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Book of 19th Century Fashions Gets a Makeover

The scrapbookFor her final project, Camberwell conservation student Corinne Henderson breathed new life into a scrapbook of 19th century fashion plates from our museum.

The book contains 191 plates taken from a variety of English and French publications, including Lady’s Magazine and La Belle Assemble. The images, which are predominantly hand-coloured engravings, depict society women’s dress from 1800 to 1890. They offer a fascinating insight into the contemporary culture.

Fashion plates were published in magazines from the late 18th century and throughout the 1900s, and were a popular way for people to stay up to date with the latest high-class fashions. They are rather specific, with titles including “morning dresses for July 1800” and “evening promenade dress in May 1809”.

Looking smart

Although it is not known when the book was compiled, it was probably created in the 20th Century as a source of reference and inspiration for costume students. The scrapbook is part of a small collection of two other books – one covering mostly male fashions, and the other accessories and ephemera.

The condition of the book prior to treatment was poor, but Corinne managed to get it into a fit state for handling, display and research. She worked with our Head of Museum, Judy Willcocks, to make sure she did so without damaging the scrapbook’s integrity.

Thanks to Corinne, the book is now fully functional as a scrapbook and available in the Museum for people who want to see it. You can read full details about the restoration process on her blog.

More information:
Corinne’s blog
Our Museum and Study Collection
Judy Willcocks profile

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Colouring Crayons Draw Community Together

With a little help from strangers, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation student Jemima Wilson turned her street in Stepney, East London, into a community art gallery.

Wilson posted a letter through the door of each house on her road, asking the inhabitants to draw a group portrait of themselves. Costs were minimal – she simply provided crayons and Blu Tack – but the rewards were huge. Within a week of making her request, Wilson saw 35 portraits pop up in neighbouring windows.

The enterprise, with its array of sketched families, smiling faces, scribbled messages and crayon cats, was featured in a Time Out article on “kind-hearted projects”. Talking about her idea, Wilson said: “It’s my response to living on a road where I still don’t know anyone. If I can’t change the world, perhaps I can change a street.”

More information:
BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
The Dear Neighbour project
Dear Neighbour in Time Out

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Ed Marler Joins Fashion East Lineup for SS15

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

BA Fashion graduate Ed Marler will make his London Fashion Week debut in the Fashion East catwalk show in September 2014.

Fashion East is a scheme that supports young designers by providing catwalk sponsorship, financial bursaries, Paris sales showroom support and ongoing business mentoring. Joining Marler for the group catwalk show will be Fashion East’s AW14 breakouts Helen Lawrence, who graduated from our MA Fashion course, and Louise Alsop.

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

Marler’s 2013 graduate collection The Trials of an Impossible Princess featured an opulent mish-mash of faux leopard, blue denim bell sleeves and a dress of knotted pink satin bandanas. Accessories included giant ‘MUM’ door knocker earrings and crowns moulded from furniture.

Rising star Marler has already made a name for himself, with fans ranging from M.I.A. to megastylist Katie Grand. Fashion East Founder and Director Lulu Kennedy MBE said: “Ed is great. I like his vision and how he puts things together so confidently. He’s a very fun new addition to our brilliant girls Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence, who made strong debuts last season.”

More information:
BA Fashion
Fashion East

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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:
Find the installation on Google Maps
PlatzdePlay
Widening participation

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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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Graduate Wins Award with Exceptional Textiles

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BA Textile Design graduate Jessica Leigh Calvert has won the British Contract Furnishing Association Award at New Designers 2014.

Calvert is a specialist textile designer who creates hand-woven and digital fabrics for interior spaces. Her work often explores architectural landscapes, with an emphasis on a sensual colour palette, varied textures and exquisite craftsmanship.

The judging panel felt Calvert’s concept and colour was equally matched within an exceptional portfolio. They were impressed by the depth of her research, and the way she had turned her vision into a commercial product.

Calvert’s prize is a four-week internship at the FR ONE design studio in Antwerp. This will include a weekly allowance, accommodation, transport and flights.

More information:
BA Textile Design
British Contract Furnishing Award
Jessica Leigh Calvert

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Lens On Life Exhibition Opens in Rome

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This week saw the opening of an exhibition curated by Marina Wallace, Director of the Artakt research centre at Central Saint Martins. Lens On Life brings together artists and scientists, including our very own Professor Rob Kesseler.

The exhibition showcases the scientific knowledge acquired during ‘MitoSys’, a five-year investigation into how genes and proteins orchestrate mitosis in human cells. Leading biologists, mathematicians, biochemists and biophysicists worked on the project.

Lens On Life offers a novel take on mitosis and human cell division through imaginative interpretation, using historical and contemporary references to bring the subject to life.

A documentary, Meeting of Minds, charts the ways that the artists and scientists established a common territory made of images and metaphors, developing an open and enduring dialogue. Watch the trailer below:

Lens On Life runs at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome until 28 August 2014. The exhibition will then go on to visit London and Heidelberg in early 2015.

More information:
Marina Wallace
Rob Kesseler
Artakt
MitoSys

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Design Graduates Selected for Aram Show

Troels Flensted's High Street Factory

Troels Flensted’s High Street Factory

Three bright young designers from Central Saint Martins have been handpicked to be part of the Aram Graduates 2014 show in London’s Covent Garden.

Featured will be Olivia Aspinall (BA Textile Design), Troels Flensted (BA Product Design) and Robyn Smith (BA Jewellery Design).

Aram Graduates 2014 takes its cue from the graduate shows Aram ran between 1988 and 1992. These shows were the first to display work by designers including Sebastian Bergne, Adam Brinkworth, Tom Lloyd, Konstantin Grcic, Thomas Heatherwick, Wakako Kishimoto and Luke Pearson.

To celebrate 50 years of its history, Aram Gallery has revived the tradition. This new show, which runs 21 July to 23 August 2014, presents the work of 30 graduates from UK design schools.

Olivia Aspinall

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‘Prime Matter’, Aspinall’s graduation project, takes the raw materials of chalk and coal and transforms them through various processes into bespoke surfaces.

Troels Flensted

Troels Flensted's High Street Factory Troels Flensted's Poured Table

At Flensted’s ‘High Street Factory’ he pours different colours of material into moulds, letting the material flow together and create unpredictable patterns.

Robyn Smith

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Smith’s ‘Sports Day’ collection was inspired by the emotions, equipment and adornment associated with school sports days.

More information:
BA Textile Design
BA Product Design
BA Jewellery Design
The Aram Gallery

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Industrial Design Student Named Future Pioneer

The AlternetMA Industrial Design student Sarah Gold has been named as a ‘Future Pioneer’ by the Design Council. The prestigious award was judged by Sebastian Bergne and Mat Hunter.

The prize aims to raise awareness of the positive impact design can have, providing a platform for designers with the potential to contribute to economic growth and solve social problems in inspiring and exciting new ways.

Gold’s project ‘Alternet’ certainly fits this bill. Described as “a fairtrade, radically reinterpreted Internet structure that provides data ownership through straight-forward data licences”, it gives individuals choice about if and how their data is shared.

Successive wins

As a winner, Gold will be provided with a programme of promotion and support. This will include a chance to exhibit her work with Designersblock at the London Design Festival, and desk space at Makerversity in Somerset House.

This is the second year in succession the MA Industrial Design has been honoured with this prize. At last year’s show, Central Saint Martins student Lucie Barouillet scooped the prize for her ‘(Im)Patients’ project.

More information:
MA Industrial Design
2014 Future Pioneers

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