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Exploring, exhibiting and studying: Ellie Stock’s citywide Interior Design experience

19 June 2017

Part of the Degree Show series

To celebrate our Degree Show, we’re sharing the stories, inspirations and experiences of some of the 1000 students exhibiting in the show.

In this instalment, student Ellie Stock’s discusses her experiences exploring cityscapes, and exhibiting in Manchester, throughout her Interior Design studies.

Exploring ex-industrial cityscapes

A major proportion of my work – my dissertation and final major project – has centred on my interest in the ex-industrial areas of Manchester and London. Looking into how these places have changed over time, I have focused on the position of the designer, and how they can work in a way that benefits all occupants.

Exploring Ancoats and speaking to the current occupants, whether it is residents or businesses, provided me with a wealth of information which has since guided my entire body of work.

Exhibiting to the public

As well as this, Unit X, an annual project that enables to take part in live briefs, has been invaluable as it throws you into the deep end of real deadlines, collaborative work and finding effective solutions to come across as a designer.

It’s so rewarding to finish with a fully realised project in the flesh. This year was a collaborative effort with students from other courses to organise an event for the School featuring pieces of our design work.

These projects have also given me the opportunity to exhibit my work to the public each year, from taking part in Manchester After Hours festival to working to a brief set by Bruntwood. As a result, the work we get to do no longer becomes a flat concept but a well-considered design project.

Studying at Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art has been an amazing place to study. The working environment throws you into the mix with other subjects, meaning that every day you are in the studio, you are not just seeing the work of your course, but across all disciplines.

Throughout the course of my degree, I have been presented with so many exciting opportunities and challenges, and been given the guidance by great tutors that has allowed me to improve my skills as a creative thinker.

You can see Ellie’s work in our Degree Show until 21 June, and can find out more about her work on her website: 

Read the other student profiles in our Degree Show series on our news pages.