Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pinhole Perfection


Well it`s nearly half-term here at Truro College and everyone’s been busy being creative over the past few weeks.
The photography class has spent this time learning and practicing analogue photography skills such as photograms, using the 35mm film SLR`s and these beautiful pinhole images.
Pinhole photography is a simple technique that is difficult to master. Using only ambient light and cameras made from a box with no lens, creating the images can be a bit of trial and error but when it works the results, like those above, can be awesome.

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Work in Progress

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As always its been a busy and creative start to the term here at the art & design department.
The slideshow features some of the students work to date.
We have the beginnings of some great paintings from the Fine Art group. These are being entered into a local open competition at the Penlee Gallery, Penzance.
We have a selection of decorated tiles from ceramics.
And finally some models from 3D that started off life as 2D sketches from the parlour game Exquisite corpse.
So far, so good I`d say.

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Student Showcase : Holly Summerson

The first Student Showcase of this year features some animated work by AS Level Illustration & Graphics student Holly Summerson.

See the full animation here – VIDEO LINK

“My work is a 15 second animated ident for National Geographic channel which I designed for Illustration and Graphics coursework. I was looking at the theme of sustainability, particularly in Cornish beaches, and wanted to emphasize the beauty and importance of the sea. Each of the frames was printed using a card-relief technique, before being animated on a light-box and later edited in Photoshop.”

The music is by Eric & Magill, and can be found on the Free Music Archive.

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Watch out the fluffs have arrived!

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The new Product Design & Built Environment students try their hand at prototype modelling. Just a few weeks in and they have designed a miniature point of sale using Solidworks which is an industry standard CAD software package. Once designed they transfer the files to the laser for cutting while having ago at traditional shaping techniques. Next step will be the use of emerging technologies to create new buildings and products.
The students are collectively known as fluffs. A name they have gained from being taught by the only remaining lecture, our very own Sean Dugan, in the country to be found sporting the 80’s mullet hairstyle.
Now turn up the hair metal, dust off the spandex and lets do some design!

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Beyond Truro College – Holly Young


Next in our series on past students is successful and talented milliner Holly Young.
Graduating in Costume Design for the Performing Arts from the London College of Fashion in 2006, Holly lived and worked in London for five years before moving back to her roots in Cornwall. Whilst studying, she interned with the English National Opera Millinery department. On graduating she worked for avant-garde milliner Justin Smith (maker of Angelina Jolie’s horns in Maleficent) and The English National Ballet as a dresser to the dancers. She then went on to work for top milliner Philip Treacy producing headwear for Paris and London couture fashion weeks. Holly has also worked for Royal Milliner Jane Taylor during Ascot and other busy periods. Her most recent accolade are the thirty hats that she was commissioned to make by Warner Brothers for the Mathew Vaughn film, Secret Service, which will be out in 2015.

In her own words – “Truro College was the first step on my career journey. The art and design ND let me really explore and develop my skills ready for further education and let me believe that anything was possible. I was encouraged 100% by all the tutors and head of department Martin Page to follow my interests and strengths.”

You can see more of Holly`s fabulous creations on her website – here.

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