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Neal’s Yard Annual Lecture 2014: Fresh Thinking for a Sustainable Future

Last night’s second annual Neal’s Yard lecture saw social science, psychology and economics bring new perspectives to LCF’s continuing search for creative solutions to the issue of sustainability.

Take one leading authority on social and economic history, a psychiatrist specialising in behavioural addiction and an insightful audience and you can play privy to some very profound solutions to our fast fashion consumer culture.

‘Rethinking how we think and the wider implication of our decisions and actions’ was the underlying thought for the lecture. With this in mind, psychiatrist and neuroscience researcher Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones took to the floor and discussed impulse buying.

While we don’t all have shopping addictions, most of us have been guilty of impulsive purchases at points of stress and sadness. Apparently 70% of people suffering with Compulsive Buying Disorder reported feelings of depression prior to its onset and 41% noted anxiety disorder.

A facepalm is the standard response on getting those metallic animal-print leggings home but do we ever question why we really bought them in the first place? Sometimes the garment just looked good on the mannequin but in such a stressful modern age, sometimes we’re looking for little highs wherever we can.

Bowden-Jones uses cognitive behavioural therapy – the rewiring of thinking and behavioural habits – as treatment for compulsive spending. Stimulus control such as cutting up credit cards and shopping under supervision may bring tears to the eyes or seem a little extreme, but finding more meaningful ways to pass our time and deal with difficult feelings is something we could all consider.

“If you find things that are really good for you mentally, that are really positive for your life, the lives of those around you and are constructive intellectually or emotionally, then that’s the best way to get out of a situation that is a compulsive addiction…” Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Of course there is the issue of inflated supply as well as demand. Professor Avner Offer from the University of Oxford explained increasing affluence and innovation has undermined our self-control. Yes the wealth of shops and convenience of the Internet may satisfy our needs for instant gratification but do they make us happy in the long run?

Apparently not, the ‘Paradox of Happiness’, shows we may be earning more money but overall happiness remains stagnant. Not only does the abundance of cheap, fast fashion mean we have become desensitised to the highs of shopping (once ‘retail therapy’) but we’ve become disconnected from the joys of fashion itself. As a member of the audience said: “women aren’t being made to feel special”. Heavily influenced by marketing and advertising, our impulse purchases lack individuality, self-expression and quality, leading to unfulfillment in the long-term.

“How can we best use our purchasing power? How can we get the most psyche satisfaction out of our purchasing power? Succumbing to impulse is self-defeating.” – Avner Offer

“I like the idea of using fashion to empower women. In terms of self-confidence, there are a number of women who are currently finding fashion an obstacle rather than a pleasure and not necessarily a mode of self-expression but almost something that’s imposed upon them.” – Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The global and environmental impact of fast fashion must be considered but there are also personal benefits to slowing consumption. This creates great marketing and branding opportunities for slow fashion: “craft over mass-production”, quality over quantity and individuality over ubiquity. Dr Offer argued:

“Fashion in itself is a short-term phenomenon and what this means is that radical change is possible…This is one area where consciousness forming can have quite a powerful influence and there is scope for creativity of various kinds, not only the creativity that goes into the garment but also the creativity that goes into the culture”.

Professor Frances Corner questioned whether the democratisation of fashion has also led to its casualisation and is there some way we can reconsider how we dress. While Caryn Franklin, co-founder of the diversity campaign All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, picked up on the tailoring potential of slow fashion and the body-confidence it can provide:

“Could fashion effectively provide an answer where it’s introducing empathy for the end user who isn’t model shaped, who’s individual and who needs to be catered for in a much more thoughtful way than is currently happening in fashion?”

As the fast fashion juggernaut continues to spin, it was empowering to hear so many insightful ideas as to how we can reconsider our individual shopping habits. But perhaps we lost sight of why such action was necessary. Sustainability is bigger than the fashion industry. It’s about humanity, the environment, the future and as one audience member said:

“It’s about people thinking as citizens and not as consumers.”

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Public Relations // CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit held at LCC


On Wednesday 5 November, LCC hosted the CIPR’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) summit. Second-year BA (Hons) Public Relations student Tatiana Kropacheva reports.

