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Opening today: the Retrieval Cue art exhibition by @AndyGreenacre

Today is the opening event for the MA art exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire and if you get the chance, do go along to the event tonight. There are plenty of studio-based students working in a variety of media exhibiting alongside a handful of site and archive intervention artists who are exhibiting their public art projects as part of the MA show.

One of these artists Andy Greenacre is hosting an exhibition-within-an-exhibition, a collaboration show entitled Retrieval Cue, which is held on the first floor of the Hanover building at the University of Central Lancashire. His artwork has been published as a book (Retrieval Cue is now available to buy on Blurb.co.uk) and the exhibition details the collaboration between the audience – the ‘donor’ of a memory – and the artist. A memory anecdote is written and the artist creates an artwork in reaction to the donor’s story. The pieces on display are a variety of photography and installation of artifacts. I am looking forward to seeing this exhibition this evening as well as a sound-piece artwork by Preston-based artist David Henckel.


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Anyone fancy a bit of lamb? …and other art from Nicola Ellis

I don’t own much artwork, in fact I don’t really own many pictures at all, but when I hang something on my wall it’s because I love it, and this is one of my  favourite artworks -”Anyone fancy a bit of lamb?” by Nicola Ellis.

My artist husband studied with Nicola at the University of Central Lancashire and I was lucky enough to become good friends with this amazing artist. When I graduated from my BA, my lovely hubby invested in a piece of Nicola’s art for me and chose this print of  a lamb chop for me, which has had pride of place in every living-room I’ve lived in since.

A lot of Nicola’s artwork is sculpture based, and she experiments with some pretty unusual media (including expanding foam, sieves and wool) to create happy accidents, and often prefers to simply play with her ‘ingredients’ and see what happens rather than setting out with an artwork in mind. Nicola graduated UCLan with a first class BA and has since completed a MA in Manchester and this year she exhibited her artwork in the Fafa Gallery in Helsinki. Her work is definitely something different, and well worth a look so check out her portfolio site and if you’re lucky enough to catch one of her UK exhibitions do make sure you go along, you won’t be disappointed!


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Graduate Fashion Week 2012

Can you believe that Graduate Fashion Week has actually been running for 21 years?! At the first GFW Christopher Bailey won the Student Of The Year award, way back when he was still just a twinkle in Burberry’s eye. Since then, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Hussein Chalayan have all taken part before going on to create their famous collections.

You can therefore imagine the excitement of this year’s winners, suddenly seeing their career path being laid out before them. As Graduate Fashion Week concluded last week the winners were announced at a star-studded ceremony; this years George Gold Award winner was Claire Jones of Bath Spa University, who combined flowing maxi-dresses with urban hoodies, and Claire also scooped the best Womenswear prize.

        

Also celebrating was Jousianne Propp of the University of Manchester, winning both the Knitwear title and the Karen Millen Portfolio Award, and finally Riona Horrox scooped the coveted prize for Best Menswear Collection for her faux-fur men’s jackets.

Personally my favourite collection (although, I’m not sure I’d really pull off this look) were these wacky hair-do dresses by Claire Acton from University of Central Lancashire with cute fringing and oversize clips – adorable!

  Graduate Fashion Week 2012


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Jess dress worn by Diana Vickers

 X-Factor star Diana Vickers has been papped in one of the dresses designed by Jessica Thompson for her Graduate Fashion Week collection. The first-class fashion graduate from the University of Central Lancashire premiered her cartoon & toy inspired collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2010 and was quickly picked up by London fashionistas as the highlight of the catwalk show.

The talented student was soon after contacted by the fashion stylist for Diana Vickers and she quickly delivered the abstract print dress to be worn by the singer at the Camden Club in London.


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Could Tinkerbelle represent Morecambe & Lancaster??

 

 

 

Another of my wonderful fairy friends is getting ready to compete for the title of Miss Morecambe and Lancaster, the winner of which goes through to compete in Miss England 2011! Emma “Tinkerbelle” Ward is one of my gorgeous models and fairy-helpers- here’s a photos of her ‘flying’ from our tutu photoshoot. 

Miss Fylde Coast

Kerry Capoverde

This summer she will be following in the footsteps of Kerry Capoverde, another of my fairy friends, who has represented the Fylde Coast during 2010 and competed for the title of Miss England and Miss Professional.

 

This inspirational young lady is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire and she is currently training to become a primary school teacher in Lancaster. She has been campaigning to raise awareness and funds for the Varity Club children’s charity and here’s a photo of Emma who still looks glamourous on the wet and windy day that she “Catwalked the Coast”, walking ten miles in high heels to raise money for the charity.

I will be making a ballet tutu for Emma to wear in the Sportswear round of the competition and I can’t wait to see her parading on the catwalk!

Good luck Tinks!