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The Art of Dress, a fashion film

LCF alumnus, Gsus Lopez, has created a fashion film for LCF’s Art of Dress exhibition. The exhibition, which is currently touring five international cities of style, celebrates that iconic item, the dress.

LCF talent in the form of both alumni and academics are involved in every stage of the exhibition as it visits New York, Dubai, Shanghai, Florence and London.

Gsus’ Art of Dress film stars Holly Weston, Keira Duffy and Jose Wickert and features some of the incredible dresses from the exhibition. Keira, as the lady in waiting wears a dress from Casey Gan (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear 2012)  whilst Jose as footman wears both Alexis Housden‘s (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Menswear 2013) pink menswear and Harriet O’Connor’s dress. Holly as queen wear’s Rachel O’Mahoney‘s ‘Elizabeth’ dress.

Gsus graduated from part-time BA (Hons) Fashion Media this year and has since gone on to create a successful kickstarter project, the film OUT.

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Students from RMIT University, Melbourne visit LCC for graphic design workshop

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RMIT students combine word and image. Photography © Vladimir Molico

London College of Communication recently hosted a group of students from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia for a word- and image-based design workshop.

The students collaborated with MA Graphic Design Lead Tutor Vanessa Price to generate material in response to the immediate vicinity of the Elephant and Castle.

We asked Vanessa to tell us more about this workshop and the research project from which it developed:

Through the cityscape of the Elephant and the texts and narratives of its everyday life, the RMIT workshop re-imagined how graphic design could enable us to become more ‘writerly readers’ of our visual culture.

The collaboration and knowledge-sharing with RMIT is ongoing as students continue to develop the project back in Melbourne.

‘Writerly Readers’ is the ongoing research project I lead at LCC. The research has arisen from an archive of the practice-based Writerly Readers workshop undertaken by postgraduate students within the School of Design.

Since 2011, the visual case study for this word and image workshop has been the immediate area around LCC: the Elephant and Castle.

The workshop asks participants to consider how we create and receive visual messages and argues for a model of design through which we can question the provenance of visual texts and the role of graphic design within the wider framework of visual communication.

As graphic design becomes increasingly synonymous with a contemporary visual discourse dominated by commercial advertising culture, a case emerges to develop a more collaborative process that could question the role of graphic design within the visual spectacle.

In considering relationships between authoring and receiving visual messages, the project argues for a model of design that invites the viewer to become more writerly readers of visual meaning.

group at wall

Photography © Vladimir Molico

Read about MA Graphic Design

Read Vanessa Price’s staff profile

Read more about Research at LCC

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Creative Enterprise Awards shortlists announced!

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University of the Arts London will be celebrating the enterprising successes of our students and recent graduates at the fifth Creative Enterprise Awards.

42 students and graduates from across University of the Arts London colleges have been shortlisted from hundreds of applications.

Winners will be announced at the Creative Enterprise Awards Night on 19 November.

The seven award categories are:

  • Freelancer
  • New Business
  • Enterprising Project
  • Digital
  • Ethical or Social Enterprise  
  • International
  • Enterprising Individual

We’ll also be announcing four Creative Enterprise College Awards.

Check out this year’s shortlist.

The awards take place as part of Creative Enterprise Week and are sponsored by NatWest.

Drama Centre London Alumna Scoops BBC Playwriting Prize

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana González Bello, who graduated from our BA Acting course in 2012, has won the BBC’s Georgi Markov Prize 2013 for her play Diablo and Romina.

Awarded as part of the BBC’s International Radio Playwriting Competition, the Georgi Markov Prize is given to the writer whose script shows most promise. As the prizewinner Ana receives a two-week return trip to London, enabling her to spend time with the BBC’s Radio Drama and World Service departments.

The BBC judges praised Ana’s play, saying: “A charming piece, written with great authenticity and a simplicity that was refreshing. The world was well captured and atmospheric, and the threat of violence really well achieved.”

‘Mind-blowing’

Diablo and Romina tells the story of Roxanne Romina. Roxanne lives with her mother in a small town in the south east of Mexico where nothing ever happens, until her cousin Frank returns from America and changes everything.

Inspired by an assignment a journalist friend of hers had taken, Ana took migration as the theme for her play. “I wanted to tell a story from the point of view of those who stay behind,” she explained. “The women in a family where the men move away and have been swallowed and spat out by the American dream.”

Speaking about her win, Ana said: “Writing a play that the BBC, a worldwide referent of quality, thinks shows great potential is mind-blowing. Winning this competition has given me the fuel I needed to want to keep on writing and to get better at it.”

