Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Top Five: DJCAD Degree Show Picks

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Degree show time is one of my favourite times of year. I love visiting as many art schools as I can and seeing what the students have been working towards over the past 4 years. They always provide me with so much inspiration and, more often than not, some new designers to follow and covet. This year turned out to be no different as I headed along to the opening of Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design week long exhibition. This is a big one. I spent most of my weekend visiting and revisiting it to try and take everything in. Picking just five favourites was extremely tricky but I've tried to show a variety of work from the different courses. For the full experience I'd suggest you head along in person. The DJCAD degree show runs until Sunday 29th May. But, for now, here are my ones to watch:

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1.) Alice Carnegie
I've been aware of Alice's illustration work for a while now. Ever since the Pop Dundee pop up shop where I bought several of her illustrated postcards that can now be found hanging on my wall. With her colourful designs and movie references I was very excited to see her work in the degree show. Her Brainscape diorama blew me away. It is so colourful and bright and full of fun. It's filled with a mix of found and hand made objects that represent Alice's creative mind and some of struggles that go on in there (hello planet procrastination). I love all the different little touches and that the over all feel of it is positivity.

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2.) Kenzie Wallace
Kenzie is another designer I've been keeping my eye on. Not in a creepy way. Just in the normal Instagram following way. I first became aware of her designs at another pop up, this time one of the Christmas variety. I treated myself to one of her rings and bought a necklace as a gift for a friend. For her degree show project, Kenzie created an alternative persona (Jerome Dauphin) to look at the how the designer plays an important part in the experience of making, selling and buying contemporary jewellery. I love the resulting designs. They're abstract, futuristic and unusual. There's something space age / alien about the fantastical head pieces.

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3.) Alison Wright
I loved Alison's wall of portrait photographs. They are paired down and have a real truthfulness about them. Taken using natural light, with candid models wearing no makeup, the images are striking yet relaxed. All of the subjects have amazing faces. From freckles to red hair, curls to piercings there's something individual and unique about them all. The different scale of the photographs just adds to the display and made me instantly want to take a closer look. I spent time studying each image and especially loved the three large scale photos that you can see at the start of this post.

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4.) Rachel Key
Being from a fashion uni background I always enjoy checking out the textile department of any university. The stand out for me was Rachel Key's bright collection of printed fabrics. Not only are the designs bold but so is the message. Looking at women's perceptions of themselves, Rachel picks out the unique things that make each lady different. From a variety of body shapes, freckles and body hair, these "imperfections" are highlighted and made beautiful. The designs become a celebration of rejecting unattainable beauty standards and embracing the fun and freedom of being yourself. I want a wardrobe full of these positive prints please!

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5.) Veera Krouglov
Interactivity adds a whole other level to an art piece, as well as some extra enjoyment. That's certainly true of Veera's work. She displayed a number of different mediums, from animation and murals, to flicker books and ceramics. There were so many pieces on display but the whimsical creatures Veera has created bring it all together into a cohesive exhibition. The large painting on the wall featured magnetic pieces that could be moved around to create different compositions. I love it when I'm invited to take part, change and have fun with an artwork.

So what do you make of my picks? I might have to cheat and add a few more of my favourites to our Facebook page. There were just so many top picks! Also, if you fancy seeing what I wore to the opening of the degree show, I was street style snapped by The Daydreamer.

2 comments:

  1. What a great variety of work! I was going to pick my favourite out of the ones you've featured but that's just so difficult. All very vibrant and fresh.
    I was going to be heading along myself but I've been struck down by some virus so no degree show or Dundee Design Fesitval for me :( Great to catch up a bit through post though :)

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