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ECA degree show: Textiles

ECA degree show

We had been thinking we were going to miss this years’ Edinburgh College of Art degree show on account of being in Arran, but we snuck in just before it finished on the Sunday. Much more successfuly than last year as well, when we just managed the illustration bit with the kids (and even that under much protest), and then I had a VERY quick run around Fashion and Performance Costume on my own (blogged here). This year we managed everything in the design building properly, plus Performance costume in the main building. Maybe next year we’ll manage the actual fine art stuff too, who knows!

Anyway, I’ve taken quite a lot of photos, so will split this into verious posts starting with the fibrey stuff, Textiles. Not totally sure what happened to fashion this year actually, they usually do just get the photos up, since they have the fashion show, but didn’t even see those. Judging from the pictures in the show booklet this year was all about exaggerated volume hiding and transforming the volume of actual bodies, which I would have liked to have seen, but at the time it didn’t even occur to me to look for it.

Right, onto the things I did see!

ECA degree show
ECA degree show

My favourite by far was Roberta Fox (also image at top of post). This seemed like quite a straightforward collection, presenting just the fabrics, not really sewn into anything, but oh my god I wanted them all. The luxurious fabrics, the graphic shapes, and those colours! Dressmaking heaven!

ECA degree show
Lauren Dodds, this was in a way much more complex, different textures and materials attached to each other and garments that would have been perfect for a 90s rave. I liked this a lot.

ECA degree show
Eimear McGrath This was all maximalist stuff based on bright children’s TV shoe themes. It’s not really what I would wear myself, but I know lots of online friends would have loved this, I guess that’s why I took a picture.

ECA degree show
Elspeth Coutts. This is kind of a terrible picture, but the stuff itself was lovely. Blocky colours but with lots of subtle textures. The embossing process was shown and was particularly cool. Dave’s favourite.

ECA degree show
Emma Roberts. Intricate embroidered quilts, gentle colours. Really really pretty.

ECA degree show
Tor Ewen. This one was more interiors textiles than clothes, perfect to go with mid century wood. Loved the colours and these organic shapes were so beautiful.

That’s all I took pictures of, wish I’d taken more now. The textiles bit is always so inspiring to me personally as a creative person, I want to go off and print, sew and embroider stuff now.

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