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Catalogue designed by: Suhail Hussain Kimberley Shaw Rosie Pearsall Leah Bentley Sam Benjafield Anca Stan Amy Frost

Beneath the Surface University of Chester 16th - 21st June 2017 Faculty of Arts and Media Department of Art and Design Kingsway Building Chester CH2 2LB www.chester.ac.uk/art-design First published June 2017 Š University of Chester, Department of Art and Design All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, store in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without, the prior permission of the publisher.


Professor Neil Grant Head of Art and Design Welcome to the 2017 University of Chester Art and Design Graduation Show. This is the annual career launch event for new artists, designers, photographers and this year has our first Fashion Design graduating group. The work represented here and presented in the exhibition celebrates the achievement of the students after three years of study in their chosen disciplines. The graduation exhibition is regarded as a key event in presenting the enthusiasm, drive and talent being supported and developed in the art and design department. This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see what visual arts’ graduates produce. The students and staff are keen to contribute to cultural development locally, nationally and internationally therefore, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience the product of their imagination and speculate on the contribution these graduates can make to enriching our lives. The show encapsulates the ethos of the department is that the study of art and design is a culturally and economically significant pursuit, that is intellectually challenging and emotionally rewarding. The disciplines studied within the department foster freedom of expression and the development of innovative ideas into objects and experiences. We particularly encourage experiment and generating creative surprise. We aspire to be creative, unconventional and professional. I am confident that these aspirations are evident in the work on display and the focus of the students represented in the exhibition and within this catalogue. It shows the great potential and creativity that has already been recognized with graduates already in design and creative economy jobs, competition winners and clearly enthusiastic people with very positive plans for the future.


Acknowledgements Professor Neil Grant Head of Art and Design Fine Art Dr. Jeremy Turner Programme Leader BA Dr. Maxine Bristow Programme Leader MA Steve Carrick Maggie Jackson Dr. Tom McGuirk Graphic Design Bernadine Murray Programme Leader BA Dr. Alan Summers Dr. Elizabeth Kealy-Morris Kevin Furlong Andrew Hooper Michael Moore David Nicholls Photography Dr. Cian Quayle Programme Leader BA Dr. Tim Daly Deputy Head of Department Steve Clarke Dr. Tracey Piper-Wright Tom Wood Lynne Connolly

Fashion Design Delphine Wilson Programme Leader BA Technical Support Chris Bebbington Greg Fuller Tom Hignett Tabitha Jussa Chris Millward Paula Johnson Administration Sarah Buckle Clare Dickens


Art and Design courses

Graphic Design

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Daniel Ashcroft Graphic Design I have created a series of character designs based on characters from the book ‘Bridge of Birds’, by Barry Hughart. The aim of this project was to get a better understanding of visual development as well as bring some awareness to an excellent fantasy book that I feel is under-appreciated. My intention for the project was to mimic the industry practice where written works are given to the designer, to then interpret and visualise in various forms; As such the concepts on show are built from my interpretation of the story. I’ve been drawn to concept art ever since I read through various Star Wars Visual Dictionaries as a kid, I thought it was amazing how much detail went in to imagining the function and purpose behind each fantastical piece of technology. I also can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in how characters are visually represented

Email: Ashcroft.w.dan@gmail.com and I love the idea of creating something tangible out of your own imagined view of a story or character. This project is kind of a snippet of a process that would then lead on to a video game, animation or merchandise production. I looked into various artists and processes as well as ancient Chinese artwork. I was particularly inspired by the work of James Castillo, Yao Yao and the various works of art created in the production of the Disney movie, Mulan. I aimed for this kind of simple and stylistic approach, thinking it would be more manageable and allow more room for whimsical or exaggerated characteristics. I tried to keep the graphical presentation very clean and straightforward, so that nothing detracts from the artwork.


Leah Bentley Graphic Design This year has really made me understand which practice I would like to major in and it is clear to me now that I would like to follow in the footsteps of an Art Director. For my degree show I started my art direction journey by creating my own magazine. The most important part about making a magazine is creating a theme, who is it aimed towards? What is it about? This magazine is for students struggling with university academically, physically or mentally. I have always said that the best way to get help is to talk about it but in some cases students feel that they can’t talk to anyone about it and this is where my magazine comes in. I have interviewed and given questionnaires to students to get their take on some typical student problems. I have filled my magazine with their responses along with my own

Blog: leahbentleydesign.wordpress.com” Email: leahnikolebentley@gmail.com response, accompanied by an appropriate illustration on each double page spread, to represent the problem and I have asked each person to give a fake username so they remain anonymous. I have made this magazine approachable and light hearted, just like me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed making it. “I am not what happened to me, I am who I choose to become.” – Carl Gustav Jung


Cassandra Chan Graphic Design My final project for this degree show was to emphasis my passion and enthusiasm for interior design. I have finally finished my 3rd year at Chester University studying Graphic Design. In my second year studying in Chester, I had a change of heart in my career aspirations and became more interested in interior design as a profession. Fully dedicating myself I haven’t had the chance to be given as much guidance as I would if I studied Interior Design specifically, but I tried and will carry on trying my best to learn about the subject as much as I can. My exhibition is my starting point to a successful future and many adventures ahead doing what I absolutely adore, making people happy with their interior environment, appreciating and admiring the decorative design I created for them to live in. This piece of work

Phone: 07454100009 Email: Cassymulan@hotmail.com represents me and who I am, and all designs were my ideas all sketches drawn by hand, scanned and touched up on illustrator to give it the clean luxurious look. I have big dreams to become a world leading interior designer, designing yachts, jets, mansions, penthouses, villas and many more. I grew up believing that enjoying what you do is very important, or you won’t get the best out of yourself; I am confident that my vision is something special when it comes to bringing my creative ideas to life.


Jenny Cole Graphic Design I have been passionate about art all my life, doing graphic design allows me to free my imagination to create anything I want and to express myself. I love the creative world and how graphic design is everywhere. I believe this is my purpose as art is all I think about as they say a creative mind never sleeps. I have chosen to do my project on hearing loss, which has a huge influence in my life. It will be an illustrated book, as I want to also show my drawing skills. I want the readers to have an insight of what the challenges you can face being hearing impaired and to understand how it impacts their everyday life. It will also include some tips to help people to interact with a hearing loss individual to make life easier for them, as well tips for the deaf person to learn new ways

Blog: jennylouisecole.wordpress.com Email: jennycolegraphics@gmail.com to make their own lifestyle easier for themselves. My time at University has probably been the most difficult and rewarding four years of my life, it has taught me a lot about myself and let me finally believe I am good at what I enjoy and that I am capable of anything. I am so ready to close this chapter of my life and excited to see what the future holds.


Joseph Dubber Graphic Design The Away Day Survival Guide has arrived! Everything you need to know when travelling to alien football grounds in the Premier League. From the essentials, such as the best pubs for away fans along with the average price of a pint, to the inessentials, such as the name of their stadium. With a checklist to remind you of the great and the not so great times you have experienced when following your beloved club. This lightweight magazine is a must when travelling down the motorway to your next destination. Each club’s edition is specifically designed for them and includes miles to each ground from their home stadium, giving you an idea of how long or short a day it is going to be.

Instagram: dubberdesign Email: josephdubber@hotmail.co.uk


Jordan Gee Graphic Design The final project I have produced most reflects my personal beliefs and interests. I was recently introduced to the art of coffee production. Therefore after some brief research into coffee I found a problem in which would be perfect to tackle as my design brief. My research led to discovering that coffee is the second most traded commodity after oil, and that this has massive repercussions that negatively impacts our environment and wildlife. People are aware of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance but there is little awareness that coffee (the worlds favourite beverage) is damaging our planet. Given that most coffee growing regions are also home to some of the most delicate ecosystems on earth, the potential for serious damage is great. The effects of coffee can be seen through sun cultivation coffee which has various of damaging impacts on the environment including deforestation,

Website: jordvngee.wordpress.com Email: jordvngee@gmail.com water pollution, agrochemical usage, waste and reduction of soil quality. As the second most popular drink besides water the effects that coffee is having is very concerning. Therefore I have created a coffee brand that tackles each problem that other coffee chains don’t address. As a designer I have great interest in tackling existing problems in which design can influence consumer behaviour, this project has given me the ability to showcase my design skills and develop my design instinct as I have had free range through out the brief. Now this topic has become a major interest of mine the brief has brought out my innovative side, making me more confident when tackling challenging issues in the future.


Matthew Gough Graphic Design My name is Matthew Gough and I am Graphic Design student at the University of Chester. The Graphic Design degree has taught me that there is so much more to designing than I initially thought. I have now become a conceptual and creative designer and I am no longer limited to just arranging images or text on a page. The piece of work that I have created for the degree show is an interactive model, which uses augmented reality. The piece is linked to my real world plans to create an arts centre in a former 1920s cinema. The building itself is situated in the borough of Tameside where I live. This building’s future is uncertain and I am doing everything that I can to save it. The project has received a great amount of press and the model will be moved to a local tourist attraction after

Website: www.wordpress.com/themes/myzizidesign Blog: fragileaudio@hotmail.com the degree show. The structure of the model was created using laser cutting technology and image creation using Adobe creative software. The model has taken several months to create and has used photographs of the actual building to create the basis for the design. Each section of the building is made up of several thin layers of wood stuck together.


Amy Gregson Graphic Design “The best way to accomplish serious design… is to be totally and completely unqualified for the job.” – Paula Scher Before university I had never done graphic design, I barely knew what it was. I have always been from a creative background and came to university to study Photography but ended up doing Graphic Design on a whim. Once I started learning about Graphic Design I started to see design in a different perspective. My attention was drawn to everything good or bad and it would inspire me to design. This is when I knew I could pursue this. I fell in love with creating and turning my ideas into deigns that communicate to the world without speech being necessary.

