Spring time designs

Yesterday I hauled myself away from my weekly dose of Saturday sport on the box and trekked along to see some fresh designs from Manchester’s latest batch of graduates. Feeling like a fish out of water I mingled with the excited parents, bored siblings and expectant students.

http://degreeshow.mmu.ac.uk/

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Not knowing where to start, I figured the best place was the top where I found a textile/fashion collection. Now I’m bloke, who likes deign but has a boy-like approach to aesthetics; probably not the best person to pass judgement on the work of others in this field, but flicking through work-books was like reading ID/face/Dazed&Confused magazines back in the noughties.

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The fusion of different fabrics and juxtapositioning  of different cultural aesthetics made me reconsider my preconceptions. Finding two young designers (one Jamaican, one caucasian-blonde;-) sitting by their work, I talked to them after browsing the collection. The pieces I’d assumed the work of one, belonged to the other.
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Check blondie beside the neon cape thing with ethnic tassles (told you I’m a bloke and know sweet FA ’bout female fashion).
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Check (nervous-looking) gyal from Jam-rock (rocking a Ramones T), beside her Prada-esque (a distinctly Italian/Euro/White?) dress-thing.

Working my way through the exhibition I was tickled by the wit, impressed by the practicality and awed by the range of modern designs on display. Honourable mention to Becka Saville for having the sharpest-looking business cards and a most-media-savvy-name…Seriously check out this girl’s work:

http://beckasaville.com/

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Headhunted by Adidas to produce online virals, due to work at Esquire magazine, this young designer is going places.

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I was also taken by the work of Alice Ellis-Hayle. Her bird-boxes, designed to help older folk deal with dementia and placate so-called ‘hard-to-teach’ kids; released the my inner-child. I was making and remaking the boxes, placing them in the tree, suggesting blinged-up verions…

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If I get to be a contented old man, sitting on ma porch, shooting the breeze with a mate then I might consider purchasing such a bird-box – (if only to give me easier targets for ma’ shot-gun;-). For the record I’ve never owned, or would want to own a shooter; I just have a gun-ho attitude to metaphors. Boom! Boom!

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On the topic of guns, props out Ban Hawamdeh a designer from Dubai using 3D printers to create expensive-looking bling. I liked her work if only it made me realise cutting-edge tech could be used to make the world a better place…well a prettier one for those into wearing disposable rings.

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As I’m a young’un (@ ❤ as northun kids say;-), I’ll fill the rest of the post with pretty pictures of designs that caught my eye. Stay cool, clean and clear. 1.x

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PS.
Props to this designer who managed to grow a tree using some magic beans found on Dali’s work bench for her final piece.
(If anyone out there wants to contact any of the designers depicted here holla – preferably @ mmu, or @ me if you must;-)

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2 responses to “Spring time designs

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  2. Liz

    Hi, its Elizabeth Jane Winstanley, I received an email off you with regards to my work but it seems to of disappeared off my account. I want to forward you the information you requested so can you please re send the email and il get back to you.
    Kind Regards,
    Liz

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