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Inside set design with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Last week Inside the Industry welcomed two of set design’s biggest stars – Simon Costin and Gary Card. The designers were invited by Fashion Space Gallery’s Director Ligaya Salazar, as part of the events programme accompanying Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows.

Simon opened by considering the art of set design and how he started out:

“There’s a thin line between presenting what’s in the collection and overpowering it.”

Simon started out by working with Gareth Pugh, assisting him when he was just out of college. As budgets were tight, Simon would have to come up with simple and effective set designs – one was a piece of material loosely pinned to the floor with a wind machine causing it to billow up. Simon said:

“It was a simple idea that was so effective – we had to teach the models how to ponystep down the catwalk.”

Next the pair got stuck into talking about their mutual passion. Here’s the lowdown:

What do you do on a shoot?

GC: “Stand next to the chaise longue and say it needs to be moved 2mm? I’ve never know what I should do!”

SC: “I generally look busy in the corner and wait to be called over! But really there is no rule book.”

How do you feel about taking down the sets after the event/show?

SC: “It’s very intense – it’s like a butterfly, it glitters for that moment and then it’s gone. I used to hate it at the end of the event – when all of the lights go up – as that’s when the magic goes. It’s all about the moment; it’s ephemeral.”

GC: “I find it very cathartic to throw it in the skip!”

What’s the hardest and most important lesson you’ve learnt from working in the industry?

GC: “Don’t turn up to the job drunk or stinking of booze!”

SC: “Creativity is a huge part of this job but building up client skills is really important. It’s important to recognise when someone might be out of their depth and to be able to manage them well – but this is something that comes over time. You can’t learn it all from a book.”

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Research // Grace Adam draws a crowd

big draw setting up

Preparing for The Big Draw. Image © Grace Adam

On Monday 20 October, students, staff and passers-by were treated to an exciting pop-up drawing session in the Typo cafe by LCC lead design tutor Grace Adam as part of Inside Out Festival 2014.

Grace’s event, ‘Framing the Elephant’, invited people to stop, look and draw, taking 10 minutes or half an hour to create a fast, fun drawing of the view from inside the College.

The highlight of #framingtheelephant - a part of #lccgradschool! #nofilter

Instagram @fbigos

A brilliant drawing by @jhartley95 at @lcclondon #framingtheelephant

Instagram @fbigos

Grace has also recently appeared on ‘Daily Brunch with Ocado‘, demonstrating a few fun and unusual ways to get drawing.

Watch the video here [starts 26:59]

Speaking about her wider involvement in ‘The Big Draw’, a national festival of drawing with events held around the country, Grace told presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer:

“The Big Draw was set up to get people re-engaged with drawing, having fun, and connecting to the world in a different way [...] I think it’s considered a childish thing to do, and we communicate with text. Drawing is not taken so seriously, which is a shame. It’s essential.

“I think everybody is obsessed by ‘getting it right’ and getting it to look like the real world, but your drawing will be different from my drawing. You express yourself as an individual and that’s important.

“Drawing is a pleasure, drawing is a way to look at the world, to communicate, to experiment, to explore. It’s a good thing and we’re losing it.”

If you’ve missed out this year, however, some of Grace’s own sculptural work is on show until Friday 31 October in ‘Modes of Remembrance’ at St Giles-in-the-Fields, exploring and responding to the idea of monuments and memorials within the church.

Read Grace Adam’s staff profile

Read more about Research at LCC

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Research // Grace Adam draws a crowd

big draw setting up

Preparing for The Big Draw. Image © Grace Adam

On Monday 20 October, students, staff and passers-by were treated to an exciting pop-up drawing session in the Typo cafe by LCC lead design tutor Grace Adam as part of Inside Out Festival 2014.

Grace’s event, ‘Framing the Elephant’, invited people to stop, look and draw, taking 10 minutes or half an hour to create a fast, fun drawing of the view from inside the College.

The highlight of #framingtheelephant - a part of #lccgradschool! #nofilter

Instagram @fbigos

A brilliant drawing by @jhartley95 at @lcclondon #framingtheelephant

Instagram @fbigos

Grace has also recently appeared on ‘Daily Brunch with Ocado‘, demonstrating a few fun and unusual ways to get drawing.

Watch the video here [starts 26:59]

Speaking about her wider involvement in ‘The Big Draw’, a national festival of drawing with events held around the country, Grace told presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer:

“The Big Draw was set up to get people re-engaged with drawing, having fun, and connecting to the world in a different way […} I think it’s considered a childish thing to do, and we communicate with text. Drawing is not taken so seriously, which is a shame. It’s essential.

“I think everybody is obsessed by ‘getting it right’ and getting it to look like the real world, but your drawing will be different from my drawing. You express yourself as an individual and that’s important.

“Drawing is a pleasure, drawing is a way to look at the world, to communicate, to experiment, to explore. It’s a good thing and we’re losing it.”

If you’ve missed out this year, however, some of Grace’s own sculptural work is on show until Friday 31 October in ‘Modes of Remembrance’ at St Giles-in-the-Fields, exploring and responding to the idea of monuments and memorials within the church.

Read Grace Adam’s staff profile

Read more about Research at LCC

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Jerwood Makers Open – Call for Entries

An opportunity for artists and collaborative practices working across craft and design disciplines. On offer are five awards of £7,500 and support to develop new work over a period of six months, for exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally. The awards will be made by and independent selection panel:

  • Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine
  • Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers
  • Michael Marriott, product designer and curator

This opportunity promotes the significance of making and materials within the contemporary visual arts and 2015 is its fifth edition. It offers artists, makers and designers at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures. The award proudly focuses on making and material. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as the applied arts, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging such boundaries. The Jerwood Visual Arts team provides significant developmental support to selected artists where needed, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea. For further information and to apply please visit: jerwoodvisualarts.org

Deadline: Tuesday 4 November 2014, by 5pm

For further details please contact Parker Harris:

t. 01372 462190

e. jmo@parkerharris.co.uk

SEE Graduate Internship Scheme 2014: Round-up

CO Roundup

The second SEE Graduate Internship Scheme, which offers match-funding for summer internships to small employers, concluded last month. Overall, the program was a terrific success.

Employers found the experience “enjoyable and productive” and were impressed with the strong work ethic of the UAL graduates. Many of the interns were offered positions at the company when their internships ended – a testament to the hard work they put in throughout the 8 weeks.  Elspeth Walker from WWG Ltd. noted “This programme is beneficial for both employer and student. It is good to have the views of a younger person within a business, especially in the creative industries.”

All graduate participants were given the opportunity to meet with Bianca Miller, Founder of the B Group, for a one-to-one career guidance session. Graduate Anisha Parmar said the session was “helpful, and gave me the push I needed”. Anna Stevens-Smith agreed; “[Bianca] is supportive yet honest and has really helped me make up my mind in what I want to do. I feel I have walked away thinking much more clearly with a strong action plan.”

A call for employers to participate in the 2015 scheme will be launched in early April. The participating internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities and run from July through September.

Mare Street hosts Advanced Style film screening as part of London Fields Free Film Festival

Students and local residents visit Mare Street site for London Fields Film Festival screening.

Students plus local residents visit Mare Street for Film Festival screening.

On Thursday 23rd October, our Mare Street doors opened to local E8 residents and LCF students to take part in the London Fields Free Film Festival, bringing together fashion and film.

The evening, which was a part of a week long film line up in the local area, showcased five fantastic shorts made by alumni from the MA Fashion Media Production and MA in Fashion Photography courses. After an interesting Q+A session with some of the young filmmakers, the evening concluded with a screening of the fashion documentary ‘Advanced Style’, which left the audience in both tears of laughter, and at times, sadness.

Once the pop-up cinema was packed out, the lights were turned off and proceedings began with our 5 student shorts. From documentary to experimental, the five short films dealt with a range of subjects related to fashion including identity, gender and mental health, showing that fashion is more than surface and can touch on many aspects of our lives and experience.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Below you can watch one of the fashion film shorts shown at the event, Rose in London (2012), a style portrait by LCF Alumna Saskia Reis of transgender performing artist Rose, who lives and works in Soho, London.

Nilgin Yusuf, Graduate School Programme Director in Media and Communications at London College of Fashion said:

“This video portrait features Rose, a transgender performance artist in Soho and is one of the many video portraits made by the filmmaker for her streetstyle blog THE LOVESTREET. Intimacy and authenticity characterise the filmmaking technique that attempts to penetrate the mask and reveal something of the individual beneath the construct and costume.”

Other students films shown include Josh Brandão & his international award winning film Blackened Wings (2014), plus our three LCF Alumas who gave up their free time to come to answer audience questions. You can find links to their films below;

Tereza Bila
The Act Of Time (2013)

Karoliina Barlund
As I Was Someone’s Shadow Side (2013)

Larissa De Filippo/Harun Güler
All Eyes On Me – Transgender Identity Through Photography (2014)

The main film screening of the event, Advanced Style, is a documentary that shows the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, the film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, ageing and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

LCF are delighted to have taken part in the London Fields Film Festival, bringing together two creative industries through student talent and LCF’s mission to create Better Lives through fashion.

Read more…

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Saatchi New Sensations 2014

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One of the most important annual prizes for emerging artists in the UK, this year’s Saatchi New Sensations Prize shortlist nominates four UAL alumni.  Launched in 2007 by Rebecca Wilson, chief curator of Saatchi Art, New Sensations supports the most imaginative and talented graduates from BA and MA courses across the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. This year’s judges are gallery founder and curator Ceri Hand, renowned artist and UAL professor Tom Hunter, arts writer Jessica Lack, Bloomberg New Contemporaries director Kirsty Ogg, and Saatchi Art chief curator Rebecca Wilson.

The four selected artists are: Wimbledon’s Miroslav Pomichal; Chelsea’s Sarah Roberts; and CSM’s Roderick Laperdrix and Daniel Silva.

Green Figure Miroslav Pomichal

Dr. Tom Hunter, Professor in Photography Research comments: “It was a great honour to be a judge of the New Sensations Art Prize. This exhibition is an amazing showcase of some of the most exciting new art being made in the world. The range of media, ideas and craftsmanship truly inspires; from the meticulately detailed to the wild and free paintings, from the incredible installations using everything from Play doh to insulation. I was blown away by what is being made at all these colleges in the UK, it is truly world leading. What a privilege it was to see all these highlights in one show.”

Read more on the Saatchi New Sensations website

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Curriculum development funding projects announced

Curriculum Development Fund

SEE and CLTAD have announced their winning curriculum development projects, a funding scheme to support staff in  researching and developing new knowledge of enterprise and employability, or sustainability learning, within curricular.

The full list of projects is:

  • Self-publish and Disseminate (College: CSM and CCW; Disciplines: Fine Art and Design)
  • The University Gallery: Programming, Publishing and Practice (College: CSM Afterall and CCW Chelsea Space; Disciplines: Contemporary Art, Publishing, Research and Exhibitions)
  • Access Through Tools’ (College: LCC; Discipline: Graphic Design)
  • Source (College: SEE, CCW Wimbledon & Camberwell, CSM; Discipline: Visual Arts)
  • Look At The (E)state We’re In (LATEWI) (College: CCW Camberwell; Discipline: Fine Art Social Practice)
  • Take To The Streets: Place, Site, Situation (College: CCW Camberwell; Discipline: Fine Art: BA Drawing)
  • The ‘Adaptive’ Student: The Industry of Nature (College: LCC; Discipline: Cross-disciplinary)
  • Waste-Off – A Green Week University Challenge and Waste Recycling Resource (College: LCC; Discipline: Cross-disciplinary)
  • Botanical Follies (College: CSM; Discipline: Material Futures)
  • Outside is Inside is Outside and So On… (College: CSM; Discipline: Fine Art, Socially engaged practice, Narrative, Environments, Architecture, Spatial Practices)
  • Sustainability Factory (College: LCF; Discipline: Fashion)
  • Protest Project (College: LCF; Discipline: Design for Sustainability)

Further details of each of these projects are available on process.arts.

Fashioning Professionals Symposium

Gaby Schreiber

A SYMPOSIUM ON THE HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY REPRESENTATION OF CULTURAL AND CREATIVE PROFESSIONS

CALL FOR PAPERS

Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 27 March 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Agnès Rocamora

The labour market is increasingly made up of those working in the creative professions of fashion, art, design and advertising, but what does it mean to be defined and represented as a ‘creative professional’? From artist to curator; couturier to fashion intern; designer to art director; architect to design student; stylist to blogger; these professional identities can be viewed as social practices, enacted and performed through media, which includes the fashion press, lifestyle magazines, daily news, television, film, and the internet. Here social, cultural and professional identities are co-constructed. These professions and their professionals are both products of, and productive in meanings and values that inform our understanding and knowledge of culture, in both the past and present. They also vary in their representation according to different levels of expertise and career status.

Focusing on the representation of cultural and creative professions, Fashioning Professionals asks the following questions: How have photography and media worked to define and represent creative labour in particular ways? How have individuals represented and defined themselves as professionals in different fields of culture? How do different aspects of cultural identity, such as gender, class and ethnicity, inform these representations? How do different methodologies and disciplinary approaches enrich the study of cultural and creative professions? How can histories and theories of fashion and design contribute to a wider reading and understanding of the professions?

We welcome papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that respond to and reflect upon these questions in relation to the following cultural sectors and their professions:

  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Design
  • Architecture

Proposals: If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract in Word format to fashioningprofessionals@gmail.com

Abstracts are to include the following information:

  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Email Address(es)
  • Title of Abstract
  • Body of Abstract

Deadline for Submissions: Monday 5 January 2015
Acceptance Confirmation: Monday 26 January 2015

Please note that there will be a £10 fee for attending the symposium, which will cover lunch, tea and coffees. Registration for the symposium will open in February 2015.

A Digitised Planning System: Scoping Study

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Researchers at Central Saint Martins and the Design Against Crime Research Centre won a Creative Voucher Award to undertake a scoping study on digitised planning systems.

Funded by Creative Works London, this project is the starting phase of a long-term goal to develop and pilot a new digitised planning system for the UK. Geoffrey Makstutis (Course Leader of BA Architecture at CSM) and Mark Simpkins, of the (Design Against Crime Research Centre, UAL) working with the RIBA Policy Unit, are developing a scoping study for the project.

The project aims to provide both a means of allowing architects, designers, planners and developers a way of making use of a range of different types of data to improve the planning process and, crucially, to enable the public to become engaged in the processes that change the built environment – to understand the process, to participate the process and to inform policy at local, regional and national levels.

More info on the Creative Vouchers website.

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