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Posted 15.09.17

Designed in Plymouth at the London Design Fair 2017

By Phillip Buchan
This September, talented graduates from across the college will be kickstarting their creative careers by showcasing their work at the internationally renowned London Design Fair, 21 to 24 September 2017, at Stand K11 in The Old Truman Brewery.

Graduates will be joined at the exhibition stand by sponsors, artisan distillers Plymouth Gin, collectively showcasing the high standard of design and craftsmanship coming out of the South West.

The work of twenty-one college graduates will be showcased at London Design Fair, from a diverse range of programmes including BA (Hons) Ceramics, BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern, and BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking.

'Free Fall' a collection from glass artist Benjamin Lintell

Featured artists will include illustrator Jake Williams, who recently won the New Designer of the Year award at New Designers 2017, acclaimed young glass artist Benjamin Lintell who has interned with glass artisans Studio Le Four in Paris and at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, and photographer Maciej Krzyminski, who was recently featured in Aesthetica.

“This is one of the premier annual events for creatives from a broad range of disciplines and is the ideal place to launch the careers of our talented and accomplished innovators and makers. Our presence at the London Design Fair illustrates the ambition that Plymouth College of Art has for its graduates in the professional world.”

– Paul Singleton, Associate Dean Design

Work will be showcased in a bespoke exhibition stand, fabricated at Fab Lab Plymouth. The bespoke stand was designed jointly by the college’s BA (Hons) Product Design & Innovation Programme Leader, Kevin Jenkins, whose past clients include The National Trust and Haagen Daaz, and who last year won Innovation of the Year at the British Sign Awards 2016 for his Shimmerdisc design, and by BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling Programme Leader, Cathryn Bishop, who has designed boutique hotels, restaurants and private residences all over the world.

Textile designer and graduate Heidi Wyett's work will also be on display

Located in the creative heart of East London, London Design Fair is a celebration of designer-makers that brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries; now in its 11th year Tent London, Super Brands London and a growing host of international trade showcases have come together to promote the latest in contemporary craftsmanship.

Plymouth College of Art at London Design Fair 2016

With over 27,000 people due to attend, including influential retail buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers, and the design-savvy public, talented graduates from the college will have the chance to get their work seen by the leading companies in their fields. As well as exhibiting alongside fellow independent makers and established brands alike, the graduates will have the chance to attend specialist talks, meet potential employers and gain commissions and internship opportunities.

"As a proud member and supporter of the community in Plymouth city, Plymouth Gin is honoured to be part of London Design Fair supporting Plymouth College of Art."

– Plymouth Gin

Alongside Plymouth College of Art graduates, Plymouth Gin will provide classic cocktails for guests during the Private View on Thursday 21 September. Made in the oldest gin distillery in England, Plymouth Gin is a unique, artisanal product and regarded as a gin for the ‘connoisseur’. Plymouth Gin is proud of its heritage, encompassing its links to the city of Plymouth and its history, its relationship with the British Royal Navy and the role it played in the development of a wide range of iconic, classic cocktails.

When you're visiting our stand at K11, be sure to make your way to stand K21 to view more work from a selection of our craft and design graduates.

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