Just when you thought that all the degree shows were over, MA shows rear their heads in a final fantastic display of dedicated and talented designers work. University of Arts London’s Chelsea of College of Art is currently showcasing their MA degree show located at their campus opposite the Tate Britain in London. The show consisted of graphic design communication, textile design, interior design and fine art disciplines, exhibiting a broad range of conceptual work and contemporary projects.

MA showFine Art department | Chelsea MA show

The textile department included the stunning works of designers Yixi Cai and Xiejilan. Yixi Cai specialises in digital print; exploring the geometrical boundaries of line and shape. One of Cai’s most significant inspirations is Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, who influenced the intense and bold use of colour in her designs. In addition, another inspiration of Cai’s are childhood puzzles and the famous Rubik’s cub; a game that can be found in every 90’s kid home. This can be seen in the eccentric, kaleidoscopic and cubic digital prints on the designer’s innovative fabric pieces.

MA showYixi Cai | Chelsea MA show

MA showYixi Cai | Chelsea MA show

Going for a different approach, Xiejilan’s fashion collection draws inspiration from the earthly element – wind. Characterised by beautiful linear sea blue line formations that repeat and flow across the fabric, the designs are created with simple garment constructions. These stunning pieces are inspired by objects that could be affected by the wind, such as wind blown hair, tree branches blowing in the wind and more. Although wind cannot be seen, these elements affected by the wind help visualise the element.

MA showXiejilan Blue Wind collection | Chelsea MA show

MA showXiejilan Blue Wind collection | Chelsea MA show

Down the hall in the show’s interior design territory, Qin Shi’s installation was certainly a sight not to miss. Strung from floor to ceiling, the designer had stapled tubes filled with a red liquid, that ran along the corner of wall and out into the space. “The flowing form of blood through body circulation arouses my interest in relation to the possibilities for space design.The aim of the project is not to provide a practical solution to the infrastructure of interior architecture, but to capture a more poetic respect of the metaphors I employ. I adopt transparent PVC pipes as the liquid carrier to make connotation of architecture vessel” says Shi.

MA showQin Shi | Chelsea MA show

The largest department out of the creative areas was fine art. Amongst the some of the wacky installations and sculptures, hung the giant paintings by artist Jia Niu. The pieces displayed had been limited to two to three similar shaded colours and portrayed delicate shapes and patterns, in geometric forms. Difficult to distinguish, these pieces drew in viewer via curiosity.

 MA showJia Niu | MA Chelsea show

MA showJia Niu | MA Chelsea show

Another designer that stood out within the Fine art division was Joon Hee Kim, a Canadian designer whose ceramic pieces were mounted proudly on block coloured backgrounds. During her time at Chelsea, Kim explored different spheres of art, and extended from ceramics to metal work. Her pieces are crammed with personal anecdotes and engaging narrative.

MA showJoo Hee Kim | Chelsea MA show

With special thanks to Chelsea College of Art for press materials

Visit the Chelsea College of Art MA Show at 16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU, United Kingdom

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Sonia Wan