Fortunately for me I am not currently timetabled to teach on a Thursday so I arranged to meet a bunch of my ex-students at the New Designers exhibition in Islington. I always look forward to this, but normally go on a weekend when it is totally packed and you can't talk to anyone, so it was a real treat to go in the week. The only problem is that it is a bit depressing seeing so many talented people just embarking upon that exciting journey that I took nearly 20 years ago when I exhibited there. Don't get me wrong - still wouldn't change my life, it is absolutely what I love, but being approached by prospective employers and being in the hub of things is fabulous! It does spur you on though and hopefully the conversations that I had will have some impact on my newbies in terms of the right courses to choose etc, and I am even more eager to get printing with the new screens I exposed on Wednesday! My Mum came too and seemed to really enjoy it - a bonus! So here is a bit of what was on show.....
The Bucks uni graduates - very proud of my lovely girlies! From L - R - Sarah, Charlie, Laura (Me), Sammi and Lou.
I didn't get shots of these 3 at the private view with their work - so here it is now..
I also caught up with Sadie, who studied with us 4 years ago, I put her on the blog last year at ND, but this year she was selected for the one year on room - clever, clever girl - Sadie, I am serious about you making me a ring you know!!!
Here are some other graduates who caught my eye......
Alice Wolfe - Incredible bird sculptures stretched in hand knit and at £800 pounds each I think they are worth every penny - sadly too many pennies for me to part with!
Edward Taylor - Bath spa - very refreshing to see a chap for a change! Edward uses stitch to paint and produces both 2D and 3D outcomes - already out of business cards on day 2 in encouraging huh?!
Emma Jones - Laughborough, stunning prints based on coastal Wales
Also from Laughborough, Olivia Streatfeild-James.
STUNNING drawing, it is rare that I part with cash at ND, but this year I did and ordered 3 beautiful prints - have already picked out a place for them! Watch this one, she will go far....
Staffs always puts on a good show, there is a lovely gentle quality about their student's work.
Charlie Locking and Laura Ann Burger
My Mum colouring in one of Summerr Morgan's creations!
Grays school of art
The big picture - yep, lots to get through.....