Last Friday I very proudly made my way up to Manchester. My eldest son has been studying three dimensional design for 3 years at Manchester Metropolitan and it was his degree show. It was also a great opportunity for me to see what the fashion and textile students had been up to in the lovely company of Emma Varnam.
Following on from his dissertation that covered the democratisation of design and open source furniture, Joe’s final project was called Miss Marble. He worked with a paper marbling artist in Bristol to learn how to use the technique on wood. And the hard work paid off. He won the alumni award for this work, but it doesn’t end there. He picked up more awards for a collaboration with a glass blower.
The Project was called Breathe and Joe created the mould in beech wood based on sound waves before Jadhay blew the glass cylinder to go in. The scorch marks you can see is because the wood burns when the glass hits it. They will be doing an exhibition together in 2018. Joe was really quite overwhelmed with all the accolades, especially because they were from fellow crafts people.
Then on to the textile students. I’m afraid I didn’t note down any names.
I loved this mixture of media.
A nice mix of machine knitting and crochet.
Quilting in an intriguing plasticised fabric.
Just look at those colours!
Interesting structure on this sleeve.
Printing on knitting.
Not sure how these were made but they are fascinating.
I feel so privileged to have seen so much amazing creativity under one roof. Congratulations to all the students at Manchester’s School of Art.