Art and Design Case Studies

Case Study : Danielle Pursey

Case Studies

Danielle Pursey

Danielle came to Neath Port Talbot College in 2007, having achieved eleven A* grade GCSEs and an A grade in AS Level Fine Art from Sandfields Comprehensive School. Whilst at the College, she studied A Levels in Textiles, Photography and Ceramics and achieved top A grades in all three. Danielle is now studying BA (Hons) Surface Pattern at Swansea Metropolitan University and continues to excel in her studies. Danielle was one of the most proactive students to enrol on Art and Design at the College and she fully immersed herself in visual arts in NPTC.

Danielle was an excellent ambassador for the College as she was always willing to help promote Art and Design at NPTC. She presented first class work for exhibition, helped to set up displays for school visits and acted as a student runner during Open Evenings. Danielle regularly returns to College to visit staff and students and helps out with Art classes at Sandfields Comprehensive.

During her spare time she took up the post of Support Worker, working with Young Offenders on a Summer Arts Programme. Although this was an immensely challenging role, she found it to be extremely rewarding and proved herself to be a natural in working with disadvantaged young adults.

During her time at NPTC, Danielle was congratulated by the Welsh Joint Education Committee for her excellent A Level results. Danielle received maximum marks in all three Art and Design A Levels, the highest of all of the candidates who studied Art and Design with WJEC. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates Danielle's exceptional level of commitment to her studies.

Danielle in her own words...

Since leaving Neath Port Talbot College I have been studying a Degree in Surface Pattern Design at Swansea Metropolitan University. Now going into my third and final year, I have produced an artist book, installation work and an interactive wall piece all based on the biological element of science. I work with hard and soft materials; using metal and wood to contrast with fabric and I enjoy the utilisation of the digital and traditional. As an applied artist, I work with a wide range of media and processes including photography, waterjet cutting, printmaking and resin casting. A level Textiles allowed me to push the boundaries in art and design and encouraged a curiosity to manipulate different media and experiment with various materials in innovative ways. The textile techniques and processes developed whilst doing my Textiles A level have given me a strong foundation in order to develop further at degree level. I have also been a resident artist; using the skills learnt at A level to perform textile workshops at a local secondary school.

I have had a solo exhibition at The Mad Shop, Swansea, and also exhibited as part of a group exhibition at Swansea Waterfront Museum.

Examples of Danielle's work can be found on her website: www.daniellepursey.com