My final fav Textiles graduate Lorri Smyth fantastic use of scrap oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood to make surface pattern, wall pieces and furniture. She has a fantastic blog which takes you through her inspiration, sampling and the whole process of making her Degree Collection.
I just love the colour palette she uses and I have always had a soft spot for OSB as I love the texture of it.
Merlin Planterose jeweller and silversmith her work is based on the isolation and nature of The Highlands where she is from. The main feature of her Degree Collection are raised silver vessels formed by “found” tools such as rocks and made on location in the Highlands. The idea behind this is to create a piece that reflects the harsh rugged nature of its surroundings. She also made a beautiful delicate range of jewellery using simple rounded forms, some with hidden compartments in them and handmade chain.
The way that she uses stones to form and texture the silver creates a beautiful, subtle surface texture and literally turns silver into stone.