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Three different angles of a textiles art piece displayed on a mannequin.

Creative learner’s London exhibition success

An Oldham College learner enjoyed national recognition earlier this year when her art piece was chosen to be exhibited by University of the Arts London (UAL).

Fazilat Farooq, 21, is a second year UAL Level 3 Creative Practice, Art, Design and Communication learner. During her first year, Fazilat’s work was selected from 400 entries for the UAL Origins Creatives 2023 exhibition in London.

Capacity – Construct – Compress, her submission (pictured), explores various textiles techniques and how they complement each other.

The colour palette used was inspired by how the visual artist Gerhard Richter uses colour to express feelings of chaos and confusion.

Fazilat also incorporated the different countries and cultures of the places she has lived into the piece, including Italy, Pakistan and England, and their traditional textiles processes.

Fazilat says:

“When I heard the news that my work had been selected for this exhibition, I was totally shocked. I always try to work out of my comfort zone, so the satisfaction and happiness that I felt at being selected has compensated all of my hard work.

“I’m grateful to my tutors who helped me to achieve this.”

Origins Creatives was held at The Truham Brewery in Shoreditch, alongside an online showcase, in July this year. Each year, this exhibition celebrates the creativity and hard work of students on UAL courses across the UK.

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