What better way…

What better way to recognise the end of one year and celebrate another?

Hats off to Level 5, the 2nd year, of the BA course.

They have known the old regime and truly missed the studio and the companionship.

However they have risen to the occasion, done their absolute best and continued to make work of distinction and quality.

Well done to you all. You’re all stars

Happy New Year to you all

Generous.Kind.Committed.Happy

Today the students should, by now, have returned safely home to celebrate, as best they can, the holiday season.

The staff are immensely proud of all the students and everything they have achieved this year.

Not just in terms of their work but in terms of their resilience and the thoughtfulness and consideration that they have shown to one another.

They have produced accomplished work, of an excellent standard and in the most trying of circumstance

They have believed in us and we have truly enjoyed working with them, we never once doubted their determination and desire to succeed.And this shows in their individual outcomes.

We so look forward to next year. First years -Thank you for being you.

Here is just a small selection…

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Hannah had a wonderful times on her exchange in Japan.

She’d been so looking forward to the visit and had she not left the UK before lockdown it may not have been able to happen so easily.

However once their restrictions were imposed in the host country Hannah abided by the law and enjoyed her immediate surroundings

This didn’t stop her, once restrictions were eased, enjoying the culture, food and hospitality shown to her by her host nation.

Hannah has returned full of enthusiasm for the country and the kindness shown to her whilst there.

A small exhibition of work produced there is on show in Bath( details in the poster)

The Garden at 2000 feet

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Sophia Bevan
Let’s dip into Sophia’s passion
‘The Garden at 2000ft’ features inspiration from The Eden Project as well as Marrakech, Morocco.
It has always been a dream of mine to visit Marrakech and soak up all the bohemian vibes and bright coloured tapestry.
However, since joining the TDFI course I have grown to distinguish that that ideology was not in my realm anymore.
Instead, upon arrival, Marrakech was much more than what you see on Pinterest.
The colours, composition and textures within the souks, mountains and general streets appealed to me most.
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It is no surprise to anyone that I am inspired by nature.

It is what gets my creative juices flowing the most. It is the air we breathe and what makes me feel the most connected to the world we live in.
I have focussed on the plants and flowers that catch my eye within The Eden Project, Cornwall.
My first time visiting was in Summer 2019 and I was completely blown away.
A place purely based on regeneration is an amazing concept with biomes and contemporary gardens.
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I was mostly drawn to the colour, shape, detail and uniqueness of the array.
Summer was the peak of blooms and I love to capture this with my love for photography which was passed down from my late Grandfather/professional photographer.

Capturing a still moment before they are gone is something that fascinates me entirely.

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My process always starts with drawing and painting then gets transformed into beautiful digital prints open for interiors and fashion.

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Highlight on a strong woman-Becky

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Becky Davies celebrates the strong female influences in her life. Past, present and future
The women in my life play a significant role in my journey and personality.
They’re the reason I’m the creative, hard-working gob shite that will happily be myself and not care what anyone thinks, so this is a thank you to them.
This is a celebration of the empowerment of women, showing women being their most authentic self.
This particular theme shows what being an empowering badass woman means to me, through illustrations of nude women in different scenarios whether that may be mopping floors in the kitchen, masturbating in their bedrooms or hanging out with friends.
I will also create motifs that will be created into prints showing women’s natural bodies, showing people that being natural in every possible state is beautiful.

Keep on telling us like it is, Becky!

At home with Jordan

These Times and ‘How we Maintained Focus’

Continuing our weekend theme with our graduating designers.

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“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not we are homesick for the places we have never known” – Carson McCullers

 

The Story of ‘REMINISCENT’ is exploring how my spirit and soul  drives me back to the place that I call home.

With collective research derived from the “Riviera of Devon” in Torbay, I portray an essence of ‘wander’; from the cliffs leading down to the sea, to the wildflowers that surround the landscape.

The focus on the wild botanicals is a metaphor – seen through their qualities to self-seed, and change in the seasons. My nostalgic emotions can be unpredictable, yet the desire to ‘spread my wings and fly’ has me in a constant battle between the ‘once was’ and the ‘what will be’.

It’s a feeling of escapism and tranquillity – visually translated into experimental textile prints.

The spirit of my project is adventurous and organic. I have learned to appreciate my home; happy place and discovered a need to share  with others around me.

There is no better time to spend at home than right now.