During their Makers in Residence, Arthur Nyakuengama will go through the creative processes involved in their leather assemblages. Starting with sketches and trial pieces, they will move through sourcing materials, construction and final tweaks. Throughout the residency, they will discuss their inspirations, the research behind the works and the historical contexts they engage with. In the construction sections, they will demonstrate how they use wet-forming and stitching to manipulate leather, as well as how they blend techniques from leather working, garment sewing and quilting to create their pieces.
Arthur Nyakuengama is an artist living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). They completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts and Honours year at the VCA. Their practice is textile and assemblage based, manipulating elements from queer dress into forms which explore and expand upon their origins and functions. Though reforming and recontextualising, their works are experiments in the capacity of materials to communicate identity and desire. Their work has been shown at Project8 Gallery, Craft Victoria and Incinerator Gallery. In 2023 they received the Irene Spilsbury Prize to develop a body of work for Oigåll Project’s 2024 program.