6th September 2019

Chelsea College of Arts tonight for the MA degree show of friend Camilla Redmond who has spent the past year creating textile designs https://chelseadegreeshow.com/student/2019/ma-textile-design/camilla-redmond/

It seems that studying at Chelsea has been a struggle with very little support. The facilities have been difficult to work in and she has barely seen her tutor. Peer support has also been thin on the ground. However, her work is beautiful with a wonderful palette of delicate pastel tones that are fresh. The designs are delicate, and although she has printed on silk, I think they would work perfectly as home soft furnishing fabrics and dress fabrics.

There are other works in the show that are interesting. There is a particularly fine group of beeswax casts of tableware that refer to the need for ecological awareness by Ziyl Fang.

Another piece by Xueya Sun discusses the “social feminine gaze” and shame.

But my favourite is the work of Yuhan Ding, who has created beautiful hand embroidered pieces on gauze to represent algae blooms on contaminated water.

These are not only beautiful but many hours of lovingly crafted work. As I speak to her, it becomes clear she has a real passion for her work. I am also delighted by the support the South Asian students receive from friends and family. It seems the custom is to give a small bouquet of flowers, or a single bloom to show their support. What a lovely tradition, and all the recipients are delighted.