What a fantastic Saturday morning we had wandering around the NUA degree show. We were so looking forward to going and we were not disappointed. The show was full of innovative, inspiring and eye catching work. It was great to see the culmination of students work come together to create this final show before they all graduate. We picked out a few of our favourites...
Amber's knitted textiles are based on her passion for architecture and structure found in Norfolk. The combination of the strong structures within the knit and the softness of the actual wool is a contrasting combination and creates a range of striking knitwear. Amber will be at Kirstie Alsopp's Handmade Fair with us - we are sharing a stand- so please pop and see us all. http://www.ambermayde.com
We were initially drawn to Amelia Elwood's striking printed textile collection due to her use of scale combined with the use of organic shape and urban structure. Amelia's 'collaged' style meant these two conflicting sources of influence have ended up complimenting each other within her design. Amelia uses screen print, collage and digital printing to create bold and distinctive prints. We loved the textures within Amelia's prints, the combination of collage, texture and her use of tonal colour created these stunning contemporary textile designs. http://www.ameliaellwood.co.uk
We were particularly interested by Rowan Ford's collection of illustrated prints because of their organic, textural and tactile nature. Rowan has been inspired by the movements of water, creating bold and contemporary in her striking monochrome colours. Rowan's cushions are particularly unique as they have small coping strategies for people who suffer from anxiety on the labels. Rowan suffers from anxiety herself, she feels there is a lack of help surrounding this issue, so wanted to create a product that offered comfort and reassurance to those who suffer through visual and physical aids. Her cushions provide tips to get through a panic, their tactile elements create a physical support too. Rowan's project was really innovative and the fact the products were used for a purpose beyond aesthetics made her work stand out from others. . https://www.instagram.com/rmillustration/
Charlotte Johnston creates quirky and organic illustrations. Her collection of illustrations has been inspired by the lush pockets of green in New York. She is trying to promote how easy it is to bring green elements into your home with her simplistic yet stylish prints. Her use of the structured and textured print in the background of her illustrations represents the structures within the city, with her organic plant in the forefront creating a sense of perspective. She uses stronger colours for the plants, showing her passion for bringing green into the home. http://www.lottieillustration.com
We had a fantastic time at the degree show and we came away feeling inspired. If you get the chance to pop by you should, it closes on 5th July!
Izzi and Lara
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