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Tonight: Lowe Nova Awards 2014

Boris Raux (shortlisted)  © Jennifer Pattison

Boris Raux (shortlisted) © Jennifer Pattison

Tonight sees the climax of the Lowe Nova Awards 2014, with an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Central Saint Martins.

The best creative talents from this year’s degree show have already been shortlisted and the overall winners will be announced later today.

This year’s list includes ground-breaking womenswear from fashion designer Sang Yoon, amazing use of colour by digital artist Rose Pilkington, and ceramics that address social issues from Monika Grandvaux-Piskorek.

Take a tour through the shortlist in this Lowe and partners video.

You can follow proceedings on Twitter at #LoweNova

More information:
- Lowe Nova Awards
- Degree Shows 2014

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BA Graphic Design Graduates Make Their Mark

Art Schooled by Jamie Coe

Art Schooled by Jamie Coe

September was a great month for our BA Graphic Design course, with alumni selected for CREAM and SHOWstudio. Recent graduate Jamie Coe also published a new comic book.

CREAM is an annual event helps emerging talent into the advertising industry. In 2014, only twenty teams were selected from almost 300 entries worldwide. Two of these were made up of Central Saint Martins graduates — Molly Nye and Olga Pope, and Dani Beaumont and Gina Kelly.

Meanwhile, BA Graphic Design graduate Frida Wannerberger was selected as an illustrator for SHOWstudio. She took residence at Milan Fashion Week, picking her favourite designers and turning their Spring/Summer 2015 runway looks into delicate paintings and GIFs.

Finally, alumnus Jamie Coe has published a comic book offering a humorous insight into the highs and lows of a struggling art student. Art Schooled is published by NOBROW, a company also run by our former BA Graphic Design students.

More information:
- BA Graphic Design

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LCF Fashion Matters Gala raises money to launch new careers

Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com Image: Alex Maguire, www.alexmaguirephotography.com

Fashion Matters, LCF’s annual gala event which raises money for scholarships and bursaries has this year smashed its target, raising in excess of £85,000. The event which took place on Friday 10 October aims to support  future generations of designers, makers, entrepreneurs, commentators and industry specialists. The success of the evening will result in at least 50 new scholarships and bursaries.

The glittering Gala dinner, held at The Savoy London and sponsored by Shaftsbury PLC and Hogan Lovells, accommodated over 200 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business for a unique evening to celebrate British educated fashion and design talent. VIPs included Grayson Perry CBE RA, Soprano Laura Wright, CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of Whistles Jane Shepherdson, Harold Tillman CBE, model Olivia Inge, designer Maria Grachvogel, interior designer Nicky Haslam, TV illusionist Derren Brown, philanthropist Aisha Caan, Made in Chelsea star Mark Francis and TV presenter Cleo Rocos.

After a champagne reception with an exhibition of beautiful work by current London College of Fashion students, the evening kicked off with a welcome speech by Chair of the Fundraising committee Harold Tillman CBE asking guests to “Dig deep … and even deeper” to help LCF surpass last years total of 29 new scholarships which helped launch “29 new careers.” Following Harold Tillman’s opening address Grayson Perry CBE RA took to the stage – beautifully dressed as his female alter-ego Claire.  Grayson had the audience in stitches as well as reminding everyone about the more serious reason for the evening – to raise money for students who might not otherwise be able to afford university education.  He reflected that as a working class boy he had received his art school education for free – and mused how the changes to the funding of Higher Education in the UK was likely to have an impact on those very same working class students.  Will we still have artists and designers in the future from every social background?

“I don’t see the next Alexander McQueen coming from Eton” he commented.

Guests were able to bid on silent auction items including a beautiful dress donated from the personal archive of Giles Deacon (which sold for £700) and a personal tour with Paul Smith in his Covent Garden studio.

As dessert was being served Ed Giddins compered a lively auction with spectacular prizes including Grayson Perry’s ‘Unfashionable Lion’ which went for a staggering £9,500, an exclusive picture of David Bowie generously donated by celebrity photographer Richard Young which sold for £3000, a pair of Tom Ford catwalk show tickets which sold for £1000 and a bespoke ‘Miss Jones’ Stephen Jones hat and a visit to his studio, which raised £1000.