In total there were nine speakers at the summit, covering a variety of topics around diversity. There were representatives from many different points of view and backgrounds: employers supporting minorities and those with disabilities, those affected by a disability and those who are trying to help them.


Attendees read live captioning at the CIPR event. Image © @KorComms

The first thing to attract my attention was a TV screen and a person typing at a keyboard next to it. Everything that was said by the speakers was recorded on the screen.

Later on, in the summit, Beth Abbott, Ai-Media, explained how they use live captioning at different live events to make everything that has been said available and easily accessible for those people who have hearing difficulties in the audience. It also makes it easy to follow the event for everyone all over the world, across different devices and platforms.

Finally it provides detailed notes of the event for further evaluation, which I thought was a great example of using technology in favour of people who might have limited access to these events.

Another great example of using technology to make communication inclusive was represented by Robin Christopherson, Head of Inclusion, Ability Net. As a person with severely limited sight, Robin provided us with an insight into his life and demonstrated how technology can make his life and the lives of people with similar disabilities easier.

We can see it with Apple for example, in devices such as iPads and iPhones which can be adapted for people with disabilities by using voice control or zooming the screen. Alternatively, intelligent apps can use the device’s camera to identify for a person what is in the picture at which the camera is aimed.

This is a really powerful technology that allowed Robin to say, “Don’t think about disability – it is Digital Inclusion.”


Graphic from the CIPR highlighting diversity in the UK. Image © @ludhi85

Those who attended also had an opportunity to listen to such people as Simon Hailes, Director of External Communications, Barclays Personal & Corporate Banking. Simon spoke about Barclays’ partnership with the Government on a campaign called Disability Confident to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities.

This campaign is not limited to people who were born with disabilities but also those who developed them during their lives; like soldiers who have done military service in conflict zones, a lot of whom struggle to find a job afterwards. Disability Confident and their partners are doing a great deal to help them find work and encouraging employers to hire disabled people.

I found a speech by Ross Linnett, Founder & CEO of Recite Me, particularly useful. Recite Me is a website that allows users to customise websites they visit, across any platform, and translate them into 52 languages. This is particularly beneficial for dyslexic people, like myself, as it allows them to change background colours, adjust text settings to improve readability, and so better understand online and mobile content.

The CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit encouraged everyone to think about the needs of different people and educated us on how to improve communication with disabled people to reach a large and diverse audience.

I just want to say thank you to the CIPR for this event and the opportunity to learn so much about the importance of inclusion.

Words by Tatiana Kropacheva.

You can catch up with the event on Twitter at #DiversityPR

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Josefin Tissingh tells us about her work in TEXTILES TOOLBOX

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Josefin Annie Tissingh, Sweaver

Tell us about the work you are including in Textile Toolbox: Sweaver, by Josefin Tissingh – why did you chose this work?

Sweaver is inspired by past and present Swedish textile consumption habits. When I went home to Sweden last Christmas I asked my 94 year old grandfather about the clothes he wore and where he bought them. The things he told me were naturally extremely different to how we consume and dispose of our clothes today. I found a recent report on Swedish textile consumption with a lot of intriguing and slightly frightening statistics. What stood out for me whilst I was reading the report was the amount of textiles that each Swede consumes per year and the current lack of good disposal options. According to the report we don’t recycle any textiles in Sweden today.

I started to think about what I could do about this waste with my craft skill, which is weave. I started playing with an old Swedish technique called Rep Weaving. This technique was in the olden days used to utilize the very last scraps of household textile waste. There are 10 000 registered weavers in Sweden today according to the Swedish textile craft (Textil Hemslöjden) website. My piece for the TEXTILE TOOLBOX exhibition begins to explore the possibility of developing a service between Swedish weavers and consumers to prolong the life of textiles and minimize waste.

Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at UAL or in the library (if a library, which is your favourite?)

To be able to keep up with latest sustainable textile developments I do most of my research online. But there’s nothing better than finding a relevant, current book in one of UAL’s great libraries. The old, quiet reading room in the Chelsea Library is amazing!
I recently received the Cockpit Arts/ Clothworkers’ Award, so I do most of my creative work in my studio in Deptford. You can see more of my work and process at the Christmas open studios the 5-7th of December.

What is it like to be part of TED and TFRC? How does it affect your work?

