Monday, 25 May 2015
What Helen Wore and Ones to Watch from the DJCAD Degree Show
Friday saw Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) become one of Scotland's biggest galleries as this year's degree show kicked off. Around 300 students displayed the culmination of their time at university in one impressive show, living up to its title - Ones to Watch 2015. I popped along to the busy opening night to get a peek at some of the work on offer. While the number of people made it difficult to get a good nosy at everything, it definitely created a buzz about the place. I will be heading back for a closer inspection but thought I'd share my top 5 from what I've seen so far.....
1.) Alexandria Moncrieff
I'm a big fan of colour and Alexandria's work was colour overload. Once my eyes adjusted to the wild patterns and bright hues I really enjoyed stepping into her psychedelic wonderland. The misshapen mannequins added a strange edge, which is just how I like my art.
2.) Calum MacGillivray
More work with an eerie quality. Involking nature and fallen leaves, each of Calum's shapes held a distorted face. The use of shadows added further depth and foreboding to the pieces. He also had a table with mini badge versions. I do enjoy a wearable piece of art.
3.) Kaela Hogg
I didn't manage to get a proper look around the jewellery section but I made sure I checked out Kaela's work. I'd been following her Facebook page in the degree show run up and loved the shapes, textures and materials I was seeing. The end results didn't disappoint and I loved every statement piece on display.
4.) Alison Soye
My love of ceramics was fed in the illustration department, thanks to the work of Alison Soye. Her painted food dishes were bright and fun. Sushi, watermelon, donut, pizza... there's just no way I could pick my favourite from the bunch.
5.) Penelope Matheson
Not technically part of the degree show, Penelope's work was on display in the Designers in Residence open studio. But I love ceramic art and creepy ceramic art steals my heart even more. I really liked these disturbing sculptures featuring frogs, insects and birds. The scenes they depicted may have been nightmarish but the colours were rather beautiful.
So that's just a wee taster from what is a full on feast for the eyes. It's safe to say I left thoroughly inspired and impressed. As well as being a visual treat, the degree show also offers a unique shopping opportunity. A number of the graduates had work available to buy, from bookmarks to huge canvases. It's an excellent chance to pick up something pretty unique and help an artist out as they make that step into the big bad world . My purse will certainly be heading with me when I return for a closer look.
And what did I wear to such an inspiring event?
Dress | H&M
Belt | Primark
Shoes | Urban Outfitters
Scarf | Claire Corstorphine
I had to adorn myself with the work of DJCAD alumni Claire Corstorphine. I remember falling for Claire's prints at her degree show back in 2012 so I was very pleased to stumble across her and find that she still had some of her work for sale. She then informed me she was having a sample sale to make room for new designs and my life got even better. Her sample sale continues over on Facebook, so you can still snap up a bargain. I went for the Mutant print that caught my eye all those moons ago. I'm looking forward to seeing what Claire, and all the new graduates, come up with next. I will be following closely.
Ones to Watch is on until 31st May and I highly recommend you get yourself along.