This project is based on the effects of substance abuse on the body. The substances involved are smoking, drugs and sugar. This series brings awareness to people who don’t realise how bad the products are until it is too late. The series shows the before and after of the substance abuse, to shock people into the harsh reality. There are subtle and shocking changes within the before and after images. I was influenced to create this series because of how companies advertise their products. Allowing the after effects to be seen puts it into a different perspective. Most big companies are only out to make more money at the risk of degrading our health.


Toby Haley Graphic Design This is an animation channel that I created to ensure I keep myself busy after this academic year. Through this channel I can display a variety of skills that I’ve developed throughout my study here and hopefully will produce content that an audience will find entertaining. The current project in development is a short Machinima series created through the game Minecraft. The aim of the series is to create a world that is compelling for the viewer, with characters and stories that the viewer can engage with. The series is aimed towards a younger audience, with a 10 minute episode length it aims to engage the viewer quickly with the story and I feel that creating it through the game Minecraft, makes the world more familiar to the viewer achieves this. The aim of the channel after this project is to explore whether that style of animation

Website: www.tobyhaley.wordpress.com Email: tobyhaley@hotmail.com engages the viewer effectively. I will be looking for any commissioned work that might be generated from the series that would keep me working after it is finished. Any feedback is gratefully accepted from this exhibition so feel free to contact me through my details, if you would like to see more of my previous work, visit my blog.


Richard Hamilton Graphic Design

Facebook: rjgraphicdesignuk Email: rouge182@gmail.com

My love of design in general reflects a diverse childhood, much of it centred around travelling and living in various countries around the world. I love to absorb as much as possible around me and appreciate aesthetics and the cultural impact of good design.

design – especially the 1970s and 1980s, a time when life was somehow simpler and more honest, a period of amazing discovery, new styles and trends, many of which are still current fashion or have come full circle and are with us again.

Graphic design is a great way of bringing the elements and theory of good design together and enables me to explore my main interests in marketing, branding and catalogue design, as well as illustration work.

I love doing work that reflects these periods but with a modern twist and integration with the very clever technology that surrounds us these days. We have to move forward with the times - this should be embraced at all times and never taken for granted but lest we never forget the highlights of events in the past that accompany us into the future.

To me, colour is a very important part of our sensory pleasure and making our environment about us work for us – to convey messages, reflect mood or enhance our well being. The overall picture is important, but it is down the finer details and final presentation where we make our impact. I am inspired by historical periods of


Jessica Holden Graphic Design When my letter to Hogwarts didn’t arrive, I decided to go to University instead. (It obviously got lost in the post). Having never studied Graphic Design before I had no idea what I was doing at the beginning, but by the end of First Year I loved it. There’s something great about being able to think and create everyday, and be valued because of your ideas. When designing I brainstorm ideas, come up with a concept and figure out how to make it a reality later. There’s always a way to achieve what you want, you just have to find it. My current project revolves around Kingsway Campus, and aims to create community spirit and student engagement. The project started with the creation of a set of dynamic logos inspired by the shapes and textures of Kingsway building. This then developed into an interactive experience that presents students

with the many opportunities the University has to offer, aiming to engage and excite students and boost their chances of standing out from the crowd when leaving University.  Sometimes a creative block can be a killer, but “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only you remember to turn on the light” - Harry Potter


Ryan Holland Graphic Design 1st year I was told Fine Art & Graphic Design are two difficult subjects to combine. 2nd year I realised they were two difficult subjects to combine. Then 3rd year happened. I now know, that without my exploration through Fine Art I would never have been able to push the boundaries in Graphic Design. Throughout my three years I produced a varied body of work teaching myself new skills and adding more strings to my bow. Sculpture, Illustration, Product Design, Video Editing, Animation and Digital Media have all been part of my journey. These processes have all been used throughout my three years and even more so in my two final exhibition pieces. My Fine Art exhibition is about creating suspense. To create this, I am toying with

Website: hozdesigns.co.uk Email: r.holland91@hotmail.co.uk the viewer’s emotions and instantly creating a bond between them and the object/item, then placing that object in danger thus creating the suspense. In my Graphic Design exhibition, I have tackled the challenge of convincing the public to be pro-active towards the use of waste to generate energy. The way in which I have approached the challenge is by targeting children and young families. This has allowed me to create a new interactive website for children to learn the process and benefits of waste to energy facilities. Pushing myself in every possible angle may result in many failures but could also give me the chance to have so many more successes.


Suhail Hussain Graphic Design I’ve spent my time in university trying to find out what type of designer I am. My work this year has primarily been print-based where I try to communicate a message or feeling. This is the same for my digital work, where I want to help users understand a service or product more. To me there is little that is more important than the experience. My magazine, Doss shares this purpose and has been an opportunity for me to develop my skills in art direction and interface design. With Doss I wanted to create a community on the campus by sharing work and art that students have created with the hope that it would create more of a community. After I graduate, I aim to pursue a career in digital design as I have a lot of interest in UX/UI Design, I’m really

Website: suhailhussain.com Email: suhail.hussain@me.com interested in the theory behind the decision making in producing websites and apps. Creating something from start to finish is a really exciting prospect, especially when it’s on a large scale.


Peter King Graphic Design (In collaboration with Liz Broughton) For this project the ultimate goal was to try to convey emotion through the sport of boxing, which was a hard task as a boxer’s main goal is to not show their emotion at all. With this in mind as I am a boxer myself, I decided to tackle this project with both hands by talking to male boxers within my gym the week of our fights to ask them how they felt. They all came back with different versions of what the other was saying, all expressing three different emotions I felt I could tell a story about through poster design. With this I decided to collaborate with another third year student called Liz Broughton, who managed to take some amazing photographs which were then used for the final piece. After several shoots, three images

were chosen to convey three emotions I chose, those emotions being, anger, fear and nervousness. With these images I simply wanted to create something which represented the rough and ready feel to it, as I am a boxer I know what it is like to be in this type of environment and I felt that this was the best approach to tackling this personal project.


Lauren Mcilhargey Graphic Design Cosmetic Advertisements are everywhere in the society we live in today weather it may be on the television, in the cinema, displayed in a magazine, newspaper, on a bill board it can been seen everywhere we turn. My aim was to create a cosmetic brand that was unique, distinctive and ‘pushed the edges’ within the cosmetic industry. I wanted to create something that was offbeat but at the same time, is still recognisable within the cosmetic sector. The brand itself is called Lauren Elizabeth also known as ‘LE’ the reason behind this is I wanted to create a personal brand, in which I didn’t want it to just appeal to a certain age generation I wanted my target audience to be stretched from teenagers to women embracing their sixties.

The idea was to create and be ‘The Most Colourful Name In Cosmetics’ and that is reflected with the packaging, the booklet and the artwork surrounding the brand itself. It is an individual make up brand, that looks into making the best products they possibly can to develop a strong client base and keep the clients of Lauren Elizabeth smiling and feeling beautiful inside and out.


Jade Nugent Graphic Design I am a creative and resourceful individual with a flare for technology. Since studying Graphic Design I have experimented with various forms within design practice. I have a passion for branding, advertising and package design. When developing logos and icons I have established my individual style through using vectors to create new and interesting pieces. The project ‘Retreat’ involved rebranding a dessert shop with a retro style. I included five main desserts with a ‘pick n mix’ topping twist and a menu focused on soft illustrations of food. This project has allowed me to experiment with various materials, including fabric, card and plastics. As a designer I am continually adapting and developing my skills. During my time at university I have advanced

Twitter: @JadeNugent Website: www.jadenugent.wixsite.com/graphicdesigner Email: jade.nugent@hotmail.com my ability to confidently create animations to a high standard by using software such as After Effects and Premiere Pro. As a result, I have found a greater passion within the area of digitalized design and have an aspiration to become a digital designer. Understanding various Adobe software packages such as Illustrator, has provided me with the tools to improvise and solve problems to deliver coherent communication through design. “Enough passion has the power of the perceived impossible” – Jade Nugent


Natasha Partington Graphic Design My personal style of Art and Design has always been very imaginative, creating art without boundaries and always challenging the limits. Taking an interest in obscure methods of art has allowed me to continue adapting and learning new skills alongside my digital design work, taking particular interest in character design and sculpture. This led me to focus my recent design on the emotion of a story and the influence lighting has on the perceived theme of the story. Inspired by the traditional techniques of Chinese shadow puppetry and old noir movie lighting tricks I decided to challenge myself to create dynamic dioramas/sets. This is something I have never tried before, having mostly worked with clay and digital design.

The stories behind my dioramas are intended to be initially understood upon first inspection, but with a change of the lighting forcing the audience to challenge their perception. Being able to transform everyday objects such as cardboard, paper, twigs, plastic bottles and fruit nets into something that is able to tell a story was extremely challenging but what sets my dioramas apart from anything seen before, as each material creates its own unique shadow. Additionally, I have controlled the temperature, lighting and smells within my exhibition space to fully immerse the audience within the stories and create a memorable experience. My ambition is to have intrigued my audience by my art work.


Demi Paul Graphic Design Whenever you hear that someone is suffering from a mental illness disorder, a lot of people find it easier to pre-judge or create a label for someone as ‘weak’ or ‘damaged’. The stigma around mental health is something that needs to be removed from society and the words ‘mental health’ shouldn’t be such a taboo. My project aims to help create awareness of this and get people openly talking about their mental health. This small campaign I have created has been made with help and extensive research from young people, and their accounts of living with mental health problems and how that affects their day to day routines. I have used mainly collage design to carry my message as using mixed media from many platforms I believe was the best way to capture more than one emotional feeling at one point, giving me the best representation

Blog: dpauldesigns.wordpress.com/ Website: demipaul95@hotmail.co.uk of living in the mind of someone who has to deal with mental health issues on a daily basis. The overall goal I am aiming to achieve with my work is to help inspire a generation to speak out about how they feel, and be a part of the movement in removing the stigma that mental health unfortunately carries.


Daniel Roberts Graphic Design Disability Snowsport UK are a company that helps disabled people to achieve their dreams on the slopes, by organizing events to make it happen. They have their own online community where disabled people can communicate with new friends. There is an accreditation process, which includes a series of badges that can be collected depending on what level of skills participants achieve on the slopes and in lessons. I am also exhibiting a limited edition snowboard that has been designed to graphically demonstrate and promote the exiting opportunities that participants can get involved in. The snowboard has been designed and will be given out to pro snowboarders around the UK to help boost awareness for the charity and encourage participation.

