20 Jul, 2009

Graduate shows 09: New Designers

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Detail from Ben Cain’s The Road, shown as part of University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone’s display

Last Friday, CR visited New Designers where students graduating visual communications courses were showing their work. It was a decidedly illustration-heavy crop this year and with a lot of strong pieces around. Here are a few of our favourite things…

As with previous New Designers, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone had a particulary strong show of work.

First up from UCAM; Ben Cain whose work inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Road, offered up a striking print as well as a book cover:

We also really liked Kathryn Spreadbury‘s dark, claustrophobic images of city life that formed part of her Urban Jungle series:

Siri Frøseth-Rønning’s meditative paintings were in the mould of Anna Bushan‘s work, where much of the narrative is left to the viewer’s imagination:

And Tom Buddle‘s graphic novel, The Enormous Radio, looked very intriguing indeed. (More pages can be seen at his website):

This piece stood out from North Wales College of Art’s wall display. It’s by Megan Hindley, who also blogs under the moniker, Stedhead:

University College Falmouth also presented a range of great work and we particularly liked Suzy Phillips‘ covers for the novels of DH Lawrence:

Two graduates from Cambridge College of Art also impressed: firstly, Jana Diemberger with her beautifully illustrated book, Monacello: The Little Monk:

On the opposite wall, Melissa Castrillon‘s framed pencil illustrations caught the eye, too. Apparently, they document the story of a young woman who attempted suicide in 1885 by jumping off the Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol, only to survive thanks to her skirts which acted as a parachute. (She then lived until she was 84):


It was nice to see some physical products on show, in amongst the 2D art. wemaket-shirts.com, a group project by several illustrators from Nottingham Trent looks to have a lot of talent beind it. Their printed mailer was very nicely produced, as was this T-shirt (The Game) featuring two crafty characters:





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