UWE Foundation Studies Summer Show

Issue date: 09 May 2005

13 to 17 May at Bristol School of Art, Media and Design
Bower Ashton Campus

The annual showcase for work by students who have completed their Foundation Studies course at the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design will be held at the Bower Ashton Campus of the University of the West of England on 13 to 17 May.

Work includes fashion and textiles, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive and multi-media, moving image, photo media, sculpture and 3D design as well as sound pieces.

Professor Paul Gough, Dean of the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design said, “The Foundation year is an important part of the training for all students. This is a time when it is possible to try out a fantastic variety of visual arts techniques and media. It is usually during the Foundation year that students studying visual arts subjects discover and develop the talents and interests that inform their degree subject choices.”

Peter Bailey from Bristol has specialised in printed textiles and fashion design. He said, “I have specialised in fashion textiles during my Foundation year as it is the pathway I enjoy the most. For my final project I have decided to combine my love of Fashion design and printed textiles. The technique I am using for the printed textiles is the heat transfer process, by which you paint onto paper with disperse dye and then print what’s on the paper onto synthetic fabric under a heat press. The prints I have been doing are inspired by vibrancy under the sea, corals, crustations and dramatic colours. This is combined with silhouettes inspired by science fiction heroines, strong lines and a range of contemporary designers such as Basso and Brooke.”

Vicki Marr from Guernsey has concentrated on 3D puppetry. Vicki said, “My Foundation Studies year in art and design has allowed me to experiment with many different mediums such as wood, clay, textiles and many more. I chose to specialise in illustration which has lead to a development of strongly character based work. It was through doing this that I realised how much I enjoyed working in 3D so I started to expand on this love. I have had great fun making various different puppets, dolls and sets, all with a slightly quirky feel to them. This experience has helped me to choose a degree course for next year. I have decided not to continue with illustration but instead to apply for stage design where I hope to use all my skills to bring other people’s and my own fantasies into reality.”

Dorna Sufi from Malaga in Spain has produced a series of atmospheric multi layered photographs which will be subtly animated to create an exhibition of ‘moving still’ images. Dorna said, “I wanted to improve my skills working with photography and Photoshop as this area interests me. During the Foundation Year I have enjoyed learning more about graphic design, illustration and photo media, it has been an enormous eye opener and I have gained a lot from working and exchanging ideas with others. Next year I am going to study computer animation at Bournemouth Media School so the Foundation year has been a good preparation for this.”

For more information about the show please contact Louise Jennings on 0117 32 84816 email Louise.Jennings@uwe.ac.uk.


Editor’s notes

Visuals attached, caption: Example of work from Dorna Sufi

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