On my way there, I meet a film graduate whose work is one of those on display. I ask her what she has planned going into the summer months and whether she has opportunities lined up in her field. She replies soberly that she has to spend the summer trying to make money to pay the bills and expects to do lots of unpaid work if she is to get into set design. For now, she is working at a petrol station – that is the necessary plan.
Degree shows are exciting because they celebrate achievement and represent promise. As a stroll round the displays, I do wonder whether – subjectively of course, I could bet on who could become successful from a commercial stand point, given – yes, it takes more than the work itself to build a prosperous career or business. For now, my vote goes to:
· Owen Croom – impressively presents a portfolio that appears ready to market. Indeed, Croom has started his own street wear brand Ototoxic. www.behance.net/owencroom
· Amy Boswell (Interior Design) with her clever Forty Winks Pop-Up Hotel
· Angharad Burnard (Illustration) with charming book covers – shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Design 2014 www.cargocollective.com/AngharadVoss
· Katherine Costin (Illustration) with her papercut inspired Hansel and Gretel book, a new way to present a much-loved classic. www.katherinecostin.co.uk
· Susie Modi (Illustration) presents a delightful collection of East African inspired characters. www.susiemodillustration.wix.com/illustration
· Claire Fuller (Illustration and Animation) makes the purity and simplicity of what we love about children’s books come to life with her Fergie the Frog animation. vimeo.com/clairefulleranimation
· Shane Smidt (Graphic Design) demonstrates an interesting way to interact with our physical environment using a smart phone with his Way augmented reality guidance system. www.shanedesignportfolio.co.uk
· Rosie Cavanagh (Fine Art) with her colourful and captivating pieces consisting of digital images, perspex and acrylic.
Attending the show was a good addition to the mid-summer sunny Sunday. Wishing all the recent graduates a successful creative future!