Personal Critique of the Textile Degree Show 2017

After spending some time looking around the degree show, I decided on the two shows I liked the most to critique. I looked around the whole school’s show, and was amazed by everything! Of course, one of my favourite shows was Textiles.

The first show I have chosen to critique is Emma Smith’s.

Critique/comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work:

Without even reading the artist statement, it was obvious that Emma’s collection was inspired by somewhere in East Asia, particularly on the designs that feature buildings. Reading her statement confirmed my thoughts, and I think the intention for use in a bar or restaurant setting is appropriate, as the bright colours may not be so popular in other settings such as a home.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?

Very successfully! It is so impressive that every single sample has been hand dyed and printed, and an incredible amount of planning and practice dyes must have had to be done. The colours blend well together, even though they are bright, and as I said before; it isn’t difficult to grasp where the designs were inspired from.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?

The boldness and brightness of the colours, as they struck me when I first saw the exhibition; and made me want to look at the designs more closely. Also, the number of samples and how different each design is very impressive.

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work:

I love the idea of scattering some of the samples on top of a bigger print, as it makes you want to look closer at those smaller samples. I also like the arrangement of the floor cushions, as the one attached to the wall suggests perhaps that a sofa within a bar/restaurant setting could come from the designs.

The second show I chose to critique is Chloe Trew’s.

Critique/comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work:

The inclusions of sayings from New York is an interesting thing to do, as I think it would be something that wouldn’t be thought about a lot of the time; most people would focus on the visual memories when they visit a place. You can immediately tell the focus of the collection is New York when you see the map designs – they are a well known image even if you’ve never been.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?

The colours used are very successful, as New York is a vibrant, busy city and the colour palette of the collection reflects that. I like that the designs on the back of the piece are interchangeable, so you can swap them around according to what you want to see on a particular day (if it was in your home).

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?

Again, the colour really attracted me to Chloe’s exhibition, but it was the stitch work that was really impressive to me! I’m not sure if any was done non digitally, as the stitching was so intricate and complicated, but to take all that time programming on the digital stitch software is impressive!

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work:

I really like how the divider is displayed; showing how it would divide a space and making people walk around it to see the back. Chloe used the wall space well too, showing her samples and a couple of wallpapers alongside the divider. The copper piping gave it all a nice finishing  touch.

How do you perceive the shows, generally?

I think the shows were all very impressive, and much more memorable than last years’! I really enjoyed walking around the whole school and seeing how different each subject is. Even the difference between all the Textiles collections was incredible, and you can see a style from each student.

List three key things you have learnt from what you have seen overall.

  • That a lot of samples are needed for a final collection!
  • Organisation is key.
  • Lots of exploration and experimentation is needed to get a good final collection/result.
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