Antonia McDonald

Antonia McDonald’s work is influenced by her former career as a Forensic Scientist. In her recent work, she has explored the juxtaposition between textiles and the damage caused by high explosives. As the lines between state-sanctioned warfare, insurgency and terrorism become increasingly blurred she uses high explosives to damage knitted fabric and garments in order to highlight the impact that explosive weapons can have on ordinary, peaceful societies.

In an age of continuous media coverage, an awareness of the futility of trying to communicate the brutality of violent warfare with representational imagery has led her to use objects rather than images to elicit an empathetic response in her audience towards the victims of the conflict.

McDonald graduated from Chelsea College of Art in September 2017


Strike Off

100% digitally printed silk scarf
45 cm
Digitally printed 100% silk scarf with the pattern of a jumper damaged by explosives.

The Understory

A series of sugar paintings exploiting the natural crystallisation of sugar; a process of resolution rather than entropy. Artistic control is relinquished, whilst medium and concept inextricably bound.

The Destroyed Ordinary


A single jumper that was handmade on a domestic knitting machine was damaged with high explosives. The fabric representing peaceful societies and communities and the explosives and damage caused a visual andphysical reminder of the impact of explosives weapons and those who have the power to use them.



A continuation of the idea from The Destroyed Ordinary - Four Jumpers that were handmade on a domestic knitting machine with merino wool, with the motif 'HOME' across the chest in pointelle, were damaged with high explosives, three of these were repaired by degrees using inspiration from the work women at Textiles for Wellbeing workshops.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 displaced, Chelsea College of Arts MA Final Show, London, United Kingdom

2017 The Destroyed Ordinary, Chelsea College of Arts MA Interim Show, London, United Kingdom

Selected Group Exhibitions

Other Projects

Volunteer knitting tutor at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

Knitwear design project for Made in Lewisham

Personal hand knitting design projects

Residencies and Awards