Instagram: Sev_Designs Email: danrob7@btinternet.com The program as shown will be presented in disabled centers over all over the UK, giving them all the information they need to be included in the exhilarating activities on offer. I am a young designer with an ambition to create high quality and modern Graphic Design that has the flair to address the challenges of the brief. The techniques and processes I have learnt from studying at the University of Chester s evidence of my ability to promote and increase awareness for disabled people to enjoy snow sports activities just like myself or anyone else.


Amy Samuels Graphic Design & Photography I am a people person. I like to be involved with people, even when it comes to Graphic Design. I am just interested in people as a subject. This project is about self worth and realising you are more than a social canvas. My love for Letterpress typography and concern with the way people portray themselves relying heavily on social media to feel as though they fit in, started this project off. I am interested in finding ways to push people to realise they are worth more than peoples negative opinions. For part of this project I have created a campaign called #KnowingNotSeeing and one element of this is a session in schools and colleges in which the students use Letterpress to create positive self portraits, using bright colours that reflect their personality. The session will focus on getting the students to view themselves

Blog: https://amysamuelscreativedesign.wordpress.com Email: amyleanne1994@hotmail.co.uk and others in a positive way though the use of words whilst understanding how the words we use to describe ourselves and others can have both a negative and a positive impact on people.


Harrison Southern Graphic Design For my end of year exhibition, I have branded my own range of beers. The problem I think with beers are that they have similar brands to one another and don’t offer personality and character. To overcome this, I have created four beers that resemble wild animals. Each animal characterises different strengths of beers and when we suggest is best to drink them. The four drinks are (in order of strength) Fighting Grizzly, the Beasty Bison, Shadow Eagle and the Fragile Fox. These beers come under my main brand Wildbrew. I decided to design the beers so that each one has a unique story behind it and therefore connects with the consumer on a more personal level. Each story the beer has relates to the consumer and how the beer should be consumed.

Blog: harrysouthern.wordpress.com Email: h.southern@rossall.org.uk For the designs of my brand I have gone for a theme similar to vintage badges to keep the idea of the wild running throughout. Behind my exhibition is ‘bringing the wild to the city’ and I have achieved this by mixing raw materials with man made materials to resemble the mixture of both the wild and the city.


Anca Stan Graphic Design This work investigates the complexities of tradition and combines two elements with a significant history; wine and embroidery. The research has drawn inspiration from Romanian folk costume and traditional peasant tops. The most important piece of the traditional female costume, the blouse “IE� has so much more to it than just colourful patterns and detailed embroideries. It preserves tradition through its ornaments which highlight the differences in age, social status and life events. The research has employed the embroidery designs as a theme for the brand to differentiate the wine according to its region of origin. The brand and values are illustrated on the labels, the decorative wrapping paper and the unique embroidered sleeves, as well as identifying tags for each bottle. The project is an homage to Romanian culture and tradition. Contemporary peasant tops are being exploited by the

fashion industry worldwide and Romanian history is being lost in the visual translation to popular culture. This work is an illustration and representation of the cultural and traditional origins of the designs, where they come from and what significant meanings they have. I have a particular interest in branding and illustration, this project helped me to broaden and develop my design skills. This experience has presented a new ability in experimenting and exploring with an embroidery machine. My approach is very hands on, and I enjoy the art of craft, problem-solving and creative challenges.


Brian Taylor Graphic Design I researched into the subject of why people with mental health issues are still being stigmatised. I was surprised it was still happening today. The problem is that people with mental health issues are struggling to get help. Stigma is a part of it as it can silence the individual, who desperately needs help but is unable to get help. The inspiration is for the toys came from the idea that people who are suffering from mental health issues, are stigmatised because individuals who have not experienced mental health issues, don’t believe it’s real as they can’t see it. Thus the illness is not identified and the ones suffering are left to suffer, the stigma lives on. The toys are used to educate and help, but also bring understanding to an illness which isn’t tangible. Each frame represents different mental health issues and the toys will connect to the monster in that

particular frame. The monsters are related on the symptoms I’ve found that are associated with that mental health issue. The toys will act as a reminder for stigma and will courage people to connect by taking the toys along with them anywhere. I’ve chosen three common mental health issues; Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia. In these posters, I wanted to depict the symptoms so I could show the viewer what people with the condition go through in a metaphorical way.


Emily Tootle Graphic Design Natura is a natural home interior brand that puts sustainability at the forefront of the design and manufacturing process, while maintaining a fashionable and contemporary feel. The idea for Natura came about when I was trying to find patterned home interiors, which were sustainable. I found that the home interior brands, which were sustainable and had a concern for the environment, had very plain designs that didn’t appeal to me. As a consumer who feels very passionate about sustainability and natural products I do not want to sacrifice style or sustainability when choosing a product, therefore I decided to combine the two so consumers do not have to compromise. The name of the brand ‘Natura’ means natural in Italian and all the designs in the Natura collection are all inspired by natural sources such as: vegetables, fruit

Instagram: etootledesign Website: www.etootledesign.com Email: e.tootle@hotmail.co.uk and fish scales. The patterns are bold, so when you initially look at the pieces you see a pattern, however when you look closer you can see that each design features organic sources which have been created by an initial hand drawn illustration. For this project I have incorporated my design style to create artefacts and a brand that represents me.


Simon Troughear This 128x128 pixel project is a journey through a short story of ambition and imagination. Inspired by my past as a young millennial growing up with technology and video games. I’ve always been a very nostalgic person. When I dwell on my past I usually always resort to the years of my childhood. A time of clutching my game controller, cross-legged in front of my telly. Spending days in another world and hiding away. It brought me joy. I don’t believe there are many other things that I can say have influenced my journey in the design world right now more than these experiences. Game play became game design, and the curiosity of creating my very own game only grew as I became older and realised that it was a possibility.

Right now, I’m happy to present my first fully finished short game. I hope it brings you the joy I felt when I found my passion for the first time.


Tirion Vickery Graphic Design Colour and vibrancy is what I feel defines both my personality and the heart of my design interest. Fascination and enthusiasm for illustration and animation began in my early years as I enjoyed the works of the graphic novelist Raymond Briggs, director and artist Tim Burton and of course Disney’s team of animators. Aside from their stories, I had a great curiosity about the creation of characters and their enlivenment. Studying and experiencing graphic design from the perspective of an undergraduate has uncovered the sophistication and skill involved in creating these entertainments, particularly how successful productions require a collective creative effort, along with the tremendous opportunity presented by technical developments. My confidence as a designer and keen engagement with animation and illustration has been boosted through practical and theoretical work. My childhood imagination

Twitter: VickeryTirion Blog: tirionvickeryblog.wordpress.com Email: vickerysdesigns@aol.com could not have envisaged the possibility of working as a design professional. Whilst colour continues to define my design philosophy, embracing technological possibilities continues to support expansion of my creative repertoire, building my skills and experience. This continues to sustain my life-long engagement with animation and illustration and their creators. My current work relates and appeals to children, through interactive print media. I plan to develop future projects using complementary platforms. Ultimately, my professional aspiration is to work within a range of design environments providing exciting, creative and technical stimulus, supporting my aim to become a lead animator, as keen now as in early years in enjoying the pleasure of illustration and the animated world.


Reem Al-Barazi Fine Art Having fled my own country as a child, I strongly feel for those in lost situations. This may be why artists that show human tragedy in their work are the artists that have inspired me most. I am particularly drawn to the language of the human body, as it really is what can shown emotions, particularly damage or hurt. This piece focuses on the current tragedy of Syria. These figures are numerous, the owners of the bodies are identity-less, ashamed and they have become just a number. They are all the same, they share the same burden, they feel the same shame. The making of these figures was quite simple, mainly using wire, newspaper and mud rock. Each part of the technique is symbolic, being wrapped in newspaper is showing that they are wrapped in the words of the outside world, the mud rock on their figures is showing hurt, and their positioning is showing the limbo they find themselves in. The way

they are being hanged is showing that they have no control over their lives or themselves. This piece I have created, void of hope, is entitled the ‘Hanging’.


LAUREN BANKS Fine Art It is misleading for me to specify what interests me as an artist, my attitude and opinions are always changing, I adapt through new experiences and even now I am still uncertain about what I want to achieve in the future. I am not interested in one specific area of practice but rather anything different or obscure. I wouldn’t say I have created a sculpture, but rather manipulated common household objects into unique forms. During my practice this year, I have been engaging with objects in such a way that emphasises the enchantment of their aesthetic, through the colours and the chaotic forms. I have been primarily intrigued by the forms suggestive of fairy-tales and those associated with the decorative arts, such as costume and contemporary jewellery. I enrolled at the University of Chester as a Fine Art student, intending to do nothing but draw to my heart’s

Email :lb-laurenemily@hotmail.co.uk content, because that’s what I loved doing. Now for my final year degree show work, I am exhibiting a 3D structure. Funny how things change.


Jennifer Bartley Fine Art Throughout my time at university I have seen my creative practice change drastically, becoming very minimalistic and organised. My final project is based around my love for simplistic mediums but also my love of shape and form. By using the medium of paint, I could retain an element of control but I could also choose to create very expressive work when I felt the need to. I chose to keep my palette very monochromatic as I felt it reflected the level of control I wanted within my work, but it also takes much more technical skill to make a monochromatic palette have the same emphasis and impact as a full colour palette. As my work progressed over the year, I noticed the precision involved with creating the lines and grids reminded me of architectural floor plans and blue prints. I documented this by taking close up photographs of

my paintings, which in turn became art works in their own right. I wanted my practice to reflect the time I have spent at this particular university, so I decided to use the floor plan of Kingsway Campus within my final exhibition as my grid references.


Sam Benjafield Fine Art During my time studying Fine Art at the University of Chester I have been interested in the anonymity of spaces and objects. I have expressed this by producing a series of scenographic digital drawings that display desolate, virtual environments. Within these spaces, I attempt to evoke a sense of isolation and abandonment as though the space was once occupied and active but has since been vacated and frozen in time. I create physical marks using traditional methods such as pencil and ink, and then scan them into digital software. By editing and manipulating these marks into somewhat recognisable forms, I meticulously arrange them within the space and use these forms as subtle clues that hint at possible scenarios. The environments sit within a void like place oscillating between reality and the imagination.

My work predominantly consists of washed out, muted colours; this is an attempt to create a clinical and sterile aesthetic. With the use of line, I aim to give the impression that the space continues beyond the digital image thus expanding the exterior space into an unknown, remote terrain. Currently, I am working on miniature three dimensional installations that run parallel to these virtual spaces.


Saskia Bennett Fine Art My video pieces explore the natural phenomena created by mundane materials that we encounter on a daily basis: oil and water. With a focus on liquid dynamics and how the two materials interact, the footage features visuals of emulsification and the surrealistic and strange properties that the materials gain after they have been mixed. Within the microcosm of the liquid container, effects occur such as large spiraling vortex forms, coloured orbs sinking from the surface, forms merging together over time and hundreds of dots of colour gently being carried by the current of the liquid. Colour is emphasised with the inclusion of watercolour as a material, allowing the forms to take on a multitude of vivid hues and for these colours to be continuously shifting and revealing themselves depending upon how they are interacted with. As well as a strong visual component, my pieces incorporate

@Saskiabennett Blog: www.saskiabennett.wordpress.com Email: saskia.bennett@hotmail.com sound with the inclusion of symphonic music whereby the cues of the music trigger the visual events of the clips. The two elements are intertwined so that each one becomes inseparable and nonsensical without the other and each element complements and emphasises the sublimity of the video.


Andrea Boyle Fine Art My exhibition work this year has allowed me to truly focus and explore the area of fine art that most interests me – portraiture. This year began as a truly exciting one, and I explored this topic willingly with an undeniable excitement through exploring drawing of portraiture and various ways to explore the countless mediums I could explore – printing, drawing, painting. However, after the first few months, I dealt with a great personal loss and in this, I have been made to feel extremely weak, yet having to portray a strength to the world and continue to trod on through life, like I am sure many people have experienced themselves. With this then, I decided to allow this life experience to feed into my art project, however, instead of exploring your typical ‘blue’ and typical depictions of colour connotations and low mood, I have explored the complete opposite and experimented painting on canvas with using too many

Instagram: andreart_x Email: andieboyle@gmail.com colours in a way to depict a sombre or indifferent mood within a portrait piece. Most of my chosen compositions are atypical of your characteristic portrait and are enhanced by a wide spectrum of colours, contrasting and blending within each other to create pieces that will try to make the viewer feel something – be that sad, empathetic, inquisitive or sometimes takenaback by the loudness of the piece or confused by the composition competing against the colour and tones our minds would connect with other feelings


Sarah Bretherton Fine Art Dying is the only universal certainty in our lives, we are born, and from that moment onwards the only situation we can say will happen is death. That fact is denied by most people and is treated as a taboo subject for discussion. During my practice, one of the artists I took inspiration from was Anselm Kiefer due to the materials that he incorporates within his work. Damien Hirst has also had a profound influence on my response to the subject. I have experimented with ways to prolong natural materials using man made substances. My work explores flowers that are pre-cut and have already started the dying process, I coated the flowers in plaster, thus suffocating them whilst preserving their short life and prolonging their death.

Email: sarah.bretherton@yahoo.com The fragility and nature of my work, means they will need replacing in time, due to decay. The pieces won’t last forever, proving that everything is impermanent and transient in life. My goal is to achieve the portrayal of death whilst maintaining the capability to remind the viewers about the extinction of life, that surrounds us.


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Fine Art My Final Project introduces the delicate subject of mental illness and builds upon the difficult effects that depression and anxiety can induce on somebodies life. This subject was chosen as it is personal to me, and has helped me, and will hopefully help others, to channel these challenging emotions from something negative to something creative. The result is that my Final Project has become a journey. The journey started by producing drawings and paintings representative of the initial battle with mental health issues, taking a more abstract tone when these pieces were developed further. Instead of tackling problems, the problems were used. An example of this is when there are ‘bad days’, where all creativity is void, use existing pieces of art and collage them together to make new, interesting pieces.

My project exploits mixed media, collage. I have used a combination of materials to produce studies of people who have been used to embody mental illness and have collaged these together, thus creating many unique pieces. The end of the journey has brought me to my final collages that best display intense emotion. There is significance in the choice of all materials and techniques involved. Using this subject matter has finally allowed me to speak without using words, and has allowed me to effectively produce some abstract and interesting pieces of work.


Amy Frost Fine Art Just before my final year I decided I wanted to incorporate Interior design themes into my work as I realised that the aesthetics of a space are what truly excite and inspire me in art and design. University teaches you to push your boundaries in your working, whilst you may not agree with the feedback and encouragement to change up ideas at times, you could find yourself creating something you can be proud of if you push yourself. Regardless of the negative aspects, I endeavoured to experiment further, placing myself on the line between Interiors and Fine art, enabling me to create some interesting pieces. As you may have guessed, triangular geometric designs have become a big part of my recent portfolio. True to representing myself as an artist, I like to create eye catching pieces that don’t necessarily have meaning behind them but capture your attention regardless with bold colours or

mark-making qualities. Reflecting on the experience, it was only when I became certain of the industry I wanted to move on to that I could fully enjoy experimental work and build upon the skills that will propel me on to the next step in building a career in the world of Interiors.


Georgia Houghton Fine Art and Photography Over the past year I have experimented with the idea of collage. Through this I have created my own technique in collage. I have used triangles as the shape to collage with, but I have also curled two of the corners to make it effectively come away from the page so that it looks more sculptural. Making the paper look sculptural gave it a deeper level of dimension. Creating the collages on a large scale is intentional to take the focus away from the curls individually to enhance the image as a whole. The fact it is a subtle difference is crucial to the idea of the work because I wanted to show how something so minute could make a big difference. Working with colour pieces if effective and creates a final image that evokes movement but I felt taking the colour away creates even more fluidity in the instillation. The different shades of white connect to each other on a visual level easier than coloured pieces and therefore

create a flow. The idea is to be subtle, so that the idea directly relates to the technique. Using white on white has been the most effective way to create this. Also keeping it simple by using white focuses on the curls as a whole rather than what the image is supposed to be. The collective look of the curly triangles in the formation on a wall creates a flow that is unexpected and it works well.


Francesca Hrabachko Fine Art The genre of portraiture has evolved throughout time, as today it is not only used to record a person’s appearance in history but it is also used as a tool to create expressive art. This concept of creating expressive portraits where I project my own emotion onto my work underpins my art, as I am an expressive artist who is inspired by my own personal experiences. The inspiration for this series derived from my passion for capturing the emotion I felt during my time teaching in South Africa. This was an insightful and positive experience, which I wanted to portray within my portraits. With forming each piece, I felt that I was reliving my experience and expressing that moment from my perspective. It was extremely important to ensure my portraits possess the element of spontaneity and chance, as my intention

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Melanie Lewis Fine Art and Graphic Design As a contemporary Artist and a Graphic Designer. I work in Multiple disciplines. My varied skills allow me to work in areas from logo and product design, poster, leaflet and booklet design, Editorial layouts, illustration, business brief proposals, screen printing, letter press, embossing, etching and intaglio printing and many fine art mediums such a photography, painting and drawing. Through my Fine Art practice, I portray modern day objects, regarding them as artefacts of the future. I play with feminine subjects of beauty, that symbolize the Female body along with the unreal expectations embedded within our society. My work touches on femininity, sexualisation, manipulation and a conflict with masculinity.

Website: https://designgoddessblog.wordpress.com Email: Melanielewis25@icloud.com My Fine Art exhibition focuses on feminine structure in a sexual manner, though highlighting doll features that conflict. I focus internally on the disconnection of my subject matter and draw the mechanics as they are more important than aesthetic form. My Graphics exhibition is a design proposal to save an integral part of our forgotten heritage. This design solution creates a desire to experience through enticing design work invoking the spirit of the woodland, a contemporary Celtic logo design, integrating tradition through typography, the print process and packaging material. The use of colours of purple and gold create a luxury identity. This aesthetic design inspires the consumer to experience the unique attributes of these Damson products. These differentiate my product from any similar products currently on the UK Shelves.


Nathan Lowndes Fine Art My focus this year has been on the question of, what makes a painting? Throughout my studies, I have looked at traditional painting techniques, how they are displayed and the standards that seem to be followed throughout the art world. I asked ‘why should a painting have a rectangular form with paint to display meaning?’ When modern times can accommodate for many varieties of art, should we still be following these traditions? My paintings explore and experiment in the ways that, canvas + wood + paint, can create a painting. My vision this year was to experiment and research, so that I could make well informed pieces of work for the final show. My way of working was to use a wide variety of materials and create vastly different experimental and test pieces to create work that I never would have before and hopefully take my work in a more informed

and different direction. With this year being selfdirected studies, I had the freedom to use any materials I felt necessary and there were no restrictions in my experimental process, therefore creating stronger work. For the degree show I started with a huge range of experimental work around Christmas time and from there formulated a plan in order to move forward, in the process being able to fully develop my original concept ideas.


Ruairidh Johnstone Fine Art My creative practice involves the materiality and form from objects within construction and industrial environments. I am drawn into this overall aesthetic through the categorised properties these materials possess, as I am naturally attracted to them because they visually excite and intrigue me. These objects generally consist of brick, metal, and wood. The work I make with these materials is informed by the readymade, found object, and with minimalistic values in mind. Although these utilitarian objects may be deemed basic, mundane, and unable to use, I challenge them through a series of experiments that not only see the adaptation of spatial arrangement, but the facades of these objects through a configured method of painting. The ambiguity of my work presents various experiences of inquisition that can only be defined by visual and material aesthetic qualities. Tied in with physical form,

Instagram: RJJArt Facebook: RJJArt Email: ruairidhjjohnstone@icloud.com it is only from these attributes that my work exists at its current state. Furthermore, the site specificity is fundamental, as the work I make corresponds to that location where it operates. My strategic decisions dictate the structure, interactiveness and relationship between each individual object. I search for that overall perfection until each integral part connects in some way or another. Whether that be by placing objects together, or using repetition to recognise physical traits. These objects are then established to achieve the desired sculptural three dimensional formation.


