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New Designers 2012, Top Ten, Numbers 3 and 4

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.

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We’re getting there folks! Numbers 3 and 4 today are a collection of delicate ceramics and glass pieces from Amelia Petherbridge and bold, eye catching screen prints from Anna Thompson Smith. We love them, hope you do too!

4 – Amelia Petherbridge, Ceramics and Glass BA (Hons), Bucks New University

The work: My work is directly influenced by my love for natural phenomena. Forms, textures and symbols which we associate with nature constantly reoccur in my work. Complex details such as honeycomb and frogspawn which are often overlooked are used to inform a range of decorative objects and large scale installations, which can adorn both interior and exterior spaces.

The process: Through a range of creative approaches the materials of ceramics and glass are used to capture the ‘essence’ of these natural forms and surfaces. I use glass and porcelain in their purest form to interact with the qualities of natural and artificial light to give volume and texture in a simple and elegant way without using colour. Porcelain in conjunction with light evokes a range of subtle textures which creates ambience and mood within particular settings. It is delicately crafted as thin as possible to emphasise and communicate the fragility of the natural world. Repeated modules sometimes scattered or arranged in a more orderly fashion, give both a sense of minimalism and complexity in the space.

What next: I have been working on a commission for a wedding venue in Surrey called Russets. The installation is going to be situated in the ceremony room of Russets house. The design is using the high fired porcelain flowers as seen in my display. The flowers will climb down two pillars like ivy. The piece is created to bring a fresh and unique essence to the building, reflecting on some characteristics related to weddings, flowers being a tradition among different cultures. I worked with the owners to design an installation that would be breath taking but subtle so as to not to overpower their customers decorations. The formation of my work is displayed to reflect natural movement, ivy being the main influence here. My future aspirations are to expand my work into an interior design environment. I hope to create a number of different installations for a wide range of buildings, including interiors and exteriors.

Amelia Petherbridge

3 – Anna Thompson Smith, BA (Hons) Textile Design, Edinburgh College of Art

The work: My final collection is about questioning the dependency many of us have on the consumption of material objects, and understanding our obsession with collecting. My work is designed for non gender exclusive fashion and uses a mixture of digital and screen printed designs using both graphic and abstract imagery.

Image by Tiu

The process: I have always loved screen printing and I was very excited to experiment with techniques such as using flock on velvet. I uses inks and artists pens to draw my illustrations or prepare drawing for screen and then dye my fabrics, I usually print using binder, dye flock and devore techniques.

What next: I hope to find a internship or job in the textiles industry and I would eventually like to have my own business.

Anna Thompson Smith

Tomorrow discover our two favourite exhibitors at this years New Designers graduate show.