinking and a mindful approach to making. her practice is often led by thoughtful research that thrives to decode tangible and intangible patterns often inspired by observations in everyday life from both human behaviour and the natural world.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion (1st Class Hons), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2013
  • Experience

  • WGSN textiles trend collaboration, WGSN x RCA, London, 2016; Fashion studio Internship, Steven Tai, London, 2014; Assistance womenswear designer, Greyhound Original, Bangkok, 2013-2014; Freelance print designer, Bangkok, 2010-2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Work In Progress exhibition, RCA, London, 2017; Derailed Lab research exhibition, Strelka Institute, Moscow, 2016; Hitachi Tunnel Vision, London Transport Museum, London, 2016; V&A/RCA History of Design exhibition, Hockney Gallery, RCA, 2016; Work In Progress exhibition, RCA, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • Best Presentation Awards, Bloomberg x RCA, 2017; Finalists, Dyer’s Company Colour Award, 2016; Winner, CIMB Regional Scholarship, 2015