Perspex origami from Sarah King of Norwich University of the Arts.
Straight away I will confess that it’s really a bit arbitrary what is determined textile design and what is surface pattern in my blogs about this years New Designers show. Print design by it’s very nature can be applied to so many different mediums, which no doubt explains the plethora of courses that now prefer to call themselves Surface Design.
At University of Huddersfield surface designer Marte Bless Liland had made a layered panel out of multiple acrylic shapes. Laser cutting reigns supreme these days, so it’s rare to find something that stands out from the crowd but these certainly caught my eye. She hopes that these will be used as room dividers. I can certainly see them in a high end interiors magazine.
Moving upstairs Sarah Jane King from Norwich University of the Arts had pole position to showcase her perspex laser cut shapes. With a nod and a wink to Fred Butler these iridescent covered shapes move and meld like those paper origami shapes you played with as a child. Conceptually very eye catching.
At the back Nicole Anson‘s work caught my eye because of her unique use of colour – peaches and lime greens and copper and steel. Her geometric origami lantern shades with foil and flock stood out against the background prints, inspired by tribal feathers (not pineapples, as I wrongly guessed). I think she has graduated from De Montfort University.
Rebecca Rawlings from Bradford School of the Arts & Media was inspired by Kitchen Sink Dramas to create a range of designs to lighten the mood of the most mundane of jobs: tea towels, crockery and runners covered with a cast of odd but engaging characters.
Her friend Chevonne McKenzie had created some humorous characters too…inspired by genetic modification. Some of these have been made into gigantic duvet covers and I suggested she should write some children’s books to go with them. Or get someone else to write the stories and provide the illustration. There’s nothing like a tie in for good marketing.
I do have to say at this point that I think there is no excuse for graduates not to be online – professional websites don’t have to cost a fortune if you chose a template (see my previous blog post) and blogs, twitter and tumblr cost nothing at all to set up… I know I hammer this point home all the time but it’s worth repeating. So props to Chevonne for setting up a new blog so quickly on my recommendation – go check it. And so has Rebecca Rawlings, click here.
Also from LCC, Rachel Powell had made a whole host of very commercially viable etched lampshades… she’s had loads of press interest and I’m not surprised. She was also very savvy: at the ready with a press pack including her twitter feed and photos on a cd… and as soon as she heard that I tweet she gave me a special little laser cut birdie.
Very very clever. Follow House of Hermit on Twitter.
Natasha Lawless was on hand to demonstrate her innovative wall coverings, which work in tandem with a projection that moves across the 2D design. She’s working on a wall size version for commercial application. Her layered pictures were also beautiful.
Read about the best Textile Designers at New Designers here. More to come: Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass, and Contemporary Craft.
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