Oksana Holbrook

MA Textile Design by Registered Project

 

Oksana Holbrook

MA Textile Design by Registered Project

 

Project title:The Rushnyk Collection

The Rushnyk Collection is inspired by my Ukrainian ancestry. It is designed for the High End market and includes 6 garments worked in natural yarns on Stoll and domestic knitting machines.

My late father, from Ternopil in the Ukraine, settled in the UK in 1947 and I grew up as part of the extended Ukrainian community in Nottingham. Knitting and cross-stitch embroidery are part of Ukrainian material culture and all girls learn these skills at a very young age. The rushnyk is an embroidered towel used to decorate family photographs and religious icons. It is passed down from generation-to-generation. I like the way it conjures up family tradition for Ukrainians and is present in everyday life. The colours (mainly red, white & black?) and designs of rushnyks also feature in Ukrainian national dress, especially the hand-embroidered shirts worn on special occasions – they appeal to my love of colour and have been a major influence on my collection. Visual research has focused on the abstract floral motifs and geometric designs typical of rushnyks but these influences have been allied to a study of geometry in nature, such as fractals and snowflakes, from which the palette for the collection has been derived.

The Rushnyk Collection marries the cultural heritage of the Ukraine to contemporary design knitwear design. It is dedicated to the memory of my father.

On graduation I intend to concentrate on developing my designs for a more commercial market and to exhibit at selected trade and craft shows.

 

 

Tel : 0799 0973819

E-mail – oksanaholbrook23@gmail.com

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