Final year stories
Hannah Chumbley’s illustrations are forged from her own personal experiences. Inspired by her natural surroundings, her delicate lines and textures take you on a poetic adventure.
Mark Williams loves experimental design. His unique pressure-sensitive chair questions the extent to which we can be monitored. Are you ready to strike a pose?
Jody Jiao is drawn to the concept of life and death. Her love for Chinese culture has led her to create a unique final project, recreating the sounds and sensations experienced in the womb.
Jamie Johnstone believes that the natural world is an incredible storehouse of tried-and-tested ‘technological’ ideas. Inspired by nature and science fiction, his final project aims to improve mental health through biophilic design principles.
Is technology taking over our lives? Caitlin Dick has questioned society’s technological addiction through a sculptural piece that has pushed and developed her individual practice and beliefs.
Elizabeth Wells has spent her degree with a single goal in mind; to become a music teacher. For her final recital, Elizabeth will be playing a programme of works by Georges Hüe, Ian Clarke and Astor Piazzolla. In her final year, she was appointed as the president of the Edinburgh University Music Society.
Marta Riccardi has applied her impeccable writing abilities to express her passion for music in her dissertation, which analyses a composition by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Since she was a child, architecture has been in Shona Sivamohan’s life. She has raised important political questions regarding Trump, Castro and the city of Havana through her architecture work. Shona has been working with fellow students Emma Bennett and Emma Henderson on a final year project.
Rhys McKenna’s drive to succeed is as limitless as his natural talent. In May 2018, Rhys will be launching his MFA collection at the National Museum of Scotland in a runway show. Remember this name, he is one to watch.
Brought up in a Gaelic community with a strong musical heritage, Pàdruig Morrison has a natural flare for the art of music. For his final recital, he is eager to showcase the breadth of what the accordion can play.
Marzena Ostromecka has a playful interpretation of the art of glass. She has developed an instrument that aims to bridge the gap different mental and physical abilities.
Joe Revans seeks to explore humankind’s relationship with outer space. His fourth year project aims to create new interactive devices for outer space, which reflect society today.
Joanna Spreadbury’s final-year project looks at the different non-edible materials that come from sheep. She was inspired after a trip to the Scottish Islands, where she met some incredibly resourceful people.
Jamie Duncan’s final year project is influenced by the factors that capture an individual’s attention. He has been encouraged to display his work verbally and visually, internally and externally, at the University and various locations.
Jessica Gasson is drawn to rich colours and tiny details and textures. Jessica has designed patterns inspired by fourteenth century elements and art deco designs, which reflect her interests in phenomenology.
Animation is truly Grant Holden’s calling. His final project is a stop-motion animation, focusing on the relationship between a character and his talking brush. Grant fuels his imagination with the mundane everyday routine, which most people would hardly notice.
With the stigma around discussing the topic of mental health in mind, Georgette Newman aims to use this project to induce intrigue and open conversation on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Gemma Batchelor has chosen to present her final project in the form of a book, in which she has incorporated interesting photography of the physical form and her knowledge of nature and classic statues. As well as taking part in the Degree Show, she is organising an exhibition of her cityscape photography in the summer.
Gary Wilson has used his wealth of influences - which vary from poetry to paintings, comic illustrations to documentaries - to shape his work for his final project. Throughout his time at ECA, Gary has developed a signature black-and-white animation style.
Emma Henderson has used her understanding of the landscape of Havana to address political and economic issues with a fresh, creative perspective. Emma, along with her fellow students Emma Bennett and Shona Sivamohan, has been working on conceptual architecture interventions in the city.
Emma Bennett was drawn to the University because of its good reputation, and is now leaving her sixth year at ECA. She has been part of a collaborative thesis, with students Emma Henderson and Shona Sivamohan, where she has produced a proposal for a new urban landscape in the bay in Havana.
Curtis Yin’s work is both fun and sophisticated. He uses it to express himself, as well as combat anxiety, and he hopes that his recent project of ‘toy-like’ jewellery will do the same for others.
Bhimanshu Pandel’s work is quite simply mesmerising. His final project is an art installation; a plinth with internal lights and markings.
Chloe Phillips is attracted to niche and particular topics. Her fourth year dissertation explores her personal interest in constructing national identity through art in contemporary Malaysia. ECA has allowed her to truly explore her personal interests in Art History.
You might recognise Cara Walker’s MFA Glass work from the music video by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, for their song ‘Re-Arrange’. Cara’s final project explores the relationship between smell, memory and nostalgia through an interactive immersive experience.
Ayshia Taskin’s final project is an accumulation of her life experiences. She has created a truly unique piece of art through her use of food by dissecting its qualities to create intriguing and thought-provoking pieces.
Alanna Hilton is not only leaving ECA as a fashion graduate, but also as a winner of the British Fashion Council’s Teatum Jones Award. Her final collection is inspired by emotive design practices and aims to sabotage couture fashion.
Aiden Kwok has certainly kept himself busy throughout university. Already, he has been working with live clients as part of his agency, producing magazine covers and doing some experimental work.