Aruzhan’s project “Roots” draws inspiration from her Kazakh, nomadic heritage and the philosophy of “Tengri”, which is rooted in staying connected to your ancestors and nature. The opening of the Yurt which is a transportable nomadic house made out of wood and felted textiles plays the role of a window connecting life inside of the house and the space above it. Sacred trees are believed to be portals for communicating with ancestors.




Aruzhan’s research also consisted of collecting stories from ‘modern’ nomads across the world, who, like her, have found themselves far away from their homelands because of Covid-19. She translated these stories through experimentation with mixed media and tactile collage pieces which then informed her final pieces. Through the use of bold colours, gradients and patterns, this collection interweaves stories of the great steppes and celebrates the free-spirited, nomadic energy that we all carry within ourselves.




Her final collection is a series of woven, heirloom pieces that act as ‘transportable homes’ similarly to yurts that mimic certain textures or imagery that evoke the sense of belonging. Through the use of bold colours, gradients and patterns, this collection interweaves stories of the great steppes and celebrates the free-spirited, nomadic energy that we all carry within ourselves.




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