A Western film with a twist, a celebration of body diversity, and a place for refugees to call home are among the eye-catching and thought provoking projects featured at Staffordshire University's annual Art and Design Degree show.
Show and Tell 2017, which opens on Friday 2 June, celebrates the work of more than 300 Art and Design students from 20 courses including photography, crafts, graphics, animation and surface pattern.
Animation Stop Motion and Puppet-making student Andy Baker went to extremes to find the perfect props for his animated western – The Good, The Bad and The Monkey. The hand-built saloon bar set features impressive attention to detail complete with a poker table strewn with tiny playing cards, miniature glasses on the bar and a stand up piano.
“It's a standard premise – an ape walks into a bar looking for a wanted outlaw!” explained Andy.
“Being thrifty and finding bit and bobs that I can use drives my wife mad. She's forever finding me in skips looking for odd trinkets that might make a miniature golf club or bottle!”
BA (Hons) Photojournalism student Fiona Cole's project is based on her own experiences of body shaming and promotes diversity in fashion photography.
She said: “Usually in fashion magazines you find models who are size 6 or size 0 but my photos feature models ranging from UK size 6 – 18. My project is trying to show that you can be any size and still be beautiful and successful in the fashion industry.”
BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design student Katherine McLean shares a passion for fashion, which she discovered during work experience with clothing companies Owens & Kim and White Stuff, and has designed unique high-end fashion prints.
She explained: “I was really influenced by the designs of Gaudi's mosaics and stained glass. I created collages using geometric shapes and then paired them up with colours which will be on trend next spring/summer.”
Following Show & Tell, Katherine and 13 other Surface Pattern students will be exhibiting their work at New Designers in London, the country’s largest showcase of emerging design talent.
Meanwhile BA (Hons) Product Design student William Pilgrim felt compelled to put his skills to good use after seeing media images of the poor living conditions at temporary refugee camps in Calais.
William has designed 'Refuge', a temporary pop-out accommodation pod with a lightweight concertina-design allowing the structure to be easily transported and constructed. It features bedrooms for two people with a wardrobe and a pull down desk, lights and plug sockets.
“They're living in broken tents and haven't got a proper bedroom. They need a place to call home, even if it's temporary.” he commented.
Show and Tell is open to the public from 3 – 10 June at Staffordshire University's College Rd site, ST4 2DE. Find the full list of opening times here.
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