Edinburgh College of Art show lets students shine

Edinburgh College of Art's Kathryn Dunlop looks at Aimee McCulloch's stained glass work. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Edinburgh College of Art's Kathryn Dunlop looks at Aimee McCulloch's stained glass work. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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EYE-CATCHING concrete columns, smart bins that reward dog owners who clean up and a life-size model of a panda enclosure are among the highlights in a new exhibition of students’ work.

The exhibition at the University of Edinburgh, which opens today, features the work of more than 130 graduate artists, architects and designers.

Architecture student Keith Milne with the organic concrete shapes he made using fabric moulds. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Architecture student Keith Milne with the organic concrete shapes he made using fabric moulds. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

For nine days Edinburgh College of Art will be transformed into one of the city’s biggest gallery spaces. The Masters Degree Show will be full of ingenious designs, delicate art works, and strange musical happenings created by postgraduate students.

Architecture student Keith Milne, pictured top, has formed strange, organic shapes by casting concrete in fabric rather than traditional solid moulds. By pouring concrete into funnels made from cotton left over from a toga party, Milne has created a series of striking columns.

Product Design student Yixuan Jiang has invented a digital system that rewards people for cleaning up dog mess. Scoopit uses specially designed bins and an app to encourage people to keep streets clean.

Fellow student Mingwei Zhang has created Fodo, a digital device and app that manages the food in your fridge and cupboard, alerts you when items are about to go off and even creates a meal plan.

Aimee McCulloch's stained glass work. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Aimee McCulloch's stained glass work. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Aimee McCulloch, who studies glass, has tapped into the moods created by stained glass in cathedrals to create a series of immersive works that employ light and colour to invoke a sense of awe, above right and left.

Inspired by 18th Century Edinburgh, textile student Martin McBride has combined beautiful illustrations with luscious fabrics to create opulent and beautiful materials.

Design student Sarah Innes was also exhibiting with her spring collection, second from top.

The ECA Masters Degree Show is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. It runs from August 15-23.

Aimee McCulloch's stained glass works. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Aimee McCulloch's stained glass works. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach