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Announcing the winners in ASUS ZenFone student photography competition

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Image of the Houses of Parliament by Instagram winner Kim Leuenberger

The winners have been announced in our ASUS competition for first-year BA (Hons) Photography students to create stunning images using an ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone.

The students submitted a fantastic range of entries in categories based on each of the ZenFone’s camera modes (Low Light, Panorama, Selfie and Time Rewind), with a shortlist selected and put forward to an online public vote.

The votes are now in and the winners of £1000 worth of ASUS kit are:

Best Low Light
Best Low Light: Irene Gonzalez Fernandez

Panorama
Panorama: Alice Cook

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Selfie: Faye Callard

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Time Rewind: Julien Martinez

In a fifth category, the students were asked to snap an image that epitomised London. Last month, Kim Leuenberger was selected by the @london Instagrammer Dave Burt as the winner for her innovative view of the Thames (pictured top).

Congratulations to all our winners, and a huge thanks to all the talented participants!

Read more about the competition

Read about BA (Hons) Photography

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Industry Partner Awards: Inspirational Speaker – Emma Watkinson

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It is our pleasure to announce that Emma Watkinson is highly commended in the Inspirational Speaker category as part of LCF Careers Industry Partner Awards, which celebrates all the amazing work businesses and industry people have done with LCF students.

Emma, CEO and Co-Founder of SilkFred.com, a new online destination for emerging designers and independent brands, was nominated as one of the most Inspirational Speakers because of her constant involvement and willingness to share her experiences with students. Emma has shared her incredible personal stories of success, hard work and the reality of having your own business – giving powerful messages and tips to students who want to follow in her footsteps.

Understandably, we at LCF News wanted to find out what it was like to be Emma, so we asked her to walk us through a regular day on the job at SilkFred. Here’s what she had to say…

I wake up… at 7 and make some coffee. I’ll retreat back to bed to go through the sales from the previous day and check over my “to do” list. I use the Wunderlist app to track my tasks and I only pay attention to my “immediate priorities”.

When I get into the office… I catch up with my team – our Designer Liaison, Charlotte (who looks after our designers), Head of Marketing Rob, and Aimee from Customer Service. We’ll talk about promotions, stock and anything sales related. I’ll then catch up with our CTO, Josh and we’ll talk about progress on new features we’re building and any issues that might have cropped up.

 

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My mornings… are always different and it really depends on what we’ve identified as a priority for the business. It could be overhauling our email marketing strategy, releasing a new version of the website, talking about how to improve our experience for customers or going to investor meetings.

What’s important though, is I try to be quite disciplined with how I start the day. I’ll tackle the most important things first and try not to touch my emails until later in the afternoon or even the early evening. It’s really easy to get caught up in “day to day” tasks and not spend enough time working on strategy or next steps for the business.

Lunch… is normally around 1.30pm though it’s not unusual to have arrived at 4.30pm and have completely forgotten! I usually grab something from Itsu or Pret though if I have a lunch meeting or I’m able to get out of the office for an hour, I’ll head over to Ozone on Leonard Street.

My afternoons… usually involve a bit of over-spill from the morning, especially if I’ve had to take a few calls. I try to arrange any meetings late afternoon so they don’t disrupt the day too much but if I’m in the office, I’ll work with one or both of my co- founders. I love working out how to keep driving growth or, even though it can be stressful, thinking about how to handle difficult challenges.

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I’ll go through plans for new designers joining SilkFred with Charlotte and also highlight some potential designers we’d love to bring on-board.

I’ll also go through our social media accounts. Our main sales channels are via social media. We’ve grown our Facebook fans from 3,000 in Jan to 115,000 in just seven months. Currently we’re applying the same attack with Instagram, Twitter and Google ads so it’s important to stay on top of our efforts across the different channels.

Charlotte and I will also have a Diet Coke/ coffee break to get us through to the end of the day!

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I leave the office… at 7pm but there have been times where I’ve stayed until the early hours of the morning. I once slept in the boardroom!

It’s hard to pin down a time I actually stop working, as I’ll work on emails on the bus home (I’ll jump in a cab if it’s late!) and then well into the evening. I’ll spend some time on the phone to my co-founder Stephen, going through the day’s sales and plans for the rest of the week.

