Crowds flock to see Leeds College of Art students’ work

Pictured BA (Hons) student Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design student Ryan Deighton, 24. PIC: James Hardisty
Pictured BA (Hons) student Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design student Ryan Deighton, 24. PIC: James Hardisty
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Knock knock... Who’s there?

Students from Leeds College of Art who may one day rival names such as Damien Hirst and Zandra Rhodes!

Knock Knock was actually the title of this year’s final year collection of students’ work which went on show at the college at the weekend.

And, once again, the exhibition - which closes today - has been both eclectic and intriguing, covering work in textiles, design, fashion, communication, advertising, art, interiors, photography, furniture and graphic design.

Highlights include fine art student Jack Fisher’s experiment with new technology, inviting people from all over the world to collaborate in a song or on a video which counts to a trillion.

Jack’s other projects - including pieces entitled Pointless and We Are One - also challenge conventional production methods by using online communities to invite people to respond to an initial idea, creating a new piece of their own.

Pointless, for example, generated feedback from people as far away as Portland Oregon in the USA and from just outside the Taj Mahal in India.

Also featured is work from BA honours printed textile and surface pattern design students Jessica Thompson and Charlotte Curtis, who have both recently won placements at Zoffany Design Studio - one of the world’s leading names in luxury fabric and wallpaper design.

Jessica and Charlotte will also be exhibiting work at New Designers - an exhibition in London for emerging talent.

Meanwhile, fine Art student Olga Delgado, 22, was showing work in latex which blends elements of sculpture and textiles.

She said: “My practice shows a concern with the formal and aesthetic qualities of materials; I look to produce sculptural drawings in a space, juxtaposing the use of organic and man-made materials.

“My work demonstrates an integral desire to exploit the natural characteristics of materials.”

College principal Simone Wonnacott said: “Our end-of-year show is the culmination of three years of incredibly hard work by our students and this year’s show has been the most popular yet.

“We had 2,000 people attending the opening night, along with students’ work being featured in the national media.

“Some subject areas - such as fine art and graphic design - take the work on tour to the London trade shows such as Free Range and New Blood.

“We wish all our students the very best as they start their careers in the creative industries.”

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