TED was one of the main reasons that I chose to do my BA in Textiles at Chelsea College of Arts. The team has a wide and deep knowledge of sustainable textile design, gained through many years of design research. It’s an intense and high pace workplace where the lead researchers simultaneously work on a range of different projects as well developing their own design work. During my time at TED it has become very clear to me how incredibly technical and chemical the making of textiles are. It has given me the time to reflect on my own work and my responsibility as a designer. This knowledge has made my own design process slower and more complicated, but more interesting, refined, holistic and environmentally sound.  This meets my values as a practitioner better.

How do you balance your work as Research Assistant and practitioner?

At the moment I work one day a week at TED and two and a half days in my studio, and that works well for me. I value having a job that so naturally feeds into my creative practice.

LCF help ‘make the world better with a sweater’ for Christmas Jumper Day

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We’re starting to feel festive here at LCF News, the weather is getting crisp, the woollies are out, and copious amounts of hot drinks are being consumed, so what could be better to get us even more in the mood than Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day!

Once again the charity is taking Christmas Jumper Day to all new fashion heights with a Secret Christmas Jumper sale – a brand-new collection of 30 one-off festive sweaters hand-knitted by Wool and the Gang and customised by, not only a host of world famous British designers, but also 15 LCF students and alumni.

Our talented LCF designers will see their work on sale alongside the likes of David Koma, Giles Deacon, Haizhen Wang, Jonathan Saunders, Lyle & Scott, Pringle of Scotland, and many more, but can you guess who’s is who’s?

The jumpers will be sold on and because the designers and fashion students have all secretly sewn labels onto the inside of the jumpers, you won’t know who has designed your jumper until you have purchased it. All very exciting!

This year Save The Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 12 December, and all the money raised will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world. It’s all for a good cause and whoever’s jumper you take home, it’s bound to be wonderful. Check out all of the jumpers above and get choosing yours!


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Animation Alumna Makes Oscar Shortlist

Daisy Jacobs making 'The Bigger Picture'

Daisy Jacobs making ‘The Bigger Picture’

Daisy Jacobs, who graduated from our MA Character Animation course in 2011, is in the running for an Oscar. Her film, The Bigger Picture, is one of ten to make the Oscar animation shortlist.

The Bigger Picture is a stop-motion short about two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. To create the animation, Daisy painted life-size characters that move around the walls of full-sized sets and interact with real objects.

Daisy has already received multiple awards for The Bigger Picture and her previous film Don Justino de Neve, which she made while studying at Central Saint Martins. She is the second graduate from our MA Character Animation course to make the Oscar shortlist, with Martin Clapp nominated in 2012 for his film The Magic Piano.

Birgitta Hosea, MA Character Animation Course Director, says: “Daisy has a very well-developed graphic style and she has produced a fantastic film with an original use of stop motion. Her Oscar nomination is very well deserved and we wish her all the best!”

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More information:
- MA Character Animation

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Ambitious Futures

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MEAD Scholarship recipient hosts first solo show – Dead Cat Bounce

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Light Eye Mind are excited to present Dead Cat Bounce, the UK debut solo show by Alice Woods.

Woods, a final year student studying BA Fine Art at Central St Martins, is a recent recipient of the prestigious Mead Scholarship and is without a doubt, one to watch out for in the future. Woods is concerned with the implications of economic and financial systems that highlight the complex relationships between the powerful and the powerless, particularly since the explosion of the Occupy movement and the effects of the 2008 global recession in Woods’ home region of North East England.

Through in-depth research, Woods sets out to address the UK’s economic knowledge deficit and elucidate the relationships between cultural and economic decision-making.

Dead Cat Bounce is a thoughtful and eye-catching contribution not only to the art world, but also to the wider public.

Date: 15 – 29 Novemeber 2014
Location: Light Eye Mind, 176 Blackstock Road, London
Cost: Free

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The Creative Outlet Festive Pop-Up Shop


Join us on Thursday 4 December, for one day only, at our festive pop up shop to meet the artists and designers featured in the current exhibition in the UAL Showroom ‘The Creative Outlet’. Buy work directly from the exhibitors alongside work from past UAL Showroom exhibitors and Made In Arts London artists on the day.

