Donna Wilson


Enter the world of Donna Wilson if you dare. Be prepared, because you may be eaten by a Cannibdoll, dwarfed by a gigantic Doily or bored by a bigheaded boffin. Its a place where your conceptions of shape and size are toyed with. A place where you could stretch out on a sea of pom-poms, have a picnic with a poodle or get grumpy with a ginger man.

Her work is playful, tactile and bright, inspired by the everyday oddities and deformities of life. She likes to think of each of her creations as a character in her very own wonderland, where scale and perception are toyed with.

The tactile quality of my work comes from my childhood spent in the Scottish countryside.  It has had a strong influence on me both in my need for textural and organic forms. I enjoy using handcrafted techniques like felting, sewing, knitting and wrapping.  My involvement with wool and felt allows me to create a closeness and cosiness that I want people to connect with.

Education
1995-1999 BA (hons) Design and Craft, First Class Honors.
Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland
2001-2003 MA Mixed Media, constructed textiles. The Royal College of Art, London

Awards
July 04 Crafts council development award
Oct 03 Winner of knitting sector in RDS National Crafts Competition, Ireland
Jan 03 Sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin, Scotland
 

Selected Exhibitions
2007 The Scottish show, The Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Designersblock, London
Solo Show, Trico Gallery , Tokyo
2005 Upstairs at August 2005
Designersblock Frankfurt the woodlands, London Design week
Touch Me, V&A Museum, London
Ozone, Living Design center Tokyo
Knit 2 together touring exhibition Picnit
2004 Spinning yarns, Fabrications, London
Tea Total, Crafts Council, London
Designersblock 2004
Design London, Milan furniture Fair, Milan
2003 "Wrap your Greens" solo exhibition, Royal College of Art.
Designers Block London
Piece of work exhibited in 100% Design London

Commissions
2006 Puppet Designer and Maker for animation. Love is blind,  MTV, London.
2005 Sydney Levingston. Creature comfort draft excluder
2004 Elio Caccavale. Puppet maker for exhibition
2003 Agent Provocateur. Commissioned by to design knitwear for Christmas windows in all stores

Exhibitions

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2008

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