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LCF’s Asger Juel Larsen wins International Woolmark Prize European Heat

Asper Juel Larsen - Winner of Woolmark Prize European Heat

Asger Juel Larsen – Winner of Woolmark Prize European Heat with his oversized cream coat. Photo: Vogue.co.uk

LCF 2011 MA Graduate Asger Juel Larsen was successful at winning the European heats for the International Woolmark Prize this week. He will now move on to the final where he will face off against four other menswear designers from Australia, America, Asia, India and the Middle East.

Copenhagen based designer Asger, a BAMA Fashion Design Technology: Menswear graduate, beat nine other names to be honoured in the first dedicated men’s category of the prize’s history. To win the regional semifinal competition, designers were tasked with creating a look made from Merino Wool to show to a panel at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris.

One judge, director of menswear at Hermes, Veronique Nichanian, commented on Larsen’s excellent delivery:

Asger’s presentation was very structured and well-articulated, his research on fabrics and textures was elaborate and accomplished. The decision was made as one voice.

The decision to crown the London College of Fashion graduate’s oversized cream coat (pictured above) was unanimous according to reports. Other judges on the men’s board included James Leaford, Fashion Editor of GQ France; Sarah Andleman, Creative Director of Colette; and Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of Style.com.

Asger was lauded for his “commercial understanding and application of Merino wool” – his oversized cream jacket taking centre stage at the proceedings.

Asger must now design a capsule collection in Merino wool to be showcased during London Collections: Men in January 2015. Success in the final round would see the designer walk away with an additional 100,000 AUD (£54,000) along with the opportunity to be stocked in retailers such as Harvey Nichols in London, Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan.

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The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive

The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive

The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive by Amy de la Haye & Valerie Mendes

Professor of Dress History and Curatorship, and Centre for Fashion Curation co-director, Amy de la Haye has co-authored a book on the House of Worth Archive with her V&A colleague, Valerie Mendes. The book was 6 years in the making and is published by the V&A, where both have worked as curators.

Charles Frederick Worth was an English designer who made his mark on the French fashion industry in the mid 19th Century and is widely considered the father of Haute Couture.

Their monograph brings together hundreds of photographs selected from the V&A’s unique archive of over 7,000 official house records. The images used capture the Worth style and offer fascinating insights into the daily routine of the House. The book tells the intriguing story of their acquisition and their historical context, and describes Worth’s international clientele of elegant women of wealth and power, from Lillie Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt to the Duchess of Marlborough.

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LCC Student wins The Print Futures Award Scheme

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel Fawcett, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication student, recently won The Print Futures Award Scheme. The scheme offers grants to support young people studying or training in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. Each year only twenty people are awarded the grants in the UK.

After submitting a written application Mirabel was invited to an interview at the St Bride Foundation. Mirabel showed a selection of her work from different projects, all of which have elements that are tactile and handmade. If possible she binds the books she makes with a needle and thread, and in her latest project she has opted for cutting circles out by hand rather than having them laser-cut.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel explains “Continuing the theme of print and its tactile presence which I have been exploring at LCC, I am just starting my final project for the course, which will explore the role of independent publications in a technologically driven society.”

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

Mirabel, who studied Modern Languages before coming to LCC, has a particular interest in the design and production of independent publications, and after completing her course she hopes to gain more experience in print and the graphic arts and then come back to study further.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

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Mirabel Fawcett, 2014.

 

Read more about the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

See more of Mirabel’s work.

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Find New Ways to Play in Tuffnell Park

A playful new installation has arrived at in Tuffnell Park, London. The project was concieved and co-ordinated by Central Saint Martins graduates, with support from our widening participation team.

Until 27 July, The Homezone has taken up residence in Lupton Street, outside Eleanor Palmer School. The piece was conceived for Platzdeplay, an innovative collaborative project that works with groups of young people to examine the nature of play and public space.

As part of the project, there will also be urban interventions taking place in Saint-Erme and Stuttgart.

More information:
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PlatzdePlay
Widening participation

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POSTGRADCHAT with Yuanying Cai

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

MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai encourages us to find beauty within flaw growing crystals

MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai

CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

YC: Studying at Camberwell, it felt like a very short time for me, but it was definitely a special experience. The course Designer Maker is not specific only for jewellery, it collaborated with other 3D designs, which make it more interesting. We met with different people working in other aspects of design and learnt new techniques from them. I felt like I was  struggling at first, but I think the critiques from tutors and colleagues really pushed me and helped me to think in depth, and to be more decisive. I see myself now more willing to hear and reflect from discussions.

CCA: Please tell us about your work?

YC: My work talks about the narrative of jewellery. It questions the traditional aesthetic of flawless diamonds. By recreating the “flaws” it encourages people to observe the internal beauty of “flaw-growing crystals” and find the beauty in something that traditionally have been dismissed.

MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai

CCA: What are you be showcasing in your degree show?

YC: I am showcasing a jewellery work named “Growing flaws”, the pieces are presented like a lab. First you see the crystals with “flaws”, I then use different materials to create a process of alum crystal growing. These materials are presented inside test tubes. The copper jewellery shows the before and after growing processes, as the copper grows thicker, at the end you might not recognize it from its original form.

Yuanying Choi 2 MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai

MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai

CCA: What was your inspiration?

YC: My inspiration comes from an experience of observing gemstones under a magnifier and the beautiful patterns (inclusions) inside the gemstones. However, these aesthetics have traditionally been dismissed. In the jewellery stores you often see “flawless diamonds” rather than “inclusion gemstones”.  I started to recreate “flaws” to encourage people’s curiosity about the internal beauty of growing-crystals.

MA Designer Maker Yuanying Cai

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

YC: I am planning to have some practical working experience, travelling to different places in China to see lab-growing stones. There is so much to learn about gemstones, probably to take another course on Gemology.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

YC: You can learn a lot from different tutors and students in the course, but I think it is also important to meet someone outside the course to also inspire you in another way. I also think before you attend the course is better to know what is your intention through the year, make sure to do some research about your study proposal.

More about Yuanying @ www.yuanying.co.uk

Tania Kovats, MA Drawing course leader, publishes new book ‘Drawing Water’

Drawing Water by Tania Kovats, published by Fruitmarket in 2014.

Drawing Water by Tania Kovats, published by Fruitmarket in 2014.

Tania Kovats, artist and MA Drawing course leader, has published a book, Drawing Water, which follows her recent solo exhibition Oceans  at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, earlier this year.  Drawing – both her own and other people’s – is a key part of Kovats’ practice. In 2007, she wrote The Drawing Book (Black Dog, 2007), and she has long been interested in what drawing can do.

Physiographic Diagram, Atlantic Ocean, by Bruce C. Heezen and Marie Tharp, 1957 which features in Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

Physiographic Diagram, Atlantic Ocean, by Bruce C. Heezen and Marie Tharp, 1957 as featured in Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

Believing that drawing is a mechanism for exploration as much as a tool for representation, Kovats brings together in the book drawings by map-makers, writers, shipbuilders, whalers, soldiers, sailors, artists, archaeologists, cartographers, scientists, uranographers, engineers and dreamers – a diverse selection united by the sense that in making the drawing they were looking for something.

Spread from Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

Spread from Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

A selection of Kovats’ own drawing and writing anchors the book which attempts to construct, in the artist’s words, ‘a portolan, a chart drawn at sea to guide a sailor from one safe harbour to the next’.

Spread from Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

Spread from Drawing Water by Tania Kovats.

Kovats makes drawings, sculpture, installations and large-scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. She is best known for Tree (2009), a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum in London; and Rivers, an outdoor sculpture in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh. This new exhibition focuses on her fascination with the sea.

Find out more about Tania’s work at University of the Arts London on her research profile.

There are still places available on MA Drawing at Wimbledon.  To find out how to apply before the deadline 18th August 2014, please visit our course pages.

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2014 award ceremonies celebrate achievements of UAL’s graduates and honorees

Award ceremony

The sun has been shining all week on this year’s graduates who have been celebrating the success of their hard work at the 2014 award ceremonies.

The ceremonies have been taking place at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, with the ‘Festival of Love’ forming a colourful backdrop to the momentous occasion. Pink origami birds hanging from the ceiling matched the graduates’ gowns perfectly, while moving speeches from this year’s honorees, who included CEO of luxury and fashion brand LVMH Bernard Arnault, writer and editor of Harper’s Bazaar Justine Picardie, and photographer Nick Knight OBE, added gravitas to the occasion.

This morning’s honorees, Tom Hulme and Alice Rawsthorne, praised the great importance of creativity in their speeches to graduates from London College of Communication, while this afternoon the closing ceremony will see Rob Dickins addressing the class of 2014.

