Art show explores series and sequence at South Essex College

Poppy Dale

Second year Art & Design students at South Essex College recently hosted an exhibition of their work called Series and Sequence.

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design students explored series and sequence, a collection of pieces of work linked to a common theme that tells a story, in a wide variety of mediums from drawing to jewellery and glass. Their show took place in the Campus Gallery at the Southend Campus of the College.

Currently the course is two years in length but next year it will become a one year intensive course entitled the UAL Pre-Foundation Diploma. Head of Department, Bill Kenney, explained the reason for change and how it would benefit students.

Bill said: “The beauty of the current course it that allows students to explore a huge range of areas and mediums, allowing them to build up their portfolios and their skills and knowledge across several areas of art & design. From September 2014 we are offering an intensive one-year course aimed at preparing our students to enter the full Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Students will have an equally diverse programme of study exploring art and design disciplines to produce an individual portfolio of work to take to the Foundation Diploma interview.”

Some of the current penultimate final second years of the course explained more about their designs on show.

The face of destruction

Poppy Dale, 17, from Tilbury was obviously used to seeing herself in the mirror but came face to face with a 3D version of her face which she created from fragments of glass found on the beach near Tilbury town.

Poppy said: “I’ve lots of childhood memories of going onto the beach and it was never littered with rubbish and pollution like it is now. Things need to change and the beach is a victim so I wanted to give that victim a human face.”

Poppy created her design by first taking a plaster cast of her face and then melting, which is known as slumping, the found glass over the cast of her face in a kiln. This was the first time Poppy had worked with glass and she is now looking at pursuing it at university or as an apprenticeship.

Animal attraction

Rachel Sankey, 17, from Southend spent nearly 20 hours with her pen turning pen marks into a stunning menagerie of animal designs.

She explained: “My piece of work is all about tonal qualities and about the colours fighting for dominance, much like animals have to do.”

The animals certainly have the wow factor, so much so that there is already interest in someone buying her brown bear and the rabbit. Her animal-themed art work has obviously got legs!

Jewellery explores the past for inspiration

Last summer Jessica Sheaf, 18, from Brentwood, decided that she wanted to specialise in jewellery and her designs at the exhibition are her first productions and it is an area that interests her so much that she is looking at studying it further and also taking commissions.

Jessica travelled to the British Museum and back to the past for her influences, taking photographs and detailed sketches for inspiration. The result is a necklace taking its cue from African culture, featuring the silhouette of a row of knives, tribal masks that portrayed power and strength, and also the use of white cowrie shells.

It might not be something that you would wear out but Jessica has got that covered as well with a series of beautifully designed rings taking in several different cultures to create an inspired and fashionable collection.