Monday, 22 May 2017

Top 5: DJCAD Degree Show 2017

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Artwork by Mhairi Anton | Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices

It's the time of year again when art schools across the land are transformed into exhibition spaces and show off the culmination of four years of uni life. That's right, it's degree show time! I always get super inspired by the work on show and love exploring the different outcomes from the different courses. I'm hoping to make my way around a few Scottish uni's but, as always, I started with Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design (DJCAD) right here in Dundee.

I spent an afternoon exploring the warren-like building, trying to make my way around everything. I think I managed about 90% of it and I'll probably try to pop in again to try and find the bits I missed. Seriously, even after years of visiting I still struggle to navigate around all the nooks and crannies of this place. After seeing so much excellent work picking just 5 to feature on the blog was rather tough. It's probably best that I cut it off at that though, otherwise this would be one super long post. So here we go, in no particular order:

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1.) Isla Rustrick | Textile Design
Isla tasked herself with creating 'knit to be noticed' and she certainly managed to do that. Her collection of samples and her show-stopping cardigan were a real stand out to me amongst a very strong selection of Textile Design students. The bright colours and bold patterns caught my attention but I was drawn in further by her accompanying prints, featurin the one and only Iris Apfel. Influenced by the documentary Advanced Style, Isla focused on the distinction between style and fashion and came to the conclusion that exuberance is essential when creating a timeless garment - I couldn't agree more!

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Degree Show, Art School, Dundee Degree show, art exhibition, DJCAD Degree Show 2017, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, comic art, colourful comic, Shona Heaney, Illustration
2.) Shona Heaney | Illustration
Combining sci-fi settings with mundane everyday tasks and scenarios, Shona created a collection of fun, detailed and endlessly fascinating comics and illustrations. It's safe to say I fell hard for her use of neon colours and glitter. I also enjoyed the range of different methods she used to show her work, especially her wooden badges. I love a piece of wearable art and bought myself one that featured a carton of space juice. In fact, it's the second piece of work I have by her as I already own a print of hers which I got at a fair back in May 2016. Could this be the start of a collection?

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3.) Eileen Pootle | Jewellery & Metal Design
I've been following Eileen on Instagram for a while now so was quite familiar with her designs, but it was still a treat to see them in real life. Inspired by the buildings of the Cote D’Azur, her pieces are made up of simple architectural elements that are combined to create more complex forms. The pastel colours, textured surfaces and small figures all work together beautifully to make up structural statement brooches. Eileen also created a buildable kit which allows the wearer to play with the shapes and make their own combination. I absolutely love this concept as it results something even more special and unique.

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Degree Show, Art School, Dundee Degree show, art exhibition, DJCAD Degree Show 2017, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, colourful mural, sculpture, Zoe Gibson, Fine Art
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4.) Zoe Gibson | Fine Art
I have to say that I was wowed by Zoe's space and got excited by it before I'd even properly stepped into the room. The colours used are bright, bold and eye-catching, as are the murals that they depict. She's created her own alternate world and I certainly enjoyed visiting. The structure in the centre of it adds an element of interactivity as you can step (or rather duck) into it and be surrounded by colour. Again, I enjoyed how she'd translated her artwork into different mediums, from the sizable figures painted directly on the walls, to the smaller more detailed prints and the wallpaper adorning one of the walls.

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Degree Show, Art School, Dundee Degree show, art exhibition, DJCAD Degree Show 2017, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, cermaic, political art, feminist art, Hannah George, Jewellery and Metal Design
5.) Hannah George | Jewellery & Metal Design
I have to say that the Jewellery & Metal Design section seemed to be particularly strong this year. My love of jewellery may make me a tad biased but there were a number of designers from this course that could have appeared on this list. I decided to add Hannah's work because I love her use of ceramics as a medium. It's interesting that she's chosen to create a wall installation rather than a collection of wearable items but it works really well in the space. There's a real humour to her pieces, even though she's dealing with subjects such as Donald Trump's comments about women and women's movements throughout history. I could certainly see myself wearing some of her poetry pieces if they were turned into brooches.

So there you have it, my top 5 from this year's DJCAD degree show. Turns out they're all ladies! Which wasn't done on purpose, I only just realised when I'd typed out all the names. The DJCAD degree show runs until Sunday 28th May and I would strongly urge you to go along if you can, you won't regret it! I've added a few more favourites to our Facebook page because I'm a cheat like that. Finally, huge congrats to all the graduating students! Great job and I can't wait to see what you go onto next.

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