In partnership with the Art for the Environment Programme (AER), University of the Arts, London
Ranura Edirisinghe’s work sits between art and fashion: Through the use of found, donated and repurposed objects and materials, he has developed a textile-based practice that revitalises craft with improvisation, luxury with junk. The resulting artefacts aim to challenge and inspire in an era of over production.
His installation for the group exhibition Common Ground (Barbican Centre, London, 2018) was a collection of over 100 yarn discs, crocheted by craftspeople in Sri Lanka. The discs were installed around his textile sculptures and were gifted to visitors throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Ranura is interested in the practice and preservation of craft and the intergenerational relationships it has served in textile dying and handicraft, whilst examining responses to issues of sustainability and the social economy.
He studied fashion at Central St Martins, London (BA 2014-2018, MA 2019-2020). He was the winner of the Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award in 2018 and his work has been reviewed by Hunger Magazine and WWD.
AER The programme explores concerns that define the twenty-first century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, human rights – and through their artistic practice, envision a world of tomorrow. It was founded by internationally acclaimed artist Lucy Orta (UAL Chair of Art for the Environment – Centre for Sustainable Fashion) in 2015. Through personal research and studio production time the residency provides a platform for creative individuals working across various disciplines, to imagine and create work that can make an impact on how we interact with the environment and each other.