Designs on the future

SUE Weaver woke one morning when she was 40 and asked herself what she wanted to do with her life.

Now she has just completed a degree course at the Westwood Campus of Yorkshire Coast College.

The former holistic therapist from Kirkbymoorside is exhibiting her work as part of the end of degree show at the college throughout June.

The fine art student said: “I woke up one morning and it was like a flash of inspiration, a thunderbolt from the blue. I said ‘you are 40 now what do you want to do?’.”

The hardest aspect of the course was “unlearning” everything she had previously thought about art. She said: “The course has changed my life – it is something I’ve wanted to do for the last twenty years. The course has taught me more than being able to paint, I now understand the theory behind it.”

The 3Degrees exhibition features work by students on BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Costume and Foundation Degree Applied Digital Media (Design) courses.

Sarah Londesborough, 21, of Bridlington, is about to complete her costume degree. She said she had chosen the course because it was one the best in the country. She said: “It gave us the freedom of design.”

She said the course covered both period and modern designs in film, theatre and ballet. She said her favourite creation was a costume for Ginger Rogers.

“I love her films and the era,” she said. “It was something she could move freely in but not too revealing. I had to follow the dress code of the 1930s.”

Marine Wan, 23, came to Scarborough from her home city of Leeds. She said: “I realised that I really wanted to do this. You get all the stresses and pressures as if you are in a real theatre.”

Steffan Chyzak, 22, of Scarborough, has been studying digital media and created most of the promotional material for the exhibition.

He said he was hoping to complete a top-up degree next year. He said: “Hopefully I will go to work for a company, I don’t want to do the freelance bit yet, I want to get a bit of experience first.”

Dan Maloney, Curriculum Manager, Visual Arts and IT, said: “The Degree show is a celebration of the students’ high achievement and succ- ess here at Yorkshire Coast College.

“Our students have created amazing work which is of the highest national standard, and which Scarborough can be really proud of.

“The work speaks for itself, but each student has their own success story, from working on costumes for West End shows and Broadway to success in the fine art world. We welcome students from all backgrounds and ages and we create exciting opportunities for their future.”

The 3Degrees Exhibition begins today and is open to members of the public. It is open between 10am and 1pm and Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.