Spotted 2019: Manchester School of Art

BY Manchester Craft and Design Centre


This year we were once again amazed by the talent on show at Manchester School of Art Degree Show and we went to spot up and coming talent at the 2019 Degree Show. Our team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at both regional and national graduate shows since 2011, hand picking makers who we think are ‘ones to watch’ in the world of contemporary craft and design. We hope to help the spotted graduates succeed in their creative profession by promoting and celebrating their work.

We’re really excited to share with you the six chosen graduates from BA Textiles in Practice and 3D Design:

Bethany Mazuryk

Textile print designer Bethany has been inspired by concepts of colour and tropics in her practice this year, where she has explored different forms of ‘Graphic Tropics’ in the context of fabric interiors, stationery and gift wrapping.

Jessica Smith

Jessica, who studied Textiles in Practice, uses her work as a way of exploring the two places she calls home in West Yorkshire, drawing on the industrial landscape for inspiration. Using a form of reverse applique, Jessica layers the fabrics which are then stitched and cutback to reveal the different coloured cloths.

Emily Kane

Another artist that caught our eye at the MMU degree show was Emily Kane who studied Textiles in Practice. Emily’s work looks at the traditions of her Irish heritage, using various methods such as collage to portray her narrative, a type of rebellion through art. For more insight into Emily’s work check out this interview with her at the Centenary Cities exhibition at Pankhurst Centre here.

Erum Aamir

Graduate Erum who studied Three-Dimensional Design, works with ceramics using nature as a source of inspiration. Erum is enthused by details and explores these using a microscope. Her work is so intricate it blurs the line between reality and created reality in ceramics.

Ryan Daniel Dikes

Three-Dimensional Design graduate Ryan has focused his work on creating simple, structural objects that have many possible applications, so the user can decide the use rather than the designer. Ryan has also considered how often we discard or pass on our furniture, and with his creation you can reconfigure old pieces and found objects his stylish and sustainable system.

Photo: Victoria Smith

Jake Stevenson Grimberg

We also spotted Jake, whose work on a project called ‘Is It Just Me?’ brings together ceramic vessels layered with genuine examples of crude graffiti. Looking at how the layering of marks, the passing of time and personal stories may be built into the object allowing the vessel to become a container of memories.