The Royal College of Art, the only MA only college in the UK is renowned for its alumni and this years cohort of designers are showcasing their skills, intellect and design narratives across the two sites in Battersea and Kensington until the 29th June.
The textiles, ceramics, product, vehicle and experience design graduates explore tangible data visualisation, craft execution through ceramics, weaving and printing as well as mastery in colour, form and function.
Here we highlight some of the most inspirational and thought provoking projects from across the disciplines.
Inspired by distorted reflections on water Kirsi Enkovaara has made the almost invisible visible with her Landscape of Gravity project. Playing with design through gravity, Enkovaaraa used printing technique for 3D objects to create patterns which are dictated by the gravitational pull of marbled liquid. The resulting vessels are both beautiful and truly unique.
Considering the overlooked, ordinary and cheap, mixed media textiles designer Federica Tedeschi aims to find a new beauty in the untreasured. Taking the humble bubble wrap and re working it into a woven fabric and textural jacquards, she created luxurious textiles that are both beautiful and wearable.
Developing woven fabrics from printed fabric lengths Hana Mistui has worked with mills in the UK and Japan to develop a beautiful fabric collection. Inspired by traditional Ikat weaving techniques and issues surrounding waste within the textile and fashion industry she has created yarns from pre consumer waste printed fabric lengths, which she re weaves to create completely unique new textiles.
Using her body as her tool, ceramics & Glass graduate Sorsha Galvin uses clay to draw out her unconscious thoughts. Questioning absence and presence she creates objects of raw beauty that are imbued with traces of her physicality. The Helmet has traces of her facial features and poses questions about our perception of space and time and physical traces of humanity.
Playfully exploring sensory interaction Yen Chen Chang created a series of tactile interfaces using conductive yarns. Using squeezing, stretching and stroking he playfully re defines user interaction with a touch of humour. His Squeezy Juicer utilises a large knitted ball that powers up a juicer when the ball is squeezed.
Marcin Rusak‘s Flowering Transition project explores the life of flowers in a world where demands for perfection and longevity is controlled by genetic modification. Broken down into 4 chapters Rusak creates the ultimate flower designed using genetic modification and 3D modelling and asks visitors to engage with the scent, or lack of from farmed and manufactured flowers. His poetic project re looks at nature, technology and our changing aesthetics.
USP: Projects considering ideas around perfection, beauty and the unseen were key themes across the graduating students, highlighting their importance for SS16.