Generation Next: Ones to watch on the Scottish art and design scene
- Rachael Cloughton
- 3 September 2019
With a world-class reputation for producing top-tier talent, we take a look at some graduates and rising stars from Scotland's art colleges who are making their mark
Edinburgh College of Art graduates scooped some of the top awards at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) this year. Brian McLysaght was named the 'shining star' by judges, scooping three prizes at the GFW annual ceremony; the Conscious Design Award sponsored by Swarovski, the Christopher Bailey Collection of the Year Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award. His designs confront the impact of fast fashion, offering an innovative, sustainable alternative with pieces made from entirely organic waste materials, sourced locally and which are completely biodegradable. Other big wins went to fashion graduate Alexandra Fan, who took the Womenswear Award and the David Band Textiles Award for her space age collection made of biodegradable latex, described as pushing 'fashion into the future,' and Rosie Baird, who won the George Catwalk to Store Award for her haunting collection of Scottish-inspired garments.
At New Designers, one of the biggest showcases of new design talent in the UK, Glasgow School of Art graduates stole the show, securing the event's top prizes for the second year in a row. Silversmithing and Jewellery graduates Harriet Jenkins and Eleanor Whitworth scooped both of the prestigious Goldsmiths Company awards. Jenkins won the Company's Silversmithing Award for a collection of pieces inspired by cabbage leaves, while Whitworth took the Jewellery Award for her intricate gold and silver jewellery adorned with bugs and insects. Another top prize went to GSA graduate William Sharp, who won the Hallmark Studio award for his Bauhaus-inspired designs, developed by applying Dieter Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design (often called the 'Ten Commandments' for design) to a collection of modular jewellery, made using 3D printing from biodegradable PLA plastic.