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Posted 16.09.15

‘Disrupt’ – MA Showcase: Student Profiles

By Jake May

With projects ranging from games design, fetishwear and fine art drawing to social product design, junk art and mosaic, 2015’s Masters showcase is a diverse collection of innovative and high-quality work.

This year entitled ‘Disrupt’ and exhibiting in T1.32 from 24-29 September, the show opens up the final major projects of our postgraduate students to the public for the first time – with years of research, development, thinking and making contributing to the pieces on display.

With ‘Disrupt’ now just one week away – the Private View takes place on Wednesday 23 September, from 6-8pm – we take a closer look at work by the five students set to be putting their work on show...

Petra Cerna  

MA in Contemporary Crafts

In her expanded approach to product design Petra Cerna questions the underlying principles of commercially and aesthetically driven design practice. Petra’s research and development is intrinsically grown from the concept of social value, rejecting consumer­based design and the associated norms of obsolescence and waste. In her current maternity jewellery range Petra has found meaning in responsible design with a positive social impact. The project is founded on collaboration with a Social Enterprise group in Czech that supports a community of young, disadvantaged women to develop a their creativity, confidence and self­esteem, via a sustainable livelihood. Through personal interest in the role of women in today’s society and in particular at this life stage, Petra has designed a sound producing necklace, which can be heard by the baby inside of the womb, which when born, is used to soothe and calm the baby and support bonding.

Work by Petra Cerna, MA Contemporary Crafts student. Exhibiting in 'Disrupt' from 24-29 Sept at Plymouth College of Art.

Helen Layfield

MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice

Helen Layfield combines traditional, non-traditional and ephemeral materials within the practices of junk art and mosaic. Drawing on her background of illustration, fine art, community-based teaching practices and extensive engagement with a range of cultures, Helen challenges the Western hierarchy and use of materials; mixing donated, discarded and ‘disrespected’ materials with traditional art media. Helen advocates using intuition to make creative decisions about materials and their use in compositions that allows for the telling of personal stories, which in her case incorporate cross-cultural patterns and motifs. In addition to raising the profile of recycling; the exploration of empowering individuals by valuing their personal stories and creative decision-making folds the benefits of a creative community’s social capital into this body of work. /

Work by Helen Layfield, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice student. Exhibiting in 'Disrupt' from 24-29 Sept at Plymouth College of Art.

Abigail Lamacraft

MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice

Abbie’s specialist pattern cutting skills and range of experience in the design and construction of fetish wear gained from undertaking diverse commissions, has been informed by her interest in the aesthetics of dystopian futures, dereliction and post apocalyptic reclamation and adaptation of materials. In using a materials­led development of techniques, Abbie’s unconventional construction methods have allowed for the inclusion of non­traditional fetish wear fabrics leading to the exploration of embellishment, surface pattern and texture. This body of work has been driven by questioning the limitations of conventional fetish wear design and its reliance on latex with its tendency to tear when under tension.

Work by Abigail Lamacraft, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice student. Exhibiting in 'Disrupt' from 24-29 Sept at Plymouth College of Art.

Viki Johnson

MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice

Victoria Johnson has developed a response to what she perceives as the dominant use of violence to win games within contemporary games design. In creating a 2D adventure game using a hand drawn aesthetic, Victoria has developed a positive female character and role model to challenge what she considers to be ‘the current propensity for sexualised female characters that are rarely the leading role’. In choosing to explore alternatives to in-app purchasing, gender issues associated with gaming, and the wider cultures of online communication and independent entrepreneurial practices, Victoria’s body of work engages with fast moving and continually evolving issues around games design and online presence.

Work by Viki Johnson, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice student. Exhibiting in 'Disrupt' from 24-29 Sept at Plymouth College of Art.

Alice Jones

MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice

From an initial interest in fine art portraiture Alice Jones combines representational drawing with contemporary culture’s fascination with fantasy, the supernatural and mythical beings. This concept art work explores the themes prevalent in today’s film industry and numerous television series since the 1990’s, which draw on folklore, stories and legends from global cultures, finding common themes that explore combinations of the beautiful and the grotesque. Drawing on her experience of convincingly capturing the sitter, Alice develops characters using the popular motifs of mermaids, vampires and fairies, exploring non­gendered identity through combinations of creative invention and observed detail.

Work by Alice Jones, MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice student. Exhibiting in 'Disrupt' from 24-29 Sept at Plymouth College of Art.

'Disrupt' takes place at Plymouth College of Art (room T1.32) from Thursday 24 to Tuesday 29 September, open 10am-4pm.