Myra Ostacchini M-Litt Drawing Pathway

Job Title:

PhD Research Student


School of Fine Art



Myra's Work

Myra's Work


Myra Ostacchini

How can the reconstruction of textile surplus transform into a sustainable resource, providing social, ecological and economic growth?

Supervisors: Lynn-Sayers McHattie

My contextual framework is identity. My research investigates themes of psychological and physical topography. Discussions will include how my work is situated within a context of community and society. I graduated with a first class BA Honours in Fine Art (Sculpture and Environmental) from Glasgow School of Art. I have recently graduated with Distinction from the M-Litt in the Drawing Pathway also at GSA.
I take a process-orientated approach to my work and seek form by means of action and analysis. There is a triangular relationship between the material, the methodology and the social engagement, each connected to each other, feeding associations and influences back and forth. I am a multi discipline artist and my work resolves as moving image, performance, sculpture and socially engaged projects.
1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year in the UK, 25% of waste is recycled. Some of the most successful designers are leading the way in corporate social responsibility. My postgraduate core elective studies investigated circle economy and the reconstruction of textile surplus. I am interested in the impact fast fashion has on the environment.
I will investigate how traditional skills and techniques can innovate reconstruction of industry textile surplus. This would revitalize the manufacturing image through brand driven value. The product will be viewed as culturally embedded, working with its sensory, spatial and environmental qualities to create objects related to ‘place’.
The project would be aimed at growing economy and employment. This would be a local socially engaged and participative project, with the aim of sustainability and community ownership beyond the PHD studies.
Before studying for my BA degree I have been self employed spanning a period of 25years as a clothes designer. This included freelance commissions and my own commercial label.
I have also worked within the Burton Group as Sales Assistant, Supervisor, Deputy Manager, Manager and my final position as a senior manager within Debenhams.

2011 JD Kelly Award, GSA
2014 Sculpture, Winner of GSA and John Lewis competition for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

2016 Antwerp, Residency and Exhibition
2016 Outer Hebrides, Songlines project- Creative Research role
2016 Le Guillvinec, France
2015 Royal Drawing School, Dumfries House
2015 MAP (makers and producers),

2016 Group Show, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute’s, China
2016 Group Show, Bushwick Studios, Brooklyn, New York
2016 M-Litt Degree Show- Draw in Gestalt- Glasgow School of Art
2016 Group Show Art Lab Viiskulma Helsinki
2016 Group Show The Ropeworks Montrose
2016 Drawing Group Exhibition Gesso, Glasgow
2015 Napiershall Lounge
2015 Residency MAP Makers and Producers
2015 Found(ry) “695” Gallery, Glasgow
2015 Phoenix Group Exhibition Glasgow School of Art

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