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News // Summer refurbishment at LCC

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Crated printmaking and letterpress equipment is moved by crane into the new studio spaces

It may be holiday time for many at LCC, but the College’s management and technical teams have been very busy relocating, revamping and reorganising in time for the start of the autumn term.

The major improvement works currently underway affect many areas of the building, but particularly the letterpress and printmaking workshops, which will now be located on the second and third floors of the Workshop Block, adjacent to the existing Heidelberg room (second) and print workshops (third).

There will be a full range of resources for different types of traditional printmaking, typesetting, book arts, textile printing, offset litho print and finishing.

The aim is for a more collaborative working model between areas which had formerly been spread around the building. For example, print and letterpress will now share the paper and chemical stores, and with around ten technicians in total between all disciplines, the areas will offer fantastic facilities and expert support to students and academic staff.

The letterpress staff are also taking the opportunity to sort, rationalise and update their typefaces before they set up home in a new space.

The heavy and delicate antique equipment has to be moved from one block to another by crane, stationed in the yard between the two blocks. Every piece of machinery is being packed into crates or onto pallets, picked up with the crane and set down on a platform on the appropriate floor.

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Part of a printing press is lifted into its new location

As many items as possible are being reused or recycled during the process, with even specialist sinks being preserved and transplanted to new homes.

Letterpress’s former studio on the lower ground floor of the Design Block is to be used by Foundation students for photography, as it is close to some of the College’s darkrooms, while the old printmaking area on the Design Block’s ground floor will be split into three studios for BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television.

Also on the way are a new small TV studio suitable for TV journalism, green screen and animation on the lower ground floor of the Media Block, and a new blacked-out project space between the Main Lecture Theatre and the wood workshop.

The eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and fourteenth floors of the Tower Block are being redecorated, with new ceilings, new lighting and where necessary new carpets and blackout curtains. The Kit Room is being extended, which will facilitate a greater provision of equipment loans to students and staff.

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New outdoor furniture arrived at the College earlier this year

This is in addition to the new concrete benches and cycle storage installed in front of the College during the summer term.

Watch footage of the crane in action //

More detailed information about the summer works and room changes will be circulated to staff and students in due course.

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Professor Reina Lewis interviewed by Islam Channel to give commentary on the growing spending power of the Muslim consumer

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Reina Lewis, Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion, was interviewed by the Islam Channel for a documentary about the Islamic economy to give commentary on the growing sector of fashion in the Islamic world.

The documentary will be repeated on the Islam Channel (Sky 806) on Friday 22nd August at 9pm (originally aired on Wednesday 30th July, 2014).

It is also now on YouTube and you can watch it via this link:

The Islamic Economy

Professor Reina Lewis’ research profile

UAL Launches new Sickness Absence Policy

From 1 August 2014 UAL has introduced a new Sickness Absence Policy. This policy has been developed following a thorough review of our practice in consultation with unions and managers. The new policy is now available on the HR intranet Sickness Absence page

The policy aims to:

  • Reduce the impact of staff  sickness absence by encouraging line managers to discuss attendance issue at an early stage with team members
  • Foster earlier discussion and support for staff experiencing work related pressure
  • Promote good practice in how we manage disability related absence

Full details are available in the attached Sickness Absence Communication

For further information please contact HR

LCF Alumna designs costumes for English National Ballet

Antonella Petraccaro, MA Costume Design for Performance

Antonella Petraccaro, MA Costume Design for Performance

LCF Alumna Antonella Petraccaro, MA Costume Design for Performance, recently designed costumes for Fabien Reimair’s, We Are Free, as part of the National Ballet’s choreographics series.

Every year the English National Ballet gives their dancers the opportunity to choreograph a short dance performance, and having worked for the English National Ballet before as a freelance designer, Antonella was recommended by the wardrobe staff to produce the costumes for Fabien’s show.

Antonella spoke about the opportunity:

“I was very excited to work with the choreographer on his piece and about having my designs showcased by an internationally known company. I also felt very grateful for the support I received from the costume department staff to help create the costumes.”

Antonella was asked to plan the visual concept of the piece in accordance with the choreographer’s vision and physical requirements for the dancers. The job entailed designing and making costumes for 3 female and 2 male dancers.

The designer told LCF News about her passion for costume design:

“I absolutely love designing and creating for the body in movement. I like the challenge and to challenge the body in movement and that is what inspires me and keeps me going.”

Antonella now plans to forge ahead with her costume designing career, working for the National Ballet and the Royal Opera House.

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LCF BA14 alumni selected for Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase

Luke Bullen, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear (2014) Charlotte Knowles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear (2014) Charlotte Knowles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear (2014)

Recent LCF BA14 graduates, Charlotte Knowles and Luke Bullen, both BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, have been selected for the Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase.

The Graduate Showcase returns this September for its fourth year, announcing the ten best fashion design graduates from the UK, scouted from over 300 collections viewed in February and June’s graduate shows.

Fresh out of university, this is a wonderful opportunity for Charlotte and Luke, each having the chance to present a selection of three looks from their final collections at London Fashion Week. The Showcase allows press, buyer and industry members attending the event to meet the graduates and discover their creative vision first hand.

Charlotte and Luke’s success comes on top of three LCF MA alumnae being selected for Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones To Watch’.

  • Image credits – Right & Left: Roger Dean – Centre: Photography, James Rees; Direction, Rob Phillips.

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Drunken Painter Decapitates Mannequin Lover at Champagne Party

Salvador Dalí holding an artist’s lay figure (the chauffeur in the Taxi pluvieux), International Exhibition of Surrealism, Paris, 1938

A photo of Salvador Dalí by Denise Bellon. © Les Films de l’Équinoxe – Fonds Photographique Denise Bellon and Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, 2014.

The dark tale of Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka and his stuffed girlfriend is just one of the stories explored by our second-year Fashion History and Theory students, in response to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s forthcoming exhibition.

Jane Munro, curator of Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish, asked our students to respond to the exhibition, which explores the evolution of the artist’s mannequin. Through short videos, they looked at the transformation of the mannequin from inconspicuous studio tool to fetishised object.

Student Angelina Todd focused on the shocking story of Viennese artist Oskar Kokoschka. Kokoschka was devastated when his lover Alma Mahler aborted their baby, and he enlisted with the Austrian army to fight in World War One. When he returned home severely wounded, he found Mahler had married a former fling – Bauhaus school founder, Walter Gropius.

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In an unconventional attempt to rid himself of his passion for Mahler, Kokoschka ordered dollmaker Hermine Moos to make an exact, life-size replica of his ex-girlfriend. He wrote: “Yesterday I sent a life-size drawing of my beloved and I ask you to copy this most carefully [...] Pay special attention to the dimensions of the head and neck, to the ribcage, the rump and the limbs.”

Träumende by Umbo © Phyllis Umbehr / Galerie Kicken Berlin / DACS 2014

Träumende by Umbo © Phyllis Umbehr / Galerie Kicken Berlin / DACS 2014

It took Moos six months to fulfil this order. While waiting, Kokoschka took up with his serving maid, who carved his initials into her breast as a sign of commitment. When the mannequin finally arrived, Kokoschka was horrified to find that, far from life-like, it had furry limbs.

He wrote to Moos in disgust, saying: “The outer shell is a polar-bear pelt, suitable for a shaggy imitation bedside rug rather than the soft and pliable skin of a woman […] Even attempting to pull on one stocking would be like asking a French dancing-master to waltz with a polar bear.”

Beheaded in the garden
Kokoschka came to terms with the mannequin’s hirsute appearance, painting and sketching the doll as he once drawn Mahler. Rumours emerged about his trips to the opera with the mannequin, their long carriage rides together and their private rendezvous.

Eventually, Kokoschka was convinced that his custom-made muse had cured him of his passion for Mahler. He threw a big champagne party with chamber music, destined to be the mannequin’s last. Kokoschka wrote: “When dawn broke – I was quite drunk, as was everyone else – I beheaded it out in the garden and broke a bottle of red wine over its head.”

Other subjects explored by our students include France’s consumer revolution and the story of mannequin maker Pierre Imans. The exhibition, which features life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from across the world, runs at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 14 October 2014 until 25 January 2015.

More information:
BA Fashion Communication: Fashion History and Theory
The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Silent Partners exhibition

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‘Popular Culture and the Interior’ is theme chosen by UAL Chair

Ben Kelly RDI, Chair in Interior & Spatial Design, has announced the theme which he will be working with during his tenure as a cross-university Chair at University of the Arts London:

‘Popular Culture and the Interior’

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Ben is interested in the ability of iconic interiors to effect and influence the direction of popular culture and the wider world. This effect has been demonstrated by the power and influence of Malcolm McLaren and Vivien Westwood’s shop at 430 Kings Road which has morphed its way through five decades from punk to couture in the form of Let it Rock to Sex and then Seditionaries and, most recently, to Worlds End. From this one small interior, via the platform of popular culture, music, fashion, graphics, law, society and its values have been simultaneously embraced, challenged and confronted.

This theme will be explored, examined and debated using a number of digital and analogue platforms. A number of activities on the subject will be announced later this year.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Ben’s intentions for this themed project, and perhaps participating, are invited to contact Ben directly at ben.kelly@arts.ac.uk

LCC Alumni in the 100 Archive

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A Place Is A Space We Give Meaning, Paul Bailey, 2011.

The 100 Archive is a community centred initiative to document and record the past and future of visual communication design in Ireland. It is a valuable resource which acts as a simple and transparent record of the professional activity, working practices, career paths, professional associates and collaborators of Irish designers.

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A Place Is A Space We Give Meaning, Paul Bailey, 2011.

The Archive houses an impressive amount of work from LCC postgraduate alumni, including three projects by our very own MA Graphic Design Course Leader Paul Bailey as well as work from Wayne Daly, Stephen McCarthy, Brian Heffernan, Niall O’Shea and Mark Shiels.

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# Magazine, Paul Bailey, 2013.

 

Brian Heffernan, now a senior a designer at design studio Aad in Dublin, talks us through his journey from LCC to 100 Archives:

“I had been a practicing graphic designer for nearly ten years when I returned to full-time education at LCC. My year on the Contemporary Typographic Media MA proved beneficial in ways I could not have foreseen.The course facilitated the development of new criteria by which work, both mine and others, can be assessed and this in turn has enabled me to identify the potential of my practice.

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Cork Midsummer Festival Program, Brian Heffernan, 2013.

“It’s a real honour to have my work included in the 100 Archive. As a practicing designer, I find being part of the pier group identified hugely beneficial. In this regard the archive is less about Irish identity and more about being part of something that recognises good graphic design, and that benefits everyone.

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Cork Midsummer Festival Program, Brian Heffernan, 2013.

“I think the archive provides a much needed focal point for Irish graphic design. Not only does it contextualise individual projects within a wider body of work, it contextualises Irish graphic design internationally. Having little by the way of legacy, the archive documents the path Irish graphic design has taken, and in doing so, shines a light on the road ahead.”

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DCU Student Support & Development, Brian Heffernan.

Read more about MA Graphic Design

Read more about Paul Bailey

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Gyo Yuni Kimchoe Scoops Fashion Scout’s Merit Award

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© Gyo Kim

Gyo Kim, who has is half of the award-winning Gyo Yuni Kimchoe label, has just graduated from the womenswear pathway of BA Fashion. His partner Yuni Choe makes up the other half of the label.

Having been named Fashion Scout’s Merit Award winner for the spring/summer 2015 season, Gyo Yuni Kimchoe will showcase their work at London Fashion Week in September. Their on-schedule catwalk show will be fully sponsored.

Speaking to Vogue, the duo said: “We are so honoured to be selected as the winner. The Merit Award is the best opportunity for new designers to show their vision and creativity.”

