One Year On - our 2017 innovators and makers
In the run-up to our annual Degree Shows, we catch up with some of our 2017 innovators, disruptors and makers one year on to find out what they’ve been up to since graduating, and their top tips for students set to embark on the next step in their creative journey...
BENJAMIN LINTELL, BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts
You may have read our many features on Benjamin’s incredible glasswork, from exhibiting at Talente Munich and London Design Fair to spending his Summer’s at Pilchuck Glass School in the US and Studio Le Four in Paris. Since graduating last year, Benjamin was selected to deliver a glassblowing demonstration at the International Festival of Glass, he then went on to secure a residency in our glass studios, a first for Plymouth College of Art, where his work has inspired students and visitors alike. During his time in our studios, Benjamin has been experimenting with new colours and forms within his work.
This summer, he’ll be travelling around America for six weeks, visiting glass artists and studios, to expand his practice and collaborate.
PENNY CHAN, BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing
Not only did Penny secure internships with the likes of GQ Style, Dazed & Confused and Peter Jensen whilst studying, she graduated straight into working as a freelance fashion assistant and stylist, working with i-D Magazine, Marks & Spencers, British GQ and for designers at numerous fashion week shows. Alongside several of her fellow graduates, she was selected as one of the ‘top graduates outside London’ by Creative Bloq and featured in Computer Arts’ Talent Issue.
Since graduating, Penny has been working at a media company, where she worked directly with Warner Brothers to help come up with media strategies to advertise their movies and games. She’s now been offered a job at The Guardian as a fashion assistant in their editorial team.
MACIEJ KRZYMINSKI, BA (Hons) Photography
Maciej’s beautiful photography caught the attention of Aesthetica Magazine during his graduate show resulting in an online interview feature, he was also selected for our annual B.O.S.S exhibition. Maciej decided to hold off jumping straight into a freelance career and was invited to work here at the college as our Student Recruitment and Events Intern. He feels like the role has given him the time and space to learn new skills and think about what we want to go on to do. He says of the role: “The decision I have taken to do an internship and not freelance was necessary. Sometimes we have to take a step back or stop for a moment and ask what's next?”
JAKE WILLIAMS, BA (Hons) Illustration
Based in Plymouth, illustrator Jake Williams was not only selected as one of the ‘top graduates outside London’ by Creative Bloq and featured in Computer Arts’ Talent Issue, he also secured the highly coveted ‘New Designer of the Year’ award at New Designers 2017. Since graduating he’s been working on commissions and his book ‘Really Remarkable Reptiles’ due out in August this year with Pavilion Books (you can pre-order a copy here).
SARAH COURT, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern
If you visited our show last year you would have seen the Mercedes Benz Smart Car parked out front covered in the incredible designs of Sarah Court, the result of a live client brief with the company. She also collaborated with globally renowned bed manufacturer Vispring to produce a headboard as part of her luxury interiors collection.
She now works as an assistant designer at ethical womenswear company, Nomads. She says of the role: “I've just finished my first season with them and have already learned heaps and am excited to put in all into practice for my second season.”
Sarah has also established a workshop/studio in Calstock from which she has been taking on commissions. She is currently developing her own personal printed textiles portfolio with a view to selling some designs on a part-time freelance basis.
We asked Sarah what advice she’d give to the students graduating this year: “Persevere with placements and internships! Not every placement will be full of exciting tasks, but the experience and contacts you make are what totally counts. I managed to secure my role as assistant designer off the back of a two week (exciting!) placement which was a lovely surprise.”
Currently studying a Masters in Painting at our Graduate School, Alex Lee has exhibited at Brownston Gallery, Modbury; No Format, London; Dark Energy with Flameworks Plymouth and Rhizome Open, Plymouth.
He says of studying his MA here: “My studies are helping to deepen an understanding of my practice and why I’m doing it. It also means I get to be around the Plymouth College of Art campus and chat to fellow creatives. Essential!”
We asked Alex what advice he’d give our final year students: “When you graduate there is a great temptation to rest and give yourself a long break. Don’t! Keep working and carry the momentum forward.”
JOSH FATHERS, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
After being picked by Creative Bloq as one of the top graduates outside London and exhibiting his work at D&AD, Josh was offered several design roles in London and Birmingham. However, Josh decided to stay in the South West, commenting: “Who wouldn’t want to stay in the South West!? I think it's about time people realised that you don't have to be in London to be a creative.”
Josh is currently freelancing, doing work for James Edgar Design at Ocean Studios in Plymouth. Josh says of the work: “I've worked on some really exciting projects; from branding an international bank to working on books – both covers and the insides. None of the projects have gone live yet, so it's all hush-hush for the time being I'm afraid!”
ANNA BOAST, BA (Hons) Fashion
Anna’s graduate collection has caught everyone’s eye, with it’s bold illustrative designs and playful approach it was selected to show at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, where it was featured in Vogue and spotted by Hilary Alexander OBE. The puffa jacket within her collection went on to exhibit at London Design Fair 2017 where it was selected by Envisions Collective for their pavilion at Dutch Design Week. The collection was also used by stylist Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew for his Toni & Guy Academy fashion presentation. Anna now works as a print designer at fashion retailer, River Island.
CARTER WAGNER, BA (Hons) Fashion
With a nod to the Fluxus movement, Yoko Ono and feminist issues seen through the combination of preconceived masculine shapes and feminine detailing, Carter Wagner’s beautifully tailored collection on our catwalk last year wowed everyone. She was instantly headhunted at Graduate Fashion Week and invited to produce a pilot collection of active sportswear for Cell Workout, they then offered her a full-time position as Creative Director.
Seen on the likes of actor Tom Hardy and covered by the BBC, The Telegraph and Graduate Fashion Week, the brand originates from a book written by Cell Workout founder, L.J. Flanders, about bodyweight training in a prison cell. You can find out more about the incredible work they are doing here.
Carter is now designing and developing the athleisure collection, from sketching and sourcing fabrics to overseeing sampling. Carter describes the role: “It is very exciting and I already have a lot of freedom and responsibility which wouldn't have happened in a big company.”
Carter’s advice for students: “Sometimes it is worth taking the risk to work for a smaller company so whoever approaches you about your work take it seriously, be professional, prepared and take every opportunity you get. You never know where that could lead you.”
RAURI CANTELO, BA (Hons) Film
Film graduate Rauri is amongst several fellow grads who have had great success straight after their degree, most recently being awarded ‘Best Drama’ at the Royal Television Society Awards for his graduate film ‘Bird’. Rauri has also secured the role of Videographer at The Mill London, you’ve probably seen some of their recent work like the promo for O2 with the blue rabbits and music videos for Janelle Monae and The Weeknd - to name a few.
Rauri says: “There's never a dull day, from filming on set for the latest Guinness commercial, interviewing Marco Brambilla about his recent work for Marvel, or photographing Tom Misch at his gig as part of The Mill’s ongoing collaboration with Spotify.” See some of Rauri's work for Nike below.