The annual show at Cleveland College of Art and Design is usually a good place to start when looking for a wealth of talented, emerging designers. This year didn't disappoint as F6. Studios decided to see what all the hype was about. Sticking to Hartlepool's nautical roots with bunting, fish and deckchair stripes, we were warmly welcomed into the exhibition which consisted of a rich mix of fashion, accessories, interior and gift designers...
Unfortunately there are far many more designers we would have liked to mention, (pictures are on the F6. Studios Facebook page, look at them!!), but here are a select few that really stood out for their unique and original work.
Fashion accessories by Kayleigh Falcus demonstrated every day objects in a simplistic minimal aesthetic. Her use of oversized, laser-cut neon perspex on heavy, industrial-looking chains lends a contemporary, street-led appearance, and the use of a local train ticket from Newcastle to Hartlepool avoids the stereotype of city-themed expectations by keeping it local and giving the collection a more personal touch. Her products have been recently showcased at Newcastle Fashion Week.
Graphic-style fashion textiles by Libby Lagun show an innovative combination of sophisticated digital print with balances of metallic silver and neon yellow. Techniques include printed, smooth embossed leather and eye-catching plastics contrast with wood and graduated opacity prints. Although very bold and graphic in style, her work is kept feminine with rounded lines, gorgeous silks and flashes of fuchsia. She has recently exhibited at New Designers and continues to teach the textiles degree at Newcastle College.
Loosely based on the cult French film Amelie, Moscrop's surface designs show everyday objects in a naive and playful way. She uses selective complimentary colour to highlight segments of her continuous line drawings, and the result is a delightful balance of bold and delicate. She has recently sold her designs at the Indigo trade show in Paris, and has secured a placement working at Trend Bible.
Vaughan's avant-garde masks combine luxury materials such as metallic pig-skin leather, beetle wings and Swarovski crystals to create a collection based on 18th Century outlaws. His choice of materials combined with techniques of laser-cutting and heavy embellishment, along with the placement, results in beautiful unique and engaging wearable art. He has recently exhibited his work at New Designers and has also been selected to exhibit at Texprint.
Ashleigh Jennifer Wilson
Wilson's combines analytical illustrations with screen-printed foils and dried flowers to create subtle multi-dimensional wallpapers. Her attention to detail and delicate imagery shows her appreciation in traditional techniques and utilising them in a contemporary fashion, and the use of layering dried flowers on her woodland-themed wallpaper is ingenious in bringing the imagery to life. She has previously sold her designs in Paris to company 'White Stuff', which is now selling her designs in John Lewis.
To see more pictures from the exhibition, there will be plenty on our Facebook page very soon that are definitely worth a look at! https://www.facebook.com/F6.Studios