Category Archives: Degree

Prize Winning Pewter

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Rachael Osbourne’s designs for a silver bowl have won her a Precious Metal Bursary worth £1000 From the Goldsmiths Company.

Peter Taylor remarked how “The judges were extremely impressed with the presentation and quality of Racheal application”

She will use the award to create a silver version of her Spun Pewter Bowl.

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Beyond Truro College – Anika Manuel

Our next post college student success is Anika Manuel –

“My name is Anika Manuel and I currently live and work in Cornwall. At Truro College I studied the A level in Fine Art which was taught by Tristan Sherwood and Louise Walter, this gave me the opportunity to develop my interest in art and the basic skills I had. I particularly remember being taught how to use acrylic paint and this, along with my personal study and the knowledge gained from my History of Art A level, ultimately influenced my career as a portrait painter in the years following. At college I developed an interest in figurative painting, and then concreted this area of specialisation on the foundation diploma that I went on to study. I greatly enjoyed the level of experimentation on the course and encouragement provided from the tutors and it was on the recommendation from Gareth Edwards, my painting tutor, that I went on to apply and get accepted for a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. After graduating with a First, I came back to Cornwall as a self employed Fine artist with a gallery in London that exhibits my portraits internationally. My practice involves creating realistic depictions of the human figure (often celebrities) and this work is currently on show at The Moreton Gallery in the Cotswolds, as well as through Degreeart (http://www.degreeart.com/users/anika-manuel) All of my work can be viewed on my website www.anikamanuel.com or through my Facebook page: Anika Manuel Artist.

To all students currently studying the arts the best advice I could offer would be to persist, as long as you have a passion for art and you believe in what you are doing then you can make a successful career out of doing something that you love.”

Wise words!

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Beyond Truro College – Victoria Walker


Next to be featured in our Beyond Truro College posts is jeweller Victoria Walker.

Victoria specializes in kinetic, fine jewellery inspired by the beauty of natural forms. Her signature botanical lockets feature miniature articulated flowers that gently emerge and unfold from within. Ring designs are also kinetic and feature beautiful stones set into entirely revolving spheres. These moving designs are inspired by the sentimental nature of lockets and indeed all jewellery, with the idea that sometimes the most precious and treasured elements are hidden beneath the surface. Using traditional techniques with silver, 18ct gold and diamonds, every tiny petal is carefully handcrafted and precisely engineered to create these beautiful impressions of the natural world.

What Victoria has to say about here time at the college –
‘I really enjoyed studying at Truro College. The jewellery course was very focused on traditional making skills and with a relatively small class size, we had the benefit of regular one-to-one tuition. I found the atmosphere at college really positive and tutors across all art and design departments seemed keen to help in whatever area we needed it. Of course, one of the best parts was being able to study and complete my degree without leaving Cornwall.’

Her work can be found at Princes House, Truro and more of her work can be viewed here.

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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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St. Ives Galleries Visit

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This week the art & design dept took their yearly visit to St. Ives. The plan: be inspired!
With two packed double-deckers full of eager students we descended upon the sun kissed fishing village. Famous for it art and brilliant light we enjoyed a full day of gallery visits and taking in the sights of the town.
Students got to see more art in situ and do plenty of visual recording in their sketchbooks.
Highlights included the Tate and Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden, plus many numerous galleries to numerous to mention.
Art was viewed, drawing was done and pasties were consumed.
It was then time to head home, but delay in the form of `cows on the road` (only in Cornwall) lead to the only slow point of the day.
See you again next year St. Ives.

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Do You Tweet…

Well we certainly do!
twitter-logo[1]And now you can too. Follow the links below to keep track of all our goings on:
@Trurocollegeart
@FDNArtTruro
@Truro_Penwith
Happy Tweeting y`all.

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Horizons Exhibition 20 – 24th May 2014

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9th annual exhibition of work by Truro College Art and Design Students
Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 May 2014
9am – 6pm Tuesday-Friday and 9am-3.00pm Saturday
Marquee on the Piazza, Lemon Quay, Truro
Admission is free

This year’s show will focus on journeys and the varied horizons open to creative individuals. The public will have the chance to change their outlook and to see what might be on the horizon and who is striving to reach their goals now and in the future! It will prove that the creative experience broadens horizons!

“The aim of HORIZONS is to celebrate the outstanding art and design work produced by Truro College art and design students” comments Mark Dunford, Deputy Team Leader for Art & Design. “By taking our work out of the White Building into a temporary highly visible exhibition space, right in the heart of the community, this will provide everyone with a unique insight into this year’s highly individual work. An exhibition of this kind can have a dramatic impact upon the students’ future and career within the creative industries”.

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Interior Design

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If you study interior design, want to or just have an interest why not check out the FdA Interior Design Practice Facebook page by clicking on the link below –

https://www.facebook.com/#!/FdAInteriorDesignPracticeInCornwall

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Silversmithing & Jewellery BA

The Silversmithing and Jewelery degree course students continue to produce high quality work.

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