Natalie Magee Fine Art Throughout my practice I had been exploring the juxtaposition between different materials through the disfiguration and deformity off the human form. I experimented with natural and unnatural materials to recreate the human face and had used ready-made objects such as polystyrene mannequin heads as the base and starting point for my work. As a volunteer for community arts projects, I decided to incorporate crafts based style into the makings off my work creating a ‘rough and ready’ approach. This was due to the nature of how I applied the objects to the polystyrene which was deliberately imprecise and untidy. As I got further into my experimentation I became fascinated with the unnatural elements I had used, as the technological objects mixed with the human form created an interconnected bio-mechanical relationship;

Blog: natalieandreaartist.wordpress.com from this I became inspired by the theme of Dystopia. This was due it’s vision of a futuristic universe that has become oppressed and lost. I found this very intriguing and began looking at forgotten divine cultures such as Egypt in which I became fascinated with ‘The Lost City Tanis’. This inspired my work in producing futuristic identities from a culture that has become lost and disfigured, indicating this sense of powerless.


Connor McCrone Fine Art & Photography Initially I intended my project as an exploration of archaeology, anthropology, the environment, and the sublime, and I considered visual research from the outdoor sculpture trail at Grizedale Forest, as well as outdoor man-made “monuments�, such as stone and timber circles, and also objects crafted from natural materials by prehistoric and tribal cultures. However, over time my works, which initially started as smallscale objects made from branches, stones, chord-wood, bindings such as glue, mud, string, fabric, amongst others, eventually began to move slightly away from these concepts, and began to experiment with larger scales, as well as man-made objects, some of which were found in rubbish dumps and among flotsam and jetsam on beaches, and with manufactured materials such as wire, acrylic ropes, plastic, and began to focus more on formal elements. I also continued to use visual

references from archaeology and historical objects such as siege engines, archery, boat-steering equipment, and incorporated certain facets of these objects into my work. Finally, I began to bring all the disparate elements of my project together in any way that seemed relevant to my eventual theme. I decided to begin combining some of the larger works together and giving them a sense of functionality, experimenting with form, mechanical, and organic elements. In this way I began to develop a greater sense of direction with regards to my work. I hope my work will raise questions over themes regarding functionality of objects, mankind and nature, signs, history, culture, human nature and society.


April McNay Fine Art For my final year I have been looking deeper into what it was I enjoyed doing in my art as well as realising the viewer’s perception of my work was a very important factor to me. This led me on to portraiture, just with a twist. I found that in this last year what really actually interests me is having the viewer slightly question what they are looking at, this doesn’t necessarily mean making something so obviously different it’s confusing. I like to do it a more subtle way. My final pieces are a series of portrait paintings which have a sense of being “not quite right”. This has been achieved in the way the subjects look back at you in some of the pieces, the proportions in others, and even the style of painting. This has had me really thinking about what I want the work to say or do. I came to the conclusion that I don’t want it to look disturbing, or

Website: april2405.wixsite.com/aviolet Email: April2405@hotmail.com wrong, just a little different. Strange. My work in the degree show is produced on my own hand made canvases, and created in acrylic paint. I have used my own canvases due to them being a traditional form of material for portraiture with my less traditional style put on them for that extra little twist in my work. They are also my own as I could have them exactly the size and depth I need which I felt best suited my work. My idea with this work is to get the viewer to perhaps take a first glance and look back at the work again and question it a little.


Samantha Mills Fine Art Many elements of life are out of our control and I have to go along with what is happening as if on a roller coaster. This project has been a complete expression of myself and allowed me to take control by dictating the pace of the work and the direction it went. I was able to control every aspect of the process end to end from the patterns, fabric, thread, materials and the level of detail; echoing and enhancing the design. By using patterns from architecture, I was able to chose symmetrical geometric shapes and incorporate these on to screen print fabric design. I was then able to hand embroider onto this, following a design I had created; and enhancing it by giving it texture. The structure having crisp, clean lines coupled with simple colours were a deliberate choice to introduce simplicity and calmness into what has been a complicated piece to

do. By choosing to hand embroider I was able to create a more textured appearance. I feel my pieces of work portray a strong, yet simplistic calmness amongst my chaotic life.


Lauran Need Fine Art As an artist, I have channelled my passion for nature and through this passion I have developed my knowledge and understanding of sculpture. The colour, smells and textures within nature are a few of the elements that attract my interests but the sheer beauty of our natural world and how mother nature can define her world to create breath-taking landscapes is the overall inspiration and meaning to my third-year practice here at the university of Chester. The series of work began using books bought from charity shops, this may seem unusual to use someone else’s discarded property but to me this was exciting as these books where personal and had individual meaning to the previous owners. Looking at discarded books upon a shelf I considered how I could use them within my practice and at that moment I didn’t have a

Facebook: inspirejustbe Blog: word8257.wordpress.com Email: Lauranneedfinearts@hotmail.com single thought, I bought the books anyway and began to think of how I could transform them. It took me a few weeks and many discarded ideas until I looked outside to change my train of thought and stared directly at a tree, it then dawned upon me that my passion for nature could be my idea, the idea and this was how I could give the books a new lease of life.


Rosie Pearsall Fine Art Environmental concern is central to the ethos of my practice, which is informed by landfilling and mining, and the impending damage that these may have on the earth. In my sculptures, I imagine scenarios where mining and landfilling collide, referencing man’s reliance on nature, as a resource which is added to and taken from. In my sculptures, I utilise plaster as a representation of the land, exploiting its purity with the addition of litter and excavation of parts. Plaster is a fitting material for the context of my work, as it is a combination of inorganic chemicals and mined minerals, Gypsum and Lime. The plaster is cast into industrial sized and shaped containers, returning the minerals back to their earthly and geological state, showing little indication of the artist’s hand in their creation.

Instagram: pearsallfineart Website: www.rosiepearsall.com Email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com The interference of man is represented with external props, supports and frames that surround the mass. They express a sense of urgency, a potential instability of the earth’s structure, which is enhanced by the scale of the work. The work exists in a state of transition; earth in the process of being excavated, strata in the stages of being mined. These notions of transience raise questions concerning the longevity of the earth; how much more intervention it can take and how long will it remain stable?


Holly Pierce Fine Art The catalyst for this project has been the photographs I had taken of the buildings in the city of Liverpool. I wanted to respond to them in a way that would transform the images and remove the link from the real world.

variations within the structures which then interacts with the external composition of the gallery space. Each structure operates differently in the space due to the positioning and this gives a sense of physicality to the work.

My work is focused on creating dynamic structures using a linear interpretation of a cityscape. I combined the 3D structures with collaged 2D images creating a contrast within the pieces. The dynamic compositions are created due to the combination of lines. Perspex is then slotted into sections of the piece to create fragility. In two of the pieces, the invisible features of the cityscape are featured such as the use of scaffolding and the links beneath the surface that are vital to the function of day to day life. I have used a monochrome theme throughout as it creates different tonal

I have explored an everyday environment which contains features that go un-noticed. With the exploration of the formal qualities and the invisible features a cityscape has to offer I have been able to create these structures. I have built a fractured narrative through the production of each structure creating individual pieces that can complement each other in the space.


Hannah Pover Fine Art Control plays an integral role within my practice, emanating from my personal life. I strive to achieve precision in every aspect of life, although as I have experienced, this cannot always be attained. Science, and a competency of knowledge in this area has become a vital, though slightly unexpected, element of my survival - as a result of an autoimmune disease and this is reflected in my artistic practice. My work explores an unusual process of scientific methods within art, pursuing both the successes and failures of all experiments that occur. My current work evolved through a failed experiment, wherein capillary action is responsible for the array of captivating patterns created as the paint, intended for a three-dimensional result, sunk into the paper entirely. These have then been cut by hand and arranged amongst layers of glass, the composition and arrangement of these pieces is

Website: hannahpover.wixsite.com/professionalpractice Email: hannah.pover@hotmail.co.uk something that was entirely my decision - juxtaposing the uncontrollable process by which they were originally created. Typically, I experience a sense of discomfort in situations wherein I am not in complete control of the outcome, although engaging with this notion has allowed a personal and artistic progression through a personal investigation into my acceptance of the ability to relinquish control.


Fiona Rogers Fine Art Represented through the medium of photography and video, my work features the use of mundane materials, largely developed through a process of experimentation. Giving to the idea of unique events happening within the work, it is much more of an extraordinary experience. The simple, everyday mediums used to create the pieces are intended to remain unknown to the audience, with their openness to interpretation allowing a sense of ambiguity. Detaching themselves from the realities of life and immersing themselves within the work, even if it is just for the fraction of time they are watching is the positive reaction to the visuals. Instead of being aware of the pieces physical elements, the individual is welcome to interpret each design in their own way, creating an overall experience which is visually stimulating, emotive and enigmatic. There are various influences behind my work, with particular

Website: http://fionaanneart.wixsite.com/featured Instagram: fionaanne_Art inspiration being drawn from the ethereal qualities of nature. For example, natural occurrences such as the Northern lights create vast, intricate patterns, each being different from the last. Similarly, astronomy with its unknown quantities of stars, galaxies and supernovas in its cosmic abyss. In regards to this, I strive to create similar complexity through simplicity.