More information:
Drama Centre London
BA Acting
MA Dramatic Writing
The BBC’s full interview with Ana

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Inside set design with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Last week Inside the Industry welcomed two of set design’s biggest stars – Simon Costin and Gary Card. The designers were invited by Fashion Space Gallery’s Director Ligaya Salazar, as part of the events programme accompanying Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows.

Simon opened by considering the art of set design and how he started out:

“There’s a thin line between presenting what’s in the collection and overpowering it.”

Simon started out by working with Gareth Pugh, assisting him when he was just out of college. As budgets were tight, Simon would have to come up with simple and effective set designs – one was a piece of material loosely pinned to the floor with a wind machine causing it to billow up. Simon said:

“It was a simple idea that was so effective – we had to teach the models how to ponystep down the catwalk.”

Next the pair got stuck into talking about their mutual passion. Here’s the lowdown:

What do you do on a shoot?

GC: “Stand next to the chaise longue and say it needs to be moved 2mm? I’ve never know what I should do!”

SC: “I generally look busy in the corner and wait to be called over! But really there is no rule book.”

How do you feel about taking down the sets after the event/show?

SC: “It’s very intense – it’s like a butterfly, it glitters for that moment and then it’s gone. I used to hate it at the end of the event – when all of the lights go up – as that’s when the magic goes. It’s all about the moment; it’s ephemeral.”

GC: “I find it very cathartic to throw it in the skip!”

What’s the hardest and most important lesson you’ve learnt from working in the industry?

GC: “Don’t turn up to the job drunk or stinking of booze!”

SC: “Creativity is a huge part of this job but building up client skills is really important. It’s important to recognise when someone might be out of their depth and to be able to manage them well – but this is something that comes over time. You can’t learn it all from a book.”

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

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Research // Grace Adam draws a crowd

big draw setting up

Preparing for The Big Draw. Image © Grace Adam

On Monday 20 October, students, staff and passers-by were treated to an exciting pop-up drawing session in the Typo cafe by LCC lead design tutor Grace Adam as part of Inside Out Festival 2014.

Grace’s event, ‘Framing the Elephant’, invited people to stop, look and draw, taking 10 minutes or half an hour to create a fast, fun drawing of the view from inside the College.

The highlight of #framingtheelephant - a part of #lccgradschool! #nofilter

Instagram @fbigos

A brilliant drawing by @jhartley95 at @lcclondon #framingtheelephant

Instagram @fbigos

Grace has also recently appeared on ‘Daily Brunch with Ocado‘, demonstrating a few fun and unusual ways to get drawing.

Watch the video here [starts 26:59]

Speaking about her wider involvement in ‘The Big Draw’, a national festival of drawing with events held around the country, Grace told presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer:

“The Big Draw was set up to get people re-engaged with drawing, having fun, and connecting to the world in a different way […} I think it’s considered a childish thing to do, and we communicate with text. Drawing is not taken so seriously, which is a shame. It’s essential.

“I think everybody is obsessed by ‘getting it right’ and getting it to look like the real world, but your drawing will be different from my drawing. You express yourself as an individual and that’s important.

“Drawing is a pleasure, drawing is a way to look at the world, to communicate, to experiment, to explore. It’s a good thing and we’re losing it.”

If you’ve missed out this year, however, some of Grace’s own sculptural work is on show until Friday 31 October in ‘Modes of Remembrance’ at St Giles-in-the-Fields, exploring and responding to the idea of monuments and memorials within the church.

Read Grace Adam’s staff profile

Read more about Research at LCC

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Research // Grace Adam draws a crowd

big draw setting up

Preparing for The Big Draw. Image © Grace Adam

On Monday 20 October, students, staff and passers-by were treated to an exciting pop-up drawing session in the Typo cafe by LCC lead design tutor Grace Adam as part of Inside Out Festival 2014.

Grace’s event, ‘Framing the Elephant’, invited people to stop, look and draw, taking 10 minutes or half an hour to create a fast, fun drawing of the view from inside the College.

The highlight of #framingtheelephant - a part of #lccgradschool! #nofilter

Instagram @fbigos

A brilliant drawing by @jhartley95 at @lcclondon #framingtheelephant

Instagram @fbigos

Grace has also recently appeared on ‘Daily Brunch with Ocado‘, demonstrating a few fun and unusual ways to get drawing.

Watch the video here [starts 26:59]

Speaking about her wider involvement in ‘The Big Draw’, a national festival of drawing with events held around the country, Grace told presenters Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer:

“The Big Draw was set up to get people re-engaged with drawing, having fun, and connecting to the world in a different way [...] I think it’s considered a childish thing to do, and we communicate with text. Drawing is not taken so seriously, which is a shame. It’s essential.

