Matthew Barnett Textiles 2022


In this project I explored Land And Sea. I intended to do this visually and aesthetically, being inspired by the flowing forms and rich blues, greens and blacks of the sea. I also felt it was important to include in my work, a theme of working with found materials, specifically plastics, to set an example for how we can protect the sea and surrounding environment using textiles rather than pollute it further.

A lot of my work involved attempting to utilise plastic bags, as well as the offcuts from my other materials, in a way that was beautiful and created detail that effectively creates the same atmosphere as the ocean. I was inspired by the grand, flowing forms found in the works of Iris Van Herpen the fashion designer and brand, as well as Peter Gentenaar who creates sculptures using paper pulp.