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Manchester School of Art Degree Shows 2014 Part 1

June 18, 2014

Fishinkblog 7740 MMU show 2014 19 Poster by Abbie Baxter

Yesterday I went into town to see the degree shows at Manchester School of Art. There’s a rather grand entrance to the Grosvenor Building on Cavendish Street just off Oxford Road. You can only really appreciate it’s beauty by crossing the road and looking up. I’d like to start with some 2D and 3D wallpaper designs from Lucy Petts. I’d love to see how much impact a whole room of the green and white stripe would have…. Wowsa ! Fishinkblog 7722 MMU show 2014 1

Wonderful tessellations by Ilias Mavrovas, groping (or caressing) hands projected onto a mannequin by Jake Tibbits, and moving projected grasslike lines by Nicole Kent.

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Some eye-catching landscapes by Fine Artist Naomi Litvack, their colours were even better when standing infront of them. Fishinkblog 7724 MMU show 2014 3

Moving onto the Textiles section and some great animal textures from Laura Paterson and silk scarves with photographs and hand drawn birds and arrows by Siri Eriksson.

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Fun Children’s wallpaper designs by Ellie Shindler and some new tribal influenced wear by Emily Otchie. Fishinkblog 7726 MMU show 2014 5

Jenny Bardoli, has created some beautiful felted cylinders, which looked great in their collective formation. Pip Pittman had been very busy making cushions, ceramics, tote bags etc with her natural wood and flora designs. Rosemary Grace Booth had very patiently pierced an intricate design into paper, which when viewed over a light source, danced and came to life like mist on the sea or a wave of stars in the night time. Fishinkblog 7727 MMU show 2014 6

By far my favourite work in this section was by Claire Florey-Hitchcox. Her hand-printed wood block wallpapers were truly enchanting, creative and very skilfully executed too.  A true joy to view and with the wooden blocks on show too.. you can really appreciate how much work and what a labour of love the whole process has been. Beautiful work. Part two of this blog to come on friday. Fishinkblog 7728 MMU show 2014 7

Look at these beautifully engraved blocks.

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If you’ve enjoyed this post, then please spread the news about Fishink Blog. Thank you. Fishinkblog 7730 MMU show 2014 9

The shows run from the 14th until the 21st June. Get over to see a real variety of amazing art.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 54paintings permalink
    June 18, 2014 5:20 pm

    Right with you on the woodblock prints.Beautiful work.

    • June 18, 2014 5:38 pm

      Such a treat to see, not felt that excited about degree show artwork in quite a while lol

  2. julie @ tractorgirl permalink
    June 23, 2014 7:01 am

    those woodblock prints are FABULOUS!! And yes, for a degree show this is outstanding – there is all kinds of awesome here!

    • June 23, 2014 8:09 am

      I’m sure the graduates will find your comments very helpful, thanks Julie

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