Talented young artist Megan Cresswell has taken her final College project to a whole new level, literally…
Based on the theme of adventure, the 17-year-old, who studies Fine Art at Nottingham College, has created a series of postcards which she attached to 50 helium-filled balloons, and released in Nottingham’s Lace Market Square on 8th June, allowing them to go off on their own adventures.
Inspired by visits to York, Derby and Nottinghamshire, Megan’s individually designed postcards feature drawings, collage and stitch. Her hope is that people who find them will post them back to her, and this will form part of her final coursework.
She explains: “My project was inspired by adventure as it’s something that is personal to me. On the back of each postcard, I have stuck a second class stamp, along with my address, in the hope that whoever finds one will write where they discovered it and send it back to me. I’m really excited to find out how far they travel and to see what kind of response I get.”
Megan, from Hucknall, is studying Level 3 Fine Art at Nottingham College and is hoping to progress to the Foundation Art and Design course at the College in September. She, along with fellow Art and Design students, will be displaying their final projects at a special end of year show held at 25 – The Nottingham School of Art in Stoney Street on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June, with a preview on 22nd June, 6-9pm.
The creative collection will include fashion, illustration, textiles, architecture, jewellery design, fine art, theatre design, photography, ceramics and 3D design.
Lecturer Claire Timson said: “It was magical watching the balloons float off into the distance and I’m so proud of Megan for all the hard work she’s put in. She has come up with a really interesting project and I think it’s fantastic that it involves the public as the audience.
“Year upon year our students seem to go the extra mile and surprise us with even more creativity, imagination and ambition; and this year is no different. The show is set to be one of the best yet - from giant cars made from scrap materials, to moving furniture, and intricate drawings. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their work to their friends, family and members of the public, and a wonderful way to celebrate their achievements.”