Monday, 3 June 2013

ECA Degree Show: Kimberley's Top Five Picks

This weekend, Helen and I headed off to Edinburgh College of Art to check out this year's Degree Show. It's running 1-9 June. We saw a lot of different interesting pieces but here is a list of my top five picks to see:

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1.) The first collection to jump out at us was that of Olivia Rose Hulme. It was based on Wise Children by one of my favourite authors, Angela Carter- centring around the narrative of two rather fabulous older ladies reliving their glamorous youth by over-dressing for every occasion. Helen and my ambition is to be these ladies one day. The pink jacket with lime green lining was one item I could have stolen from the exhibition! What classy girl doesn't need maribou feathers adorning her decolletage?!

Emelie Westerlund
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2.) I really enjoyed looking at these Emelie Westerlund pieces. The repetition of matt black in the unfamiliar objects added a mysterious quality to them and make the viewer curious to pick up and inspect them. They have a real tactile quality to them and I think Emelie really nailed the concept. There seemed to be no function to them either but this added to the curiosity of them. I could go on- I had to be dragged away from them in the end!

Amy Lawrence
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3.) I was also really impressed by Amy Lawrence's costumes from Obbyoss. They were beautifully executed and were actually quite wearable pieces. One of her other costumes intrigued me too because I imagined the sillouette was for a woman when I first saw it but it was actually designed for one of the male roles.

Jode Pankhurst
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4.) My absolute favourite was the illustrations and ceramic work of Jode Pankhurst. The characters are just delightful in their ugliness; I loved the childish innocent perspective of the faces and, ahem, boobs. The houses had a similar lopsided charm to them.
I loved this collection so much that I purchased one of her brooches, though not any of these ones. (Look out for it in my outfit post later this week and probably many more to come!)

Holly Sterling
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5.) Finally, if I had children I would definitely be buying a piece of Holly Sterling's work; sweet illustrations for children's novels, bedding and artwork. I am trying to think where I could possibly sneak this adorable dinosaur cushion into my home!
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I saw so many beautiful and thought- provoking pieces from this year's graduates that it was difficult to choose my favourite five. So, I guess you will have to head over to Edinburgh College of Art to check the rest out for yourself- it is running all this week.
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