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Posted 30.05.14

Double win for BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts student Jo Tyler

Jo Tyler is on a roll, after being selected to show work in not one, but two prestigious, national exhibitions.

The BA Contemporary Crafts student is showing work at the Morley Gallery in London after winning Inspired By..., a competition for people in part-time adult education. The exhibition, open from 20 May - 19 June, showcases new works inspired by exhibits in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections. 

Speaking of her work in the show, Jo said: "The V&A asked us to respond to a piece of work in their museum, or at the Museum of Childhood.

"I responded to a hand-crafted, 18th century, Old Pretender doll housed in the Museum of Childhood.

"I also visited the Foundling Hospital, London, a hospital in Bloomsbury, and linked the themes of family reconciliation with broken and restored dolls."

Print by Jo Tyler, selected for Inspired By...exhibition.

Jo is also one of three students from the college selected to show work at Design Factory - the Design Museum's annual exhibition for BA students. The show, open until spans product, fashion/textiles, graphics/illustration and architecture/spatial design.

"We worked to a third party brief as part of  cc craft curriculum, you have to respond to a gallery or brief. I entered the Design museum as part of the third party degree.

Jo says her work references the role of the designer as an instigator of change. "I explored how clothes are re-used and repurposed in the fashion industry, and looked at how we can more effectively create variety in our clothing choices without resorting to a throwaway culture."

Speaking about her recent wins, Jo said: "The encouragement to enter competitions has really paid off. It’s helped me to realise that competitions are a great way to get your work out into the world."

"I'm a mature student, so I really appreciate the quality and diversity of resources and the easy access to other parts of the college.

"I've been encouraged by other members of staff, especially the print technicians, who have helped me to develop my fine art print-making alongside the contemporary crafts curriculum."