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…

Rising Musician: Ed Tullett

There’s something about that time of year where the end of summer is coming, it starts getting cooler outside and all you want to do is snuggle up in your comfiest jumper with a cuppa and some good tunes. I can assure you that this musician is definitely the best choice for that.

Ed Tullett is an 18-year-old musician hailing from Uckfield, East Sussex, who, at 14, after deciding to pick up a guitar and record some sounds, knew that this was what his life was going to be about. Completely inspired by the likes of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra to Sufjan Stevens, Justin Vernon, and Radiohead – Tullett strove to make music that inspired and compelled him as much as his idols. After recently releasing his newest EP under Equal Vision Records, I’m sure it’s easy to see that he’s doing just that.

Now, there are very few artists out there that I know of that I am able to listen to and become transported to a different realm and mindset with so easily..Especially living in London, where everyone and everything around me is in constant motion and uproar. But in just listening to Tullett’s music and in reading his poetic lyrics, I am completely compelled. His music freezes time and overwhelms me with his thoughtful, intense poetry. You can’t beat that.

Following his November 2011 release of his ‘Never Joy’ EP, Tullett is back on the scene with his newest 7″ EP, ‘Split’. The two-song record brings about a folk-lore indie sound, with Bon Iver-esque vocals and calming soft guitars and beat-y undertones. Despite having similar vocals to Bon Iver, however, he has that edge in his voice that Iver sometimes seems to be missing. ‘Eventual Body’ is a roll-over from the ‘Never Joy’ EP, with haunting vocals and calming, spring-y guitar chords.

The EP, along with his previous ‘Never Joy’ EP, are both available for download off of Bandcamp here. If you want to keep up to date on this newcomer, check out his Facebook, Tumblr (for random spurts of his amazing poetry), or YouTube for more updates. He’s heading up the ladder fast, so keep your eyes peeled for whatever he’s got next!

 

– Killian

Photo Courtesy of ©Benjamin Haywood

 

Tom Horton

Nowadays anyone with a smart phone thinks their a photographer, but what does it really take to be a real photographer, with a passion and sixth sense for that perfect shot?

Upcoming Photographer Tom Horton answers some questions:

What first sparked your interest in photography?
 
I have always been intrigued by photos and nice places, and while at college one of my friends had a DSLR, and after playing around with it myself I was hooked and saved up for my first camera.
 
Most of the photos I shot when I first started out were urbex, or urban exploration. Basically scouting out derelict buildings & places and taking both documentary & artistic photographs of them. My favourite place when I started out was an old RAF Base in Croft, just north of Warrington where I am from, so I guess the RAF Base was one of the first places I remember shooting at.
 
What is your preferred subject to shoot?
 
At the moment my favourite photography to shoot is street photography. Although I still do enjoy finding derelict places and exploring when I get chance to.
 
Street photography is the main thing I shoot at the moment mainly because of time. I find that I don’t have as much time as I used to for going out on photography trips, so picking up a camera and going out shooting street photography is just something than can be done whenever I fancy.
 
Next on the list would probably be landscapes, I love going for a drive or cycle out to somewhere with a camera and shooting some nice landscapes, the only problem with this would be the time! Finding time when the weather is nice is quite hard due to other commitments in life, so this is quite a luxury at the moment.
 
Another thing I love to shoot is events. I work for a charity when I am home, and do the photography at most of their major events. Taking candids at events is the best part about it, capturing the feel of the event and the atmosphere of the day in photos is great.
 
Do you have find different cameras give different effects? whats your favourite camera to use and why?
 
Well its mostly really full frame, cropped sensor and then film that are the three major different effects. Digital full frame & cropped sensors are both normally very clean, with full frame being cleaner than cropped sensors because of the size of the sensor, causing less noise on photos.
 
Film is a whole other world of photography, and is personally my favourite to shoot. Each type of film will have a different look to it, but I feel all of them have so much more character than digital. My favourite camera to shoot with is my Nikon FE. It’s so easy to use, well built and has everything you need at hand and no stupid unnecessary frills – just as it should be.
 
Who would you say is your favourite photographer?
 
This is a hard one. I would have to say either Rankin or Don McCullin.
 
Rankin’s portrait work is just unreal. They all have great character and expression, and all tell a story – which to me, is the main thing to achieve in portrait photography. Being an advertising design student as well, the work he does is very relevant to my area of work.
 
Don McCullin is an inspiration, and war photography is a big interest of mine, linking the front line to people back at home so they can see what really goes down.
 
How would you describe your photography style?
 
My photography style varies so much, although mostly it’s me staying unnoticed and getting candid shots, whether at events or in the streets. I seem to be good at it so I guess that seems to be what most of my photography is, and what I guess you could say my “style” was.
 
Do you work along side anyone? 
 
The one guy I work alongside most of the time is my housemate, Nick, who is also my business partner. We go out on photography trips a lot and are currently in the process of launching West Yorkshire Cameras at wycameras.com – dealing new & used camera equipment, and eventually going into repairs down the line. The website is going to be fully running soon so watch this space!
 
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
 
I would probably say the strap I have… It’s an Optech strap which clips off, making a small strap which I wrap around my wrist – as I don’t like carrying my camera around my neck or over my shoulder, it makes taking photos so much smoother for me.
 
 If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
 
Definitely a 50mm f/1.8. Standard prime lens which can essentially be used for anything! (to an extent of course) The image quality is great from it, it’s fast, sharp, lightweight, compact, easy to manually focus with… Just a great lens really.
 
Do you ever enhance or edit your photography with software? if so what software ?
 
I do, I try to keep editing to a minimum but obviously shots straight from a camera are for the most part not 100% right, and could do with a small tweak to levels or colour balance. I use Lightroom for pretty much all my editing, its very easy to use and makes editing and sifting through photos real quick and easy, and setting export options to mass export for different platforms is a very useful tool.
 
Last but not least, if you could shoot anyone, or anything/anywhere what would you do?
I’d love to shoot Justin Bieber.
 
But with a camera, I’d love to travel the world and shoot across loads of different countries, Canada, New Zealand, India, China, Tokyo, various African countries… The list is never-ending.

From looking at Tom’s work, I’ve noticed he doesn’t just capture aesthetically pleasing pieces to look at, he captures the everyday thing we may miss.

Check out more of Toms work on his personal website !

Thanks for reading!

By Rebecca Roslyn