London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 15 - 23 September 2018.
As part of the London Design Festival, a group of highly talented MA postgraduates from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham will be showcasing their work. Transition runs from 18 - 23 September and will feature pieces by ceramicists, jewellery-makers, textile designers and metalworkers - among others. The exhibition brings together this variety of disciplines, showcasing a wide range of techniques and materials. It also tells multiple stories of challenge, inspiration and originality.
Annette Mills, one of the postgraduates, works with plant material and natural fibres, sculpting them into forms that explore ideas of transience and change. As part of Mills' research, she considers the histories and material culture of different societies and cultures from around the world and enjoys experimenting with unconventional fibres made from garden flowers.
A woven textile designer, Jennifer Jones's work investigates the relationship between fibre and structure in woven cloth. She likes to work in three dimensions, challenging conventional ideas of cloth as a flat structure. Her woven textiles won Jones the 2010 New Design Britain Award.
To Grace Mortlock, producing work for Transition allowed her to connect with the memory of her grandmother. Using her tea towels was highly meaningful for Mortlock, as they embodied history and a past life. In an almost meditative manner, the creative process was a period of reflection for Mortlock. She was acutely aware of how she engaged with the fabric while processing this significant loss. In this sense, Mortlock imagined herself giving status and value to previously unwanted textiles.
You can see work by Mills, Jones, Mortlock and the rest of the exhibiting students at Transition at espaciogallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG
Blog post by Jessica Edney