Cornwall LivingIssue #79
We hear from BA (Hons) Fashion graduate, Ayeshah George, about her propositions, views and aspirations for the future.
Plymouth College of Art believes that high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice is the creative catalyst for personal and cultural transformation. The college’s manifesto includes ten propositions, written by Plymouth College of Art Principal, Andrew Brewerton. These, added to the themes of Creative Learning and Social Justice, define its strategic plans for the future.
“My proposition is the infinity symbol. For some, it represents everlasting love, for others, it represents eternal existence. For me, it’s a symbol of balance and hope.”
As part of their most recent campaign – ‘What’s your Proposition?’ – the college invited 13 students, recent graduates and alumni to contribute their own propositions, so their views and aspirations could take centre stage. From a Film student campaigning for change in Northern Ireland and a Photography graduate documenting the power of nature in Hungary, to a Graphic Design student empowering black women in the creative industries, the campaign focuses on allowing each participant to broadcast their own manifesto. ‘What’s your Proposition?’ involved a photo shoot with each participant, the images from which would later be turned into artwork displaying them and their propositions.
Ayeshah George, a BA (Hons) Fashion graduate, had a keen passion for innovation in art before joining Plymouth College of Art. After enrolling, she truly began her creative journey in the fashion industry, having moved to Plymouth for a new adventure and to begin crafting her future. Ayeshah tells us: “My proposition is the infinity symbol. For some, it represents everlasting love, for others, it represents eternal existence. For me, it’s a symbol of balance and hope. Whatever has been lost will come back in a different form. It reminds me to have faith when life becomes overwhelming.”
She is also a firm believer in being true to yourself. “As an artist, my main goal is to create something that provokes emotion within someone. I use my platform to promote individuality and inspire others to think differently. Art is a great way to educate others and share unique perspectives.”
Finally, Ayeshah tells us: “Stay curious. I studied Fashion and came out of it not only with better skills as an artist, but a better understanding of myself. The pressure of an art degree pushes you to reach levels of deeper introspection and analyse yourself in order to improve.
“They say curiosity killed the cat and sometimes I feel like that cat, always searching for depth in everything. I try to keep an open mind, and being born dual heritage meant being born into two different cultures. I enjoy celebrating my background and roots, while learning about others too.”
If you’re interested in creative study, why not explore the diverse range of design programmes available at Plymouth College of Art? From Fashion and Textile Practices to Interior Decoration, Design and Styling, you’re bound to find the creative study that enflames your passion, so be sure to visit one of the college’s upcoming open days.
"My proposition is the infinity symbol. For some, it represents everlasting love, for others, it represents eternal existence. For me, it’s a symbol of balance and hope."