A few years ago I wrote about the end of year presentation from the students of Sussex Coast College at Hastings (Formerly Hastings College of Arts & Technology),see here.
Friday night I found myself back here celebrating the work of the students of 2015, in a showcase of creative flare and individuality; potentially highlighting some future moguls of the fashion, design and media industry.
picture above; work accredited to Fern Beall and Brogan Blanch
Besides the aesthetics being both vibrant and refined, it was the concepts behind the work which as usual, made the resounding impact on my psyche.
What of the person, I wonder, at such a young age, who can create such detailed inception and display it openly to public scrutiny with no reward other than credibility. Hence, I am offering some here. Much as I would love to comment on each individual student's hard work, for the purpose of an easy read and my own sanity, I have chosen to showcase only my absolute favourite designs and ideas here today.
We had fun with this one. Brogan Blanch created this jigsaw puzzle to depict the close relationship she shares with her sister, who has autism. One of the symbols of the Autism Society is a jigsaw puzzle piece. Brogan's concept behind this idea is to share some of the difficulties people with autism may face on a daily basis. I can tell you now - this puzzle was no easy task. It took four grown adults over half a hour just to put one half together.
I really liked this idea. Rose Smith created images of her self portrait to place herself in the shoes of a persona from another culture in society, historically or otherwise. Techniques used included A2 screen printing for the Russian cosmonaut poster, A4 digital collage for the celebrity police photo inspiration and three colour screen print for the gangster t-shirt. What is clever here is that Rose has used techniques commonly used to reflect the context of the self portraits.
What a cool little brand idea this was. Faith Bromley is going off to the University of Portsmouth to study a BA in Fashion, and she has channelled the atmosphere and vibe of Brighton to create her ColourMash concept. Follow Faith's progression of her lifestyle products here; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This idea by Ellie Harley was to showcase vintage dresses previously left unloved and forgotten by the women who harboured them in the back of their dusty closets. The dresses all have memories of a time when they were worn and enjoyed, and here they are displayed to be admired and seen again.
Lauren Stirrup used Vincent Van Gough as her inspiration for her conceptual piece using printed fabrics that she has developed.
The beautiful garment and imagery above comes from Beatrice De Grandi Seabright, who wanted to explore and embody the life and vitality of Spanish Catholicism. Beatrice took inspiration from 'various designers, her own history and classic history to create this rich and traditional dress'.
Clearly my favourite piece from the whole show, Fern Beall was a Vincent Lines Memorial Trust Award nominee for creative excellence for her work on this project. Understandably so, as the centrepiece for the entire show it drew in crowds and was probably one of the most photographed piece all evening. Fern's concept was to incorporate colour and light from nothing with empty space. Using acrylic boxes each individually painted and carefully constructed, they have been arranged in a way that reverberates the artist Yayoi Kusama and her 'Infinity Mirrored Room'.
Of her work, Fern says; 'Kusama's 'Infinity Mirrored Room' inspired me to create a space that completely transforms the viewers thoughts and feelings from those they had before being surrounded by the mass of colour I've created while the light floods through it.'
Fern studied the Extended Diploma Art & Design under her tutor Martin Symons, and is going on to study a Foundation Diploma Art & Design - Fine Art. Martin says of Fern; 'She showed a lot of dedication to create a wonderful final piece for the show'.
I would like to personally thank the exhibitors for allowing me the chance to browse the product of their imaginations, and wish every one of them all the success and rewards for the hard work written into their futures.