Seen the Sad Buddy ceramic pot? Spied the nail tattoos? Chances are you’ve walked into UAL’s Creative Outlet – a collection of original works from UAL students and alumni, on sale now from exhibitors’ online shops, until 23 December 2016. From seasonal gifts, award winning prints and textiles to contemporary artworks, jewellery and homewares – this is your chance to discover emerging and established artists.
The Creative Outlet turns into a Festive Pop-up Shop for three days on: 7, 8 and 9 December 2016 where you can buy gifts, artworks and products and take them home direct from the UAL Showroom. Free wrapping paper comes with every purchase, designed by a UAL student!
Here’s a round-up of just a few things on offer.
MYSTIC FORMS is a hand-crafted jewellery collection by Japanese artist Akiko Ban. Exploring the boundaries between art and fashion – not only has she collaborated with Basement Jaxx and Japanese animation Evangelion, her new work ‘Sky Goddess’ was selected for RA’s summer show 2016. This collection plays to her belief that art should be “more accessible, personal and enjoyable for everyone”. Known for her lively drawings and sculptures – she transforms the wearers’ into art pieces themselves.
From £15; www.mysticforms.com
Meticulously hand-painted, laser cut and varnished at their studio in Spain, founders Joan Ayguadé and Marta Chojnacka’s mission was to create sustainable walnut jewellery. And so they founded Materia Rica. Using non toxic paints and FSC sourced woods, their designs have made their way to Japan, South Africa, USA and museums such as YSN and the National Gallery Australia. Cue cult following and the pair have landed their sought-after jewellery in JOY, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Southbank Centre and independent stores.
From £17; www.materiarica.com
Inject some comic relief
Talent spotted by Creative Review earlier this year, Swedish illustrator and ceramic designer, Fredrik Andersson injects comedy into his ceramics and illustrations. A self-confessed “obsession for drawing naked people, especially hairy men”, mixed in with a fascination of sex, queer matters and intimacy – Fredrik delights in seeing life from a quirky point of view. “I use my work as a sort of processing, because if I can land in a place where I can laugh at the past I can finally let it go.” He was one of 11 selected graduates chosen by Design Week to appear on digital screens all over the UK, including at major train, tube stations and shopping centres as a part of Creative Review’s Talentspotting scheme. His mission with his FreddeLanka collection? To offer “a slight chuckle and some form of enlightenment”. Here’s your chance to own your own fetish ceramic foot vase.
From £40; www.freddelanka.com
Hand it to the kids
Children tell the STORY in Melanie Smith’s ‘Walk-in-Books’ approach to storytelling for children. Like a book that’s been pulled apart, a ‘Walk-in-Book’ gives kids the basic elements of a traditional story: the character; a map of an imaginary world and a set of ten different STORY cards. The STORY cards make this project unique – they give children the beginnings of different stories, acting as the launchpad for children to create their own adventures. Children can also choose ‘quest’ cards – which provide additional prompts to help the child on their way to amazing adventures. Add a mask for the child to get into character and you have a new generation of J.K Rowlings. Winner of UAL’s Creative Enterprise Award for Most Enterprising Individual, STORY is set to revolutionise traditional storytelling as we know it. Children’s laureate Chris Riddell is a fan, and the London Transport Museum, National Gallery and National Trust have all expressed interest in selling STORY.
From 24.99; www.wearestory.co.uk
Nose to Tail is a range of products that utilises infographics in a way that doesn’t just present information but instigates interaction, inspires interest in the natural world and helps promote spatial awareness. Designed by Swedish Graphic designer Veronika Danielsson, the Nose to Tail tape measure is 300cm long and visualises the average lengths of 50 different animals, from the tiny Gold frog to the mighty Komodo dragon.
Nose to Tail is stocked all over Europe, including by the Wellcome Collection.
They count Cannes Lions and Heineken as clients and have been featured in the pages of Elle, Esquire and Mind The Map (Gestalten). Walk With Me is a publishing company specialising in illustrated maps, founded by Pablo Baqué in 2012. Now, Walk With Me has launched a collection of London maps, art directed by Isa Roldán and illustrated by distinguished London-based artists and UAL graduates. Skip through Soho, strut in Shoreditch and set the pace in Peckham and Dalston.
From £18; www.walkwithmemaps.com
With each hand-woven piece both tactile and luxurious – combining traditional techniques, rural materials, with innovative and modern design – it’s easy to see why Rowena Mason is a multi award-winning weaver. Scooping the Ashley Family Foundation Scholarship, the Campaign For Wool Award, and a Silver Etsy New Talent Award – each woven piece is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship. All of Rowenna’s monochrome cushions are handwoven using natural undyed British wool. The varying tones of yarn accentuate three-dimensional patterns, reflecting the geometric structures from London’s dynamic city environment.
From £135; www.rowennamason.co.uk
Sexuality stereotypes have no place in this brooch collection. Choose from man/man; woman/ woman or man/ woman cuddle pins.
From £8; Hammer Chen
Friends Kirsten McNee and Sangita Southgate were onto something when they teamed up to create intricately drawn illustrations that found their way onto greeting cards, art prints, homewares, accessories….and nail art! Let your fingernails get festive and opt for Christmas, Wolf or Harvest Moon designs.
From £5; Fawn and Thistle
Hand-drawn? Tick. A fusion of striking textile patterns and ceramics? Yes. Unashamedly unique? You bet.
From £10; Miyu Kurihara
Who says art needs only hang on your walls and in your wardrobe? Indulge your interiors this year with Beatrice Larkin’s striking and functional woven textiles. She combines traditional Dobby weaving with the computerised Jacquard loom to create distinctive geometric designs. Committed to keeping production in the UK, Beatrice designs and samples at her London studio and works closely with a mill in Lancashire to weave blankets and throws made from the softest merino wool. Chosen by the Campaign for wool as one of the Incrediwools’ – key figures in the industry – she has sold to Conran Interiors, with her Monochrome series featured in this year’s London Design Festival.
From £275; www.beatricelarkin.com
From £45; www.sevakzargarian.com