“I think everybody is obsessed by ‘getting it right’ and getting it to look like the real world, but your drawing will be different from my drawing. You express yourself as an individual and that’s important.

“Drawing is a pleasure, drawing is a way to look at the world, to communicate, to experiment, to explore. It’s a good thing and we’re losing it.”

If you’ve missed out this year, however, some of Grace’s own sculptural work is on show until Friday 31 October in ‘Modes of Remembrance’ at St Giles-in-the-Fields, exploring and responding to the idea of monuments and memorials within the church.

Read Grace Adam’s staff profile

Read more about Research at LCC

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Jerwood Makers Open – Call for Entries

An opportunity for artists and collaborative practices working across craft and design disciplines. On offer are five awards of £7,500 and support to develop new work over a period of six months, for exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally. The awards will be made by and independent selection panel:

  • Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine
  • Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers
  • Michael Marriott, product designer and curator

This opportunity promotes the significance of making and materials within the contemporary visual arts and 2015 is its fifth edition. It offers artists, makers and designers at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures. The award proudly focuses on making and material. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as the applied arts, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging such boundaries. The Jerwood Visual Arts team provides significant developmental support to selected artists where needed, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea. For further information and to apply please visit: jerwoodvisualarts.org

Deadline: Tuesday 4 November 2014, by 5pm

For further details please contact Parker Harris:

t. 01372 462190

e. jmo@parkerharris.co.uk

SEE Graduate Internship Scheme 2014: Round-up

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The second SEE Graduate Internship Scheme, which offers match-funding for summer internships to small employers, concluded last month. Overall, the program was a terrific success.

Employers found the experience “enjoyable and productive” and were impressed with the strong work ethic of the UAL graduates. Many of the interns were offered positions at the company when their internships ended – a testament to the hard work they put in throughout the 8 weeks.  Elspeth Walker from WWG Ltd. noted “This programme is beneficial for both employer and student. It is good to have the views of a younger person within a business, especially in the creative industries.”

All graduate participants were given the opportunity to meet with Bianca Miller, Founder of the B Group, for a one-to-one career guidance session. Graduate Anisha Parmar said the session was “helpful, and gave me the push I needed”. Anna Stevens-Smith agreed; “[Bianca] is supportive yet honest and has really helped me make up my mind in what I want to do. I feel I have walked away thinking much more clearly with a strong action plan.”

A call for employers to participate in the 2015 scheme will be launched in early April. The participating internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities and run from July through September.

Mare Street hosts Advanced Style film screening as part of London Fields Free Film Festival

Students and local residents visit Mare Street site for London Fields Film Festival screening.

Students plus local residents visit Mare Street for Film Festival screening.

On Thursday 23rd October, our Mare Street doors opened to local E8 residents and LCF students to take part in the London Fields Free Film Festival, bringing together fashion and film.

The evening, which was a part of a week long film line up in the local area, showcased five fantastic shorts made by alumni from the MA Fashion Media Production and MA in Fashion Photography courses. After an interesting Q+A session with some of the young filmmakers, the evening concluded with a screening of the fashion documentary ‘Advanced Style’, which left the audience in both tears of laughter, and at times, sadness.

Once the pop-up cinema was packed out, the lights were turned off and proceedings began with our 5 student shorts. From documentary to experimental, the five short films dealt with a range of subjects related to fashion including identity, gender and mental health, showing that fashion is more than surface and can touch on many aspects of our lives and experience.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Below you can watch one of the fashion film shorts shown at the event, Rose in London (2012), a style portrait by LCF Alumna Saskia Reis of transgender performing artist Rose, who lives and works in Soho, London.

Nilgin Yusuf, Graduate School Programme Director in Media and Communications at London College of Fashion said:

“This video portrait features Rose, a transgender performance artist in Soho and is one of the many video portraits made by the filmmaker for her streetstyle blog THE LOVESTREET. Intimacy and authenticity characterise the filmmaking technique that attempts to penetrate the mask and reveal something of the individual beneath the construct and costume.”

Other students films shown include Josh Brandão & his international award winning film Blackened Wings (2014), plus our three LCF Alumas who gave up their free time to come to answer audience questions. You can find links to their films below;

Tereza Bila
The Act Of Time (2013)

Karoliina Barlund
As I Was Someone’s Shadow Side (2013)

Larissa De Filippo/Harun Güler
All Eyes On Me – Transgender Identity Through Photography (2014)

The main film screening of the event, Advanced Style, is a documentary that shows the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, the film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, ageing and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

LCF are delighted to have taken part in the London Fields Film Festival, bringing together two creative industries through student talent and LCF’s mission to create Better Lives through fashion.

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