Kimberley Shaw Fine Art Within my practice I am influenced by museum artefacts, architecture and biomorphic forms. Using a relief casting technique, I create sculptures that have biomorphic patterns, structures and surfaces. Organic forms such as fossils and shells are categorised as biofacts. These are environmental remains, which haven’t been altered by humans, however when humans handle these organic forms and once manipulation occurs, biofacts are then categorised as artefacts. The totemic sculptures I create are particularly influenced by architecture, specifically drawing aesthetic inspiration from ancient Greek architectural designs and ruins. Ancient ruins and artefacts stimulate a sense of the past and awake associations of mystery. Thrilled by the glimpse of the unknown, we imaginatively live for a moment in the irretrievable past

Instagram: kimberleyshawfineart Website: kimberleylouiseshaw.wix.com/artist Email: kimberleylouiseshaw@icloud.com while simultaneously aware of the power of time and nature. The interesting history and relationship between sculpture and museology has also developed the context of my practice and thus inspired the concept of creating and presenting sculptures as artefacts. Essentially the sculptures I create are envisioned as artefacts of an imagined future.


Isabella Shaw Fine Art Ode to the Wall (Portraits of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump Mixed media by Isabella Lomond Shaw) Throughout third year, I have been looking into mass media and politics, specifically American Politics and media online. How the Left/libertarians have been censoring opinions from the right and have been shaming those that support an ideology that they do not agree with. The work would not have been possible without the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 elections and the mass hysteria it had created; even now there are still many news articles on the bandwagon of him. The way in which the media is leaning towards Orwellian think is unsettling and I have tried to voice my views in my work. My inspiration comes from the

works of George Orwell “1984” and speakers like Milo Yinnapolous, Sargon of Akkad and Christina Hoff Sommers. It is retaliation for Modern art, Mass media and its propaganda. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” - George Orwell, 1984


Emma Taylor Fine Art “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet  This installation is primarily concerned with contrasts. It takes inspiration from Chester Cathedral stained glass windows, situated less than 500m away from this grey and industrial carpark. By using the presence of vivid colour, this space has changed from somewhere people simply pass through, to a place they might pause for a moment to glance at the unusual presence of colour. As a result, it draws thought to the everyday spaces we utilise but do not acknowledge. For example, we use the corridor to get from one room to the other, but the corridor can also be a space in its own right. The natural light is the second element of this piece, and enables it to be constantly changing throughout the day. What is important about the carpark space, is that

Email: emmataylor1996@hotmail.co.uk the same person will encounter the installation at least twice in one day, something which usually would not happen in a gallery. The work becomes a translator of light into colour as it moves from outside to inside the space, and therefore draws attention to the presence of a component of the natural world inside this very unnatural space. In my time studying Fine Art, however, I have learnt that each piece of art has numerous interpretations, and therefore this is my interpretation, but may not at all be an accurate representation of what the people who encounter the work are in fact thinking.


Tara Thornley Fine Art As an artist, I have always had a fascination with colour within art, whether it’s defined detail within Surrealism or bright and vivid colours within Abstraction. The use of colour is a strong attraction for myself as an artist because it can create new and exciting hues from the way the pigments bleed and fuse together, either intentionally or unintentionally creating new and complex intensities. The series of my work began with experimentation, my selection of colour was those of a more subtle and calmer nature, focusing upon whites, reds, pinks and yellows. I did this as I didn’t want to overpower the structure or the main focus of my study. Using crayons, I began to consider new materials to create textures and searching through my kitchen

Website: tarathornleyart.wordpress.com Email: tarathornleyart@outlook.com cupboards, I came across cornflour which I decided to mix with water. Upon experimentation within studio I had discovered how I could incorporate textural colours within my studies, as I was left with a crumbling effect within my structural piece.


Briony Topping Fine Art By choosing a material or object that I find interesting, and by looking at the qualities of the chosen object or material my work is formed. Because of this approach to my work, the artwork created has a playful element to it and usually leads me to creating an installation piece. At the beginning of the year, I started using materials from around my house to assess their qualities, and how they could be transformed. For example, looking at a material we would often throw away like tin foil, and seeing the textures that can be formed when it is unraveled. Something I have focused on all the way through university is the use of repetition, it fascinates me how the appearance of an object or material can be changed dramatically. My artwork often finds a shape unintentionally, this usually happens by looking at the object or materials characteristics. This year I have been mainly focused on the circle, and how different

types of materials can create a shift in pattern. With the use of layering I have created a final installation piece, that combines all of these aspects in the degree show.


Emma Wilson Fine Art My work explores the history of collage and the relationship between different types of materials and colour. My influences range from the simple work of John Stezaker, to the more complex work of Fiona Rae. From the start of the academic year I have been fascinated by playing with the contrast of different materials such as paint, paper, fabric and masking tape. I am intrigued to find out how the properties of these materials compliment each other, from the geometric elements of card to the fluidity of paint it is fascinating to see how elements so different can be used to create one successful piece. All of my works throughout the year have been focusing on expanding on this idea of contrast and developing different techniques with new materials, this includes a series of work made entirely out of masking tape and paint. My final piece is a combination of all my successful series of works

Instagram: emmalwilsonart Website: emma-wilson.wixsite.com/emmawilsonart Email: emmawilson99@outlook.com from September to now, including influences from my research into colour theory in an attempt to find shades that best compliment each other to make the piece as eye catching as possible.


Parris Blackwell Photography & Fine Art Studying my chosen subjects at degree level has allowed me to develop as a practicing artist and photographer whilst gaining experience and finding my identity within my practices. During my third year I combined my love of fashion with photography and created images based around individual style as well as reflecting on my personal fashion sense and the influences of Vogue Magazine. Within my art I decided to experiment with a new medium in video and chose to base my work on power within relationships whilst focusing mainly on gender stereotypes and Feminism.

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Clementine Brenninkmeijer Photography & Graphic Design It has occurred to me that a common thread runs through my Photography and Graphic Design work – the manipulation and construction of various media to make the pieces showcased mean more than they should. What excites me about this and also probably the reason why I do it is the fact that it influences each audience member differently, it provides them with a new experience. My Photography project involved highlighting the elements of time, space and perspective through the use of photomontage. My aim was to explore and display the passing of time, which is somewhat contradictory to the nature of photography that naturally freezes a moment within a frame. Through this form of composition, I have been able to tell a ‘story’ somewhat further than I could in one photograph. Importantly what I found within this

Blog: https://clemmiebrblog.wordpress.com Email: clemmiebr@hotmail.com project was the unpredictability of the outcome and the careful way in which it was necessary to make the pieces fit together. Interestingly, what others thought of as a mistake, I saw as an interruption that added value to the flow seen within the piece – a happy mistake. My Graphic Design project aimed at creating a book that raised awareness about the current endangered animals in the UK. The challenge I set myself was to design a book that was educational and interesting for both adults and children through delicate illustrations and pop ups. As well as this, I hope the book provokes its readers to think further about species in and outside the UK that are becoming extinct and what they can do to help.


Elizabeth Broughton Photography The world of children’s literature fuels our imagination and fills our mind with fantasies, where characters are perfectly portrayed and each story has a happy ending. However, the truth behind the classic tales have come to light and have greater meaning and darker secrets than first anticipated. As a reader, have you ever stood back and thought about what the stories represent? I believe, like many other theorists, that children’s literature isn’t as innocent as it seems. The photographs in this series explore the original text of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A story known for its miscommunication, puns, nonsense and obscure mannerisms. The photographs represent each character from the story but portrayed from my own view, of how I imagine the characters to be in the world of Underland. This was the original title for the Alice In

Website: lizbroughton1994.wixsite.com/fashion Email: lizbroughton1994@live.co.uk Wonderland book before its publication. My influence for the project came from a trip I took last year to Disney world, a place where characters from Disney stories come to life in the eyes of children. Disney mask their stories with a perfected world and I wanted to research into the truth behind the original tales and create a series of fashion images based on my own interpretation.


William Browne Photography This project is about going back to an area near to where I grew up and went to school, in north Liverpool, an area I left 50 years ago. The area has changed massively, in that half century. In some areas, this has been for the good. In many places, however, this change has taken place by neglect, lack of investment or political indifference. The area along the “Dock” road was once an area bustling with people serving the needs of the port and the numerous ships on and off loading goods destined, or arriving from all parts of the world. Now it is an area devoid of most of the mighty warehouses that hid ships from sight. These unused warehouses have gone, replaced by mountains of scrap metal destined for the Far East to feed their industries with the materials needed for re-manufacture and export back to world

Email: Bill.browne@btinternet.com markets. Were they still exist, they have been converted or simply taken over for use by small businesses built up, in many cases, by those who used to work the dock in other capacities. Nearer the city centre what were once warehouses are now luxury flats and apartments, converted to meet planning requirements to build on brownfield sites. These changes have allowed photographers the opportunity to explore and image what is now there and even try to remember what once stood there. The “Dock” road remains an interesting area, but then again, it always was.


Elenarda Caintoc Photography In this project I looked into fantasy and myths, I wanted to modernise and bring it into 2017. After looking at many mythologies it intrigued and inspired me to use the idea in this project. I was looking forward to see what I could produce, especially with my fascination with mermaids. I looked at Nick Knight and Kirsty Mitchell and Jake Hicks for inspiration. For this I wanted to concentrate on location, colours and facial expressions. The fantasy is where I got the colours and location and the myths inspired the idea of coming up with a storyline. In every shoot there is a meaning/storyline and also the facial expressions. In these images I wanted to apply an evil distinctive look, I focused mainly on make up in this shoot. Telling the model the title ‘werewolf/vampire’ gave the model a broader sense of the theme.

In this project I wanted my images to stand out by the way the models are posed and even relocating them, I wanted them to be the centre of attention. I thought have all the mythological creatures been here for centuries hiding or were they just blending in? This is why I thought urban fashion worked well with the theme and by adding that concept it gives the photography that bit more of an edge to it.


George Clarke Photography & Graphic Design In these last two projects, I wanted to give a glimpse of what I am able to create. Using practices such as photography, music, print and film, I wanted to be able to use these tools to create an experience for the audience that will last longer than when you just enter and leave the room. For myself, this takes time, commitment, thought and the processing of information. But ultimately it means that a message is left for the viewer to take in; to ponder and weigh up. This is the type of work that fascinates me and I look forward to creating the most. In terms of my overall time at University; these past three years have been the start of establishing myself as a creative professional.