Rounding off a spectacular evening was an exclusive performance by soprano Laura Wright who recently performed at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.  Laura performed two tracks from her new album ‘Sound of Strength,’ which is currently at Number 11 in the Classical Music Charts.

Overall the evening was a staggering success and we look forward to giving new talent exciting opportunities in the future.

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LCF student creates photography booklet for Skin Care for All

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MA Fashion Photography student Kári Sverriss has created a collection of images for Skin Care for All , helping to raise awareness of skin problems and respond to a range of skincare concerns and initiatives. Skin Care for All is an organisation that aims to nurture and encourage the self management of community dermatology.

Paul Bevan, Course Director of MA Fashion Photography, told LCF News about the thinking behind Skin Care for All and how fashion photography is interacting with the campaign:

“The mission was to invigorate the skin care for all agenda by engaging the power and proposition of the image, and in particular the fashion image. Fashion photography is mostly underpinned by conventions in visual aesthetic and beauty.  With this, come questions around our identity, and how we look at, judge and treat others by their appearance.  This was a great opportunity to give a creative response to the skin care for all initiative”

LCF News caught up with Kari to find out more about his work and inspirations.

LCF News: Tell us about Skin Care for All and how you got involved…

KS: I was approached by Paul Bevan (Course Director for MA Fashion Photography), Phil Sams (Honorary Doctor at LCF) and Terence Ryan (Honorary President of The International Society of Dermatology) and asked to create a series of images, and a booklet with them that would be used as a part of a presentation at the European dermatological summit. The images were to raise awareness of certain issues and matters regarding skincare and skin diseases.I decided to approach people with skin diseases and skin problems and asked them about their experiences and if they had ever met prejudices in their lives and if so in what way and how did they deal with it.

LCF News: Tell us about the images you have created…

KS: We had 8 days of shooting both in studios and on location in different parts of Iceland, I wanted to use the raw, rough and dry environment, and the unique locations in Iceland as I felt that they were a link or a visual connection to the extreme conditions that some people around the world are living in, and also problems that people with skin diseases and skin problems face.

I wanted all of the images to have an element of fashion to them, as I believe that the power of photography and fashion is undeniable and when those two elements come together there are endless possibilities and it can be used as a universal language to send out messages around the world. I wanted the images to portray the prejudices that people with skin diseases and problems face, the emotions, the good and the bad and I also wanted to show in the photos that we are all the same.

 

LCF News: What inspired you about the project?

KS: What inspired me about the project is that it was very challenging, to mix glamour, fashion and sensitive issues together is a delicate and difficult matter. But it is my passion, to use fashion and photography to raise awareness, to help and to build better lives with the power of fashion and photography is something that I believe strongly in. I think that fashion photography is a universal language understood by most people and as much as we can use it to sell dreams, clothes or ideas, I believe its also crucial to use it to help people and to raise awareness of social issues and human struggles.

LCF News: Your work will shared at the European dermatological summit – what will this mean for the project and what does this mean to you?

KS: For this particular project we went in a direction that has not been done a lot, and SCFA hasn’t done it in this way before (using fashion and photography to raise awareness). It means that hopefully this project will live for a long time, will be spread around the world used for good things and hopefully it will inspire others to do the same. This also means for me that my work will get more exposure, and hopefully help me with future projects and jobs in the near future.

LCF News: Are you happy with the outcome of the project?

KS: I am very happy with the outcome and the look of the images that I created, they came out in the way I wanted them to be, I wanted to go for a look that is more timeless in terms of styling and overall look and could be looked at a few years down the line and still think that they are relevant. I want to use the opportunity to thank the team behind the shoots because without them this wouldn’t have been possible.

The relationship between LCF and The International Society of Dermatology has developed since LCF designed the first booklet and website for the company, commissioning BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism student Nick Smith and a team recruited by him in 2012.

Phil Sams, Honorary Doctor at LCF said:

I am delighted that Terence Ryan asked us again to help him with his big, important mission to build within medical professions and beyond a strong duty of care for communities where skin issues degrade life-quality. The journey has been great and the end-result inspiring. The project confirms that fashion thinking can and should shine a light in unexpected corners of social issues; this is absolutely about Better Lives!

