Artist: Rehana Adams-Bell

Two women, dressed all in white, stand with their backs to us, and their arms around each other’s backs. The backs of their jackets have been decorated with colourful portraits of Black women’s faces, with their hair embroidered on.

All garments featured designed by @mkkalla_brand

BA Textiles 
Birmingham City University 

Rehana is a textile artist.

Rehana’s practice explores Black identity and questions society’s ideologies around Black beauty. Working with imagery, symbolism, motifs and artefacts that connect to Black history, Rehana unpicks and interrogates representations of Black beauty by placing her work within the context of the contemporary fashion industry. Focussing on colour, pattern and texture, she combines human and animal forms within textured print, mark-making and illustrative compositions. Her pieces celebrate Black beauty and foreground the physical and emotional strength of the Black community.

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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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