Artist: Lauren Powell

A headscarf decorated with images of people.

MA Textiles
Royal College of Art

Lauren is a knitted textiles designer.

Lauren’s practice incorporates drawing and storytelling with knitted textiles. Combining illustration, embroidery, punch needling, rug tufting and knit, Lauren describes her practice as ‘one big storybook to share with the world.’ Through her work, she represents her home life and tells her personal story of being raised by her grandparents, who migrated to the UK from Jamaica. Featuring different, close family members within her pieces, Lauren’s work is a way for her to honour her relationships with them, and to tell their stories too.

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A scene of two older couples.
A close up of an embroidered face.
Holding a large textile scarf decorated with images of people.
A large textile embroidery with portraits.

In:Site 2022

Lauren is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
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Lauren Powell’s project, Looking Back, was about migration, encouraging people to think about the countries, journeys and people that have shaped Birmingham into the diverse city that we know today. Taking the form of a puzzle as its foundation, Lauren invited the public to commemorate their stories, and the people in their lives who have moved from their home countries, cities or towns to start new lives elsewhere.

a large yellow puzzle piece made of mdf with various text entries on it

Where Next?

Artist: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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