RCA SHOW 2012

Carlo Volpi

Textiles


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Knitted lambswool, cotton and polyester


My final collection challenges ideas and stereotypes around the notion of masculinity. Being a man who knits, I feel there is still some unease about males doing activities that are socially attributed to females and vice versa. My work is a visual exploration of a stereotypically male domain, like football, baseball, boxing and other testosterone-charged sports, and a personal comedic and slightly camp reinterpretation of this topic. Lightweight, practical sportswear fabrics become chunky, odd-sized garments in my work with particular attention to decorative elements, stitch structures and textures, while the cold colours of football uniforms are transformed into a warm palette inspired by Pop Art, comics and superheroes costumes.



+44 (0)7983 970 703

carlo.volpi@network.rca.ac.uk

volpicarlo.blogspot.co.uk


Specialism: Knitted Textiles


Supported by: Filpucci, Ecafil Best Industria Filati, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia, Iafil Industria Ambrosiana Filati


CV

Degrees

BA Hons, Textiles, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2008

Experience

Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London, 2009-present; Hand knitting tutor, Morley College, London, 2010-present; Workshop assistant, Cameron Gilmartin, London, 2009-10

Exhibitions

Rowan Design Award, The Campaign for Wool, Liberty, London, 2011; RCA Interim show, Royal College of Art, London, 2011; Con Questi Occhi, Museo Piaggio, Pontedera, Italy, 2008; Collect 4, 0 Art, London, 2008

Awards

Second prize, Framework Knitters Award, 2011; Selected, Rowan Design Award, The Campaign for Wool; First prize, Haberdashers' Award, 2011