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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

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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.

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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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London College of Love // LCC’s golden couple

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Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

Sthuthi Ramesh and Sebastian Grenzhaeuser were both drawn to study at LCC through their love of design. Sthuthi originally studied in Bangalore, but in 2011 both she and Sebastian found themselves enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication course, and it is here that they first met.

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Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

United by remarkably similar tastes in design and quality, their first non-design related conversation came after a research trip to the V&A. Ironically they spoke about the cultural difference between German and Indian weddings – little did they know then that in a few years they themselves would be married!

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

Since leaving LCC, both have gone on to achieve great success. After a period working at Wieden+Kennedy, Sthuthi is now a freelance designer.

Earlier this year she worked with the Greater London Authority on a project for their education department. She designed the London curriculum material for an educational pilot project about London which was then used across London by teachers and students. In addition to this, Sthuthi was approached again to design a poster for the project that was then signed and presented by Boris Johnson.

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

After graduating, Sebastian spent a year at PARK Advance Design Managment, a leading design and innovation consultancy in Hamburg, Germany, and is currently studying a Masters degree in Design Strategy and Innovation. In December last year he won the FIAT & ACEA Design and Innovation award for his proposal on how cars can fit into the environments of the future.

Watch Sebastian explain more about the proposal:

Read more about Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication

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Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design welcomes new colleagues

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UAL and Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, would like to welcome three new colleagues joining UAL’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design.

Dr Saranne Weller, Associate Dean Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Head of CLTAD, joins UAL from King’s College London. She was previously Assistant Director (Accredited Programmes) of King’s Learning Institute and is currently writing a book entitled ‘Academic Practice: Developing as a Professional in Higher Education’ to be published by Sage in July 2015.

Elizabeth Staddon is the new Senior Education Developer and will be leading the academic provision and continuing professional development work of CLTAD. Elizabeth has published on improving the student experience and was previously Academic Practice Advisor in the educational development team at the University of Birmingham.

David White is joining CLTAD as the Head of Technology-Enhanced Learning. He was previously co-manager of Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. He has written reports for JISC on Open Educational Resources and for HEFCE on UK online learning. David’s research on ‘visitors’ and ‘residents’ has been widely utilised for mapping student engagement online.

UAL becomes first UK HEI ‘Low Energy Company’

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The Facilities Assistants in our Estates Department have become the first team to have received ‘Low Energy Company’ accreditation in the UK HEI sector.

88 staff successfully undertook the online training developed by the Energy Managers’ Association which focuses on raising awareness and changing behaviour to help improve energy efficiency, help lower carbon emissions and reduce costs. The programme enabled them to learn:

  • What is meant by energy and carbon emissions
  • Why monitoring energy consumption is important
  • The link between energy consumption and usage of equipment
  • The purpose and role of energy reporting
  • How to save energy and reduce carbon emissions

Each of the candidates will receive a certificate confirming their achievement and a delegation of six Facilities Assistants were invited to the House of Lords on 17 July to have their certificate presented by Lord Redesdale, the Chief Executive of the EMA. They were also treated to a personalised tour of The Lords and the Palace of Westminster.

Now UAL Estates can proudly display the LEC logo. Further work is being done by the award-winning team on an action plan to roll out what they have learned to all our buildings and to begin working with the college teams to reduce our carbon emissions.

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Making recruitment easier and faster at UAL

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UAL’s new online staff recruitment system, the ‘Recruiting Excellence (REx) System’, is now live.

All new vacancies will now be posted through this system. Staff should access the job vacancy page through the intranet: this will show internal vacancies alongside external vacancies, which are also advertised on the main website.

All job advertisements at UAL will be accessible via these links and all applicants are required to apply through these portals.

Roll out
The first phase of the system roll out will run from 28 July to 30 September. During this period access to the system backend will be limited to the HR Team, Staffing Administrators and Approvers. From 1 October, recruiting managers and panel members will be able to access details about their vacancies through the REx System.

