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Cristiane Chaves

Cristiane is a self explorative textiles artist that uses the loom to weave narratives. Upcycling waste materials, she constructs a patchwork of lived experiences from the surrounding communities and her own immersion within it.

Born in Brazil and based between London and Lisbon, the artist’s interest in textiles started early through an extensive journey in fashion. Collaborating with Versace, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss and Ralph & Russo among others, she gained an aperture into the complex interplay between culture, art and performance.

Cristiane was awarded the scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers to achieve her MA studies.

RE-VALUE // Parkside Estate


I was living at Parkside Estate, an East London council estate. During the pandemic, the interaction with my neighbours grew stronger: more stories, more time at home and more waste. I took the opportunity to re-value the refuse and go beyond the material realm: weave stories, experiences, realities. The interlaced pieces reflect the community's complex mesh and deep sociological undercurrents, shaping my own narrative.

Combining storytelling with textiles, the project overlays material with digital, taking the form of a large-scale projection. The digitally woven collages transcend the physical and forge disruptive possibilities through an unembodied platform. The elusive light projection composed by a pre-existing woven piece revalues raw materials, techniques and outcomes - in turn allowing me to explore and reconsider textile practice in a contemporary and future context.

Parkside Estate
Parkside Estate
Collecting waste
Collecting waste
Work process
Work process
Flat 1
Flat 1
Flat 2
Flat 2
Flat 4
Flat 4
Flat 7
Flat 7

The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers