Fife College art student, Deek Jackson from Dunfermline, was delighted to see his artwork installed larger than life, at the College's Levenmouth campus this week after winning a student competition.
Deek, 54, who has just completed a degree - BA Visual Communication and Digital Publishing at the College’s Stenton Campus in Glenrothes, was on site to see his mosaic installed and take pride of place in the bistro area for all to see and enjoy.
The winning design represents the heritage of the Levenmouth area, depicting a fish wife made from seashells, a coal miner made from nuts and bolts and a student made from mobile phones and computer parts. Inspiring words and phrases from the College’s prospectus are also entwined throughout the design.
Deek hopes that students and staff will enjoy the piece and also feel motivated by the colours and positivity it reflects.
Said Deek: "The brief was to come up with something that represents the heritage of the area and I was really pleased that staff and students picked my design. I chose a mosaic as I felt it would give people different things to look at so they wouldn’t get bored with it if they see it every day. It was great to see it installed and I’m pleased with the finished result - it works well in the space and I'm really proud of it.”
The competition, which was open to art students at the College, had so many outstanding entries that staff have decided to have more designs enlarged and installed in other campuses over the coming months.
Dougi McMillan, Director of Creative Industries at Fife College is delighted with the creativity and work that has gone in to the entries and said: "I would like to congratulate all of the students who entered the competition for their hard work. Deek, especially, did an amazing job. His art mosaic looks fantastic and he also fulfilled the brief we set very well which was an important learning experience for all those who took part.
"With five campuses across Fife we have loads of wall space within the College so what better way to decorate it than to showcase the creativity of our talented students for all to enjoy!"
Long-term Deek hopes to get involved in the public art scene and create similar pieces using mosaic elsewhere. Deek has worked in creative industries for many years producing art and music and has really enjoyed coming to college to gain a degree and qualification to mirror and enhance his skills.
Continued Deek: “Being able to study a degree locally in Fife has been amazing and was just what I was looking for to up my qualifications. I’ve really enjoyed the course and the opportunities to showcase my talents which I’m certain will help me make a success of my career and creative business in the future.”
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the next stop for Deek where he hopes to sell prints of his artwork and expand his business.
Fife College offers a wide range of creative courses - to find out more visit fife.ac.uk or call 0344 248 0115.