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: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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