Website: http://www.alexandergeorge.work/ Email: georgec.3@hotmail.com Thankfully, growing as a creative person never stops. I now look forward, to grow and learn from every new challenge that faces me. Thank you to all who have helped and guided me over this time. Your input has never been overlooked.


Jade Coxon Photography My inspiration for this piece of work comes from multiple documentary projects. Most notably the famous blog and social media success “Humans of New York”, produced by a photographer Brandon Stanton. His work involves taking photographs of average people living in New York and interviewing them. I approached people in a similar manner, by inquiring if others would be happy to share their experiences in life. The photographs were then reconstructed in a staged-documentary style. The photos have been taken in locations discussed between me and my subjects in a one to one interview, places that mean something to them and are relevant to their story. I wanted to show how there’s a unique story behind everyone, while informing others they’re not alone. There are countless untold stories with each one having its own important elements that are worth sharing.

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Tiffiny-Jo Critchley Photography The imagination of a child fascinates me. They have this ability to transform their mundane everyday surroundings into magical worlds through play. For this series of work, I have continuously photographed the daily lives of my two nieces and my nephew whilst they play out after school and do what children do. At first glance, it would seem as though they live on an ordinary street, but do they? Situated in the middle of a highly industrial landscape, these children go down to the woods to play. They dress up as fairies, they explore unknown territories and they imagine far away lands until it’s time to go back home. The history of their hometown is visible all around them with disused factories filling the urban landscape.

Website: http://tiffcritchleyphotography.weebly.com Email: tiffiny.critchley@yahoo.com The woods at the end of their street becomes their escape route into a dream world that only they can see. It’s a place where they don’t have to grow up and they can be what they want to be. Adults on the other hand are not welcomed into this game. It would seem they don’t have the ability to look past the wreck and ruin of the town where everything stays the same. Childhood innocence and never wanting to grow up are all key themes within this series of photographs that looks to document what it really means to be a child.


Jessica Curtis Photography It’s quite simple really - I wanted to shine a light on the resilience and strength of women surrounding pre and post-childbirth. To show it in all is beauty, rawness and victory. To reassure women that pregnancy and childbirth is something special to document and to be proud of. To make visible all of the emotions felt by a new mother, the joy, apprehension, overwhelming love and pride in their new arrival. I knew from the very beginning of the project that I wanted to photograph the women in their home environment, in a much more personal setting, very soon after they arrived home with their babies, showing a realistic and honest view of a fleeting moment. The women I chose to feature in the book are of all different ages, work in different professions and live in different areas but all shared the same love and excitement for their new baby.

Email: jlcphotography@hotmail.com A personal and intimate insight to a subject which is often overlooked. The journey of motherhood.


Ashleigh Ann Diggory Photography As part of my photography practice, I aim to provide altered perspectives of the many environments I am immersed within. I always find myself drawn back to the urban environment where I wander the city without any predetermined destination in mind. My aimless wanderings encourage a contemplative state which brings a heightened sense of awareness or the things that we tend to overlook or ignore. The city is home to many important aspects of our daily lives, it’s a place for us to live, to work, to shop and most importantly it’s a place for community and culture. But the constant navigation through an everyday space can lead us to become less aware of our surroundings due to its familiarity. By visiting the city during the transition from day to night, I capture it as it becomes absent of human activity. However, many traces of human

Website: www.ashleighannphotography.com Email: ashleighannphotography@outlook.com presence remain within my photographs encouraging a sense of anticipation. Not only do these photographs depict my experience of wandering the environment, but they also reflect the psychological effects of space and how it might make us feel and behave throughout different areas of the city. I aim to continue and develop my exploration of the urban environment as I go onto post-graduate study.


Jasmine Douglas Photography & Graphic Design Cohabiting with my partner brought to light the little mannerisms and behaviors that he allows himself to have at home, in his comfort zone, that he would usually suppress when in public. I looked at Tracy Emin’s ‘My bed’, an art installation of the artist’s bed surrounded by alcohol, fast food and contraceptive devices to give an insight into her lifestyle. She depicted the most intimate details of her own life completely uncensored. I also took inspiration from photographer Carol Hudson’s ‘The leftover scraps of an ordinary life’ which is made up of photographs of her husband’s belongings which remained in her home after his sudden death. She believed that a person’s possessions and how they are used can say a lot about them. I began to photograph

Email: Jasminedouglas.design@gmail.com things that were left around our home, our belongings intertwine and give an insight of our private life behind closed doors. I documented the simple everyday occurrences that make me feel aware of his presence in my life. The images depict an intimate story of two people who share everything from food to soap. I shot all photographs in natural lighting which gives them a pensive atmospheric feel.


Chloe Fairclough Photography & Fine Art In my practice, I combine various elements from many disciplines such as printmaking, drawing, illustration and photography. The two main disciplines that I combine to create my work is fine art and photography because I find that the skills that are required for both subjects are very similar when considering the work that I want to create; I consider the main aspects such as composition, lighting, the focal point of the artwork or photographic image. I consider certain words and meanings behind the words when creating my work, this is so that each body of work has its own presence. In my photography I have created work based on the idea of absurdity; I have been using a narrative of a childlike figure in a real-life situation, emphasizing on every day occurrences but with a twist of the doll being photographed and staged in a studio

environment. Within my art practice I focus on the idea of the drawings and installations being ambiguous; which will offer more than one interpretation of the work. I have used scientific imagery to create my own language within the artwork, altering the actual academic information but still making it appear to be believable to people who have little knowledge of the subject. Treading a fine line between pretence and a well-considered piece of artwork. I want the audience to draw their own conclusions from my work and have their own opinion on the meaning of it without forcing it upon them.


Olivia Howe Photography Depression is almost impossible to explain and my project, ‘A Note to Depression’ is a visual exploration of the condition through photographic work. Those who suffer with depression often find themselves trying to explain how they feel to other people, but it’s tough to understand if you haven’t experienced it, so I have explored depression through photography to create a visual conversation with my audience. I want my work to inspire others, and I want to encourage viewers to have a conversation about mental illness, everyone is or will be affected by it in one way or another and ignoring it doesn’t make it any better. Everyone’s journey is different so it’s important for individuals to realize that they are not alone, I think the way to end the stigma surrounding mental illness is to be there for others who may be suffering, after all,

Website: olivia1howe.wixsite.com/ojhp Email: Oliviajadehowephotography@gmail.com you never really know what others are going through all you need to do is be kind and non-judgmental. So, I have created a moving image piece and still images which reflect my thoughts and ideas on depression told through my own personal journey. I hope that this work will help create a conversation about mental health.


Jayne Ireland-Friend Photography When we look around our houses we come to recognise that certain products are more valuable than others. Maybe not valuable in price but they have sentimental value. They may not be on show around your home but if you had to decide on two items that needed to be thrown away the item you will decide to keep is the one that holds the memories you enjoy coming back to. It could be something that has been passed down through your family from generation to generation or simply a trinket item that you spontaneously brought on your favourite holiday. What started off as a project of simple things soon turned into exploring the connection between a person and their possessions.

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Luke Jackson Photography

Website: www.lukejacksonphotogr.wixsite.com/lukejackson Email: lukejacksonphotography@hotmail.com

Where we go in the world and what we feel can inspire us and make us produce emotions like no other. Using landscape photography with inspiration from Ansel Adams, Robert Adams and Fay Godwin, I represent this and show the feelings we can find within ourselves when on our own exploration. As such, a heavy emphasis is placed on the location of each photograph and the themes each area can represent. This can range from solitude, reflection and inner-peace. What was important to convey in this project was not only the beauty of what I found to photograph but also what I found within myself at the time of shooting. However, the interpretation of each photograph is up to the viewer, due to the personal and inner reflections we each can find within ourselves when in these locations. A deep respect for nature is expressed

throughout the imagery with the complexity of forests, lakes and rocks, all are intricately unique in their own right. Observations can be made from these images with examples ranging from fallen trees, birds and even distant ships at sea.


Matthew Lainchbury Photography ‘Welcome to Hell’. My work is about exploring various people and their working environment. I was immersed into their daily work schedule. The businesses allowed me to capture intimate pictures and shed new light on their jobs. The particular set of images I am exhibiting, is a series taken at a quarry in Bayston Hill. The wide-open space of the quarry meant there was plenty of natural lighting to add a new personality to the place. Although it seemed rundown, you can still sense the passion and pride of the work they do. The quarry almost had a coat of stone over everything; this grime and dirt can be seen within the monochrome images. The images displayed show a complete sense for the miners as a whole, from larger establishing shots

Website: https://lainch32.wixsite.com/mlphotography to more detail shots. The quirkiness of the workshop spaces and the quarry can be seen by notes or marks people have left over the years. The enormity of the quarry is something that I want to show. I found inspiration from artists such as Sebastião Salgardo with his ‘Serra Pelada’ miners. The monochromatic tones add a harsh light to the working conditions, showing the danger involved whilst working in a quarry.


Demi McKeown Photography & Fine Art Studying both my subjects at degree level has enabled me to develop as a practicing artist and photographer while advancing my understanding and discovering my position within these subjects. Within Fine Art I have been intrigued in the process of creating art and I have concentrated on the materials utilized and that influences my artwork as I find the process more interesting than the outcome. My photography work concentrates on areas that have lost themselves and move toward becoming abandoned which I believe few people may find appalling and less intriguing however for me they are fascinating and I feel I must make my audience mindful of the unpopular, delightful areas that surround them regularly.

Email: demimckeown@hotmail.com I have found that there are numerous similarities within both of my practices as I find myself working in monochrome in both subjects and this is on the basis that I believe that it trains you to concentrate on the composition as whole, and enables you to focus on components, such as, structure, lighting and shape. I believe this has formed my identity throughout my three-year study at The University Of Chester.


