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Samantha Milner-Eradhun is a textile artist currently in her second year at the Norwich School of Art and Design studying Contemporary Textile Practices. She has BTEC Diplomas in Animal Management as well as Fashion and Textiles. She enjoys making pieces that are full of expression, fun, entertainment, and most importantly are tangible! Beginning university has enabled her to begin her journey into developing and defining her practice further, aiming it to be seen and touched by the public eyes and fingers.
My main passions in life are art and animals so the aim of my practice is to bring the two together.
I am curious and inspired by the mysteries of the mind of animals and children. I like the obscurity of never knowing what they are thinking and the fact we never really will. I have explored this in the technique of appliqué and reverse appliqué, layers upon layers. This allows the viewer to crawl into thoughts by looking into, lifting and touching them.
As a child I was practically blind until the age of 7, all I could decipher were shapes and colours of the things I saw. Much of my work has been influenced by memories of this period. I interpret this by the fabrics I use, much like a baby's multi-textural octopus toy! Varied fabrics, textures, shapes and colours are visually and texturally pleasing, not necessarily to an adult but certainly to a child.
I am not a fan of art which 'cannot be touched'. I agree with the children when they reach out and touch the object in the gallery, get told off and don't understand why.
I like my work to be spontaneous and fun, not only to look at but to produce. Many young children enjoy their art classes because they are fun! I love this approach, even at the age of 21 I throw ideas together and see the result, quite often wrapped up in PVA glue, fabric and thread! With this approach, there is not much room for precise neatness. I like to leave the edges frayed and the threads hanging loose.
In my recent practices I have been exploring much with mixed media and have discovered how enjoyable it is! I previously ruled out collage and mixing materials but I've found this to be a great way to communicate my ideas visually. I love finding things and working back into them, manipulating their history. I use stitch to piece together scraps of unwanted fabric and paper.
Drawing has been a passion of mine ever since I could hold a crayon and I integrate this within my practice as much as I can. I enjoy using line as a form of expression, scribbling, sketching and etching. Movement is an aspect I like to work with, it is difficult to capture the playful character of a puppy when he's asleep, so I like to create blind drawings and layer them up to generate a sense of movement. Recently I have been using Photoshop and embellishing into digital prints of my drawings.
My work is continuously developing and I'm constantly yearning to learn and develop my practice. In the near future I intend to branch out my ideas and skills by visiting and living in other countries such as France, Portugal, Russia and many, many more. I have a thirst to gain the knowledge of other cultures, art, atmospheres, languages and the turn my work may take while I am there.
Contact me via email at: or on my mobile: 07708867573.