Alice Jacobs

Alice Jacobs graduated from Glasgow School of Art with BA in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art in 2012. She creates mesmerizing installations, changing perception of space and constructing new environments using light. She works with spatial transformations, altering surrounding architecture, objects and atmosphere.

Alice’s artworks convey important religious and philosophical questions. Her project “the body of light” relates specifically to Buddhist meditations, yet connecting to other religions through the idea of “inner light”. This sculpture, made of light and reflective qualities of water, is an attempt to materialize  inner intangible light into a visible presence.

“Separated from any image, natural light or gauge of the actual depth or length of the space, the audience is left looking at something that is there, yet without any perception of what it is that they are looking at. Something, but almost nothing at all.”

This artwork resonates with everyone on different levels. The purity of the message is so powerful, it almost pulls you in a meditative state. It connects with the deeper levels of consciousness, urging the viewer to look within himself.

Her past exhibitions include yours is a body light, The Beresford Gallery; The Art of Tea, Harry Barnes Building and RSA New Contemporaries 2013.

Alice is also a  co-founder of Flux Laser Studio, along with fellow GSA graduate, Philip Longstaff.

To see more of her works, visit www.alicejacobs.co.uk

Camila Sadler

Camila Sadler has previously been chosen for the highly esteemed Threadneedle Prize 2012, showcased her work at various locations in Bath and held exhibitions at the British Inspiration Awards. Which is a set of industry awards celebrating achievement in the creative industries.

It is all around us, it fills all those empty spaces, it’s pure yet lacking at the same time. For Camilla this is what preoccupies her, the effect of white on white. It’s when you really have to look to see. Her intentions are to awaken an interest into the lives of one another, not through malice or surveillance but by opening our thoughts to the variation of life around us. Working in primary education, as a special need support, life and its variations must be all around her. Children are the ones who are less damaged and consequently more open. Does her approach to art employ the innocence of the young?

Existing materials, found object and locations all act as a stimulus for Camila’s practise. Her walls of feathers are ethereal and delicate. Although the translucent creation interrupts the eye, the way the light flows and is blocked, seems natural and soft. There is a definite feeling of intimacy, which explores the boundaries of personal space. In nature feathers are a skin to the elements and combined with a house like frame, “Notions of Home” provides a symbolic protection. Yet in physical terms the shell would provide little salvation from the real world. It is the conflict between the symbolic and physicality of Camila’s work that creates a tension between our instincts and our mind.

 

Jacob Birge

Anyone familiar with the Edinburgh fashion scene will have come across the name Jacob Birge before. This young man is a creative force to be reckoned with; working in the fields of fashion, music, and design, Birge constantly pushes the boundaries of mixed media.

Having graduated from the Edinburgh College of Fashion in 2012, Birge’s graduate collection was shown in Vogue, Trendland, Slang Magazine, I Heart, and Not Just a Label. The collection ‘Symmetric Strategy’ showed clear references to architectural forms and geometricity, and their relationship with the female form in a Pughian fashion. There were also nods to the natural world – the final look, composed of tectonic membranes, was quite groundbreaking in it’s exceptional construction and conception.

Most important to Birge’s creative outlook has been his mixed education. Prior to the move to Edinburgh, the designer studied at TEKO Design College in Denmark. But interestingly, this was only a secondary degree following an MA in Chemistry for the University of Science and Technology Cracow in 2008. Such a comprehensive knowledge base imbues the designer’s work with intellectual facets that are so often lacking in most graduate collections.

Despite having interests that are far-reaching, encompassing science, maths, and music, fashion became Birge’s passion from an early age. In September 2012, he received funding to establish the fashion label Jacob Birge Vision. Plans for the brand include establishing it as a household name, as well as showing regular collections at London Fashion Week, the first of which will be shown this February for A/W 2013/14.

Musically speaking, Birge released his first album ‘Variations’ in November 2011. His sound is ethereal and arresting, a curious combination of natural harmony and discordance. He cites music as the overwhelming influence for all of his creative work, and includes Autechre, Venetian Snares, SND, and Aphex Twin as some of his favorite artists.

Jacob Birge is by far and away one of the most talented and hard working artists I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. His focus on modernity and drive to discover will inevitably lead him to dizzying heights.

For the full body of work visit www.jacobbirge.eu.