This year the Duncan of Jordanstone Degree show made its way back to the college itself. The preview of the show was held as a catwalk show where models were adorned with various pieces of jewellery, textiles - even a cup and saucer. It’s great to see individual work that is both innovative and often playful.
The level of detail and finish on show in some work is encouraging to see, as is the thought and attention given to how the work is displayed. It’s always good to see the final degree show pieces on display but part of the fascination comes in meeting and speaking to the makers.
Chatting to them reveals the thought behind their pieces, how they have taken a concept and developed it into a body of work. It’s interesting to see how their work has developed and the different directions they have taken, which is sometimes due the challenges they have faced and have had to overcome. It also gives you a glimpse of the skills and qualities required to be a maker. It’s intriguing to hear and see where each take their inspiration from, whether that be from landscapes, electronics or vanity to name but a few.
The care and skill that has gone into some of the pieces is evident. Kellie Theresa Leighton, Precious Metal Bursary Award winner for Jewellery and Silversmithing, is certainly one to watch. Her intricate piercing of 2-D silver to give it a 3-D surface shows the typographical map contour lines. Nicola Reid’s vanity range is fun and unusual; she uses materials such as powder compacts and suspender belts to form her jewellery pieces. Anne Sutherland took time out to find the raw material and spent endless hours panning for gold, some small flakes of which she has used in one of her pieces. It was great to see Alison Bond’s interactive, innovative and fun textile pieces, especially her ‘Talk to Me’ dress which responds to sound through rows of flashing lights. Chatting to Alison she explains that she had no experience or prior knowledge of this particular type of electronics, however, she managed to teach herself coding and electronic construction to produce her etextiles.
From speaking to the students it’s easy to tell that many of them are keen to develop and hone their skills further and some of them should be watched with anticipation.
View a slideshow of Jo's photographs from the exhibition: