A specialist in textiles and visual research, Leo Santos-Shaw's current practice explores aspects of war, conflict and unrest, religious faith, belief, (and doubt) and global politics.
Leo's background is textile and surface design both for fashion and interiors. He has worked with a range of clients and within a range of contexts and markets.
A specialist in textiles for interiors, Leo has designed prints within the fashion industry, working since 1995 with his parter in their company Santos & Adolfsdottir to create wall coverings, screens, cushions and lighting, using both natural and synthetic materials with the application of print, dye and laser cutting technology.
Leo's current practice mainly but not exclusively, is an observation and exploration concerning aspects of war, conflict/unrest, human and environmental suffering and global politics – particularly with reference to the UK and US, their allies and the Middle East/North Africa. He is interested in doomsday theories and apocalyptic scenarios in relation to organized religion and in relation to the growing escalation of conflicts and turmoil around the World. Media representation of conflict and violence, the propaganda machine – misinformation, lies and the manipulation of facts are also integral. Aspects of life around him – nature, social, environments, interest him greatly and are regularly observed and recorded.
2004 – 2007