In the evening… I’d like to say I make it to the gym, but that’s wishful thinking! If I’m staying in I’ll put on some music, bash through my emails and read for an hour. I just finished reading Last Exit to Brooklyn (brilliant but miserable) and I’ll sometimes read business style books like, Peter Thiel’s Zero to One.

I like to catch up with friends over dinner and wine – I grew up in Spain where I met my best friends and I’m lucky enough to have them here in London. We work in totally different industries (fashion, art, hospitality, marketing) so it’s great to hear what they are up to. We’ll share the thrills and spills of being a twenty something in London. It’s really important to surround yourself with good people and they can help you put things in perspective when things feel a little difficult.

I’m not particularly great in the kitchen so if I’m at home, I’ll just pick something up on the way home (there’s a great Italian café/ deli near my house that has an amazing salad and hot food counter) or if I’m feeling naughty I love getting a burger from Five Guys!

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If I’m having dinner with my friends, we’ll go to Mr Buckley’s or head over to Broadway Market. We also really like Ceviche in Soho. Anything with lots of tapas style sharing plates with a few healthy options.

My favourite part of what I do… is working with the designers, promoting their brands, working out the best ways to sell lots of products for them, hearing about their plans for the future, helping them out with other challenges in their business. I think being independent is a really powerful thing and this is why I support the designers who’ve made the choice to go it alone.

My advice to those who want to follow in my footsteps… Go work for someone else! Try working at a big company, small company or a start-up. Learn as much as possible and always be hungry for opportunities. Nothing can fully prepare you the first time you set up a business, but arm yourself with as much experience as possible. When I finished university I had a very different idea of what role I wanted to eventually take on, it was only through trying different things and working out what was right (and wrong!) for me!

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Businesses should offer work experience to students because… we all have to start somewhere. Companies also have a lot to gain from working with students, especially if the student has been learning about something that allows them to contribute in a meaningful way.

The students I’ve taken on from LCF on placement were… brilliant! They came with a willingness to take on any task given to them and to learn as much as possible.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Emma for her amazing work, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.

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Library survey: last chance to tell us what you think and win £100

Tell us what you think about your University of the Arts London Library Service by taking this quick 5 minute online survey and have the chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher.

The results from the survey will enable Library Services to see if we meet your expectations with regard to the quality of the services, resources and support which we are providing, and most importantly, will help us to identify the priority areas for development or improvement.

There are £100 Amazon vouchers for six randomly selected participants (one per college)!

The survey runs from 3-21 November.

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UAL recognised as leader in sustainability

UAL has strengthened its green credentials by winning a host of sustainability awards.

This month the University won both of the two Green Apple Awards for which it was nominated. The awards celebrate innovative approaches to sustainability in the public and private sectors. The winners were UAL’s ‘Carbon Dashboard’, an open source for all the University’s carbon data, and a new studio at Wimbledon College of Arts, which has been recognised by BREEAM – the world’s foremost environmental rating system for buildings – as being sustainably ‘outstanding’.

Further accolades were given to London College of Fashion when the winners of the national Green Gown Awards were announced this month, with one of LCF’s projects winning the ‘Technological Innovation’ category and three of its other nominated projects awarded the status of ‘Highly Commended’.

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London College of Fashion at the Green Gown Awards

Earlier this year, UAL became the first university in the UK to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association across all catering outlets at all six of its colleges.

Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability at UAL, said:

“We are delighted that UAL is being recognised for sustainable day-to-day activities as well as sustainability in the curriculum by winning all these awards. We continue to be committed to promoting sustainability and environmental awareness across the university and it is very rewarding to be recognised in this way.”

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

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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.

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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.”

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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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Visit the CIPR website

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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 AtterleyRoad.com 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

Are you looking for graduate development programme that leads to highly successful and dynamic career in an entrepreneurial environment?  Then Ambitious Futures is it!

Ambitious Futures:

University of the Arts London is delighted to support Ambitious Futures – a graduate development programme for university leadership, designed to create the university leaders of tomorrow.

The Programme:

Ambitious Futures runs over a 15-month period comprising 3 rotational placements.  Throughout all 3 placements you will have the opportunity to contribute towards University projects and events; providing you a range of in-depth experiences and the opportunity to develop a variety of skills.

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With a starting salary of c £25K, generous holiday and benefits – what are you waiting for?

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