Swansea College of Art graduates shortlisted for prestigious Global Graduate Design Show


30.09.2021

UWTSD Swansea College of Art BA Design Crafts graduate Samina Begum and Fine Art - Contemporary Dialogues Master’s graduate Natalia Kielbeisa have been shortlisted for the Global Graduate Design Show hosted by Arts Thread in collaboration with Gucci.

 

UWTSD Swansea College of Art BA Design Crafts graduate Samina Begun has been shortlisted for the Global Graduate Design Show hosted by Arts Thread in collaboration with Gucci.

A major online showcase for international graduate creatives, over 5,000 new designers applied for this fantastic opportunity with Samina and Natalia beating off competition to be named on the shortlist.

The selection was judged by a panel of independent expert judges from the industry including organisations such as GQ magazine, British Fashion Council, American Crafts Council, Current Obsession and Handmade in Britain.

The public will now vote until October 18  and you can support Samina and Natalia’s work here.

Samina’s body of work ‘connection’ was made using complex cast glass techniques which fit areas of the body - as a creative response to feelings of isolation and loneliness during lockdown.

Samina said: “These tactile objects are formed from the act of touch and connection from one hand to another.  The inspiration for this project stemmed from the lack of touch and comfort one would receive from their loved ones throughout these last 18 months. They are a reminder that the current state of the world is not permanent, but a hardship that will pass.

“To be recognised for the time and effort invested in my degree collection means so much to me. I feel that this opportunity will allow me to showcase my work to a wider audience, which I am so grateful for.”

Anna Lewis, Lecturer in Design Crafts said: “The design crafts team are incredibly proud that Samina has been selected for this exciting showcase especially as we are such a new degree course. This is our first graduating cohort, and we are thrilled Samina’s hard work and beautiful pieces have been rewarded in this way.  The work reflects our course ethos of concept, curiosity and materiality, we cannot wait to see how her career develops and wish her the best of luck.”

UWTSD Swansea College of Art Fine Art - Contemporary Dialogues Master’s graduate Natalia Kielbeisa has been shortlisted for the Global Graduate Design Show hosted by Arts Thread in collaboration with Gucci.

Natalia’s work, Nine plate-like sculptures, was inspired by a traditional Japanese artform, Kintsugi, which highlights and refines an object’s wear and damage, instead of hiding it.

Natalia said: “The Kintsugi master treats cracks with great respect. The technique is strongly connected to Wabi Sabi philosophy which celebrates the impermanent and imperfect aspects of life. The sculptures are created through a process of destruction and reconstruction, a process through which I broke my relationship with the identity of the ‘designer’ I was originally trained to be.”

Dr Hamish Gane, Programme Manager for MA Contemporary Dialogues, said: “The MA team are really pleased to see Natalia’s work selected. Natalia joined the MA Fine Art pathway having previously trained as a product designer, and through an exploration of photography, performance, sculpture and installation, her journey and art practice perfectly expounds the multi-disciplinary philosophy of the Contemporary Dialogues Portfolio. We congratulate Natalia and are looking forward to seeing where her work takes her over the coming years.”

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