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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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Fashion – in detail

A selection of photos showing the care and detail the A2 Fashion students put into their work here in the White building at Truro College – a range of the beautiful coursework garments made by our brilliant second year students.

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Creative Textile Art part-time course

Run by one of our textile tutors, Lucy O`Hara, the Creative Textile Art part-time course will develop creative skills through the art of textiles. Students will experiment with a range of specialist surface manipulation techniques such as; Embroidery, Felt making and Applique.

The 10 week evening course runs on a Wednesday from 1830-2100, bookings are now being taken for the new January 2018 term.

Student feedback from last term –

‘ Enthusiastic teacher, well prepared’
‘ It was exactly what I wanted. I learnt so much that I can now use independently’
‘ The pace was perfect, we were all encouraged to share our ideas’
‘ A friendly and informative course which I would like to continue’
More info available here
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Bandana making

Students from Truro College Art & Design Saturday Club were set a 3 week project creating bandana’s that followed a garden inspired theme.
Week 1 – natural dyes and shibori techniques
Transforming plain cotton into vibrant, patterned fabric. Vegetables/matter that would normally be discarded in the compost heap were recycled ;  such as Red onions skins, cabbage and tea bags.
Week 2 – Leaf printing
Using leafs collected from students own gardens patterns were printed onto their pre dyed fabrics .
Week 3- Embroidered bugs
Small bugs and insects designed by students were brought to life as they experimented with machine and hand embroidery.

And here are the final results!

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Elizabeth Loveday Workshop

Former Truro College art student Lizzie Loveday recently ran a workshop for us – she has been made the Liberty Textiles Artist in Focus for their new Haberdashery – with a whole wall in their London store featuring her work! V exciting! Lizzie spent the day working with A-level students helping them produce some lovely work.
Participating student Kieran Roberts said –  “Lizzie was so insightful about pursuing a career within the Arts. She was really encouraging and it was really interesting to hear about her experience of studying Illustration at Art College. I really enjoyed the day and am really pleased with the outcome, I have certainly extended my skills!”
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Macabre Models

Inspired by collaborative drawings & responding to the theme of the Exquisite Corpse, our 2nd yr ED students have developed fabric & created characters. Translating the expression and personality through selection of fabric and the application of a range of techniques including machine and hand stitch techniques.

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Page Turner – Turning heads

On from now until this Sat 27th May, 3pm – Page Turner.

A celebration of great student art from Truro College, Cornwall.

Take yourself down to Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro and become inspired by the wealth of talent on display.

From fine art to jewelry, from architecture to graphics design, and everything in between.

Our 12th annual show, Page Turner.

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artist visit by zoe wright

Zoe Wright, a textile artist based at the Krowji studios in Redruth, took time out from her busy schedule to give an informal chat on the realities of being a full time ‘Creative Maker’ and a chance to see some of Zoe’s beautiful work first hand followed by a workshop creating textile pieces using free motion machine embroidery.

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Fashion Master Class


A2 Fashion students create amazing garment in only an hour and a half! In a Subtraction Pattern Cutting Master Class, led by Gary Mills Programme Leader for Fashion at Somerset College, students designed, cut and created these awesome garments in under 90 minutes.

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