Arts Thread

Above: Padina Bonder / Birgit Uibo / Peiyi Liang / Fernanda Pellegrino / Liisa Torsus / Laura Graham / Milagros Pereda / Erin Yang / Hanzhi Tang

ARTS THREAD interviews Creative Talent Curator Sara Sozzani Maino, one of our judges for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci. We ask Sara her views on our fashion and textiles graduates and highlights her favourite projects. Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci was open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and you can see all the winners & shortlisted here

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us in general your impressions of the shortlist for Global Design Graduate Show? Do you see some trends that graduates are working on? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: The quality of the projects are incredible! year after year it gets better and better. I never really believe in trends. I think the new generation has the power to communicate and envision what surrrounds them and transform it in their own language and vision. The new generation is very focused on a more responsible world and they want to make a real change and this is happening everywhere not just in fashion portfolios.


ARTS THREAD: Can you tell us about some of your favourites from the Sustainable Design category this year? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: Within the Sustainable Design category, the category winner Padina Bonder's project New Nature is an amazing idea and so sophisticated and elegant. Also I liked the work of Birgit Uibo who looks at the importance of reusing what you eat in her project From Table to Table - as what comes from the table also returns to the table, in a cycle of creation.

Peiyi Liang was another designer who caught my eye in the Sustainable Design category. Her project Ecotopia showed unique research to find a way to view the world in the future using technology and creativity and to see how fashion will evolve in the context of this era.

The project Arcipelago - And Then by Fernanda Pellegrino seems to me an intelligent way of using recycling scraps of denim and upcycling "pre-existing jeans”. It is a smart way of reusing and re-evaluating the interest and aesthetics of something “ruined” using waste elements and materials to create new products.

Ringed Seals And Grey Seals by Liisa Torsus is a project based around felting and I really liked the process of creating the felted material following sustainable and environmentally friendly principles and the cleverness in crafting garments based only on one material. I would like to see more silhouettes from this collection. 

From the proverb You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”, Laura Graham's collection Sow's Ear / Silk Purse is very very ironic and creative. I liked the fact that she converted her discarded findings into 'mosaics of adornment, clustered with intricate eccentricity' as well as considering the social values. 


Still within Sustainable Design, Milagros Pereda's project Crudo is dedicated to wool, from her family's farm, a natural reserve in Entre Ríos, Argentina, focused on care and conservation. Her project is a real commitment to responsibility, giving value to handmade pieces, which cannot be repeated and this makes each piece unique, with its own storytelling that then can be exchanged from one garment owner to the other.

ARTS THREAD: Can you tell us about some of your favourites from the Accessories category this year? 

Carry A Spiritual Space, Erin Yang

Sara Sozzani Maino: the work of Accessories category winner Erin Yang caught my eye. Her project Carry A Spiritual Space has a very high quality of design, more a piece of art but with a high level of craftsmanship. In addition, I loved the modern design mixed with nature in the project Fusion by Hanzhi Tang


ARTS THREAD: Why do you think it is important that students enter international competitions such as the Global Design Graduate Show? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: It is important that students get used to coming into contact with people from industry and moreover, ARTS THREAD is a great community that gives the students and graduates the opportunity to get in contact with so many people and exchange ideas.

ARTS THREAD: Thank you Sara! And look forward to you being a judge for us next year in the Global Design Graduate Show!

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci was open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and you can see all the winners & shortlisted here

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Above: Padina Bonder / Birgit Uibo / Peiyi Liang / Fernanda Pellegrino / Liisa Torsus / Laura Graham / Milagros Pereda / Erin Yang / Hanzhi Tang

ARTS THREAD interviews Creative Talent Curator Sara Sozzani Maino, one of our judges for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci. We ask Sara her views on our fashion and textiles graduates and highlights her favourite projects. Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci was open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and you can see all the winners & shortlisted here

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us in general your impressions of the shortlist for Global Design Graduate Show? Do you see some trends that graduates are working on? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: The quality of the projects are incredible! year after year it gets better and better. I never really believe in trends. I think the new generation has the power to communicate and envision what surrrounds them and transform it in their own language and vision. The new generation is very focused on a more responsible world and they want to make a real change and this is happening everywhere not just in fashion portfolios.


ARTS THREAD: Can you tell us about some of your favourites from the Sustainable Design category this year? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: Within the Sustainable Design category, the category winner Padina Bonder's project New Nature is an amazing idea and so sophisticated and elegant. Also I liked the work of Birgit Uibo who looks at the importance of reusing what you eat in her project From Table to Table - as what comes from the table also returns to the table, in a cycle of creation.

Peiyi Liang was another designer who caught my eye in the Sustainable Design category. Her project Ecotopia showed unique research to find a way to view the world in the future using technology and creativity and to see how fashion will evolve in the context of this era.

The project Arcipelago - And Then by Fernanda Pellegrino seems to me an intelligent way of using recycling scraps of denim and upcycling "pre-existing jeans”. It is a smart way of reusing and re-evaluating the interest and aesthetics of something “ruined” using waste elements and materials to create new products.

Ringed Seals And Grey Seals by Liisa Torsus is a project based around felting and I really liked the process of creating the felted material following sustainable and environmentally friendly principles and the cleverness in crafting garments based only on one material. I would like to see more silhouettes from this collection. 

From the proverb You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”, Laura Graham's collection Sow's Ear / Silk Purse is very very ironic and creative. I liked the fact that she converted her discarded findings into 'mosaics of adornment, clustered with intricate eccentricity' as well as considering the social values. 


Still within Sustainable Design, Milagros Pereda's project Crudo is dedicated to wool, from her family's farm, a natural reserve in Entre Ríos, Argentina, focused on care and conservation. Her project is a real commitment to responsibility, giving value to handmade pieces, which cannot be repeated and this makes each piece unique, with its own storytelling that then can be exchanged from one garment owner to the other.

ARTS THREAD: Can you tell us about some of your favourites from the Accessories category this year? 

Carry A Spiritual Space, Erin Yang

Sara Sozzani Maino: the work of Accessories category winner Erin Yang caught my eye. Her project Carry A Spiritual Space has a very high quality of design, more a piece of art but with a high level of craftsmanship. In addition, I loved the modern design mixed with nature in the project Fusion by Hanzhi Tang


ARTS THREAD: Why do you think it is important that students enter international competitions such as the Global Design Graduate Show? 

Sara Sozzani Maino: It is important that students get used to coming into contact with people from industry and moreover, ARTS THREAD is a great community that gives the students and graduates the opportunity to get in contact with so many people and exchange ideas.

ARTS THREAD: Thank you Sara! And look forward to you being a judge for us next year in the Global Design Graduate Show!

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci was open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and you can see all the winners & shortlisted here

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