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Anita Sarkezi

Anita Sarkezi
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My research and creative practice tackle and highlight the notion of culture often being a construct and politically determined by those in power. The interpretation of motifs, colours, and meanings is not inherently political. Still, I found it relevant and critical to recognise their susceptibility to political manipulation. These personally essential concepts are at the core of my textile design practice.

As a digital designer and weaver, I use the TC2 digital loom to construct an imaginary space and an alternative proposal of ornaments and motifs. I curate an archive of personal, floral, organic and geometric motifs from my exhaustive technical, theoretical and archival research. I use bold and gradient uses of colours through weave structures. I like to think of these as a visual metaphor for the flux of movement and migration and an expression of my narrative as a migrant. The movement of the weft threads represents a continuous journey, while the interlocked woven stitches describe a sense of grounding and a connection to a specific place.

Interrogating the technical aspects of design-making is essential to leading a sustainable practice. Predominantly, I utilise deadstock yarns that are either bought locally or donated. When I encounter limitations with my materials, I use various structures and yarn combinations to achieve a specific colour tone. This sustainable approach is essential to me and provides a gentle critique of the yarns discarded from the UK textile industry.

2023 - BA(Hons) Textile Design, Glasgow School of Art, UK
2018 - MA Fine Art Graphics, KASK&Conservatorium, School of Art Gent, Belgium
2014 - BA Art Pedagogy, Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


2023 - 2024
London Design Festival, 'Alsolike Gallery', London, UK (upcoming)
'Haberdashery', Glasgow, UK (upcoming)
Artist in Residence, Glasgow School of Art (current position)
The Bradford Textile Society Finalist Exhibition, The Dye House Gallery, School Of Art, Bradford (group exhibition)
Enliven: Connecting With Archives, The Alchemy Experiment, Glasgow (group exhibition)
POST, Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (group exhibition)
New Designers, Islington Business Design Centre, London
GSA Showcase, Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
WIP (Work In Progress), Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art


Designers Guild Special Award, The Designers Guild Plaque, presented to a University or an Individual for outstanding work.
Special Design Award: Travel Award issued by The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust;
1st Prize The Clothworkers’ Company Award for a woven fabric design for interior furnishings or products;
2nd Prize The Clothworkers’ Company Award for a woven fabric design for fashion/ accessories;
1st Prize British Wool & The Alternative Flooring Company Award;
Newbery Medal (highest accolade for a graduating student at the GSA);
Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers Award (awarded to the top Textile Design student at the GSA);
Best Woven Textile Design Award (Issued by The Weavers' Company at ND);
New Maker Award Prizewinner (Issued by Fife Contemporary);
Weaver's Award for Best Use of Wool for Fashion or Interiors (Issued by The Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow).
Installation, Reid Gallery
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  • Installation, Reid Gallery
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Mimicry I
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  • Mimicry I
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Mimicry III
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Mimicry II
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