Paper dresses to pottery: UCLan students show off creative work at free exhibition

Posted on - 18th October, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Xinyun Jiang with her dresses

Xinyun Jiang with her dresses

Artwork by more than 50 students at the University of Central Lancashire has gone on display to the public.


Fashion, design, illustration and animation students are running their annual exhibition.

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Xinyun Jiang, a fashion design student from Suzhou, in China, has created an array of eye-catching dresses using Tyvek, a paper-like fabric, and ornate origami for decoration.

The 25-year-old, who spent three months handcrafting her four dresses and one pair of shoes, took her inspiration from symmetry and nature.

She said: “I wanted to mix east and west so the origami flowers represent eastern culture and the geometric styles of the dresses reflected the west. I’m so proud of my finished work, it’s been a challenging project to work on but I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome.”


MA Product Design student Daniel Phillips has taken inspiration from traditional crafts to create the Hi-fi speaker of the future. His design incorporates hand turned wood and hand thrown pottery, combined with a transparent glaze.

Dan Phillips with his creations

Dan Phillips with his creations

The 24-year-old, from Southport, added: “Traditional Hi-fi speakers all look very similar so I wanted to explore the idea of producing something which combined great sound quality with striking looks. It’s a working product at the boutique end of the market but already I’ve had some positive feedback from senior designers within the field.”

Three time’s the charm for Sally Streuli, a one-time archaeologist, turned landscape architect and now ceramic artist. What began as a hobby has led her to create a beautiful range of pottery vases and bowls.

Sally shows off her pottery skills

Sally shows off her pottery skills

The mature student, from Hale, said: “I wanted to create a contrast between the outside and inside of the pieces. The outside is very old and plain, based on the pots that I excavated during my time as an archaeologist. The inside needed to be ornate so I used china and porcelain works to create patterns, one is based on my Granny’s tea set from when I was a child.”

Surface pattern and textiles student Fawziyah Raja added a flourish of tie-dye fabric paint and textured materials to the exhibition. Taking inspiration from the mystical elements of the ocean, from mermaids to the Bermuda Triangle, she created a range of soft furnishings, from cushions to a hand tufted rug that exudes the patterns and hues of the deep sea.

Fawziyah and her textiles

Fawziyah and her textiles

The former Blackburn Sixth Form College student, who recently created a banner for the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s inauguration ceremony, said: “The research behind my work was based upon the sensory therapies for dementia sufferers. I have tried to create as many textures and shapes as possible.”

Another project featured in the exhibition is by Farokh Damania whose “Hyperlapse” is a proposed annexe at Heathrow, designed with the key focus of tackling the issue of jet-lag associated with international travel.

Farokh Damania, MA Interior Design

Farokh Damania, MA Interior Design

24-year-old Farokh, who is from India and studying interior design, said: “My design features three levels each simulating a time zone that reflects the final destination – a daytime Parkland at the top level, an evening street scene in the middle, and night time luxury hotel environment at the bottom, below ground. By creating these spaces I believespassengers can arrive refreshed and connected with their final destination’s time zone.”

The free exhibition runs from Monday 19 October to Thursday 29 October, between 10.00am to 6.00pm in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery, in Victoria Building.

Will you be going along to the exhibition? Let us know what you think in the comments below

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