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Contour modelling

1st year Product Design and the Built Environment students have been learning about how buildings interact with their surroundings this week.
They made cardboard contour models then added scaled architectural buildings to these made from dowel and wood sections.

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AROUND THE ART DEPT 14/10


A weekly selection of all things art – printmaikng, fashion and textiles, ceramics, 3D model making and illustration

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New students – new term


Our new term kicked of in fine style today with all our new, excited and creative students.
The White building was a hive of activity with the new term buzz in the air.
After tutor session the students faced their first challenge, the annual paper tower build.
In groups they constructed two towers from newspaper, linked by a bridge.
The `twist` – roll a raw egg from one side to the other!
Did the eggs survive? Of course!
Success, and they`re are off to a flying start.

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Elevate: And the winner is…

Our 14th annual show is live down on Lemon Quay in Truro all this week. Open from 0900 until 1800 daily.
Come and see some amazing, creative and inspiring artwork from our talented students if you are in town, truely worth a visit.
Below are this years prize winners, voted for by local artists and businesses, congratulations to them all.
(Full winners list below)


Tate – Stella Thurlow, Lola Osborne, Charlotte Musk, Della Bason
Atrium Gallery – Rosie Tuff
The Arts Society Truro – Iowla Lawton, Taro Bean, Rosie Tuff
St Justin Ltd – Anna Thomason-Kenyon
John Howard Print Studios – India Pascoe-Buchanan & Thomas Parker
Tregony Gallery – Thomas Coggan Megan Burridge
Uneeka – Eleanor Bolton & Michael White
Truro College Art & Design Team Award – Sophie Bellman, Dannii Read, Felix McCrossen-Sadler
Kernowcraft Silversmithing and Jewellery – Rachel Bishop
Truro College Part Time Courses – Joanna Czlonkowska
Eat Art – Kim Gentle Boon
Sea Salt – Emily Taylor Tabitha Munro
Sully’s Framing & Art – Ellie Pyner
Blue Wing Gallery – Tilda Fuller

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iterative repetition

PDBE students have got all iterative!!!
Iterative: a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.
PDBE students have made beautiful sketches from their workshop models and SolidWorks drawings, making observational studies which they gradually stylised. These drawings will then be used to inform further models and SolidWorks designs, very iterative!

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Creative Contours

Product Design and the Built Environment A Level students were asked to consider the nature of contour lines this week.
What is a contour line? How does a contour line differ from an outline? How can an understanding of contours be built into our design practice and construction techniques?
Students built upon Da Vinci’s advice to students to trace through glass to understand perspective. They also explored what shadows can tell us, with exciting results!

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Breeze Art and Makers Fair – Discover Making Day

Breeze Art and Makers Fair CIC has a mission to get young people to explore the possibilities of training and a career in design and craft. On Friday our students enjoyed a series of presentations by makers at different points in their careers who told their stories of how they discovered making and how they learned their skills.

The students heard from –

Matt Foster
Matt will be demonstrating throwing and making work while he gives his presentation. Matt is in his third year as an apprentice at Leach Pottery St Ives. He has been awarded a QEST scholarship and he is the oldest of the group. Foster studied fine art at Kent University 2004-2006. He went on to work for Joseph Clarke at the Millennium Gallery in St Ives. At the Millennium, he worked alongside a collection of exciting contemporary artists, many of whom are local to the area. In October 2015, Matt joined the Leach Pottery as the second Seasalt Bursary Apprentice, giving him the opportunity to learn and work alongside a talented and diverse production team. ‘This environment and opportunity allow me to develop my personal work.’
Millie Melborne
Millie is a recent Fashion and textile Graduate of Falmouth College. She has radical ideas about making sustainable and flexible garments and has set up her company OBWear studio in Bristol ‘My work is an ongoing seemingly never-ending exploration of the intimate relationship human bodies have with cloth objects and clothing. Focusing on how we get in and out, wrapping, folding, slotting, pulling, rolling, tying, transforming. Always striving to express the craftsmanship of working with textiles. Encouraging positive engagement and awareness in the relationships towards the objects in our lives and designing to prolong, play and celebrate the character each object can hold.’
Ellie Carr-Smith
Ellie is a freelance Designer/ Artist, after graduating in 2017 in Product Design at The University of Edinburgh. She is currently involved in a new innovative start-up design exhibition called, ‘Design Exhibition Scotland.’ This involves being part of a creative collaborative group of established designers, discussing and challenging the existing divides between art, craft and design. Her aim is to create meaningful objects which highlight alternative materials and manufacturing methods aiming towards more sustainable alternatives for everyday products. She has created an experimental material, comprising of wool fibre and potato starch, that has a range of properties from soft/flexible to rigid/dense, which is compostable and can be combined with plant-based natural dyes to provide a variety of colours.
Caja Trevorrow
Caja is starting her third year on the BA Artists Blacksmith’s course at Hereford & Ludlow College. She will be talking about challenging norms and bringing contemporary ideas to the rich tradition of blacksmithing. Her course encompasses a breadth of practice from architectural design to interior product and sculpture, all made from hot forged metal. She will talk about her future options and the road travelled so far.
Will she become a self-employed practitioner; setting up design studios and workshops, and producing work ranging from large-scale exterior forged metalwork to small gallery objects or a journeymen working for smiths across the world, or postgraduate study?
Discover Making Day has been brought to students with the support of The Arts Society, Patricia Fay Memorial Fund, Cornwall College and Truro & Penwith College, Hereford College of Arts, The Leach Pottery and Breeze Art and Makers CIC.
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Bakers Dozen – selected postcard images 2018


Only a few weeks to go before we host our annual art and design show on the piazza in Truro.
Each year the show wows crowds and us alike. Showcasing the best creative talent from our department from graphic design to fine art and everything in between.
The thirteen (Bakers Dozen – this being our 13th show!) images here have all been selected to adorn our postcard series this year, each one representing the various course paths in a stunning visual.
These will be available to collect at the show, so head on down from the 22nd May, to Lemon Quay Piazza, Truro, Cornwall and take a look at our students creations. You won`t be disappointed.

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