Bio

Laura Miani is a Colombian Italian multistranded creative practitioner, Architect, Textile Designer, and Artist currently established in Scotland. Whilst having worked in several traditional design venues and academic institutions, in her personal projects she alternates from big to small scale, from analogue to digital, from traditional to contemporary. She believes in the critical role creatives have within society to make Change and generate important conversations around Social Justice, Critical point of view towards traditional notions of Taste, and Activism which are subjects that deeply interest her. Building Community using the tools given by Design is something she is actively aiming to pursue in her future.

CAMOUFLAGE textile prints filled with meaning communicating messages about Colombian (South America) ongoing conflict.

Colombian Molas, an important indigenous craft is my ongoing inspiration. A multilayered fragment part of indigenous Kuna blouses intended to symbolically protect women´s bodies since young age, a sacred constructed textile.

My patterns, a reflection of territory, derive from the manipulation of images coming from four handmade Molas I made during lockdown. Resulting from textile symbolic techniques (Mola indigenous reverse appliqué, devoré, cross dying, foil, flock, cad embroidery), the imagery I used come from historical archives and documents that are part of the national memory and are today at risk of being erased or censored.

The coherent design context for these prints is safeguard clothing, bulletproof vests and body armours in a broader sense for civilians to protect themselves literally and symbolically against conflict. Symbolically, by acknowledging this imagery and the facts portrayed and literally, by using actual bulletproof textiles such as “Aramid” within the layers of the armours.

There are four armours within “OJO!” project, each one has four different textile layers. “OJO” (oh hoh) literally means “EYE” in Spanish. In Colombia, the expression “OJO!” means “Beware!” and has recently been used in several political scenarios since 2019.

By paying attention to these prints based on its aesthetic qualities and materials before fully grasping what it is about, you might be played to contend with the patterns after getting past the first magnetism some of these coloured clichés and concepts related to Colombia and tropical Latin America generate. Maybe an uncomfortable experience of our gaze being troubled for liking something that comes from a violent background. A guilty pleasure…

Machuca Body Armour
Wearing Machuca Body Armour
Granada Devoured print onto Cross Dyed Hazelwood fabric
Granada Devoured print onto Cross Dyed Hazelwood fabric
Granada Mola and Camouflage
Granada Mola and Camouflage design
Handmade Mola made using Granada Print and layers of silk and Bulletproof fabric
Handmade Mola made using print from Granada group of designs. Sublimated Polyester Satin and Bulletproof fabric
Montes de María Mola with Camouflage pattern
Montes de María Mola camouflaged
Montes de Maria Mola and Camouflage
Montes de Maria Mola and Camouflage
Challenging traditional Mola technique with my prints and construction methods
Challenging traditional Mola technique with my prints and construction methods
River Mola and Camouflage
River Mola and Camouflage
Machuca Mola and Camouflage
Machuca Mola and Camouflage
Handmade Mola using print from Machuca "collection" and Bulletproof fabric
Handmade Mola using print from Machuca "collection" and Bulletproof fabric
Wearing Montes de María Body Amour
Accepting the weight of Historial Memory
Machuca Print onto mixture of Silk and Linen
Machuca print onto mixture of Silk and Linen
CAD Embroidery onto Bulletproof fabric
CAD Embroidery onto Bulletproof fabric
Wearing Granada Body Armour
Wearing Granada Body Armour
Granada Print onto Aramid Bulletproof fabric
Bulletproof Landscape
River Print onto Georgette and Linen Repeat Camouflage pattern
River print onto Georgette and Linen Repeat Camouflage pattern
Granada Print onto mixture of Silk and Linen
Granada print onto mixture of Silk and Linen
CAD Embroidery from Montes de Maria group of designs onto Bulletproof fabric
CAD Embroidery from Montes de Maria group of designs onto Bulletproof fabric
Wearing River Body Armour
Wearing River Body Armour
Video Animation using my whole group of body armours. Done in collaboration with artist @joseluiscote. Soundtrack from @gregormerchan "Asfixia".
OJO! (Oh hoh= EYE/ Beware!)

Perception is a great part of how conflict has been perpetuated in history, the use of sight, dominant and discriminative notions of taste. The Aestheticization of Violence as a method to cope and avoid. Also, a way to trick you into looking, into caring, into having empathy towards situations you might feel are not related to you...but they are...

Just Look...Just Be Aware....And you´ll See...

As Designers and Artists, we have a responsibility to use our tools to help people SEE and generate EMPATHY and AWARENESS towards important issues AFFECTING humanity. As this current worldwide situation has taught us and is still teaching us, we are ALL connected...

 

Skills & Experience
  • Screen Printing on diverse textile materials with experience in Digital printing and Repeat Design
  • Colour Mixing for Textile Dying with great understanding of Procion dyes and Binders
  • Devoré, Cross Dying
  • Sublimation, Foil and Flock application
  • Adobe Suite particularly Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator
  • Basic Hand and CAD Embroidery, Reverse Appliqué and Appliqué techniques
  • Laser cutting and basic Digital Craft techniques (Mould Making, Rhino)
  • Fluid French, English, Spanish speaking and writing
  • Passion for in depth Design and Historical Research. Knowledge and interest on Indigenous and Traditional techniques
  • Colour and Trend Awareness