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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.
This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
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2018 MA Sustainable Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art
Nastassia's craft discipline is based on creating sustainable fashion products all made using a number of sustainable applications, processes and techniques. Her collection is inspired and based on the concept of localism.
Whist studying for her Masters in Sustainable Textile Design, she was inspired by Dr Kate Fletcher's theories and work. Fletcher, who is an ecological design consultant and author focusing on sustainability in fashion and textiles, demonstrates a number of theories about how localised production is a solution to the mass-consumption of material waste in the textile and fashion industry.
A fibre grown, and made within a local environment to be designed, and sold to a local trade, can completely eliminate the use of carbon-footprint. Nastassia decided that she would therefore create a fashion product which has been made and designed in the United Kingdom. She researched locally grown fibres, and became extremely fascinated with the extensive benefits of wool and how it is one of the most sustainable fibres in the world because it is natural, durable, biodegradable and renewable.
Nastassia is based in London.