A stunning collection of creative, innovative and thought-provoking work has been on display at City and Islington College (CANDI) and Westminster Kingsway College (WestKing) this month.
The shows feature paintings, sculptures, fashion and textile designs, masks, models, digital artwork, book illustrations, photography and animations, with many pieces accompanied by concept designs.
Lola Brown, 18, used silkscreen printing and spray painting on a thick jersey fabric to create a vest, skirt and jacket, on a street culture theme.
“I didn’t want to be too literal when thinking about streetwear. In my opinion it means an outfit that has no path. It’s not meant for work or school, it is your fashion and about who you are,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my course. The teachers are nice. They do overtime with you sometimes when they don’t need to, and are always listening and helping, giving you tips and letting you learn.”
Ray Ahlin, 17, who made a pair of dinosaur skull masks from recyclable materials, said: “This was a six-week project to make something to transform a human being into something completely different. I didn’t think they would come out as well as they did, I’m really pleased with them.
“My dad’s a creative director and my grandma’s an art teacher, so I’ve had a lot of creative influences in my life. I’ve had amazing teachers at college. They’ve given me extra motivation when I’ve needed it, pushed me to do bigger things and been inspirational in so many ways.”
CANDI and WestKing offer a wide range of creative art, design and media courses and other opportunities for students to gain skills and qualifications, including CANDI’s recently launched Fashion Academy.
Kurt Hintz, Executive Principal of CCCG, said: “The end of year shows are one of the highlights of the academic year, which really show off the huge breadth of incredible talent at our colleges.
“This year our students really excelled themselves in using their flair and imagination to push the boundaries and come up with some truly wonderful and inspiring works.”