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Lady Gaga wears Contour Alum’s designs

Lady Gaga has been spotted out and about wearing designs by BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alumna Zoe Greening. She was first pictured wearing one of Zoe’s black slip dresses whilst being interviewed about her latest album in Stockholm. Images of her in the dress were posted on MTV’s Instagram account to their 2.7million followers.

She was then spotted wearing Zoe’s lace trimmed dress not once but three times! Firstly when leaving her Swedish hotel in it and then a couple of days later whilst getting ready for an event.  On Wednesday evening she was spotted in it again this time at a basketball game in Berlin and she posted an Instagram picture of her wearing the dress whilst holding the NBA trophy.

Lady Gaga is a champion of young design talent and is often photographed wearing LCF student and alumni designs.

The dresses were part of Zoe’s collaborative collection with BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alum Faye van Andel and featured in the BA14 catwalk show.

Slip dresses from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alum Zoe Greening's BA14 collection as worn by  Lady Gaga Slip dresses from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alum Zoe Greening's BA14 collection as worn by  Lady Gaga

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty to be curated by LCF Chair in Fashion Curation

LCF Chair in Fashion Curation and Senior Curator of fashion at the V&A, Claire Wilcox is curating Savage Beauty, the exhibition of the work of Alexander McQueen.

Having previously been named the Costume Institute‘s most popular exhibition ever, after having a sell-out run at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art in 2011, the exhibition is soon to come to London, with a room dedicated to McQueen’s years in the city, as well as the original line-up showcased at the Met. The exhibition will present concepts and themes central to McQueen’s work throughout his career and will capture the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty runs from 14 March – 19 July 2015.

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UAL’s Language Centre ranks joint third in UK

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The EL Gazette (English Language Gazette) recently listed the top 20 UK university language centres (based on British Council inspection results) and ranked UAL’s Language Centre joint third in the UK, and number one in London.

The Language Centre received a very positive report from the British Council when it was inspected in November 2013. Strengths were noted in areas such as academic staff profile, course design and teaching.

The EL Gazette used this report to rank the Language Centre against 48 other university language centres.

Top 20 centres:

1 = Edinburgh, Leeds Metropolitan
3 = St Mark and St John Plymouth, University of the Arts London, Northumbria
6 = Brunel, King’s College London, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield Hallam
11 = Brighton, Gloucestershire, Sheffield University, University College London, Queen Mary’s
16 = Canterbury Christchurch, Birmingham, Liverpool
20 = Anglia Ruskin, Manchester Met, Oxford Brooks, Leeds, Portsmouth

University language centres make up just eight per cent of English teaching institutions inspected by the British Council, but all are ranked in the top 10 per cent.

The Language Centre at UAL has continued to develop beyond its core purpose of providing English language training and support for non-native speakers. New directions include various research projects, intercultural communications training, modern languages courses, and clear and accessible English sessions for staff.

The full article can be read on the EL Gazette website (please note, users must register to view articles).

London Film Festival 2014

William Raban 72-82 still
Presenting 248 of the best new British and international films, the 58th London Film Festival champions London as the world’s leading creative city. This year’s line up sees the launch of  UAL Professor of Film William Raban’s bold new film 72-82, which continues his ongoing examination of London’s stratified social geography, taking a fertile, creative scene in which William himself played a significant part as its subject. Solely using archival visual materials, he revisits the first ten years of art organization Acme, highlighting its work in housing artists in the East End and the extraordinary work that was produced.

The powerful archival footage in 72-82 incorporates Stephen Cripps’ pyrotechnic displays, an abrasive Anne Bean music performance and Stuart Brisley’s politically charged action ‘Ten Days’. Interviewees include Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jock McFadyen and David Critchley. William reflects on the nature of ‘evidence’ while a very particular vision of creative activity emerges – one based on devoted experimentation, location specificity and process.

72-82 image by GrahamCooper

Speaking ahead of the film’s premiere, William says: “72-82 was edited at LCC on Saturdays and holidays when the facilities were closed to students – hence the credit to UAL and LCC at the end. Anna Jurkowiecka edited the film with me. She graduated from our Film and Television Course at LCC in 2012 and as soon as she left she edited my first digital production with me and the two others that followed. It is great to be able to employ ex-students and to ensure they get properly paid for their work and with LCC graduates you know that you are employing an aspiring professional. Because the film was assembled entirely from archive materials it was really an intensive editing job that took 18 months to complete.”

William Raban Stephen Cripps
“The image above is of Stephen Cripps’ performance which is one of the highlights of the film. Stephen Cripps tragically died aged 29 in 1982. I filmed one of his last pyrotechnic performances at the Acme Gallery in 1981 from which this is a still. I think my film is the only surviving film documentation of Cripps’s performance work. Stephen Cripps has now been belatedly recognised as one of the leading artists of his generation and inspired the legendary Bow Gamelan Ensemble comprising Anne Bean, Richard Wilson and the late Paul Burwell.”

William Raban sees the film screen as both the window for external projection as well as a mirror through which the process of film construction is reflected and the space where spectators can reflect upon their engagement. His career in the early 1970s developed through the London Filmmakers’ Co-op with structural filmmaking and expanded cinema. The opening programme of the Tanks at Tate Modern (2012) recognized the significance of Raban’s contribution to expanded cinema by commissioning a one week Filmaktion event in 2012 in which Raban was a key contributor showing early multi-screen films and the new installation Duchamp’s Dissent. All his films adopt an experimental method in terms of their formal construction that is combined with a rigorous factual approach to the subject material.

For the last 30 years, Raban’s research has been largely concerned with making films in the visual essay and poetic documentary form. London and the River Thames have been two consistent themes in his work since the feature length Thames Film in 1986.

William says: “”I am delighted 72-82 has its premiere at the London International Film Festival. It is an excellent platform from which to launch the film and hopefully it will be showing at many festivals abroad and who knows, might even be shown on television. The London Film Festival screening is sold out but you can catch the film at LCC on 23 October and following the film I shall be in conversation with artist Richard Wilson who continues his sculptural investigations in a similar way that the radical artists at the Acme Gallery did in the late 70s which is what my film is all about.”

Commenting on William Raban’s influential role, UAL Chair of Global Art, Isaac Julien said: “This position at UAL has a lot of personal meaning for me. I studied Fine Art Film at St. Martins in the 80s and it was here that I made Territories for my graduation show under the influence of tutors such as William Raban, Tina Keane and Malcolm Le Grice. That same film is now in the Pompidou Collection, in large part thanks to the close support I had in making it over thirty years ago.”

The Festival also sees the premiere of  A Little Chaos; directed by Alan Rickman, the film stars Drama Centre alumna Helen McCrory in a tale of social intrigue set in the Court of King Louis XIV.

The BFI London Film Festival runs until 19 October. Read the full programme on the BFI website

Find out more about the 72-82 screening and in conversation event on the UAL website

Read more about London College of Communication Professor of Film William Raban on the UAL website

Search film and performance courses on the UAL website

LCF student makes fashion films for Wonderland Magazine

Current MA Fashion Photography student Nirma Madhoo-Chipps has created two beautiful fashion films for Wonderland magazine, depicting the behind the scenes action from both Paul Smith and Margaret Howell’s SS15 London Fashion Week shows.

LCF News caught up with Nirma to find out about her experience, how she got involved and her visions and inspirations for each film..

LCF News: How did you get involved with LFW and Wonderland and how did you win these opportunities?

NM: I am currently enrolled for the MA Fashion Photography at LCF finishing December 2014.Wonderland contacted the media cluster of courses at LCF and there was a call for this opportunity to film for the magazine during LFW. I applied since I have some experience with events filming and am currently experimenting with the medium of the fashion film through my course.

LCF News: What was it like working behind the scenes at Paul Smith and at Margaret Howell?

NM: It is a very exciting experience being at the heart of one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world! It is also very interesting to witness how fashion professionals work so smoothly and seamlessly to orchestrate this big machine that is LFW.

LCF News: What was your vision for each film? What techniques and ideas have you used?

