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Lora Avedian

MA work

Once We Give Shoulder To Shoulder, We Can Turn Mountains (Ուս ուսի որ տանք, սարեր շուռ կտանք)

Lora’s project work has been an exploration into her identity as both English and Armenian.

She has used her time at the Royal College of Art to understand and explore her connection to these two places. Her work draws comparisons between Armenian and English cultures through the common grounds of textiles, folk traditions, costume and ethnographical objects. Having never visited Armenia and having no family there she has combined her findings from her research in the UK to develop a unique and personal interpretation of her mixed heritage. 

Her collection of work uses Irish embroidery techniques, and hand embroidery along side printed and hand painted textiles.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2017

    Specialism

    mixed media

  • Lora is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on traditional processes. Her practice spans objects, drawing, collage and textiles which can be worn on the body or hung on the wall

    Her work is heavily research based, and looks at historical costume and ethnographic objects as a starting point for creating curious imagery inspired by ceremonial objects, and folk costume. This grounding in history enables her to create innovative work which finds a balance between the old and the new. The symbolism of the objects, colours and embroidery techniques used throughout her work are all important in telling her visual story.

  • Degrees

  • BA Embroidery, Manchester School of Art, 2010; Foundation Art, Kingston University, 2007.
  • Experience

  • Freelance set designer and stylist, London, 2010–present, (Clients include Whistles, Honda, Ally Capellino, Pandora, Royal Academy of Arts); Freelance embroiderer, London, 2010–present, (clients include Tracey Emin, Clarke & Reilly, Disney); Head of embroidery, JW Anderson, London, SS 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Shoreditch Design Triangle: All Things Considered, Old Shoreditch Station, Jaguar Shoes group, London, UK, 2016
  • Awards

  • Nominee, Haberdashers Award 2016; Richmond Parish Lands Charity Grant