SIT is proud of its work supporting the next generation of makers and for this year’s Select Festival, we have invited eight talented students from Hereford College of Arts to showcase their work in the shop windows of Stroud. Josh Bolam, Daisy Bonham, Lucy Cooper, Rosie Michalik-Denny, Amy Pegler, Louise Russell, Yemi Taiwo and Rhian Whyman are all in their final year of the textile design course and their work can be seen in Cornflower & Calico, Made in Stroud, Moonflower, R&R Books, Rococco and Oxfam until Sunday 25th May.
I talked to four of them about their work and inspirations:
Josh Bolam is a contemporary textile designer with a futuristic approach. The work he’s showing here is inspired by minute architectural details such as the lines between brick work and is composed of screen printed paper, dyed fabric and laser cut shapes which he has moulded onto PVC fashion fabric using his own unique technique. Clever stuff.
Daisy Bonham’s collection of fashion textiles combines digital, Batique and screen printing. The vivid colours and fluid, abstract shapes were inspired by the extraordinary architecture of Gaudi’s Barcelona.
Lucy Cooper specialises in screen print combined with mixed media cut out collage. The collection on show here was inspired by the rocks and stones she finds on Somerset beaches and is full of the gentle colours of the sea.
Yemi Taiwo believes that creativity is a life skill and sees designing as an extension of the material world. She is primarily interested in process so the work on show in Stroud ranges from a Subtraction Pattern dress to tiles inspired by aerial images of the land.