India: What a fantastic experience (part two)

Third year student Rhian Beynon is having the most wonderful experiences and making fabulous memories while out in India.

Everyday Rhian is learning new skills, and tradition methods, in textile process.Selected by the British Council Rhian is throughly enjoying this extensive textile programme.
This is such a great start to her 3rd year.
We’re excited to she how all those new skills will be developed and shared in the Autumn.We can’t wait to hear and see the results.

Rhian says “We got a chance to try block printing in jodhpur which was great. They only use natural dyes and some of the blocks were over 500 years old! Such a great experience!
They block print about 25 saris a day each! Such talented people”


Part 1

Preparing for Open Day on Saturday June 6th 2015

This year, running alongside our fabulous exhibition of work from our graduating 3rd year students, we’ll have a ‘shop’ full of marvellous handcrafted items for sale.
The 2nd years have been busy printing,embroidering,patching,beading,knitting etc…and have produced a glittering array of desirable goodies.Get in there quick and buy before I do!
Watch this space for images and details of the items.

We’ve also put up a backdrop to this display.
A fascinating collection of samples made by the 1st yrs.
This’ll be exciting to view for prospective students,as they’ll have a wonderful overview of 1st,2nd and 3rd years work and they’ll be able to see what they could be up to if they sucessfully gain a place.

Here are some of the responses to the embroidery and print brief by the 1st yrs.



Drying to know. An exhibition of information tea towels.

Last November the School of Art staged a show featuring the domestic tea towel.
We had a fascinating time looking at design styles in communication through drawing and the written word.

The tea towel, as the focal point of the show, is a creative and amusing way to look at communication. The exhibition draws the viewers attention to the idea that a practical but necessary item can also be a work of art, a form of advertising, an instructional guide and by default a celebration of all things British.
entrance to t towel ex
The entrance to the show celebrating the humble tea towel.
WHAT TO WEAR.late 50sjpg
A glimpse into the 50’s fashion wardrobe
Floral illustration
One of the 200 + tea towels on display
police dog hogan cake cutting
The band Police Dog Hogan open the show before going on to play to a sell out show in the city.
student help serving tea
The 2nd yr students helped out serving tea and offering homemade cake a the private view.
pv of tea towels
The guests at the PV
tucking into cake
Police Dog tuck in.
I love cake
I love cake
Students and staff so very kindly made cakes for the opening of the exhibition.
boat cake
A fantastic achievement by Andrew, one of the Fine Art staff.

musicians at the opening
Steve, one of the art school staff, playing alongside fellow muscians at the Private View.