#NTUDEGREESHOW Spotlight: Alexandra Maharry

This week's Spotlight piece features BA (Hons) Costume Design student Alexandra Maharry

Alexandra Maharry, BA (Hons) Costume Design, 2019
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Alexandra Maharry, BA (Hons) Costume Design, 2019

In the run-up to the Art and Design Degree Show, we will be sharing a series of student projects from across the 26 participating courses through #NTUDEGREESHOW Spotlights.

My final major project is an interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, illustrating how the human race has brought about the biggest global threat of our generation: climate change. Because fashion and textiles are a major contributing factor, it was imperative that I showed responsibility in the sustainable nature of my work. My aspirations for the project were to explore different textiles and materials. I chose a mythical text so I would be able to be creative with designing creatures not of this world, and to have the freedom to build sculpturally, combining different elements of making.

Alexandra Maharry, BA (Hons) Costume Design, 2019
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Alexandra Maharry, BA (Hons) Costume Design, 2019

I was inspired by the photographic work of Tim Walker and saw this as a perfect vehicle to share the ideas to a larger audience. This is not a project about recycling, sustainability, greenwashing, but one to bring the attention to our current reality, and to question everything.

‘it was the fact that the world and the story ends, and the way that it ends and is reborn, that made the Gods and the frost giants and the rest of them tragic heroes, tragic villains.’ [Gaiman, 2017]

I embarked on my degree after a break from a successful 14-year career as a hair stylist. My passion for visual communication and three-dimensional design has enabled me to find my niche within the field of costume design. As I finish, I am still very interested in continuing to develop the depth and breadth of the skills within the myriad of opportunities that film, theatre, dance and the world of costume can offer.

Alexandra Maharry

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Costume Design Show here.

#NTUDEGREESHOW Spotlight: Alexandra Maharry

Published on 27 May 2019
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; School of Art & Design

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