Following the overwhelming popularity of this year’s Graduate Shows, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art has selected some of the most exciting graduating students from across the college to create B.O.S.S, the Best Of Summer Show exhibition. B.O.S.S. collects works that demonstrate excellence, innovation and the ambitions of their creators, and is free and open to members of the public until Wednesday 24 August 2016.
Former Western Morning News editor and BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate Alan Qualtrough, who comes from Liverpool but lives in Plymouth, comes under the spotlight in B.O.S.S. with his Westerly typeface, derived from Plymouth’s rich nautical history and designed help to celebrate Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020. The origins of Alan’s Westerly typeface came from experimentation and prototyping in FabLab Plymouth, where he trained for the first time in how to use the CNC router and laser-cutter to create prototype bespoke woodblocks for letterpress printing.
Speaking at the exhibition launch, Alan said: “Studying at Plymouth College of Art has been an empowering experience and achieving a Best Of Summer Show award has been a highlight of my three years. My award was made possible for me because of the facilities I could use, such as the FabLab, where I prototyped my letterpress blocks, and the continuous support and encouragement I received from my lecturers.”
BA (Hons) Fine Art First Class graduate Sophia Roddan, who will go on to study an MA in Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art from September, is displaying a piece of art titled Horn’s Sack at the B.O.S.S. exhibition, based on the treatment of the insane in Victorian asylums, the coercion of patients and the struggle present in treatment regimes.
Sophia, who lives near Haldon Forest in Exeter, was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, as one of nine children, and spent many years working as a school nurse in London. In addition to her studies Sophia also runs art classes in Plymouth and Exeter for Mind, the mental health charity.
Another artist featured in B.O.S.S. is BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft graduate Alex Derry, from Ashford, Surrey, who was invited to spend the summer at Seattle’s world famous Pilchuck Glass School to further develop his stunning glass techniques before returning to the college to begin his postgraduate studies in September.
Work by BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Ella Doherty, originally from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, will also be on display. Her hand-drawn illustrations and screen-printing techniques are evident in her PushPull collection, which is featured in the newest issue of the respected Computer Arts Magazine.
Other Plymouth College of Art students selected for B.O.S.S. include BA (Hons) Textiles graduate Ildiko Hurley, who won the Enterprise Award at the college to recognise her resourcefulness, ambition and technical brilliance, and BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts graduate Hannah McArthur, who won this year’s Innovation in Design or Making Award at the college for pushing boundaries for her work in textiles and costume making [see top image], as well as recently finding out that she has been selected for the final round of the World of Wearable Art competition and will travel to New Zealand for the final later this year.
Ildiko said of her time at the college: “I am very proud to have been invited to exhibit at B.O.S.S. and to have been chosen for an award for my interdisciplinary working. I’m graduating from Plymouth College of Art with an incredibly versatile portfolio, demonstrating knitting for fashion, concept and interiors work.
“Additionally I also I won a wallpaper design competition for my 3D designs and was able to print my final degree projects on wood, combining engraving, flocking and screen printing. I’m hoping now to establish my own studio and create for interiors, as well as studying to complete a PGCE and holding short courses to share some of these exciting skills.”
Zoe Li, acting exhibitions manager of The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, said: “We had no difficulty in choosing high quality work to exhibit in the Best Of Summer Show.
“It was a pleasure working with graduating students who have such high and professional standards about their work.
“Everyone was really on the ball and knew exactly how they wanted their work to be exhibited and I’m certain that this attention to detail will give them an excellent start in their professional artistic careers.”
(from a press release)
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