Emily McHugh Photography In my photographs, I seek to capture a sense of isolation, disorientation and dissociation. I have attempted to depict these sensations by using myself as the subject, as I at times have experienced them. My presence in the images is part of a process of making where the use of film is also important. The work explores my experiences with lucid dreaming, where I control my dreams after I have run and taken off from the ground, but of course this does not occur in the physical world. Yet it is an aspect that affects me when I have awoken and I hope that this shows through the work. Some of the images have a haze or are obscured, where camera errors, deliberate or otherwise, reflect a dream-like state of mind.

Website: https://emchughphotography.carbonmade.com Email: emilymchphoto@hotmail.com


Rohan Parry Photography This project is based on the costume role-playing community known as Cosplayers. Groups of ordinary people adopt the role of well known celebrities for a day or two when they go to conventions with likeminded people. Imagine being given an opportunity to turn into someone you like or admire for a day. That is the best way I can describe what it means to participate in Cosplay. Becoming someone else is something that interests me, especially when the people are completely different from the characters they become. I asked a variety of Cosplayers if they wanted to be photographed in their costumes in an ordinary environment. For which the response was incredible in how many people were willing to participate. So I would like to thank all of the people who have got involved in this project, and helped me make this project possible.

In life we have different personas for different groups of people or audience. For example we might not treat our boss the same way we would treat someone very close to us. The only way that I see people showing their true selves is by giving them a mask, and letting them be who they want to be for a day. This is what it means to cosplay, to become someone else.


Alison Phillips Photography I stand in the kitchen, looking from afar, watching him in wonder and amazement. He is sat down, eyes wide, grinning like the Cheshire cat, he teases the children like a grandad should, they clamber all over him pulling him from pillar to post. From this angle, he is just your average grandad enjoying his grandchildren but then the time comes to leave. He has been sat down too long, his legs have seized up, he struggles to lift himself out the chair, the children scramble around trying to help, it’s tough, a part of him wants to be independent and strong like he used to be but he can’t, his body is eating him up from the inside. Eventually he makes it up and very slowly starts to shuffle moving one foot in front of the other, each step a precarious navigation not to fall over. His face masks the pains as his joints rub, bone against bone.

Email: ralphsons@hotmail.com Mangled is a black and white photo-essay on my father’s fight with the devastating effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis. A debilitating autoimmune disease that will affect around 400,000 people in the UK and to date there is no cure. The photo essay originally set out to capture the hardships and sorrow of the disease but through the observation of the camera lens it also revealed an unexpected and unspoken language of strength and determination as to what the body and mind can overcome.


Carrie-Anne Phillipson Photography & Journalism This body of work explores the ways in which fashion meets fine-art and photography. Using a semi-staged approach incorporated alongside a botanical theme, these images use distortion, pose and light to connect people to their environment. The work uses image making as a tool of observation seeking out how a person encompasses the landscape. It explores the ways in which we inhabit a space, through owning or becoming part of the setting, and introduces an element of modern, free-spirited femininity. In ordering these images and creating a series, many of them are simply organised into categories of interior and exterior settings and merge the use of both digital and analogue processes.

Instagram: @carrieannekimberley Facebook: Carrie-Anne Phillipson Photography Email: caz.p@hotmail.co.uk


Megan Sansom Photography My work is about new beginnings. ’’Another chapter’’. As well as people that are already in my life, I am also documenting new people in my life, blossoming friendships. This is something that will hopefully turn into a lifetime project as I go through different stages of my life. At first I struggled with this project because I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to take pictures of strangers as that has always intrigued me. I knew at the start I wanted my project to be about people but I just wasn’t sure which way to go about it. I have always been fascinated by the idea of photographing people so I thought why not photograph my friends/new friendships. My work also gives a glimpse of my university experience as the people I have met have played a big part in it.


Aiden Taylor Photography Throughout the work process of this project I travelled to different cities photographing and documenting the infrastructure that allows a city to work. The transportation system of a major city like London is like the veins keeping the city alive and I find that fascinating. The goal of my project was to use public transport to get from one place to the next then to photograph what I found when I arrived where I was going. I wanted to document the process of living in a large city and how public transport is like a way of life in the city keeping it moving and breathing.


Faye Williamson Photography Forgotten Places 2017, consists of a series of photographs taken in different locations in the North West of Great Britain. Namely, Chester, Merseyside and Anglesey. Forgotten Places, represents a visual story of abandoned places and objects, which once had narrative, historical context and meaning. For me, this work signifies that unexpected places and abandoned spaces can have unique historical identities. This project aims to highlight meaning, lost purpose and searches for beauty in some uncommon places. Aiming to preserve and document the history behind these artefacts. Throughout this series of work, I have revisited locations and documented my experience through photographs. The motivation behind creating this body of work is to portray a new narrative and revisit an experience. I have explored buildings, places and in more depth objects found in these locations. This

body of work additionally looks at elements of ‘Dark Tourism’ and endeavours to depict a feeling of neglect and isolation. The photograph I have chosen to display in this catalogue was taken in Anglesey, North Wales. It is a room inside an old mansion located in a woodland, which is now extremely overgrown and derelict. I chose to revisit this site again and explore this location in more detail.


Poppy Velluto Photography & Fine Art My work started from a box. I bought a box full of old written letters, photographs and postcards from a market. I’ve always hated the idea of viewing images on a screen and it was lovely to be reminded that memories can be objects that you can hold in your hand. The contents dated back to the early 1900s and they began to fill my mind with different ideas. In my Photography work I went down the path of responding to the kind of photographs I encountered in the box. Everywhere I went I took my film camera and shot buildings, flowers and things that caught my eye. I paired these up with the found images and created a book of images old and new. The route I took for Fine Art was responding to the botanical prints on the postcards. Using my interest in the human body, I began creating a world where real flowers grew upon the body. Even with two very different looking outcomes, both projects embodied

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pvphotoart Email: poppyvelluto@hotmail.co.uk the ideas of memory and preservation. Both works are physical, a physical photograph or postcard that I could hold in my hand became a book full of photographs or a sculpture coming from my own hands.


Kathryn Crank Fashion Design Kathryn Crank Menswear was established whilst completing the BA Hons Fashion course at Chester University. What started as a University project aims to be developed into an established brand known for its high quality, functional pieces. UK based manufacturing and minimal designs are key aesthetics for the brand. Kathryn Crank Menswear’s Autumn / Winter 2017 collection is the first for the brand. It is functionally led with strong sports luxe elements and a military concept. The collection includes silhouettes inspired by World War 2 uniform with a hidden beauty element, which adds a hint of colour and an element of surprise. Hand knitted pieces inspired by Naval and Gansey knitted jumpers are also key pieces within this season’s collection. Research for this collection was partly undertaken at Cheshire Military Museum in Chester.

Website: www.kathryncrank.co.uk I was given the opportunity to search the archives and investigate military garments closely to look at design elements and construction giving me strong primary reference points for my garments.


Nicola Gilmore Fashion Design Cyber Sculpt SS/18 collection by Nicola Gilmore has a futuristic design ethic. Taking inspiration from Naum Gabo the sculptor the collection fuses futuristic objects such as artificial intelligence and robots mixed together with a hint of ancient Egyptian times. My aim was to create dramatic and sculptural clothes by experimenting with geometric forms from my research such as circles from the robots and sculptures, and triangles from the pyramids, constructing them together in different ways to bring them to life in a wearable 3D form. Making spectacular and dramatic pieces of wearable art while using luxurious materials such as wool and leather with hints of heavy metal details. In doing this I have produced my first collection of contemporary and original designs which reflect my vision and my journey. My clothes are made to empower the wearer, to make

Website: www.nicola-Gilmore.co.uk Email: nicolajyg@icloud.com them feel they can escape the boundaries of what is expected, and free them from the constraints of what is regarded as normal dress.


Rosie Mason Fashion Design The collection ‘Organic Bloom’ focuses on natural forms and organic matter. The collection was originally inspired by handcrafted fabric manipulation samples, which were reminiscent of cell structures and organic forms. This led me to research and take inspiration from all forms of natural matter. These shapes, colours and textures observed in nature, informed my prints and garment forms. In the beginning the primary focus of the collection was fabric manipulation, however, through the development of my designs it has become predominantly about surface prints, which I have designed and printed using hand drawings converted to digital files through Adobe Photoshop and printed on to fabrics using sublimation printing. Embellishment techniques were added to

prints through embroidery and beadwork application to give more of a high end luxury finish.


Rebecca Phillips Fashion Design Rebecca Phillips is a third year Fashion design graduate looking at androgynous clothing and the branding that would market the line. The first collection from the brand Jaunty, titled ‘The narrative’, combines the idea of androgynous clothing for everyday wear. Although researched from a womenswear perspective, if resized there are key unisex pieces within the collection, which play with perceived lines between gender. The shapes have been used to create a fluid ‘Agender’ look emphasising the gender-fluid movement. The research included the multiple personalities of a female muse but reflect non binary clothing approaches. The brand encapsulates the movement of Agender within the garments, producing a juxtaposition of subtle

and obvious and in some cases, designs have no beginning or end. From this initial study, a second collection has been designed using the same research techniques however looking at the garments from a menswear perspective. Further developing a new muse and their personality traits, the research focuses deeper into mental health and the feeling of trying to hide but being so glaringly on show.


Shaheena Shaikh Fashion Design Sans AW/17 is a first collection by Shaheena Shaikh. A fashion fusion of East and West. While from Asia Shaheena has picked inspiration from Indian Ethnic wear saree from the West inspiration comes from urban sportswear and more formal outerwear to create this well balanced collection every small detail has been considered, fabrics are embellished and collection is underpinned with a bold use of surface print inspired by Indian mythology and gods. The colour palette mixes bright colours with more sombre tones. The collection is aimed at independent women between 20-35, who are bold and experimental with their looks and fashion.

Email: shaikhshaheena8@gmail.com


beneath the surface

Profile for Art and Design at The University of Chester

Beneath the Surface 2017  

University of Chester's Art and Design graduate exhibition catalogue 2017

Beneath the Surface 2017  

University of Chester's Art and Design graduate exhibition catalogue 2017

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