Degree Show puts new creative talent in the spotlight

Published: 27 April 2011 at 12:18

Over 200 graduating students to feature in Ruskin Gallery exhibition

Recent graduates from Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University have won a BAFTA for computer game design, illustrated the bestselling Where’s Stig? book for Top Gear and designed a stamp for the Royal Mail to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games.

And this year’s Degree Show, held at the Ruskin Gallery from 3-10 June, promises to be the most exciting yet, featuring over 200 graduating students from a range of disciplines including, for the first time, Anglia Ruskin’s BA (Hons) Interior Design course.

Amongst the first cohort of Interior Design graduates is Georgiana Dobrican, who has been shortlisted for the Young Interior Designer of the Year Award. The national competition is for interior design students graduating from UK universities and aims to showcase their talents to the wider industry.

The winning entry will receive a £10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to take a six-month paid internship at the London or Manchester studio of Janine Stone.

Georgiana said:

“When I entered the competition I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever, because my project was incomplete! It came as a big surprise to actually know I was a finalist. It was an interesting experience to see people from the interior design field voicing opinions on the works of the newcomers.”

Tim Kobin, the BA (Hons) Interior Design Pathway Leader, attributes Georgiana’s success to her breadth of skills.  He said:

“This is an important achievement and really demonstrates Georgiana’s innovative design, clear process and developed communication skills.”           

Julie Tostevin, who is graduating with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, has already enjoyed great success whilst at Anglia Ruskin, including winning the PincPonc 2010 competition and being highly commended in the adult category at last year’s Penguin Design Awards.

She has just entered the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) competition to design a set of stamps celebrating ‘UK firsts’.  Julie’s innovative idea is based on British design classics, such as bowler hats and wellington boots, making up a costume displayed inside a book of stamps. By peeling away the stamps you undress the character, so both the stamps and the booklet are integral to the design.

Julie’s latest work, which on display at the Degree Show, is a series of ‘Expressicons’ designed to convey expressions and gestures. Julie has developed a set of 18 glyphs – that that have designs for every email eventuality – to work on interfaces such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and PC keyboards.

She explained:

“Human communication consists of 70% physical expression and only 30% verbal communication, and therefore in electronic communications often the true expression and intended meaning is lost or misunderstood.

“My project explores the possibilities of finding a unique visual language, which combines both physical expressions with written words, to use within a formal professional context – thus injecting vital clues for a recipient to understand the intended tone of voice, attitude or state of mind of the writer.”

The 2011 fashion show will feature more groundbreaking design with pieces, such as Becka Church’s ‘A Collapsed Form’, which are both sculptural and utilitarian. Becka said:

“A Collapsed Form takes clothing and flat packs them. When the piece is worn these sculptural shapes are maintained and do not react to the movements of the body.

“The pleats create added volume and alter the fit of the piece. Clothing no longer needs a hanger; flat packed they can fit anywhere and everywhere.”

The Fashion Show, which has become a highlight of the annual Degree Show, will take place on Wednesday, 1 June, with showings at 6.30pm and 8.30pm (entry is by ticket only).

Entry to the Degree Show 2011, which will be held in the Ruskin Gallery and surrounding studios from 3-10 June, is free of charge and there will be an open day for anyone interested in meeting staff and students on 7 June.

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