Professor of Practice flash project and pop-up exhibition


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome textile designer Mark Eley to the university’s Swansea College of Art this week.

Mark Eley and Swansea College of Art VW

He was opening a special pop-up exhibition of 2nd year Surface Pattern Design students’ work in the university’s Dynevor Building. The students had taken part in a Flash Brief, a project that was set by Mark that the students had to complete within a week. He attended the opening of the exhibition, which was designed by BA Graphic Design students, and awarded prizes for some of the best designs.

Mark had tasked the students with designing a new cover for an iPhone 10. Mark said: “The quality and standard of the 2nd year Surface Pattern Design students at UWTSD executing this flash project was so professionally executed. Every students' design that was submitted would work and compete with the market they were intended for.”

Dr Sean Jenkins, Head of the School of Design & Applied Arts, expressed his delight at the exhibition of work by Surface Pattern Design students produced for the first of several projects in collaboration with Eley Kishimoto. He said: “We are exceptionally lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with Eley Kishimoto through our esteemed Professor of Practice, Mark Eley.  Mark, who is one of our notable alumni, has an international reputation for surface pattern design and has been working with our lecturing team here to inspire our students to aim high with their creative ambitions through his continued engagement with UWTSD Swansea College of Art.  There is a lot more to come from this exciting collaboration so everyone should continue to ‘watch this space’.”

Mark Eley is one half of the duo ELEY KISHIMOTO. He was appointed Professor of Practice in 2017 and will be working closely with UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art students during his professorship. He said: “I am so honoured to be gifted the Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and work it in a way that I am involved with the student progression.”

Georgia McKie, Senior Lecturer in Surface Pattern Design at Swansea College of Art, said: “I feel so proud of the Surface Pattern Design students and the Surface Pattern team.  Everyone has pulled together and worked with a collective vision to create this edgy, but commercially viable exhibition transforming the Dynevor Gallery space.  It is such an honour for us to be able to collaborate with Mark in this way, addressing similar briefs to those undertaken by Eley Kishimoto regularly.  This is just the first stop for the 2nd years on the EK17 Project that they are working on this Semester, so watch this space - January 2018 for phase two!”

Group of students with iPhone designs

The first prize was awarded to Alice a’Court-Wills. She said: “I really enjoyed this project. When we received the brief, it was quite daunting because it needed to be done in such a compacted time, it makes you work so much harder. Once you get stuck into it though, it was really enjoyable.”

Sophie Jones took part in the project and was awarded a Runner-Up prize. She said: “It feels really good – I feel like the hard work has really paid off. It was an intense week but I really liked it – it was something different and new. Everyone’s done a really great job! I felt really professional and I think I could approach a project like this with a lot more confidence now.”

Donna Williams is the Course Director for BA Graphic Design. She said: “BA Graphic Design students, Isaac Penn and Ittihkorn Duangchat were delighted to collaborate with the Surface Pattern Team. The flash exhibition is a fun and dynamic solution from a great brief. It has been positive and energetic working experience. Students reported that they were absolutely enjoyed every minute. Always a pleasure to see Graphic Design come alive and always a pleasure to work with such a professional team.”

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