Energy and creativity of LSAD students ‘crucial in city’

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Models on the cat walk wearing the creations of winning designer Bridget Murphy from her collection titled Untitled Forms. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.
THERE is no reprieve from creativity at the Limerick School of Art & Design, as it prepares to stage another landmark event in its calendar year.

THERE is no reprieve from creativity at the Limerick School of Art & Design, as it prepares to stage another landmark event in its calendar year.

Fresh from staging the graduate fashion show last weekend, the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Show of 2015 will take open on Saturday, June 6, at 3pm at their Clare Street campus.

The exhibition will feature the work of final-year LSAD graduates from painting, printmaking and contemporary practice, sculpture and combined media, ceramics, fashion and visual communications.

The central concept behind this show is the idea of ‘On’, which is derived from the energy and creativity of the LSAD graduate students.

“It has been another remarkable year for LSAD which continues to grow exponentially within the heart of Limerick city centre and beyond. The graduating class of 2015 have made a huge impact on the unprecedented success of Limerick City of Culture in 2014. The legacy of the City of Culture programme and the preparation for the European City of Culture Bid has been greatly enriched by this body of LSAD student work,” said a spokesperson for the college, which is growing in fame and recognition.

Last weekend, fashion designs inspired by an American abstract painter won a student a €5,000 award to develop her business and a sought-after placement with a London designer.

Bridget Murphy, 23, from Kilmacthomas, Waterford, was announced the overall winner of the LSAD graduate fashion show, which took place on Clare Street.

Twenty-eight final year students from across the country showcased their collections which featured highly concept garments representing the future of creative design talent in Ireland.

Bridget won the coveted IFIL & AIB Graduate Business Development Award worth €5,000 including a three-month paid work experience with leading Irish fashion designer Danielle Romeril in London. Her collection, called ‘Untitled Forms’, was inspired by American abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline focusing specifically on the painting Delaware Gap where she looked at the movement and connectivity of Kline’s brush strokes.

Bridget used tactile industrial materials such as tape and household paint, which Kline also used in his work. She also used fraying textures and a deconstructed form, representing the emotional exposure of Kline as an expressionist painter.

Jonathan Redfern, 22, from Tipperary won The ECCO award for the most innovative use of fabric and received €2,000 to further his fashion career.

Jonathan’s collection, called ‘Hunter’, was inspired by the traditional garments worn by Mongolian eagle hunters who wore clothes for hunting on mountainous terrain.

Michaela Kennedy, 25, from Wicklow, won the LIT award for the most unique cut and technical creativity within her collection and was presented with a cheque for €2,500. The concept behind Michaela’s collection was to explore the suspense between life’s achievements and disappointments.

The judging panel included internationally renowned Irish designer and LSAD graduate Danielle Romeril, who also showcased her latest collection on the night, chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, the show’s producer Eddie Shanahan and AIB’s SME specialist Maeve Duff. “LSAD has an incredible record for showcasing creativity and skill,” said Mr Shanahan, who is also chairperson at the Council of Irish Fashion Designers.

“Several of this year’s participants will undoubtedly set up their own labels, contributing to the growing strength of the industry in Ireland, while others will go on to make significant contributions to leading brands at international level.”