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‘An exciting approach’

Originally from Korean, Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe first met in New York. They then moved to London in 2011 to continue their studies. The couple’s concern about environmental problems, social issues and animal cruelty has led them to follow a philosophy of respecting life and nature.

Phoebe English, who was on this year’s judging panel, noted their work to be “very original with an exciting approach, you can tell they really enjoyed making their collection.”

Gyo Yuni Kimchoe’s eco-friendly, quirky and unexpected designs can be seen on schedule at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden in September.

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More information:
BA Fashion
Gyo Yuni Kimchoe
Fashion Scout

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LCC graduate photographer Max Colson awarded £15,000 grant from Leverhulme Trust

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From ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces’

Recent MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online) graduate Max Colson has been awarded a Leverhulme artist-in-residency grant of £15,000 to work with the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Max will work at UCL with the Laboratory’s Director, Dr Ben Campkin, in a residency titled ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of High Security Spaces’.

The residency will develop Max’s final LCC MA project, extending the photographic investigations of his photojournalist alter ego, the paranoid Adam Walker-Smith, into the UK’s hidden infrastructure of security design and control.

The project aims to heighten viewers’ awareness of the way that security design, surveillance and paranoia interact within the urban environment, also using humour to highlight the limits of photography as documentary evidence.

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From ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces’

We caught up with Max to find out more:

How did you become interested in the area of surveillance and security design?

I originally became interested in exploring how surveillance and security apparatus can be hidden within everyday public space. Delving into this area on my MA, I then became fascinated with highlighting the logistical and psychological difficulties of photographing ‘hidden’ security apparatus when one cannot easily tell where and what it is.

What do we need to know about your photojournalist alter ego Adam Walker-Smith?

Having discovered the landscape design programme ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design’ (‘CPTED’), Walker-Smith realised that high security public spaces in London, which present themselves as being free and open, actually covertly guide behaviour through security design and monitor human activities through extensive surveillance infrastructure. The reason these things are not often observed is because they are carefully hidden and softened by the strategic deployment of vegetation.

This illuminating finding led to what could only be described as Walker-Smith’s intense paranoia as to the ‘innocence’ of all plant life in these spaces. His resulting photographs dramatically expose what he sees as the ‘suspect’ plants of securitised urban spaces (these plants are so-called for posing as ‘innocent’ decoration whilst actually being hidden parts of the security apparatus).

What does receiving this grant mean for you?

It gives me the financial freedom to focus on developing this particular project for a whole year, in collaboration with cutting edge researchers from UCL and other experts in the field of security design, which will culminate in an ambitious and immersive exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Also, as any artist will tell you, doing personal projects is an often solitary activity; when organisations support your projects like this it’s pretty incredible.

What direction do you hope to take your work in during your UCL residency, and beyond?

I’d like to develop Adam Walker-Smith’s investigation into the nature of hidden security design and present it as an immersive mixed media exhibition at Canary Wharf that makes people re-evaluate the public space that they use on a daily basis.

Photographic prints on a wall will be one element for sure but, in collaboration with built environment academics at UCL, I would like to create opportunities for the audience to engage with the project using a combination of interactive and audio elements; this will (I hope) bring the project, its exhibition and my photographic practice to the next level.

Tell us something you’ve discovered during Hide and Seek that surprised you.

Plants are incredibly versatile.

What most excites you most about the prospect of working within the UCL Urban Laboratory?

It’s a home to leading researchers engaged in the planning and design of the built environment; my work feeds on the research and critical ideas of these professionals, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop my work by being in such close proximity.

Which photographers or photojournalists working today do you most admire?

There are honestly too many to mention but I particularly enjoy the work of artists who playfully critique the nature of photographic documentation and/or its prevalence in the digital age, e.g. Joan Fontcuberta, Walid Raad, Mishka Henner, Taryn Simon, Thomas van Houtryve and Michael Wolf etc etc.

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Max’s residency will take place across the 2014-5 academic year.

Read about MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online)

Read Max Colson’s LCC alumni profile

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