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MMU Degree Show 2016 Part 1

June 20, 2016

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I went into town last week to catch up on the Manchester Met Degree Shows 2016, sadly I didn’t have as much time as I’d have liked, but still managed to see quite a bit and was impressed with what I did view. In the textile rooms there were some great weaves. Look at these lovely colours by Avril Anne Melling. I hope she won’t be offended but they do make me think of luxury travel seating  : )

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Wonderful, intricate details from ladies wear designer Charlie Saunders.

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Or these softly comforting, grey-scale embroideries with a hint of colour from Lauren Andrews.

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Animalistic embroidery from Kelly Quinzel, the large faces were great.

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Some spicy hot, summery, Indian vibes from Jazmine Darson.

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3-D textiles from Alexandra Jordan, who was inspired by lichens, fungi, bark, crystals, reptile skin and moss. Alexandra has used beading, embellishment, puff binder and tufting to help create her raised, textural surfaces.

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Hannah Sharratt’s concern for the planet has focused her on recycling, using natural plant fibers/dyes and hand processes. She has created these nest-like pots in a world that needs a more sustainable consumer culture.

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Hannah Sims used Manchester’s city centre as her inspiration for some graphical and colourful geometric lighting structures. Personally they’re a little too busy and random for my personal taste, but I think they’d make superb children’s climbing frame wigwams, amongst a scaled up playground ! What do you think ?

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Finally for today, some interior based embroidered patterns by Elen Lowri Hughes. A simplistic colour palette makes them, ‘POP’ right out at you. Great Amoeba-circuitry Elen : )

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More to come this week (as a treat for you) and the shows are on until the 22nd, so do pop in and have a look around for yourselves.

4 Comments leave one →
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    June 20, 2016 12:21 pm

    Wow, there is so much creativity coming up through the university isn’t there? How fantastic! Thanks for sharing Craig and good luck in the future to all the graduating students!

  2. June 20, 2016 4:41 pm

    There certainly is Lizzie. Always great to see what’s current in the world of textiles too. Illustration to come mid week! Watch this space 😀

  3. June 20, 2016 8:52 pm

    Some lovely stuff in Textiles dept. I loved Moly Newport’s masks & Elen Lowri Hughes. Felt the artistry & ideas in Textiles & Illustration much stronger than Fine Art. Glad I made it in the first week this year as lots of prize winners stuff had gone off to New Designers by the time I went last year.

    • June 20, 2016 9:21 pm

      Thanks Nerissa, some good points there. I didn’t get to see the Fine Art this year. I did feel that the Print in Textiles wasn’t as strong or as popular as the woven fabrics were, an interesting turnaround from past years. Thanks for your comments.

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