I decided to venture out for a short walk after a day at work, the sun was shining and it was a perfect evening to stroll down to Leeds College of Art for the 2014 Knock Knock, final year show. From my house the college is a couple of miles, a lovely walk through a forest, and then a little way more down Otley Road, a busy street lined with takeaways, cafes and buzzing with student energy. (It was 5pm so they were all out of bed)
I was particularly interested in seeing the Fashion, Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design and Fine Art, but with my 3 year old in tow I knew I wouldn’t get to see as much as I wanted. The first room we stumbled across was the Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design and as soon as we walked in I was completely mind blown by the quality and sheer vibrancy of the exhibition pieces on display. The colours jumped of the walls and screamed to be turned in to something wearable. I felt tingles and excitement glancing over the designs, looking where to concentrate my attention first. All I could see were visions of the many, many dresses I would make if I had this glorious fabric at my disposal. There was wallpaper on display too, just to add, but I was sure they would all work as fabric designs too.
As we walked around I entertained Evan by asking him to collect the student’s business cards for me. Ok perhaps not quite as fun as Fifa 2014 panini stickers, but he collected 18 for me so didn’t do to bad. No photography was allowed in the exhibition, so all of the following images are taken from the artists blogs (copyright individual artists). So without further waffle, I think it’s best I let the images do the talking, and I encourage you to find out more about each designer from the links included. I present to you my choice picks from the show, do let me know what you think!
Natalie Lea Owen
Aren’t they all wonderful – what talented ladies! I want to say congratulations to all the students for putting on such an amazing exhibition and finishing their degrees. I’ve only featured a small number here, and there is much more to look at if you visit the show in person, which I would highly recommend you do.
I’m off to make some new arty friends and to explore the possibilities of sourcing some independently designed fabric Do let me or the artists know if you were inspired by this post.
Knock Knock is held at Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk and Vernon Street buildings and runs from June 14th – 19th June 2014
Bye for now,