NM: The filming was basic DSLR and as any videographer, I tried to capture the interesting moments and highlights of each event. Behind-the-Scene films can be really boring but that is only because what happens there is narrated in an uninteresting way. For me it therefore became important to understand what each collection was about and how this aligned with the brand’s image. Margaret Howell showed at Rambert and projected an understated elegance throughout, so the film’s choice of soundtrack and editing reflect that. Paul Smith’s, exudes so much energy that this was tangible not just in his collection but also in his choice of staging his show at Central St Martin’s. So I decided to capitalise on the current trend for Hyperlapse filming of Fashion Week shows on Instagram in order to portray that.

LCF News: What inspires you about what you do?

NM: I am always trying to look at things differently and in my personal work I am inspired when I feel I have been able to communicate this alternative beauty or way of being I seek to capture.

LCF News: What’s next? Any exciting plans?

NM: I got very good feedback from the magazine and the brands featured so that was encouraging as I hope to expand into film making for fashion brands as a practitioner eventually. But as an interdisciplinary thinker, my current Masters project which looks at the notion of ‘Future Bodies’ is hugely collaborative and will feature some of my peers’ work from LCF as well as artists from different countries, so I hope this will be a space to watch!

LCF News: How has your course helped you develop as a fashion photographer and filmmaker and how do you think it helped you take on London Fashion Week?

NM: It is the experience clocked in through the year that has helped take on LFW. I came to LCF with very little image making skills but with a strong background in theory. The MA Fashion Photography course offers very intense practical training in the first term. This is complemented by key projects and lectures, all designed by my course leader Paul Bevan to trigger and develop critical thinking. I realized pretty early that independent learning is very important so the onus is essentially on each student to develop and take forward their skills. In my case, I am constantly honing my skills with the infrastructure and opportunities afforded by both LCF and being at the edge of fashion – in London.

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Making comedy from tragedy // Inspirational story behind LCC alumna’s prize-winning designs

'Desktop Fireworks', Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘Desktop Fireworks’, Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

Tomomi Sayuda, an LCC BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design (then Design for Interaction and Moving Image pathway) alumna, has just won first prize in the digital design category at the Ideastap Graduate Awards. Tomomi, who recently graduated from MA Product Design at the Royal College of Art, won for her fun piece ‘Desktop Fireworks’.

'Desktop Fireworks', Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘Desktop Fireworks’, Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘Desktop Fireworks’ is made up of seemingly plain, practical office stationery. However, beyond providing a place to store your pens, this stationery serves an altogether bigger purpose. On the activation of an extremely tempting big red button your mug becomes a disco ball, your monitor becomes a glitter cannon, and your drawers full of miscellaneous clips, elastic bands and blue-tack become a bubble machine!

On winning the first prize for her fun piece Tomomi states, “I am very proud to win such an honourable prize.”

'Desktop Fireworks', Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘Desktop Fireworks’, Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

Whilst the purpose of this piece and indeed all of Tomomi’s work is to make people smile, there is a personal tragedy that motivates her practice. When she was only eleven, Tomomi’s father, Kenichi Sayuda, committed suicide aged thirty-seven, due to extreme stress at work.

She explains “Since my father’s death I have become obsessed with finding solutions to stress, especially in the work-place. I have found that the most effective stress relief often comes from laughter. My work uses comedy, and creates a positive and surprising solution to a serious problem.”

'The Mask of Soul', Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘The Mask of Soul’, Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

Tomomi’s work has recently garnered press attention from the likes of Creative Review and The Sunday Times, and this week the BBC did a feature on her recent project ‘The Mask of Soul’.

Tomomi explains, “The mask gives its wearer the strength to be able to express themselves in public. It hides the speakers’ identity and the microphone picks up the speaker’s voice and in turn projects it loudly through the speaker on the top of the head-piece. Part of the project is a game in which people are invited to compete in shouting the loudest insults at each other. I was inspired to create ‘The Mask of Soul’ after having experienced a ‘karaoke box’. This unusual space allows its occupant to reduce stress through the almost primal release of energy!”

'The Mask of Soul', Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

‘The Mask of Soul’, Tomomi Sayuda, 2014.

Read more about BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design.

Read more about BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image.

Visit Tomomi’s website.

Watch the BBC’s coverage of ‘The Mask of Soul’.

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