15 October 2015
Annual showcase of UCLan postgraduate creative disciplines runs from 19 to 29 October
Stunning dresses, designer speakers, eye-catching ceramics, funky fabrics and an ugly caterpillar are just a handful of the attention grabbing exhibits on display at a new design show in Preston.
The artistic talents of 52 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) masters’ students have been revealed at MY MA, the annual showcase event for postgraduate designers.
The free exhibition, which opens to the public on 19 October, displays a compilation of final projects from a range of creative disciplines including animation, ceramics, children’s book illustration, fashion design, games design, graphic design, interior design, product design, toy design and textiles.
Xinyun Jiang, a fashion design student from Suzhou, in China, has created an array of eye-catching dresses using Tyvek, a paper-like fabric, and ornate origami for decoration.
The 25-year-old, who spent three months handcrafting her four dresses and one pair of shoes, took her inspiration from symmetry and nature. She said: “I wanted to mix east and west so the origami flowers represent eastern culture and the geometric styles of the dresses reflected the west. I’m so proud of my finished work, it’s been a challenging project to work on but I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome.”
"It’s a working product at the boutique end of the market but already I’ve had some positive feedback from senior designers within the field.”
MA Product Design student Daniel Phillips has taken inspiration from traditional crafts to create the Hi-fi speaker of the future. His design incorporates hand turned wood and hand thrown pottery, combined with a transparent glaze.
The 24-year-old, from Southport, added: “Traditional Hi-fi speakers all look very similar so I wanted to explore the idea of producing something which combined great sound quality with striking looks. It’s a working product at the boutique end of the market but already I’ve had some positive feedback from senior designers within the field.”
Three time’s the charm for Sally Streuli, a one-time archaeologist, turned landscape architect and now ceramic artist. What began as a hobby has led her to create a beautiful range of pottery vases and bowls.
The mature student, from Hale, said: “I wanted to create a contrast between the outside and inside of the pieces. The outside is very old and plain, based on the pots that I excavated during my time as an archaeologist. The inside needed to be ornate so I used china and porcelain works to create patterns, one is based on my Granny’s tea set from when I was a child.”
Surface pattern and textiles student Fawziyah Raja added a flourish of tie-dye fabric paint and textured materials to the exhibition. Taking inspiration from the mystical elements of the ocean, from mermaids to the Bermuda Triangle, she created a range of soft furnishings, from cushions to a hand tufted rug that exudes the patterns and hues of the deep sea.
“Young children are easily influenced by each other so the moral of this story is for people to have the courage of their convictions. My message is that caring behaviour is a good thing which will be rewarded in the end.”
The former Blackburn Sixth Form College student, who recently created a banner for the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s inauguration ceremony, commented: “The research behind my work was based upon the sensory therapies for dementia sufferers. I have tried to create as many textures and shapes as possible.”
MA Animation student Qian-Lui from China took inspiration from her work in a pre-school to produce ‘The Ugly Caterpillar’. The resourceful UCLan student created elaborate set designs over a period of two months by using materials such as foam, paper and plasticine.
She said: “Young children are easily influenced by each other so the moral of this story is for people to have the courage of their convictions. My message is that caring behaviour is a good thing which will be rewarded in the end.”
America Rachel Anani used selfies as the inspiration for her graphic design work. The former teacher, from St Louis, wore her selfie shirt and displayed a 3D printed version of herself at the exhibition.
The 30-year-old, who set up the #selfieweek2015 to collate research material, said: “Selfies are super popular so I wanted to use them to raise awareness to self-acceptance of yourself. By looking at what people were saying about themselves through their selfie I could see they represented individualism.”
The free exhibition runs from Monday, 19 October, to Thursday 29 October, between 10am to 6pm in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery, in Victoria Building.
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