The Free Range Art & Design Shows kicked off the main graduate show season last weekend: here’s my pick of creatives showing with various courses at Middlesex University and a couple of finds from other universities.
Elina Strelita-Strele of Middlesex University uses carefully placed marks to convey emotion: I think her beautiful portrait style would lend itself well to fashion illustration.
I’m always a sucker for a beautifully produced bit of abstract art. This is by Gabriela Giroletti.
Holywood by Michael Anderson Hering: these enigmatic model houses are part of a project about this isolated Scottish town.
Service station photography by Thomas Henninger, who is fascinated by ‘the ordinary, the overlooked and the forgotten.’ Me too, and I find the intrinsic ennui of service stations particularly appealing.
This is sadly the second to last year that the iconic jewellery degree will run at Middlesex Uni. As always the show featured some intriguing sculptural installations produced by the remaining designers training on this remarkable course, one which has produced so many interesting jewellers over the years.
Zoe Parry Evans makes jewellery using foam and other industrial oddments. Her Brute collection was inspired by a background in architecture.
These opal pendants by Sophie Satchwell combine the delicacy of precious gemstones with a tactile grid pattern.
This evocative wall installation is by Emma Tratt.
I was most taken by this bold lasercut installation by April Dace, who explores that which is left behind in the act of jewellery making.
Nichakan was inspired by the design of pistachio nut shells to create these bold necklaces made out of stacked shapes in a variety of materials.
Finally a few finds at other universities: The lifecycle of stuff, from the Fraser Pearston Parking Bay Museum. This Goldsmiths graduate explodes the concept of ‘Eat More. Buy More. Need More. Want More.’ Illustrations, pamphlets, photos and more comprise his trailer based Parking Bay Museum.
Chelsea Meadow describes herself as a spiritual enthusiast and sustainable designer. Her eye-catching patchwork fox took pride of place in the window of the Coventry University fashion display. He is a character inspired by British Folk Art, made entirely of scraps.
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