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Art Students Unveil Final Major Project at Museum of Richmond’s Artificial Silk Exhibition

Monday 3 July 2023

On 27th June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Level 2 Art and Design students unveiled their final major project of the academic year at the Museum of Richmond’s ‘Artificial Silk’ Exhibition.

Earlier in the year, the Museum of Richmond explained to the students how material, Rayon Viscose was invented in the nearby, Kew Gardens. The museum also explained how the amazing artificial fibre has transformed textiles since its creation.

The students were greatly inspired by the transformative processes involved in its manufacture and decided the theme of their final project was ‘Transformation’.

Students’ work was made in textiles, ceramics, printmaking, product design and painting amongst other media, and photographed for the exhibition.

Each student exhibited a framed photo of their work, these will be on display in the museum’s exhibition until March 2024.

At the Opening Reception, the Chair of the Museum, Hilda Clarke, and the Director of Kew, Richard Deverell, praised the quality of work made by the students.

At the opening reception, students were joined by RuTC staff, Toby Rye, Kirsty Chau, Paul Williams and Julia Hembrow.

Toby Rye was proud of his students work and efforts in creating the pieces for the exhibition, explaining, “The students really impressed me with their creativity and skill in creating these pieces for the Museum. It’s been exciting to work on a project so close to home, learning more about Kew Gardens and its influence on the textile industry. I know the students have greatly enjoyed this project and seeing their work on display in public.”

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