Talent-spotters: Colchester Institute

Taking into account the Queen’s Jubilee, the theme for this year’s Colchester Institute show was Make Do & Mend. We sent our talent-spotter, Jason Stone, to scope out some of the best work from the exhibition…

Taking into account the Queen’s Jubilee, the theme for this year’s Colchester Institute show was Make Do & Mend. We sent our talent-spotter, Jason Stone, to scope out some of the best work from the exhibition, which was held in a disused bus station waiting room in Colchester town centre.

Immediately as I entered the exhibition space, my eyes were drawn to the work of Chester Fletton, with his 3D Union Jack Baskerville B setting off the room and capturing the theme of the show. Combined with his outstanding book about the effects of Oil, Chester’s work appeared again and again throughout the show, with his attention to detail second to none.

Jade O’Bryan’s illustrations of British models were expertly drawn, and the larger model drawings set themselves apart from the rest of the exhibited work.

Adam Benton’s fabric-paged screenprinted book on the history of Nintendo was a pleasure to behold, with excellent typographic layout and attention to detail. Adam’s work had a clear style and was complemented beautifully by a set of screenprints of Nintendo consoles.

Becky Bigmore’s The History of Ford book was an excellent example of outstanding visual layout, using type and images to present the information in an easily digestible way.

Another student to watch for, Hannah Yapp’s bold screenprinted poster for local film The Vicious Dead stood out amongst the Live project briefs, where students work with real clients to get a taste of the industry. Hannah’s set of screenprinted childrens books about Roads are another excellent example of her work, complemented with colourful screenprinted postcards.

The exhibition hall featured posters by Year 1 students for Amnesty International, here are a few which stood out:

Sophie Holloway

Guy Catling

Samantha Rogers

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