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LCC Graduate wins both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie Smith, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication graduate, recently won both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund.

Melanie, who graduated from LCC in 2013, has since gone on to set up her own design company called Smith and Wonder. Before studying at LCC Melanie did a two year foundation degree in Graphic Design at Brighton University. The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition is open to students and graduates of the university and each year the university hosts the competition to find the Most Enterprising Community Project, Most Innovative Product New Product and Most Entrepreneurial Service.

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

The winner of each category was awarded £2750 to invest in their original idea. Melanie won in the Most Innovative Product category for her creative idea of a storytelling kit for children, ‘STORY’.

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‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie has also just been awarded the UAL SEED Fund, a scheme that offers up to £5000 worth of funding along with mentoring and legal advice to young entrepreneurs with exciting business ideas. She explains “I really didn’t expect to win both awards, and it means that STORY is very close to becoming a reality for me. It’s exciting to now have the opportunity to work for myself, and bring some of my ideas to life”

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POSTGRADCHAT with Vyara Zlatilova

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Illustration Vyara Zlatilova designs and illustrates thought-provoking Mother’s Day cards with an anti-abuse message

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CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

Quite inspiring, I met so many amazing people. What’s most interesting is that each of my classmates has their own unique way of working and approaching a project.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you have learnt whilst studying at the college?

First of all, I developed my digital skills quite a lot during the past year. Basically, before the course, digital illustration was one of my main weaknesses, but since it is a really important part of the industry, I intentionally forced myself into improve in that direction. In doing so, I am really happy that I got a lot of support from my tutors, who encouraged me to push myself and develop my potential further.

Also, until recently, I wasn’t comfortable with using colour at all. My work before the course was mainly monochrome and I was terrified by the idea of mixing colour, because I simply couldn’t understand how it works. So, I am really amazed by how fast I managed to improve in this particular aspect of my work as well.

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CCA: Please tell us about your degree show work?

Since I have a graphic design background, I decided to design and illustrate an advertising campaign against child abuse. Thus, my degree show work is a collection of Mother’s Day greeting cards, which, through provocative abuse related messages, are raising questions regarding the issue of abuse within the family.

I am really interested in the idea of changing the meaning of an image by adding text and subverting the message it communicates to the viewer. For me it was important to attract the audience to the project instead of repelling it by using disturbing images. Therefore, the artworks I produced are aiming to be as visually appealing as possible and to communicate the idea metaphorically rather than directly.

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CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

I am currently planning to go back to graphic design and hopefully pursue a graphic design/branding career. However, I would definitely try to develop my illustration style further because, in my opinion, the experience I now have as an illustrator gives me a new perspective into graphic design and could play a valuable role in my further development as a creative professional.

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CCA: Any advice for future MA students?

Collaborate and apply for as many competitions, awards and contests as you can. One year is a really short period of time and sometimes it’s hard to balance university projects with outside-college activities, but, if you manage to do it, it can change your way of working drastically, so push yourselves to the limit and if you’re organized and motivated enough you’ll improve really fast.

More about Vyara @ https://www.behance.net/vzlatilova

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Camberwell College is star of fashion shoot for Lurve Magazine

Cover of Lurve Magazine Issue 08 Spring/Summer 2014 with model Adwoa Aboah.

Cover of Lurve Magazine Issue 08 Spring/Summer 2014 with model Adwoa Aboah.

Camberwell College of Arts was featured in luxury fashion magazine Lurve, published this month, following a shoot which took place at the college in the spring term.  While the clothes and model, Adwoa Aboah, took centre stage, the college’s spaces and studios also had a starring role.  The spread features everywhere from the metalwork to the letterpress studios, the kiln room, corridors and studios.  Also featured is work by Camberwell students William Costelloe and Olga Lomaka from BA Painting and Charlotte Campbell from BA Sculpture.

The fashion spread was shot by Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, well known for her incisive documentary work in Saudi Arabia and India.  Using film, this was her first fashion shoot.

Below are the photos from issue 08 of the magazine, which is available to buy in the UK from Claire de Rouen, Artwords bookstore and Wardour News.

Fashion spread shot at Camberwell College of Arts for Lurve Magazine Issue 08, Spring/Summer 2014.

Fashion spread shot at Camberwell College of Arts for Lurve Magazine Issue 08, Spring/Summer 2014.

 

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Find out more about Lurve Magazine on their website.

Find out more about studying at Camberwell on our course pages.

Research // William Raban’s ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ at Museum of London Docklands exhibition

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Still from ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by William Raban. 11’ 15”, 16mm/video, colour, 1998.

‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban is showing in a film installation as part of the Museum of London Docklands’ current ‘Bridge’ exhibition.

The free exhibition, which draws on the museum’s art collections to consider the significance of bridges within the London landscape, is open now until Sunday 2 November.

As well as exploring how London’s bridges allow people to experience the city, the show looks ahead to projects such as Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious ‘Garden Bridge’ proposal, playing with the ideas of destination and crossing and tackling the key debates surrounding London and its bridges.

William’s 1998 film follows the Thames from the wealthy suburbs of west London, past the familiar landmarks of Chelsea, Westminster and the City, to the industrial flatlands beyond Dartford Bridge.

The 30 bridges spanning this stretch of the river provide acoustic spaces filled on the film’s soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score.

‘Beating the Bridges’ is presented in its own screening room within the gallery and will show continuously every day.

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‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ installed at Museum of London Docklands

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POSTGRADCHAT with Valeriya N-Georg

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Printmaking Valeriya N-Georg investigates the representation of the invisible through fragments of the physical body

 MA Printmaking Valeria N_Georg

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

VN: I really enjoyed my two years at Camberwell. The first year I spent experimenting and playing with all the printmaking techniques trying to find something unique and original that I would fall in love with using the amazing workshops. And the second year I concentrated working with my newly born technique and my subject of work, listening to the tutors advice.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

VN: The subject matter of my work is the ultimate mystery of the relationship between the physical human body and the inner self (or the human spirit). Within my practice I am investigating the representation of the invisible through fragments of the physical body. I am interested in exploring the boundaries between the inner and outer body; between the physical and metaphysical; tangible and intangible, by exploring the tactile and the optical image.

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CCA: What are you showcasing in your degree show?

VN: The works I am creating and showcasing are monotype prints on a gel medium presented on a light box, thus combining media and pushing the boundaries of printmaking. The light box presentation illuminates the ink print made upon the gel surface and conveys a sense of a medical forensic examination on the surgeon’s table. I am showcasing a sculpture and large-scale digital collage prints as well, all made from my monotype prints on layered gel.

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CCA: What was your inspiration?

VN: I am inspired mostly by scientific and medical sources such as neuroscience and consciousness studies, but also from philosophy and theology. Spending many hours in museum collections about the human body has played a big role in the development of my art too.

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CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

VN: First, I will continue creating work in my studio and apply for exhibitions nationally and internationally. My main aim is to get in touch with institutions like the Wellcome Trust and the Hunterian Museum, as I would like to apply for residencies there. To get in touch with scientists interested in collaborations with a visual artist like me is also one of my ambitions.

CCA: Any advice for fellow  students?

VN: Focus on your subject as early as possible and use the very helpful advice from the tutors, and especially from the course leader Johanna Love. She is amazingly supportive and helpful.

More about Valeria @ www.valeriya-n-georg.com