‘I want there to be an educational and interactive element, because it's not just about what happens in that space at that time, it's about what happens outside that space when they leave,’ adds the artist. Rasul began working with collage after leaving behind a career in fashion. Today his work draws on his background in textiles, as well as the techniques, colours and patterns of India – where he spent time studying and working – while exploring the concept of multiculturalism.
To create his collages, he uses the ephemera of everyday life, from egg boxes and wood to envelopes and plastic, melding them together with colourful illustrative details. For his TOAST installation, his colour palette will take cues from the ‘Rewilding’ theme, which underpins both the brand’s residency and latest collection. ‘Liaqat’s hanging mobile will explore the symbols and literature that support rewilding, acting almost as an educational piece,’ says Ruth Smith, Marketing Executive at TOAST. ‘We loved the energy of his work. It celebrates community spirit, togetherness and perseverance. The sense of hope is palpable in the vibrancy of his colours. We felt his creative approach to turning waste into a valuable resource was a unique interpretation of the concept.’