Reduced recruitment service
While we manage the transition to the new system, we may take longer to respond to requests and enquiries than normal. Please allow more time when planning a recruitment campaign to avoid delays later on.

Further information
For further information about the REx system, including system user guides, system support and key contacts, please go to REx page of the intranet.

Back in the USSR: An adventure through fashion film

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On the streets of Moscow in 1985

Recently LCF’s Nilgin Yusuf (Programme Director of Media for the Graduate School and Course leader of MA Fashion Media Production) touched down in Moscow to talk about Fashion Film to a new generation of creatives. The trip brought up memories of her first ever visit to the enigmatic city, 29 years ago. The fashion media production course leader and former Sunday Times Fashion Editor told us about her experience of old and new…

Arriving in Moscow in 1985 as a 19 year old art student was like being deposited, courtesy of Aeroflot, on another planet. I was on a two week art trip in respectively Moscow and Leningrad and after recovering from the extreme food-poisoning encountered on the plane, I was left to consider the vastness, strangeness and otherness of this city. Then, it was still a Communist state so queues for everything, a trudging workforce, haggling hotel maids, Moskvitches and snow.

It had a strange and powerful beauty; a sense of enormous scale. I was taken by the unabashed masculinity of a city like Moscow which seemed more authentic than the coy and prettified Leningrad (Peter the Great was obsessed by Venice and built his city not on Rock and Roll but the Italian capital). Being Western consumers, we sought out trophies: cool Russian watches that cost a few pounds, furry headgear or bold, modern posters extolling the workers or classic Russian movies. Neville Brody had introduced us to Russian Constructivism via The Face and we revelled in the real deal.

In Gum, the traditional shopping arcade, my pals & I happened across a shop that sold magnificent, engineered and reinforced womens girdles that were more Gaultier than Gaultier. We all came back with crushes on Mayokovsky, the 1920s Russian revolutionary poet, who we recognised as the first rapper. My friend even did her dissertation on him.

On my return, I headed to a three month internship at Vogue where a call came through the main office: “Does anyone know anything about this Russian designer called Slava Zaitsev?” asked a fashion editor. “I do..I was at his show last month in Moscow.” I was then invited in to be interviewed for the Channel 4 News, an occasion that my Dad lit a cigar for.

Twenty nine years later, I was invited by the British Council to a two day event exploring Fashion film. It would take place in Tsvetnoy, Moscow’s finest and trendiest department store. This was an amazing invitation and the event was well attended by a smart, media savvy audience.

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Twenty nine years is a long time. Moscow was no longer alien territory but familiar, like Milan or Paris. Once, there was East and West, now, it’s one long Euro Zone. There is plenty of everything, instantly and a fiesta of brands: Macdonalds, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, BMW. Those hallmarks of capitalism – posters that invite you to buy, buy, buy – are everywhere, filling up the spaces which were once gaping and cavernous. I sought out traces of old Moscow. I scanned the city for hammers and sickles or statues of workers but they were rare. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t fail to impress, though.

I was ordered to buy a fur hat by my twelve year old and to do so had to go into a tourist shop which sells impressions of Russia to the west: painted wooden dolls, communist badges and tourist kitsch. Down the road was a second hand book market where my Russian student, Olya, my guide for a day found a 1950s book of Mayokovsky poetry. Twenty-nine years ago, there had been no fashionable department stores, no internet and therefore no fashion film. But I treasure the sense of adventure, discovery and other-worldliness. Something you won’t find in Starbucks.

Nilgin Yusuf, Course Leader MA Fashion Media Film, in Moscow in 2014 Moscow 1985 Nilgin Yusuf as a young student in Moscow 1985

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Printing payments are changing

Printing payments

What
The way you print and pay for printing is becoming simpler across UAL; you’ll soon be able to use your student ID card to print.

Important! The printing facilities at CSM’s library and Archway campus already enable you to use your student ID card to print, but they use a different system to the new one that’s being rolled out across the rest of the university. Unfortunately, if you top-up your student ID card in these two areas you can’t then use the credit to print elsewhere around UAL, and vice versa.

