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Inside the Industry – Anya Hindmarch at LCF

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On Thursday 5 June, LCF welcomed fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE as she took part in a ‘UAL Meets’ and LCF Inside the Industry talk.
Anya spoke with head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE,  covering a variety of topics ranging from how to set up and grow your own business, the best ways to manage investors and the importance of craftsmanship and ‘old-fashioned’ luxury. She also talked through the creative process behind some of her recent catwalk presentations.

She gave LCF students some great advice on how to stay motivated whilst starting up your own business:

“Starting a business is really fun and I hope you all get the chance to do it one day, but it’s also very hard work, so the best advice I can give you is to never give up. If you don’t give up, you will get there in the end.”

  • Photography: Andrea Milla Perez

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UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards: LCC winners

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The 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards were held last month at Central St Martin’s Platform Bar, with nine winners awarded from each College.

Organised by the Students’ Union and voted for by UAL students, the awards recognise great academic and technical staff across the University, along with students who have worked to improve the educational experience.

The London College of Communication winners were announced as:

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Paul Bowman, Illustration and Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Advertising
John Himbury, IT
Paul Jackson, Design for Graphic Communication
Catherine Smith, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichmann, Photography

Course Rep Awards //

Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell

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Congratulations to all those who won!

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#ClothesToDieFor – the Centre for Sustainable Fashion lead the debate

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter, Photographer: Taslima Akhter, Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter; Photographer:
Taslima Akhter; Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter.

Following an eye-opening documentary on BBC 2, ‘Clothes To Die For’, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion hosted a tweetchat to debate the crucial topics raised by the programme.

The programme highlighted the experiences of those affected by the Rana Plaza factory collapse disaster in 2013. Talking to followers on @sustfash and with thoughts from the centre’s Director @dilyswilliams and @LCFLondon, as well as members of the fashion industry, the team explored what should be done to prevent this kind of tragedy.

In the same week, Dilys Williams also gave an interview to London Live, calling for a fashion system which respects those who make what we wear.

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UAL staff invited to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum

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UAL staff and external guests are invited to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum, taking place on 9 September from 4.30-8.30pm at Central Saint Martins.

The Arts2Innovation Forum is a platform for industry professionals and senior academics to share insights into how applying creativity to business can stimulate innovation and shape organisational culture.

Our panel of experts will share their experiences and tackle a number of key questions, including:

• What is the value of arts and culture in business management?
• What is the role of the arts in organisational development and innovation?
• How can the arts contribute to improve business performance?
• How can arts-based education and research be connected to business innovation?
• How do investments in the arts contribute to wealth creation at micro and macro levels?
• How can arts-based strategies and initiatives be designed and implemented to enhance organisations’ value creation capacity?

Confirmed speakers are:

Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London
Professor Clive Holtham, Director of Cass Learning Laboratory, Cass Business School, City University
Fiona Lesley, Director, MAP
Rob Montgomery, Group Head of Brand Experience, Nando’s
Professor Jeremy Till, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head, Central Saint Martins
Professor Giovanni Schiuma, Director of the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London
Caryn Solomon, Head of Organisational Development, Investec
Moderator: Martin Gent, Co-owner and Director of Creativity, Spinach

The event is free but booking is essential. Book now through Eventbrite.

LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

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Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

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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”

Read more about Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

Read more about ‘STORY’. 

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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