From jewellery to greeting cards, art prints to contemporary interior products – buy your unique seasonal gifts from UAL artists and designers, from as little as £2.50!

Drinks and mince pies from 5pm.

The Creative Outlet is open from the 20 October, in the UAL Showroom at High Holborn, and will run until 23 December. All works in the show are otherwise available to buy online.

Fleur of England selects BA Fashion Contour designs

Doily moodboard by Jacelyn Chua, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Range by Jacelyn Chua, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Range by Jasmine Hussona, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Moodboard by Faith-Rowan Leeves, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Wimbledon range by Shannon Tara, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Lollipop range by Danielle, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour

LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Contour students have been working with Fleur of England to create new swimwear ranges which reflect the brand’s focus on exquisite design.

Last week, the students presented their ranges to founder Fleur Turner who gave her expert feedback and selected which designs should go forward to the making stage.

The contour designers were tasked with considering: How would you interpret the key values of Fleurs’ brand ethos into a capsule swimwear range? They were asked to include swimsuits, bikinis, and resort and loungewear for SS15, considering both soft, unstructured pieces, as well as more supportive designs incorporating underwires and moulded cups.

The students took their inspiration from a wide range of ideas, images and items. Jacelyn Chua, created feminine designs based on the intricacies of the doily, whilst Faith-Rowan Leaves drew on natural elements to inspire her ranges. Have a peek at some of the students’ work above.

The work presented to Fleur consisted of moodboards, fashion illustrations, range plans and research into the Fleur of England brand.

LCF News looks forward to seeing some of the amazing designs realised.


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World War 1 remembered

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One hundred years after the beginning of World War 1, exhibitions and events across the country honour the people, culture and inventions of 1914, including three initiatives by UAL staff and students.

Dazzle Ship London HMS President c. David Kew

Dazzle Ship London’, which sees contemporary artists address and interpret the style and concept of dazzle, has been led by UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts Professor Chris Wainwright. Launched in 1918, HMS President served as a dazzle ship during World War 1; for the 2014 anniversary  Tobias Rehberger has painted the ship in specially-commissioned dazzle designs in homage to artists’ wartime contribution. Rehberger’s dazzle style “takes as its inspiration the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the dazzle camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains; the geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports.”

Poppy headscarf design by Tabinda Kauser Ishaq shot by Rooful Ali

Tabinda-Kauser Ishaq, a current LCF BA Fashion Design and Realization student, has designed a poppy motif headscarf, which is being sold in aid of the British Legion. Commissioned by charity British Future, the design is supported by The Islamic Society of Britain. The design launch marks the centenary of the first Victoria Cross awarded to a Muslim soldier.

Still from Walter Van Beirendonck’s SHOWstudio 1914 Now film directed by Bart Hess

SHOWstudio, the ground-breaking fashion site founded by UAL Honorary Doctor Nick Knight, has launched LCF International Exhibitions Programme curator Alison Moloney’s series of four fashion films which express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914. Titled 1914 NOW. Four perspectives on fashion curation, the project sees four curators – Walter Van Beirendonck, Amy de la Haye, Judith Clark and Kaat Debo – collaborate with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller. View the films and essays exclusively on SHOWstudio.

Veterans on Chelsea Parade Ground photo Sarah McLean

To mark Armistice Day a fleet of Black London Taxis brought veterans to the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Arts to observe a two-minute silence at 11am in remembrance of all those killed in conflict. This meditative event was organised in partnership with CHELSEA space, artists Janet Hodgson and Peter Fillingham, and The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled, whose work looks at issues of memorial within contemporary society.  The commemorative ceremony was attended by staff and students from Chelsea, and was followed by an informal and performative social gathering at Chelsea’s Green Room, which included singing veterans and a pub pianist.  A discussion addressing issues of contemporary memorial, monuments and art will be convened by the artists.

Dr. Jane Tynan, CSM’s Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, is the author of British Army Uniform and the First World War: Men in Khaki. The BBC History site features her ’10 things you (probably) didn’t know about First World War uniforms’, including surprising facts about wartime apparel such as the revelations that the government introduced official knitting patterns to discourage ‘rogue knitters’ exposing the gaps in uniform provision and that British uniform khaki dyes came from Germany.

Read more about the First World War centenary on the site