Communication through art as UCA postgraduate works with the disabled community

The University of the Creative Arts (UCA) has today (21 September) launched their postgraduate students’ projects online, with one student working directly with the disabled community.

A selection of jumpers from Kellie’s portfolio

MA Textiles postgraduate student Kellie Titchener started working on her final submission as we went into lockdown, deciding to create a project around the work she does at The Grange Centre for people with disabilities.


“What makes you happy?” was the question Kellie wanted to ask, as part of her work exploring how disabled individuals communicate through art. 

Sending out dozens of kits to individuals’ homes, participants could talk about happiness and design their own jumper to be made by Kellie.

The designs were then created by Kellie featuring the names, likes, who makes them happy, and the colours of their designed jumper.


Happy design ideas include a cupcake, a pony, a mountain and ‘relationships’ – just some of the designs Kellie received.

From the project, Kellie has since made over 20 jumpers.

As we continue to battle coronavirus, it’s great to be reminded of how happiness comes in many different guises as well as the little things that make us smile (not to mention the woolly jumpers that will be keeping Kellie and her participants warm for the next few months).

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