Life after graduation: Showcase at prestigious summer exhibition

vessel by Gillian Royal

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY graduates and local designers, Gillian Royal (Wellesbourne) and Adam Hussain (Earlsdon), have been awarded places at the Art and Design & Taste of Summer Show at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. They are to exhibit their work in the Emerging Designer Pavilion over the May Bank Holiday weekend (29 – 31 May), alongside some of UK’s finest contemporary artists and designers. The art display will present original pieces of work including paintings, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, textiles, glass and much more.

Promotion 2009 graduate, Gillian Royal, specialises in felt pieces and has created a niche market as each vessel she produces is unique. Every single piece is handcrafted using a traditional wet rolling technique and a range of luxury fibres. The felted vessels have a tactile quality that is hard to resist. Her creations are available to purchase through her company Pantoufles.

Adam Hussain has set up his Infini Glass business when he was still studying. He designs and creates bespoke glass art from concept to installation, which gives his work a personal character, as well as a handmade feeling. Adam uses warm glass processes to create stunning effects. Having graduated in the 2008 promotion, Adam did his first corporate installation at the Volvo Head offices in Warwick in 2009.

Adam and Gillian are two of the only ten emerging designers who have been selected to exhibit their work at the Art and Design Show at Blenheim Palace. To find out more click here.

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