Talent Spotters: Manchester School of Art (part 1)

Vicki Smith, studio planning manager for 3sixtymedia, (and Nottingham Trent design grad), selects her favourite work from the Manchester School of Art 2014 graduate show, Alwaysallwaysland.

Vicki Smith, studio planning manager for 3sixtymedia, (and Nottingham Trent design grad), selects her favourite work from the Manchester School of Art 2014 graduate show, Alwaysallwaysland.

Rosie Booth (Textiles in Practice)

Rosie Booth‘s Attracted to the Light is painstakingly delicate. Intricate, beyond what some of us might care to believe. Her work uses the simplest of elements; paper and light, and literally does to the viewer, exactly what it says on the tin. Like a moth to a flame, you are drawn towards her work. It entices you closer and closer and closer, until you experience the magnitude of the hours of commitment, loyalty and effort that has been devoted to this project. The result is innocent and beautiful, and creates almost a relationship of appreciation between you, and the paper the minuscule holes are punched through.

Roger Bygott (Fine Art – Interactive Arts)

Roger Bygott‘s sculpture The Making Of Him, an eccentric amalgamation of photocopy paper and a giant nylon net. At first glance, it just looks alien-like, thanks to the sheer height of the thing. At closer inspection and after a few investigative moments of watching Roger’s explanation on the short film which accompanies the installation, clarifies that the paper inside the netted tube, is actually photocopies of his old school reports. You come across the impression that Roger is (and was) an individual who didn’t particularly like conforming and being told what to do.The shredding of the reports, almost feels like a bit of a “f*** you” to everyone who tried to pigeon-hole his character in his school years. The size of the sculpture implies the power of his message. This man is making a point.

Ilias Mavrovas (Fine Art – Interactive Arts)

Ilias created a striking wall-piece, from card riddled with a monochrome pixelated print. The thing about this, is it looks completely different from every which way you view it. Further away it turns into an almost ‘magic eye’ poster, close up you can see the mesmerising intricate detail in the design of the print.

Amy Veried (Illustration)

Amy Veried‘s work had a certain safe familiarity to it, but I was still sucked into her soft and gentle illustration, endearing hipster greeting-card humour and simplistic style. It’s definitely a type of illustrative package that will get snapped up commercially (and quickly).

Joe Wallis (Illustration)

Joe Wallis‘s illustrative style exudes a sense of underlying depression and doom. His fervent use of a deep, dark and thoughtful colour palette, combined with his undeniable talent for storytelling through his design is a winning combo.

Lorna Battersby (Textiles in Practice – Print Design)

Lorna Battersby‘s wallpaper collection is brave and firm in both colour and design. The sort of wallpaper you wouldn’t allow onto the clean white walls of your own pad per-say, but you would admire it’s strength of character in a different environment. She demonstrates a bold, complex and individual style, straying away independently and rebelliously from the norm of floral and avialae prints.

Harry Fryer (Illustration)
There’s a real nostalgic depth to Harry Fryer‘s comic book sketches. Bringing back memories of the traditional Famous Five, Secret Seven era. None of this modern toss. In fact there’s absolutely nothing modern about it. This is the old skool way and Harry’s sticking to it.

Hayley Elizabeth Bartram (Textiles in Practice)
Inspired by the natural environment, Hayley Bartram created this natural vs manmade collaboration. The result is a futuristic cacophony of shininess and architectural structure that aint half easy on the eye and there’s plenty of potential to go much much further with this.

Claire Florey-Hitchcox (Textiles in Practice)
Not only does she have a flipping brilliant name, Claire Florey-Hitchcox is also a flipping talented young lady. Focusing on the detail of intricate hand carved wood blocks and traditional methods, Claire created these little beauties using a Columbian printing press. Rather than jumping head first onto the bandwagon of technologically advanced methods and how they can be used to speed up processes and make everything a darn sight easier, Claire has chosen to take a different road and is embracing the beauty of the old ways of working. There’s a peacefulness and confidence about her art. It knows who it is and where it came from, and probably which walls it’d like to hang off as well.


Manchester School of Art 2014 graduate show, Alwaysallwaysland is on until 25 June. More info at http://degreeshow.mmu.ac.uk

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