Crafting the Cathedral – BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

 

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‘Crafting the Cathedral’ brings together for exhibition contemporary craft artefacts, created and designed as a personal response to Truro Cathedral by invited third year students from Falmouth’s BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course.

The responses to Truro Cathedral – its stunning architecture, history and purpose as a place of worship – has led to an engaging mix of small and large-scale art works.

BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts has long worked closely with a range of external partners, exploring new ways of engaging audiences with objects and places.

‘It’s been a really important, demanding, yet rewarding challenge to create interpretive objects that live up to the building, the people and items that live there’, says Jason Cleverly, Senior Lecturer on the course. ‘Many of the Cathedral’s artefacts carry great metaphorical power and some fascinating and unusual stories – we hope you will enjoy the students’ responses to the building’.

crafting-the-cathedral-posterTruro Cathedral is keen to provide opportunities for students to creatively explore the building, its artefacts and how it is connected to the wider community.

Kirsten Gordon, Education & Schools Officer, commented, ‘We have found the students’ approach to their brief to be interesting and incredibly varied, demonstrating technical skill and creativity. It is a valuable experience for us to see with fresh eyes the many different facets of cathedral life which speak on so many more levels than we perhaps see at first glance’.

Lizzie Arthur, Truro Cathedral’s Education and Interpretation Officer and graduate of the Contemporary Crafts course added, ‘We hope that our visitors enjoy the students’ personal responses to Truro Cathedral. Such exhibitions challenge the audience to look more closely at the familiar, inspiring both the cathedral community and our visitors’.

Crafting The Cathedral is on at Truro Cathedral, 2-16 February (Monday-Saturday 10-15, Sunday 12-4) Entry is free.

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British Glass Biennale student and staff success

Eddie Belvedere

Eddie Belvedere

Sienna Holihan

Sienna Holihan

Phoebe Gowan

Phoebe Gowan

Second year BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts student Eddie Belvedere and first year student Sienna Holihan have been successful in their applications to the student category of the British Glass Biennale which will take place during May and June.

Three of the thirteen students selected from applications nationwide are from the Falmouth School of Art at Falmouth University, as recent graduate Phoebe Gowen was also selected for the exhibition.

They will be exhibiting their work alongside their tutor, Gayle Matthias, a Senior Lecturer on our BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course .

The awards evening on 27 May will form part of the International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 28 May – 28 June

Further details can be found on the Biennale website  

Falmouth Contemporary Crafts winners at Pewter Live 2014

(C) Victoria Andrew, Slump and Grind

(C) Victoria Andrew, Slump and Grind

Congratulations to BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts students Victoria Andrew and Hanny Newton, who have been awarded prizes as part of Pewter Live 2014, run by The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.

Second year student Victoria Andrew came first in the Interior, Architectural and Furniture category of the national Student Competition for her work Slump and Grind.

Third year student Hanny Newton secured the Giftware Association Prize for her Bespoke hand embroidered pewter bow ties.

(C) Hanny Newton

(C) Hanny Newton

Hanny’s focus and primary medium is Hand Embroidery.  She explores and questions traditional stitch techniques learnt during her training at the Royal School of Needlework. Her current work blends together a re-imagining of traditional gold work embroidery techniques with the mining heritage of Cornwall. She uses technical stitch methods in new ways to create atmospheric three dimensional works that responds to the world beneath our feet. The technique of layered felt padding is liberated from its conventional home underneath gold work embroidery that would be found on a coronation gown and up scaled to create sculptural rock forms. Gold and silver embroider threads are swapped for copper and tin – the lifeblood of Cornwall.

Student runner up in Batsford Prize

Many congratulations are given to Hanny Newton, third year BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts student for achieving the runner up prize in the Batsford Prize 2014. This is an annual competition open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and the theme for this year was ‘working in three dimensions’.  Entrants were taken from students studying in various fields such as textiles, design, fine art, photography and illustration.

Hannah’s piece, titled Mark of the Maker, impressed the judges in terms of its originality, concept, execution and aesthetic.

Batsford Prize Winners Hannah Newton Mark of the Maker

Fish Factory exhibition

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This year, the second years held their show in the atmospheric Fish Factory, Falmouth Wharves.

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Jazmine Colley, cast glass with bronze.

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Ilena Davies. Mixed media, cabinets of curiousities.

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Viil Coward. Self portrait, cast glass.

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Ashling Gilbert. Ceramic, mixed media.

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Victoria Andrew.

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Victoria Andrew.

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Tareg Morris. Ceramic and wood.

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Chris Wootton. Tin Boats.

Crafting the Cathedral

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Some photos of the show in situ – and the fantastic private viewImage

Deborah Jasynewycz’s projected glass crochet

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Hannah Couper’s celebration of the cathedral’s cleaning staff.

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Bethany Walker’s geometrical exploration of rose windows.

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Jamie Colins’ chair during a recital.

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Jamie’s achieved enlightenment

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Alison Reid

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Canon Phillip Lambert makes a speech

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Verity Prior.

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Beth Robinson’s interrogation of the animal soul.

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Hanny Newton. Silver thread and human hair

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Emily Baker Wheeler’s digital cast glass stylized cathedral.

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Amy James. Amy’s large piece is made of jesmonite, cast glass, cast metal and digitally routed birch ply. It represents an hour of visitor activity to the cathedral