Edinburgh College of Art Textile Design Graduates Part One

The Textile Design department at Edinburgh College of Art is always full of hardworking students amongst a vivid display of patterns, drawings, colour, fabric samples and an array of colour. Inspiration behind this years graduates work ranges from growing up in the 90s to a tiny Eastern European village called Koniakow famous for its crochet. As well as exhibiting at Edinburgh College of Art’s degree show the inspiring graduates have also just returned from exhibiting at New Designers in London showcasing their designs to various designers and those in the industry.

Katrina Bell‘s collection (main image) ‘a nod to nostalgia’ is a bright and quirky interior collection aimed at new parents who want to recall their childhood in the 1970s/80s. Stamps, shapes and colour is really important to her collection which involved traditional screen printing, heat press techniques and embroidery on woolen blankets, drawer liners, cushions and fabric samples. Alongside her youthful approach to design, Katrina has an array of skills and with plenty of experience during work placements in industry (and a few in the pipeline!) the future is very bright (and colourful). See for yourself on herĀ  website

Kirsty McCann‘s collection (left image) is a definite must see for anyone who grew up in the 90s. ‘Acceptable in the 90s’ celebrates the 90s cliches, inflatable bubble bags, trolls and incredibly recreates the ‘scratch and sniff’craze through screenprinted scents on to fabrics. Bold, bright and unexpected Kirsty’s collection shows her skills in embroidery, screen printing, digital printing and hand embellishment. Relive your childhood on her website

Graduate designer Olivia May O’Connor’s collection is inspired by the act of collecting, birds, bones and historic, iconic textiles. Her atmospheric colour palette and great use of scale is really shown off in the eye catching curtains while her fabric samples combine leather, interior fabrics with digital printing, laser etching and traditional techniques. Olivia has amazing hand drawing skills (right image) and designs for both the Fashion and Interior market. She is a very versatile designer and won the Duchamp Luxury Menswear Digital Print competition while at university. Delve more into her collection on her website

 

 

Graduate Textile Designers and their unique projects

Camilla Wordie and Emily Martin are two Textile Design graduates from Edinburgh College of Art with distinctive degree projects showing an interesting take on Textiles. Both graduates spent their final year producing personal projects which show an innovative approach to the norm of textile design.

Camilla Wordie‘s degree project blurs the boundary between food and textiles. She started with ‘Edible Textiles’ in which she transformed food into wearable surfaces by changing the form of the food and its common structure. Every week when I was in the studio Camilla would have a desk full of food – pasta, chocolate, noodles, oats- and would be experimenting with transforming its texture, composition or form into a surface unrecognisable from its ordinary state.

Her degree work took an unusual approach: ‘wearing rice is nice’ is a collection of rice inspired fabrics made from manipulating various types of rice to add textures to your dining experience, all with a subtleness to the design and white colour palette; ‘please add me to your dish’ (main image) encourages diners to add an ingredient to their dish making a physical interaction with the ingredients and your food including a herb flooring. The ingredients are manipulated food products cleverly done with a variety of textile processes playing with textures, scale and composition.

Camilla’s exhibition at Edinburgh College of Art’s degree show definitely drew attention for its individual concept, perfect branding and immaculate presentation. Have a look for yourself at Camilla’s website

Emily Martin‘s ‘Collective Recollections’ degree project aims to help those with dementia. Her collection of wall hangings for Edinburgh’s care homes are a talking point for the residents and visitors with scenes of Edinburgh referencing the 1950s encouraging viewers to reminisce the city and their past – they are great conversation starters! She worked with the ‘Oasis dementia cafe’ in Edinburgh, which supports those with dementia, to share her ideas, get some feedback and get creative! With Portobello Beach, Blackford Pond and Princes St Gardens as her chosen scenes Emily combined a wealth of textile processes – digital print, traditional screenprinting, hand embroidery – to produce large detailed wall hangings that are both visually and texturally stimulating – a key feature for those with dementia. Emily has used the wall hangings as starting points for craft and art activities with the ‘Oasis dementia cafe’ group. See her wall hangings in full detail on her website .

Both Camilla and Emily have had successful textile careers so far with various award nominations and wins! The future is definitely bright and innovative…