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Manchester School of Art Degree Show 2019 Part 2

June 17, 2019

This is post 2 from my travels to the Manchester School of Art Degree show this week. Post 1 is just before this. The show is on until June the 19th so you still have two days to go and visit.

Opening times: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat/Sun – 10am – 4pm at Manchester School of Art (Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham Buildings, Cavendish Street, M15 6BR) and 99 Oxford Road (Old Manchester Met SU, M1 7EL). The Grosvenor building is stunning inside.

This piece of sixties sculpture also caught my eye on the local church.

Back to the final part of this years show and I’m starting off with students from the Illustration with Animation course.

Some quirky feathered characters from Matthew Rooney, without a feather in sight !

I also liked the sixties style of Fabia Fowler’s illustration. Look at that great scientist.

Michelle Shore’s work is much more natural in form and theme.

Eunjin Oh brings some simple yet powerful imagery to the show.

I always enjoy seeing sketchbooks.

Sian Manning created some intreaguing wooden blocks, with a CIA influenced theme.

For me the most stunning and professional show of work came from the wonderfully named Alexsandra Manastirska.

“Growing up with Bulgarian folklore guided me towards the fantasy horror genre. My passions are gaming and fantasy horror design. Gaming inspired me to start drawing and continually influence my work. Without it I woudnt be here and study illustration with animation. My dream is to one day to do illustrations and concept art for game companies”

With work of this quality I’m sure Alexsandra will get there too. She’s definitely one to watch out for in years to come.

A collection of beautifully cut shadow puppets from Chelsea Masterson-Brown.

There is a competition going on in-house to find the best sketchbook. Plenty of stunning ones to rifle through and explore some lovely drawing and ideas.

Like this one from Sharon Howarth.

Such beautiful work exploring natural scenes and ceramic forms.

A few quirky stetches by Yue Tam and Bjorn Martin.


A collection of stunning posters by Val Stepien from Graphic Design.

“Interested in publishing, editorial and poster design. Print lover. Trash collector. Passionate about image making and hand-drawn lettering. In my work, I like to combine handmade with digital solutions. I search for ambiguity and juxtaposition. The relation between the controlled and unexpected is what excites me. I try not to take myself too seriously – I appreciate a good sense of humour and intelligent dialogue with the viewer ”

I also liked these more technical drawings advertising MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) here in Manchester by Leah Tuson.

“I have a love for colour, form and typography that I use when creating visual identities, self-directed projects and illustrations. Working both digitally and in print, I aim to communicate my idea’s clearly, whilst also having fun with them ”

Finally onto the Three Dimensional Design show and three graduates whose work caught my attention.

The first being Roslyn Ashcroft. “In a culture where exhaustion is a status symbol and experiences are rewarded with immediate results, when do we ever take the time out of our busy schedule to be mindful and reflective of the present moment? The concept of mindfulness, “The deliberate act of awareness to the present moment.” (Andre, 2014) heavily influences my practice. My body of work focusses on the mindful activity of doodling in the sand ”

The second being the stunningly beautiful purple glass vases by Alice McKenzie.

“Inspired by floral design and arrangements, I design and make collections that deliver visual harmony between flower and object, questioning the way we place and view blooms.

Within Ikebana there must be balance and proportion of the flower in the vase, the vase to its surroundings and in both colour and line. The arranging takes place as you position each flower in a vase together with the placement of the vases in relation to each other. The act of movement allows ‘ma’, the space you cannot see, to grow. By arranging the space in between each object, it allows the flowers space to breathe and helps us appreciate uniqueness ”

Last but not least the colourful, coral like forms from Erum Aamir.

“I am a ceramic artist and nature is a source of inspiration for me. I enthuse by the details in depth, therefore I explore through the eye of a microscope.Sometimes the compositions found in the microscopic study and my imagination’s interpretation bypasses what is found in nature. This blurred line between reality and created reality intrigues my practice . If only for a moment, one might lose themselves in the curiosity of the composition, perhaps creating a personal narrative with the piece. This process of creation and exploration forms a shared experience between us.

In my work, there’s always a repetition of single or more than one element which mimics the process of growth by repetition. I like this repetitive action – it’s not a thoughtless activity but is meditative. Moreover, the repetitive nature of bringing together many components creates a rhythm and facilitates an active trance of intention ”

Wow well what a note to end on for another year. Who’s work made you smile today and why ? Good luck to all this year’s graduates, may you go forth and prosper because they are the future of this countries art.

I hope you enjoyed my findings, if you did please let me know and feel free to like, share and follow my blog. Thanks Craig

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 22, 2019 7:47 pm

    oh, those beautifully colored glass vases!

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