The Next Big Things: Welcome To Oxford Brookes’ Art Foundation

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In a post-modern society where “everything has been done before” these fresh faces challenge the adversity modern artists are often branded with, and prove that design has a blossoming and intelligent future ahead of it.  Let’s delve into the minds of the gloriously philosophical and conceptual Art Foundation students of Oxford Brookes, who will soon, no doubt, be capturing the public’s eye… 

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Manon Franklin-Fraiture is the effervescent, and enthusiastic new face of illustration, whose blog ‘The Tea Machine’ (http://manonfranklinfraiture.wordpress.com/) showcases her experimentation both in her personal and academic work (the numerous robot illustrations are particularly eye-catching).  Behind the mad hats and middle fingers lies a focused and motivated mind, whose timeless attention to detail produces really intriguing characters. 

Describe your work in three words.

Character-full, playful, vivacious.

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

Since I have been living here all my life, Oxford has become part of my journey, to becoming the artist I am today.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative?

Being young and creative enables me to change what people think of art, through my art. It’s exciting being in a microcosm of art where creativity is bounced back and forth.

What inspires you?

Everyday life, the people I meet, the struggles that go on help me to put emotions into my illustrations.

What were your New Years Resolutions?

If I am honest I didn’t really give new years resolutions a thought. I guess if I had to have one it would be to try and work as hard, as I can on my foundation course so that I can succeed further at university.

Where do you want to be in five years time?

I would like to say I’d be working as an illustrator, however I haven’t particularly thought that far into the future and I am trying to focus on the present. So I am able to succeed in the future.

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Ruth Spencer Jolly is an exceptionally astute and perspicacious fine artist, and soon-to-be Oxford University student.  Her blog (http://ruthspencerjolly.wordpress.com/), subtitled “it’s all about bucking the trend” proves that modern art can still break conventions, and she creatively and gracefully masters a wide breadth of disciplines. 

 Describe your work in three words.

Conceptual & thought provoking (hopefully!)

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

The people I meet and the city itself can be the diving blocks for many ideas. My most recent work was inspired by the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative?

The present: being able to spend these precious years as a student experimenting and developing.

The future: I can’t wait to launch myself into the creative world and have the opportunity to shape the environment we live in.

What inspires you?

Anything can be the inspiration for work and I’m often surprised by how something seemingly insignificant can trigger lots of ideas.

A reoccurring theme that interests me and regularly features in my artwork is light and the physical interplay between this ephemeral substance and objects.

I also like to tackle some chunky themes such as human behavior and the way we interact with the world. Grayson Perry said the artist’s job is ‘noticing things’ and I think that’s right: I take what I see in the world around me as my inspiration.

What were your New Years Resolutions?

Ha-ha! Actually this year I didn’t set myself some ridiculously unachievable task like ‘start going to the gym’…I mean that’s never going to happen! 2013’s resolution was ‘start a blog to share my artwork with the world’.

Where do you want to be in five years time?

Part of me wants to string out education for as long as possible: undergraduate degree, masters, PhD…..

The other part of me can’t wait to get out there in the world and make art for a living! How? I’m not yet sure, but cross fingers in 5 years time I’ll be starting a long and fruitful career.

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Izzy Nicolson is a resplendently eccentric and wildly creative costume designer, who routinely leaves other students in fits of laughter.  From pirate costumes to designs derived from flying saucer sweets, her pieces are always superbly ostentatious and I have no doubt they will be gracing the big, small, theatre and all other screens in the near-future. 

Describe your work in three words.

Pretty, damn, fine.

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

I’ve lived here most my life, so apart from wanting to shoot myself, I guess oxford also inspired my wannabe-gangster, posh-white-girl attitude. Sort of. My designs are “beast”, “dude” and very much “the sh*t”.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative?

“The world is your oyster” and other such clichés. We don’t know what’s gunna’ happen next but we’ve got the chance to influence if not radically change the future! Maybe in ten years time we’ll all be wearing toeless socks and finally The Onsie craze will have burned after it already crashed. It’s exciting.

What inspires you?

Mainly food, but otherwise basically everything.  It’s just finding little things I like the look of or seeing what could be a great picture and snaffling it for later when I need some inspiration. I’m a hoarder. So thank god my parents and my bank account Pinterest exists.

What were your New Years Resolutions?

I won’t lie, I didn’t make any. To be honest, the only one I ever kept was don’t drink coke for a whole year, which turned out pretty easy ‘cause I never really liked it anyway. Fanta is the way forward.

Where do you want to be in five years time?

Honestly? With Ryan Gosling, a celebrity exclusive membership at Costa and all the Coffee frappuccinos in the world; throw in a monthly holiday and an impractically sized dog and I’ll be happy. Realistically? Designing costumes and sets for avant-garde productions and really weird but interesting people.

  Image Julie Myck is the philosophical and sophisticated interior designer whose pensive, structured approach to architecture allows her to produce contemporary and balanced designs. 

Describe your work in three words.

Thoughtful, organized, neat.

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

The old architecture creates a kind of sophistication as well as liberation to me – my work.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative? The fact that I have so much to learn and am living in a constant developing (modernized) society… with this knowledge I can use it in my work.   What inspires you? Philosophy, thought, music.

What were your New Years Resolutions?

Have a better attitude and try to stay active.

Where do you want to be in five years time?

Not sure, if I do not continue my studies, then maybe a job in which I can travel and help others. I want to experience areas of the world and hear stories of those around me, learn about culture.   Image

Jordan Mouzouris is a vastly intelligent and assertive fine artist, whose explanations of work sometimes verge on lyrical. His blog (http://jordan-mouzouris.tumblr.com/) showcases a selection of the vast breadth of mediums he has mastered. 

Describe your work in three words.

Spontaneous, conceptual, active.

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

The city has great architecture and a good art culture, especially with modern art oxford.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative?

Being brave and doing what you love- for me that’s Fine art.

What inspires you?

Everything around me that I find interesting.

What were your New Year’s Resolutions?

To make sure I get a place at a good art university!

Where do you want to be in five years time?

I would like to be working as an artist as well as an art lecturer.  

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The vivacious and ever-jovial Jessica Connor is the fashion designer soon to be making waves for her tailored and unpolished approach to both menswear and womenswear.   Her infectious laughter and ingenuity (I remember a cat being made out of hair extensions at one point…) will no doubt secure her a firm footing into the fashion industry. 

Describe your work in three words.

Unpolished, modern, tailored.

How does the city of Oxford influence your creativity?

It’s really the people inside Oxford that influence me most – the artists and designers I collaborate with every day.

What’s the most exciting part of being a young creative?

The possibilities – one day I could be reconstructing a jacket and the next I’ll be working on projects such as Oxford Fashion Week.

What inspires you?

Small things; a clasp on a handbag, a piece of architecture, an old woman’s vintage wardrobe and the story each piece tells, anything goes really.

What were your New Years Resolutions?

To be honest I don’t believe in New Years resolutions because it never goes well for me. Does getting more sleep count?

Where do you want to be in five years time?

I wish to be successful and happy with some sort of income. I don’t mind where I am, the journey getting there is more important to me.

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One thought on “The Next Big Things: Welcome To Oxford Brookes’ Art Foundation

  1. FAB. And perspicacious….I’m flattered 🙂

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