Watch video coverage of the ceremonies at mygraduationfilm.com, and check out UAL’s Instagram and the hashtag #UALGrads for a fantastic array of photos from these events!

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

 

Texprint Selects Six Central Saint Martins Winners

BA Textiles Texprint winners with Anne Smith.

Left to right: Anne Smith (Dean), Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox, Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi.

Six graduates from our BA Textile Design course have been selected by Texprint, a prestigious national Textile competition that takes place annually.

Winners Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox , Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi specialised in a range of disciplines during their time at Central Saint Martins, including weave, knit and print.

Each of the graduates will be given a stand at Indigo, which forms part of Parisian fashion trade fair Premier Vision. In addition to this, they will receive mentoring throughout their Texprint year.

Many of the successful Central Saint Martins graduates have been shortlisted for additional prizes. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on 17 September 2014.

More information:
BA Textile Design
Texprint 2014

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Students Design Jewellery for Wool and the Gang

Wool and the Gang designsKnitwear brand Wool and the Gang commissioned BA Textile Design students to design new jewellery pieces, drawing inspiration from its popular Sansa and Khaleesi lines.

Jade Harwood and Aurelie Popper, creative directors of Wool and the Gang, whittled the thirty submissions down to nine. The chosen designs are now available on the brand’s website, giving the successful students their first online commercial experience.

Popper said: “We’ve been struck by the designers’ perfection and the inventive use of colour and materials. We wish we could showcase them all. Our own story started from this very degree course at Central Saint Martins, so it felt natural to give back to the community that keeps nurturing cutting-edge design.”

For the collection, students’ inspirations ranged from the corals of British coast to the colourful pipes of the Pompidou museum. The jewellery pieces are available ready-made, or you can buy a ‘knit kit’ and make your own.

Textile student Hannah Farley said: “We loved the freedom of experimenting with a material we’ve never used before, and we adore The Gang. It’s so good to know that my stuff is going to be seen out there. You might see someone in the tube wearing it. How exciting is that?”

More information:
BA Textile Design
Wool and the Gang collection

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POSTGRADCHAT with Jingyun Shu

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

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu invites audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

JS: It’s being significant for my career and my future, it has opened my eyes to explore the relationship between my artworks and my interests in the area of Fine Arts, more clearly and deeply. What I want to focus on is the field of Visual Arts. The course has completely opened up a new world of arts to me, not only the knowledge I learnt during the course but also how I showcase and market my work.

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

JS: I have been using laser-cutting machine for most of my work this year, which is my favourite technique. I worked with it before during my BA course; however, I had never worked with the machine by myself.  It was a superb opportunity for me to test everything I am interested in and learn a new technical skill.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

JS: The series of artworks that I have made during  this year are about creating personal Chinese characters based on the Five Phases from Taoism, which centres on  3 principles: participatory, interacting and intercommunication. These ideas are about inviting audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

I am interested in making personal Chinese words for telling stories. In Chinese language, it is common to combine the meaning of prefixes and suffixes together to create a story, which in a way is similar as the format of English language. According to the Wu Xing theory, the property of Chinese words could be separated not only as Yin and Yang parts, but also as Five Elements. The decisive factor is the definition of prefixes rather than the meanings of the characters as a whole.

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

JS: I am interested in analysing the Chinese language system and exploring its relationship with the English language, because it appears to be full of mysteries for Westerners. For my final show, I made two  Chinese language games, my piece is titled:  Creating, Translating and Conversing. Both games are suitable for any ages.

Game one aims to explore the shape of Chinese words, which is presented by cutting wood frames in correspondence to the changes of word forms. It includes one box of ‘translating’ cards, around 80 script frames and two game playing cases. The viewers are encouraged to choose scripts frames and put them on  the playing case to get a new word formed by their shadow under the light. The new word’s meaning needs to be mixed with the translation of each frame in the cards’ box.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

Game Two contains one Chinese calligraphy dictionary book, one game playing case and one box of Chinese prefixes and suffixes of ‘Five Elements’. The idea of the work is to invite audiences to layout Chinese prefixes and suffixes to obtain a unique word  from the Chinese language system. All the samples scripts I made in the dictionary are to show my perspectives of communication in languages’ making.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

JS: I want to become a window designer for my future career goal after I graduate. I will also continue this project to make a secret Chinese words dictionary in 3D, in order to tell my own thoughts about the Five Elements theory.