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MA RCA Graduates

MA RCA Graduates

MA RCA Graduates Illustrations

MA RCA Graduates Illustrations

This exhibition displays work by the 2008 fashion graduates from Royal College of Art. Many of these designers have already worked in well known fashion houses, thanks to RCA’s excellent graduate preparation for the fashion industry . Each garment reveals aspects of the students’ work design process, their research , development and technical skills. With a dynamic collection of work, this collection is a must for any undergraduate who needs inspiration. The identities of each garment, sketchbook and design mood board. Their portfolios are excellent, communicating their concept and feel for their project clearly, through illustration and presentation.

The inspiration for these graduates’ projects comes from a wide birth of architecture, surroundings, shows and presentations. The draping and textile skills featured within this exhibition were revolutionary. This included fabric manipulation of leather, draping directly onto the stand, metre long needles to create knitted garments, paper structures and garment sewn together from separate fabric panels. Pattern cutting, tailoring, fibre identification and a wide variety of materials sourced, is apparent in each designer’s collections. I gained a vast amount of inspiration from this collection, which I intend to use in my next project, Nature and Design.

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Marimekko

Marimekko is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company established in 1951. This company designs, manufactures and markets clothing, interior decoration, textiles, bags and other accessories.  I visited this fabric shop in London Marylebone, unaware of how vibrant and dynamic Marimekko prints were.  The interior of the shop was bursting with colour and an array of patterns that each held the Marimekko factor.  The collections emphasized the strength of these patterns, and the powerful palette that Marimekko is recognised by.

I couldn’t resist the Finish design by Maija Louekari.  This beautiful illustration features 4 faces, embedded amongst scenes of nature.  The depth of this piece is only significant in time, as the hidden characteristics and details only submerge when your mind is elsewhere.  I also bought a Marimekko bag with the traditional red, pink and orange large printed flowers.  Marimekko fabrics are just irresistable!

Maija Louekari

Maija Louekari

Marimekko Design

Marimekko Design

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‘All the better to see you with , my dear.’

This is quite a small display at the V&A. However, the collection encompasses a strong selection of ceramics that are inspired by folk and fairytales. Folk and fairytales exist in all cultures. Their traditional purpose is to divert, instruct and caution. Often they explore some act of deception, loss of innocence and the maturity of a child to adultness. Some of the ceramics or items in this collection are said to contain supernatural powers such as the Chinese bixie guardian and the English witch balls.

Collectively these items represent a wide range of periods and cultural traditions. They each demonstrate the power of fairytales, myths and magic upon the youthful imagination. These fascinations have been expressed through decorative arts throughout the world.

This exhibition reminded me of Stella McCartneys autumn/winter disney adverts.  These adverts have natural innnuendos and folk and fairytale essences.   I shall use this advert as inspiration for designer references to Nature in Design.

Stella McCartney RTW Adverts for Autumn/Winter 2009

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Islam

The Jameel gallery of Islamic art showcases more tha 10,000 pieces from the Middle East. Famous pieces include the ‘Ardabil Carpet’ from the 16th century, as well as detailed ceramics, dress, worship temples, fabric and illustrated books. For me the crafted ceramics are great examples of how intricately made Islamic crafts can be. I really like the turquoise hue in the collection, and the geometric structures in the ceramic tiles.

Islam inspired Illustration

Islam inspired Illustration

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Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

This exhibition of contemporary design focuses  on the aspects of fantasy and fear. With riddles scribbled across the walls and mystical music playing as you enter, you already feel like you are re-living your youth but stepping into a magical world of fairytales. The exhibition showcases furniture, ceramics, lighting and statues with a common concept of story telling. The designers are mostly from the Netherlands, collectively presenting a new generation of international art.

The work show cased reveals a collection of historical allusion and conventions, which rekindle our memories of youth. the audience is immersed in a world of increased anxiety about the prospect of mortality, encouraging our fantasies and fears, through the decorative devices and objects that collectively relate to our childhood experiences. A piece which stood out for me, was the ‘Cinderella’ table by Julie Verhoeven 2005. For me this piece revoked the notion of art deco linear techniques. The tables structure was fascinating with the table appearing hollow and filled out in a various sections. The 18th century saw the rise of the novel, an improved way to communicate tales of various dimensions. This table is symbolic to a renaissance of this period; this time was often evoked later by writers and illustrators inspired by the ideas of fairytales.

Through awkward arrangement of structure and detail provoking fear, these young designers are leading the way in a revolutionary art movement.

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