Marta Velasco Velasco is a young multidisciplinary designer who studied Visual Communication at ELISAVA in Barcelona – where she was born and raised – and who recently graduated from Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, London.
For her last project, Windhoek, Marta created a series of fabric pieces inscribed in different contexts such as fashion, surface design or set design.
The Sound Tiles series for instance, sets up a collection of insulation panels conceived to cover walls while controlling the acoustics of the space.
Marta drew inspiration from the Namibian culture. Combining reality and fiction, she takes us on “a journey through extreme landscapes, bizarre post colonization traces, people with extraordinary costumes and abandoned German towns in the middle of the Namib desert, all wrapped with almost magical stories about the diamond mining in the early 20th C.”
Influenced by materiality and the african custom of reusing, most of the components she used were sustainable recycled or upcycled materials. She applied a mix of techniques to achieve a combination of screen-printed and digital print finishings, which results in a unique range of patterns and textures.
Windhoek was recently exhibited during London Design Festival as part of the Restless Futures exhibition.