The University of the Arts London unveiled their Future Map 11 exhibition yesterday at the Zabludowicz Collection. The show features 30 of the most ‘cutting edge’ talent from the University’s 2011 graduates. ARTS THREAD takes a look at a handful of the best creatives on show.
In addition, Selfridges is showcasing seven designers from this year’s Future Map in a window display designed by StudioXAG and curated by the Future Map team.
Camberwell College of Arts graduate Karin Soderquist will be showing her intricate laser cut 3D illustrations. Each illustration tells the story of two sisters who journey together to the North Pole. See Karin’s ARTS THREAD portfolio.
Karin says of her work: ‘The world I create is filled with bubblegum colours, snowy mountain tops and endless summer days. It may all seem nice and sweet but my work often have a darker side too, a bear wearing a hat is still a bear and it would have you for lunch if it could!’
Jon Anders Gulbrandsen is displaying his final project from the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea College of Art & Design. The project, an animation titled [uppruni] explores traditional Norse mythology and the way these folk tales ‘explain the world beyond what we can see, hear, touch and feel’. See Jon’s ARTS THREAD portfolio.
Graphic Designer Alex Kwan, who graduated from Central Saint Martins is showcasing his ‘Endangered’ project. The work features the image of a polar bear etched onto three separate pieces which are attached to the hands of a clock mechanism. As the images rotate, the bear is turned into a machine – highlighting the plight of the species and the way technology has a stranglehold on nature.
Camberwell College of Arts graduate Chieh Ting Huang is showing ‘The P Objects’ project which draws inspiration from lanterns of eastern and western cultures.
Chieh explains: ‘These objects also represent a homage to lighting and the taming of fire as the cornerstone of humanity, which can easily ignored by people in the modern world.’ See our review of Chieh’s gradaute show on the ARTS THREAD blog.
Traditional Chinese ceramics are turned into beautiful evening bags by London College of Fashion graduate Wei Wang, whom we featured in ARTS THREAD magazine Issue 4. To create the bags, Wei used a traditional Chinese crackle glaze: ‘The crackle pattern will continuously crack so that the ceramic displays new appearances at different periods. I like this idea very much. It would be like carrying an elegant bag that incorporates the glorious past with the present fashionable outlook.’
A great project to look out for in the exhibition is the ‘Duvet Stalls’ project by Jy Yeon Suh – a series of flat-pack textiles that inflate to become stools and lamps. See Jy’s work as part of our review of Talking Textiles during Milan Design Week.
New ways of looking at everyday objects, activities and situation are explored in a video directed by Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduate Ivyone Khoo. See Ivyone’s ARTS THREAD portfolio.
Ivyone explains: ‘The positioning of the video cameras took on a ‘functional’ role in probing relationships between how we see and what we think we see. In these works the camera became my surrogate eyes.’
The beautiful ‘Memento Mori’ collection by Harold Hobbs Memorial Process Award winning jeweller Jing Jing Cao is another project to look out for.
Drawing inspiration from Neoclassical sculpture, early 17th century landscape painting and contemporary abstract art, Camberwell College of Arts graduate Geoff Bartholomew creates incredible photography.
A fascination with wrist watches has informed ‘Swiss Roll’, a project by Chelsea, MA Fine Art graduate Holly Stevenson.
‘Manifesto’ by Giovanni Martins is a wonderful dream-like fashion film which makes use of bullet time animation techniques.
Giovanni explains: ‘Inspired by Andre Bretons ‘Le Manifeste du surrealism’, written in 1924, it’s 5 moving sequences of fashion photography reference and draw inspiration from techniques employed in classic surrealist films such as Cocteau’s ‘Blood of a poet’ and Luis Bunuel’s ‘Un chien de Andalou’.’
Furniture and 70s interior design influences the work of London College of Fashion graduate and footwear designer Emma Hancock. Emma investigates the use of different textures in her collection with wood and curtain tassles being some of the unusual materials which she incorporates into the designs.
Future Map 11 is open from 12 January – 5 February 2012 at Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT.
For full details of all the exhibiting designers visit the Future Map website.