I had never previously visited New Designers but had heard from previous students and tutors about the show, but have never been able to go. I understood it to be a graduate show where art students were able to display their work to reps of large and small brands over the space of two weeks. However I did not expect the quantity of textile students to dominate the space. However during the second week is very design based where the majority of product designers display their work. From discussion i have had most Makers have gone with the first week where contemporary applied art show. As makers we fall across many disciplines and i can see how it can be difficult to decided when to show. A draw back of new designer is the price. It is incredibly expensive to organise the show and to to stay in London.
I appreciate all areas and mediums of art and design. However certain mediums appeal to me more than others. I found there were some brilliant patterns, colours and concepts but we walked through the textile area relatively quickly. After a few trips round we finally found the more 3D based work, which was hidden away in the side rooms… we decided to visit the recently graduated makers. I was a bit shocked at the size of the space for their money and how easy it was to just walk straight past them. Although i think they did well considering their space, it did make me re think about whether new designs would be worth it. I’ve heard mixed reviews from tutors and graduates. Some were able to network, some received job offers, commissions and some got nothing. Although id argue that going through the process of applying for a show, curating, travelling with work, working on social skills and networking. As helpful as these skills are it can be a bit dis-heartening to not receive any offers when potentially your peers are.
I was able to talk to a Graduate from Essex school of art who made an interesting form based on cracks of a bowl for a kintsugi style piece. The pieces were made from gold plated wire that followed the cracks of a cracked bowl. They had an ethereal presence, a thin cold form just floating on a shelf. they were beautiful in their iridescence and simplicity.
The artists was a graduate called Anthony Milton, who i spoke all about his work and my future ideas from my graduate show. He suggested i try PMC as a substitute from pouring bronze as it is a clay and metal based substance. Thanks to this i now have him on Instagram where we follow each others professional blog on the process of our practices.
Here are some other photos from objects that stood out to me.