2011 Graduates

Categorised as ART., ART.

You have read the articles over the last week detailing the work of graduates from many of the top art schools and courses in the country and obviously we missed out on a huge number of colleges and courses, not to mention the hundreds of graduates themselves! But, in the interests of fairness we also opened up submissions from our readers and we were absolutely astounded by the responses we got in terms of the quality of the work. So, in a loose way, here is the best of the rest of the 2011 graduate art world and it just so happens to be YOU, the Mint readers!


Rachel Boston, Jewellery Design BA, Central St. Martins


‘Rachel Boston’s jewellery stems from a fascination with insect collecting: her intrigue is based on the incongruous nature of the insect collector who profess to love insects but in the process kill them and display them as trophies. She has created a series of wearable insect hunting trophies where the beetles have been made even more valuable by being cast into precious metal, elevating them into another and even more collectable state. Rachel has incorporated real beetle wing cases into the jewellery to produce a medley of man-made and natural pieces where they blend seamlessly in to one.

Rachel Boston’s collection contains aspects of masculine and feminine aesthetics. Through balancing heavy and almost aggressive looking beetles with delicate chains and black pearls the pieces oscillate between typically male and female stereotyped jewellery. Due to the pieces not conforming to traditionally upheld standards, the jewellery is able to explore elements of the unexpected. When the pieces are worn on either sex the effect is dissimilar – a woman wearing the black pearl Stag beetle necklace could surprise an observer with the ferocity of the piece, however, when the necklace is worn by a man, it appears to be much softer.

Insect collecting has been updated for the modern person, allowing the wearer to begin their own insect collection with wearable contemporary trophies.’




Tida Finch, Textile Design BA, Chelsea


Tida just graduated with a First Class Honours in Textile Design at Chelsea Art College, specialising in Print Design. For the degree show she created a fashion collection, which also included handmade metal collars and laser-cut accessories. Her graduate collection ‘Un-deciphered descent of the Monozygotic’ was inspired by the contrast between her Lao & British heritage. The intricate patterns “evolved from Buddhist temples & Lao culture, whilst the rigid metal collars nod to British sensibility”. She also says that “the use of metal, mirrors & symmetry also reflect my identity as an identical (monozygotic) twin & the strength of this bond”.

She is also starting her own label ‘Finchittida Finch’ offering a bespoke made to order service of garments and accessories, from her website (above).
She will be launching her label at London College of Fashion’s first Pop-Up ‘College Shop’ in Kingly Court on Carnaby Street (9th-28th September), where she’ll be selling a limited number of pieces from her graduate collection, including laser cut jewellery and printed fringe necklaces.

Ernesto Canovas, MA Fine Art, Slade School of Art



Ernesto Canovas graduated from Slade School of Fine Art with an MA in Fine Art in 2011. Canovas has been shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations Prize 2011 and was shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011. Canovas has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows internationally, including Berlin, Amsterdam, Miami, San Francisco and in the UK. In his own words:

“The characteristic of my painting is their depth, their layering, and the images behind them, which become so obscured as to almost, but not quite, vanish. Despite all of that, the sheer love of paint is a construct which remains figurative”

Jessica Nina Mello, MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art


Jessica Nina Mello graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL with an MA in Fine Art in 2011. Her most recent body of work deals with the appropriation of scientific diagrams that have been reinterpreted and injected with bursts of colour. Her works explore space and in doing so engages the viewer to create their own narrative and subjective dialogue with each piece. In her own words:

“I am fascinated and intrigued with materials, I love breaking things down and building things up. I want to make work that has a space to it, that is not easily read or defined. I believe that ways of looking consist of a network or multiplicity of frameworks that overlap and are overlayed onto an object or text. The object or text might have inherent frameworks employed by the artist or author but the person looking or reading them then consequently subjugates these to another layer of interpretation or re-interpretation. I am interested in this shifting over time, this temporality – this momentary encounter. It is both the whole and the fragments of a whole that I am interested in. One of my key sources of inspiration and escapism are books.”




Daniel Evans & Brendan Bake, BA Hons Photography, UCA Farnham



‘Moronic’ is the latest project from collaborative duo Daniel Evans & Brendan Baker. The series explores and exploits both the fragility and flexibility of language by illustrating a number of linguistic paradoxes found within news media search engines. By using a variety of still-life and performative methods, Baker & Evans have created a set of photographic curiosities that perplex and intrigue the viewer.

The role of language and our processes of understanding it are centric to the work, taking cues from various aspects of semiotic theory. The oxymoronic statements that the images are derived from create a void where no meaning is concrete, subsequently leaving space for the mind to fabricate all manner of possibilities. Baker & Evans have manipulated this weak spot, highlighting the fallibility of language and its relationship with the photographic image.

In many instances the visual translation is entirely literal, such as the photograph titled ‘Egg Plant’, which shows a household plant with eggs sprouting from its branches. In other cases, the meaning requires a more active search from the viewer, underlining the convoluted nature of language and its instability as a form of definitive communication.

Also available as a 40-page, digital-print B&W, perfect-bound book.





Thomas Bird, BA Illustration, Brighton


Having just graduated from Brighton studying illustration Thomas moved back to the suburbs of London where there are “lots of trees and not a huge amount to do”. Tom works mainly with paper, creating bright and eye catching sculptures and scenes that apparently attract a large amount of attention from the younger generation (during his graduate show his ‘Edison’ sculpture was twice knocked over by children getting too involved in it). He tells us that 2011/12 is the year he plans to expand his portfolio with some “very exciting projects coming up”.

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