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This year we were once again amazed by the talent at Manchester Metropolitan University’s degree show. We spotted unique work using a diverse range of materials and techniques.

One very special graduate from Manchester School of Art, whose work we feel is of considerable mention, is awarded the ‘Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award’. They have the chance to exhibit their work here at MCDC plus receive on-going support and guidance from our team, helping our chosen winner to succeed in their creative profession.

This year, this incredible opportunity was awarded to the very deserving Joshua Till, whose stunning stem-bent wooden furniture caught our eye straight away. We look forward to hosting his show here in the spring of 2017.

Mussidae Mensa 3

Other artists that caught our eye at the MMU degree show include Rudi Morris from 3D Design. His experimental making process (using ‘saggers’, a protective vessel used in firing), influences and informs the aesthetic of the objects. Rudi also makes his own tools!

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Leanne Orme (3D Design) creates jewellery from foraged materials. She seeks out pockets of wilderness in the UK collecting materials, and making on site. Her work combined natural and fragile materials beautifully.


Harriet Bratt (Textiles In Practice) is a textile designer specialising in both digital and screen printing techniques. Her work has a hand produced feel that focuses upon creative mark making, colour, texture and composition. She predominately designs for the world of interiors (although the MCDC team came away wanting to wear her large printed fabrics!).

Lily Read (3D Design) creates bold geometric jewellery pieces. Lily has been influenced by trends and movements in Art and Design throughout history. Her contemporary statement pieces are aimed at the luxury, fashion-conscious market.

Mella Moylan (Textiles In Practice) designs geometric, mixed media, modular textiles for interior environments and exhibitions. Mella won a coveted spot in the Vertical Gallery in Manchester School of Art’s Benzie Building, greeting every visitor to the degree show. Mella is inspired by how simple geometric shapes combine to create intricate, sculptural compositions.

Our final spotted graduate from MMU is Saskia Rigby from 3D design. Saskia is inspired by natural forms the coast and landscapes, which she explored through the translucent and delicate qualities of bone china.