Shiro Araki, a graduating MA Costume student from The Arts University Bournemouth, has been awarded the MA prize for outstanding contribution to his studies, which have seen him engage in his work with fellow students and staff throughout his year on the MA course.

Shiro, originally from Japan, chose to undertake his MA at the Arts University after deciding he wanted to focus on developing his creative ideas, based on an individual concept that would allow the creative approach to become more flexible through the course. He commented “I thought this course would be suitable for collaboration which is an important source in terms of creating my costume designs and expanding my creative abilities. The Arts University Bournemouth has a great network of collaboration with fellow creative students.”

The title of Shiro’s final piece, which was displayed during the MA Show at the beginning of September, ‘Subconscious Form’, is an idea based on the complexity between architectural form and surreal sculpture and assemblage. Shiro creates objects by hand that resemble organic forms using inorganic material, such as carbon fibre and glass fibre. As a costume designer, his creations are not designed to fit the human body, however they are meant to be wearable, uncomfortable and awkward as Shiro is interested in the relationship between the objects and the body.

Rebecca Pride, Costume Pathway Leader on the MA commented “Shiro created a highly original collection of seven sculptural costumes for his final end of year show. The design of the pieces was inspired by natural organic forms combined with a sense of the surreal. The installation Shiro designed for his final show incorporated sound, light and projections alongside his costumes, and in order to produce the work, Shiro worked extensively with several undergraduates from the Arts University – from both the Costume and Interactive Media course. It was this collaborative spirit and energy that contributed to him being awarded the course prize. The final outcome is a remarkable collection of unique and technically advanced costumes which demonstrate Shiro’s great potential as a designer and artist.”

The Arts University offers a full-time and part-time taught MA with pathways in Animation; Contemporary Performance; Costume; Fashion; Fine Art; Graphic Design; Illustration; Interactive Media; Photography as well as research degrees from October 2011.