This is Surface, by Isabella Pagnotta
Exhibition dates: Friday 19th June- Saturday 26th June
This Is Surface brings together the work of this year’s London College of Communication BA Surface Design graduates and celebrates the 30th Anniversary and final year of Surface Design at the LCC.
From its beginning as a Diploma in Creative Screen Printing in 1986, the exhibition embraces the incredible diversity of work that develops from this course. Amidst the wall painting, wallpaper hanging and fabric hemming earlier this week as students prepared for the School of Design’s Private View on Thursday, this year’s graduates were determined to make this last show one to remember.
The Lower Street Gallery has been transformed into a celebration of print, pattern, colour and textures by new emerging designers. Working on a diverse range of substrates including textiles, paper and ceramics, the show has been curated to take visitors on a journey through different themes and to evoke different feelings. The work challenges ideas and possibilities of surface decoration and aims to create a lasting impression of such a fantastic course at UAL.
Featuring work by Made in Arts London artists Isabella Pagnotta and Dominika Swierad, Dominika’s new collection, inspired by traditional Polish cut-outs plays with shadows, textures and virtual depth on screen printed silks. Her final designs aim to show the beauty of mistakes made by hand, impossible to achieve with digital printing.
Isabella’s collection of ceramic tiles and screen printed textiles explores the intrinsic beauty of London Underground’s design and engineering, often lost or overlooked by its passengers. Citing the Bauhaus movement and artists of the Wiener Werkstätte as inspiration, her prints tell the story of the uneven surfaces, shapes and textures we touch, see and walk across everyday on our journeys to work and home. Each design organically evolves from screen printing and collaging onto unusual papers. Her new collection challenges her way of working, exploring her surroundings through bold shapes but maintaining a soft, delicacy in layering colours.
The first course of its kind in the UK, as students hang up their printing aprons and squeegees, they hope that the legacy of Surface Design at the LCC continues and that visitors feel as passionate about print, pattern and colour after their visit as we do.
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A group of students featuring in this exhibition have also been chosen to exhibit at New Designers Part 1, from 24-27 June at the Business Design Centre, Stand T58.