When
From July new printer card readers and payment kiosks will be installed across the university. In autumn your current print card will no longer work.

Library and college staff will be on hand to assist with the change over.

Payments
From July you’ll be able to add credit to your student ID card on site at a kiosk using cash. From autumn you’ll also be able to add money to your student ID card online.

To keep up with all the latest news about these changes, including installation schedules for sites at each college, please visit the printing blog.

Need more info? Check out our FAQs.

Got a question? Contact IT@Arts – email it@arts.ac.uk or call 0207 514 9898.

Rob Dickins, Alice Rawsthorn, Tom Hulme // LCC’s 2014 Honorary Doctors

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LCC Graduation 2014

Every year, as part of our graduation ceremonies, University of the Arts London presents the awards of Honorary Doctor, Fellow and Master to recognise an individual’s achievement in their field. Previous Honorary fellows of the University include Sarah Burton, Anthony Caro, Hussein Chalayan, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, Tom Eckersley, Colin Firth, John Galliano, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Greenwood and Anish Kapoor.

This year LCC honored Tom Hulme, Rob Dickins and Alice Rawsthorn.

Three years after graduating with honours from Loughborough University, Rob Dickins was named managing director of Warner Bros Music Publishing. So began a distinguished 40-year career in which he signed such household names as Prince, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Chic, Cher, Enya and the Sex Pistols. In 1983, Dickins became the chairman of Warner Music UK, remaining in the role until December 1998. He was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in 2002.

Born in Manchester in 1958, Alice Rawsthorn discovered design “by accident” while studying art history at the University of Cambridge. After 15 years as a journalist with the Times, she became the paper’s design critic. In 2001 she began a five-year tenure as the Design Museum’s director. Rawsthorn is a regular contributor to the BBC London, the Guardian and the International New York Times. Rawsthorn is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Arts Council England, an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on the Turner Prize jury. She was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts earlier this year.

Fusing his degree in physics from the University of Bristol with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom Hulme began his career by creating Magnom: a start-up based on a new design for magnetic filters, now used in Formula 1 cars, JCBs and central heating systems across the world. Hulme’s work has earned him a place in The Wired 100 annual survey of top digital ‘power brokers’, and London Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 most influential people.

See more photos from our 2014 graduation.

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Fashion Textiles Graduate sells unique designs at Secret Garden Party Festival

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles graduate, Nicole Paskauskas, has won a £500 scholarship to bring her unique jewellery pieces to the Secret Garden Party Festival. We caught up with the new graduate, whose work was seen on the LCFBA14 Runway, to find out what festival goers can discover on her stall…

LCF News: So how did this all come about?

Nicole Paskauskas: I’ve been going to Secret Garden Party Festival for about 4 or 5 years now so being a massive fan of the secret emporium tent I always wanted to get involved with them. The festival were offering scholarship places for stalls worth £500 and since the tickets were completely sold out I thought, now is the perfect time to apply!

LCF: And what will you be selling at the festival?

NP: My jewellery has come about through a natural progression – I sold it at LCF’s College Shop, and it was also featured on the BA14 Runway. It’s jewellery made using the same braiding techniques that I developed during my final year at LCF. Selling it on stalls was just the next step towards starting to develop my brand.

For the stall I’ve recycled off cuts of old furniture and scraps of wood and painted them white to build a sculpture that I can hang my braided jewellery from. I had no money to spend on proper stands so it really forced me to put some thought into it!

LCF: We also hear that you’re involved in the In the Woods Festival?

NP: In The Woods Festival is going to be quite an experiment! I have been invited to collaborate with a sculptor in building the main stage so I am excited to apply my work in a totally different way to fashion or jewellery. This festival is also sold out and will be held in Kent at the end of August. I’m also really excited to see who will be performing at the festival as it’s a secret!

LCF: What’s next?

NP: I am currently working on developing wearable jewellery and have been overwhelmed by the response from the press since my final collection of headpieces and body jewellery in June. In September I hope to be developing a second collection of pieces for my brand so stay tuned!

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