This University will be my home for the next 3 years so it seemed obvious i should get a taster for it by visiting the graduate showcase at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane!
There was an enormous amount of work on display throughout the expanse of the old factory.
I navigated myself mainly towards the fashion area…
Here are the bits that most tickled my fashion fancy! ///
FDSP : Zara the Bitch and the Wardrobe (as posted about below)
FDSP : ‘Becky’s’, a sewing equipment brand, impressively showcased an oldschool push along cart amongst giant Shona Heath inspired accessories. Becky wanted to bring back a make-it-yourself ethos which is highlighted by the little MIY books to guide you through processes such as how to create a Trompe L’oeil design on your T! ///
FD : Mark McKee and his Cluedo characters. I had to get a pic of him and his collection as i loved how he took the famous stereotyed characters and brought their clothes wittyly up to date! ///
Jewellery : My favourite pieces were these stuffed-full, piled-up-with-junkie-bits rings by Alina Jessipovich. I wanted one very very much! I adore the styling in the photographs she had on the wall. Not many jewellery students had styled images and none nearly as stimulating as these. They remind me of something Fred Bulter may make. ///
Applied Arts : Everything in this section seemed to jump out and grab my colourfocused attention. If i wasnt doing fashion, it’d soo be this! There were Beach Huts, Dressing Tables, a whole Kitchen and this childrens toys area, all decorated in amazing vivid prints. ZING! ///
Fine Art : This, in my view was the most impressive for when studied, showed a squidgy book made from linen with text sewn by hand. Ouch.
Not only was there this painstakingly sewn book but also metres of ribbon with text streaming down it, coiled round a pillar and sluming in a heap on the floor. Rebecca price, you are one patient and dedicated person! ///
In between the exciting front row view of the catwalk shows, i spent many an hour on my two trips to GFW snooping around the university stalls and trying to bag as many free student magazines as i could, which i’m becoming addicted to!
(Check out Segue and 3rd Floor)
Here are some (poor) images of various sketchbooks and display areas i was drawn to… ///
Portfolio pages by Joanne (Jojo) (www.myspace.com/ jojoillustration) Jojo revealed that although her illustrations served as communicative designs for her clothes she prefers this art and would ideally like to find a career to do both in. ///
Portfolio pages by Rachel Williams
I loved all her images for her Illustration course at Bristol. She has a very line focused style with pretty muted colours, carefully and nicely not overused. This image reminds me of Namalee Bolle from SuperSuper magazine! ///
I loved Edinburghs display of illustrations drawn onto card pattern gigs like this girl with subtle green tones. ///
I was drawn to this sketchbook named ‘Weird or Wonderful’ which was creatively held together with clips and had a cut into semi-transparent cover. The techniques used for the patterns and illustrations reminded me of when i made transparent slides on foundation. I also like the technique of the ink drawings where animals are made out of nagative space. Most definately Wonderful! ///
Dollove for this display of wide-eyed wonders at the Epsom UCA stand (Go Epsom!! 😛 )
A wonderfully simple idea, copying the catwalks and making promotional puppets for the key looks! I love their scruffy and gangly style, I want one! ///
Award for the most innovative and funky stand goes to… Bradford College where a pick of graduates got to customise their own high school-style locker with a dreamy collage of photos and inspirations pasted up on the door and clothes and trinkets hanging inside, wish lockers were this excting and secretive at school! ///
Finally, my day was made with the appearance of Zandra Rhodes who was judging textile artists at the show. She was of course in the VIP area which i ended up (stupidly) not venturing into to get a free glass of champers but hey ho. Good day nonetheless! ///
I was excited to watch the UCLan show for i was so close to choosing this university for next year so i feel a certain connection to them.
(Lovely place, people and course, just too far away… )
I loved most of the collections and found myself making a curious amount of notes! ///
Here are my favourites: