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Yusra Makhdoomi

MA work


Shaped by observations and experiences of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, this project looks at the quiet details and everyday compositions of urban spaces as starting points for a series of material investigations. Based on concepts in psychogeography which question how different places make us feel, recording observations through collecting, photography and drawing provided integral research in to the materiality of these places.

'Translations' is a material collection which includes screen printed, dyed and hand woven textiles alongside hard surfaces made with clay, plaster and Jesmonite. Developing materials that are gestural and layered which show signs of the maker’s hand, Yusra creates inspiration points and material palettes for interior and spatial contexts. By deconstructing and then reconstructing both tangible and intangible experiences through making, this collection evokes a sense of place, offering alternative readings of tradition, craft and non-Western culture through a celebration of tactility and colour.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2018



  • Yusra’s practice encompasses a range of processes and outcomes including textiles, collage, photography, and art direction. Specialising in colour and material design, her work questions how a sensitivity to surface and colour can be used as tools for storytelling. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts, 2015
  • Experience

  • Colour Material Finish intern, PriestmanGoode, 2017; Trend Forecasting intern, Colour Hive - Mix Magazine, 2014; Intern and Organisation Ambassador, Future Fabrics Expo - The Sustainable Angle, 2013/2015; Design Intern, Silken Favours, 2013-2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair, Manchester, 2018; PGxRCA — Future Materials, London, 2017; MADE IN MEXICO The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 2014; Première Vision Designs, Paris, 2014
  • Awards

  • First Prize, The Textile Society Postgraduate Award, 2018; Finalist, Bill Moggridge Award, 2018; First Prize, RCA x PriestmanGoode Industry Project, 2017; Finalist, Haberdashers' Company Award, 2017; Dean's Award, Chelsea College of Arts, 2015