Chelsea Summer Show

The graduate show season is here, and this morning, en route to The Vorticists exhibition at Tate Britain, I popped in to Chelsea College of Art and Design  to have a look at the work of the students on the BA Textile Design degree course.

Infuriatingly, only one exhibit that I saw gave information about materials or techniques used, and there weren’t many people around to ask (Yu Suganuma was the exception). Very few have their own blog or website, and I wasn’t allowed to take photos. The photos below come from the Chelsea College website, which I’ve also linked to  (though it gives scant additional information).

Yu Suganuma: Beautiful, calming woven hangings with triple and even quadruple layers, all woven at the same time, in cotton, linen and metallic lurex threads

Chloe Hamblin: Delicate Spirograph-like structures in coloured thread, suspended together like a collection of exotic bird feathers

Florence Spurling: Heavily embellished and embroidered machine knits, including a pair of “loopy leggings” hung with hundreds of washers – must be quite heavy to wear!

Stephanie Deaves: Unusual marbled rubber and marbled and stitched paper

Peggy-Sue Moseley: Sheer blouses and tops incorporating heavy stitching and other materials, inspired by the underwater world

Lauren Ashworth: Manipulated fabric and dye combinations to produced fascinating textures

There’s some fantastic work here, so if you’re interested in textiles it’s worth seeing if you can spot the names to watch in the future! The show is on until next Saturday 25 June.


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