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Students showcase their art and design talents at Winchester School of Art degree show

Published: 13 June 2011
Stuffed fabric pig
Work of artist Dorcas Casey

Winchester School of Art students have transformed their campus into a huge exhibition space, throwing open the doors to the public for their 2011 undergraduate annual degree show.

The event between 17 and 23 June at the city’s Park Avenue campus shines a light on the creative talents of hundreds of students in Textiles, Fashion and Fibre; Fine Art; and Graphic Arts.

Head of School Bashir Makhoul comments: “Winchester School of Art has built a reputation for being an international centre for ideas and the degree show this year is once again a testament to this. We warmly welcome anyone who would like to visit, explore and enjoy the students’ work.”

Exhibition pieces range from challenging sculpture, painting and photography, through to attractive wallpaper prints, fabric and stunning fashion designs.

Sculpture student Dorcas Casey is displaying a collection of life-sized, hand-stitched animals inspired by an exploration of her dreams. Particularly striking is a stuffed-fabric pig seated on a Victorian chair.

Work of artist Dorcas Casey
Stuffed fabric pig

Dorcas says, “I intend the pig to appear simultaneously familiar, tactile and comforting and conversely grotesque and menacing.”

More hi-tech is the work of Graphic Arts student Josh Fletcher who has produced a stereoscopic 3-D stop motion film, designed to show typography on the pages of a book brought to life.

Josh comments, “The idea is it has a life of its own and the writing leaps off the page, playing out a story in 3-dimensional space, instead of the confines of the book.”

Dozens of collections from fashion students will also be on display – fresh from success at their recent catwalk shows in Winchester and London.

Visitors are welcome to view the degree show at Winchester School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester from Friday 17 June: Monday – Friday 10am -8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

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