Gussi Philippou

“Memory is the most transient of all possessions.  And when it goes, it leaves as few traces as the stars that have disappeared”

Augusta Philippou studied textiles at Loughborough University (BA) and Nottingham Trent (MA) and specialises in multi-media print an embroidery, using both handmade and digital processes.  She works as both a commercial print and a high-end fashion textiles designer, currently working as a freelance embroiderer for Alexander McQueen.  Based in the Midlands, she works as a freelance print tutor for Leicester Print Workshop and a textiles tutor for Loughborough University ‘Textiles Innovation and Design’ BA course.  She has also facilitated textiles workshops for people living with Alzheimer’s; observing whether textiles processes and textiles workshops can improve well-being and in an audience.  

 Her work explores the transience of memory; using visual references like stains, imperfections and holes to develop prints.  Work also takes inspiration from the natural process of aging, examining the way a surface will alter over time; becoming bleached, weathered and worn away.  Textures, like memories, change overtime.  My practice considers the use of traditional craft processes juxtaposed with digital processes.  Observing the way that digital files can be ‘saved’ but handmade natural process can ‘decay,’ mirroring degeneration that can occur in the brain with neurological conditions. 

 Ultimately, she is fascinated by the way that memory can become embedded into the fibres of materials, and her work looks at ways of visualising this concept.