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UAL talent nominated for global design awards

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A host of UAL alumni have been nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015. The awards celebrate the most innovative and interesting design from around the world, and feature some of the design industry’s biggest names.

76 projects were selected for nomination, with nominees coming from over 30 countries across five continents.

London College of Communication alumna Shaz Madani was nominated for her creative direction of Riposte magazine, while alumna Penny Webb was nominated for a project that measures and transfers the dimensions of physical objects to a digital model in real time.

Camberwell College of Arts alumna Eva Kellenberger received a nomination in the graphic design category along with design partner Sebastian White for their design of the ‘Glasgow International’ 2014 identity.

Two Central Saint Martins graduates, Thomas Tait and Ann-Sofie Back, were nominated in the fashion category, as was London College of Fashion’s Jonathan Anderson whose collection draws on Jacques Tati.

Scooping further nominations were graphic design practices Graphic Thought Facility (four of its members are Central Saint Martins alumni) and Pentagram (three of the consultancy’s partners are London College of Communication alumni and a further two graduated from Central Saint Martins).

The Designs of the Year 2015 category winners will be announced on 4 May, with the overall winner due to be revealed at a ceremony at the Design Museum on 4 June. An exhibition showcasing the projects is open until 23 August.

Textile Students Win Framework-Knitter Bursaries

One of Kasia's textile pieces.

One of Kasia’s textile pieces.

Two BA Textile Design students from Central Saint Martins have been awarded prestigious bursaries by the Worshipful Company of Framework-knitters.

Oliver Thomas Lipp and Kasia Franczak, both third-year knit students, were selected for their outstanding textile design work.

This is the first time that the Worshipful Company of Framework-knitters has chosen two students from the same course.

One of Oliver's textile pieces.
One of Kasia's textile pieces.

Hand-beading and surrealism
Oliver received the David Bethel Bursary for his hand-beaded pieces, knitted using specialist yarn on a domestic knitting machine.

Kasia was given the Carr Doughty Bursary. She captured the board’s attention with her colourful collection, which combines surreal film inspiration with material innovation.

The bursaries are worth £2,500 and will help Oliver and Kasia develop their Degree Show collections.

More information:
BA Textile Design

Earth Day – sustainable food inspiration

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22 April marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Observed in 192 countries worldwide, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Sustainability is a core focus at UAL, from our curriculum and canteens to our buildings, including Wimbledon’s new BREEAM rated studios. To celebrate Earth Day 2015 we’re sharing three of our favourite organic recipes from our Soil Association Gold Award-winning cafes.

Carrot soup photo George Grinsted Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/imgeorge/

Organic Spiced Carrot Soup with Ginger & Sweet Potato
Serves 4-6
• 1.1 litres mild vegetable stock or water
• 5 thin slices of ginger
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 medium organic onion, thinly sliced
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
• Cayenne or chilli powder to taste
• about 900g organic carrot, scrubbed well and thinly sliced
• 1 medium organic sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
• 150ml fresh orange juice
• Crème fraiche
• Fresh chopped coriander to garnish

Heat the vegetable stock or water in a pan with the ginger slices, and keep warm on the hob. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onion and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger and a few pinches of cayenne powder. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the onion is very soft, about 10 minutes more. Add the carrots, potato, and 900ml of the stock or water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the carrots are very tender, around 15-20 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to the pot, add the orange juice, and thin with the remaining stock to the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper and more cayenne if desired. Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, and a sprinkling of fresh coriander leaves.

meatballs photo by J. Annie Wang Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/j0annie/

Organic Meatballs in Napolitana sauce
Serves 2-3
• 500 g lean grass fed beef (minced)
• 125 g ricotta cheese, drained (use deli style ricotta which is firmer)
• 200g baby spinach (cooked in a little olive oil and lemon, liquid drained)
• ½ cup fresh chopped parsley
• 1 organic / free range egg
• pinch of nutmeg
• sea salt and pepper to taste
• 4 cups Napolitana fresh tomato sauce

Combine beef, ricotta, spinach, ½ cup parsley, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Shape into large balls and coat in a little olive oil, then place in a deep tray lined with grease-proof paper. Do not place too closely together, making sure there is enough room around the meatballs. Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes, then add the Napolitana sauce to fill half way up the pan. Bake for a further 20 minutes until the sauce is bubbling. Serve sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley, a little grated parmesan and green vegetable spaghetti.

Panna Cotta photo Ana Paola creative commons  https://www.flickr.com/photos/99006711@N04/

Organic Vanilla Panna Cotta
Serves 4
For the panna cotta
• 3 gelatine leaves
• 250ml/9fl oz of organic milk
• 250ml/9fl oz of organic double cream
• 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
• 25g/1oz organic sugar
For the sauce
• 175g/6oz organic sugar
• 175ml/6fl oz water
• splash cherry liqueur
• 350g/12oz of organic raspberries
To serve
• 4 sprigs fresh organic mint
• icing sugar, to dust

For the panna cotta, soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft. Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the vanilla pod and discard. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add them to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Divide the mixture into four ramekin dishes and leave to cool. Place into the fridge for at least one hour, until set. For the sauce, place the sugar, water and cherry liqueur into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and add half the raspberries. Using a hand blender, blend the sauce until smooth. Pass the sauce through a sieve into a bowl and stir in the remaining fruit. To serve, turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprig of mint. Dust with icing sugar.

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Find out more about UAL’s sustainable food policy

Read more about Earth Day 2015

See how the first Earth Day was reported in the New York Times, April 1970

Discover more about sustainability at UAL

MA Design Alumni Exhibit in Zaha Hadid Gallery

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Central Saint Martins MA Design alumni are exhibiting their work at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery. Opening tomorrow, the Alumni Pop Up Show will include designers from each of the course’s three areas of specialisation: ceramics, furniture and jewellery design.

Organiser Gigi Barker says, “All work shown in the exhibition is new work that the designers have produced since graduating- with an aim to show what the graduates can go on to achieve.”

Designers include ceramicists Jason Marks and Ingrid Ruemeyer; furniture designers Gigi Barker, Ana Jimenez Palomar and Kat Gross; jewellery designers Noor Fares, Flora Bhattachary, Sophie Thomas and Fernando Jorge.

The Alumni Pop Show is running from 22 – 24 April and will be open from 1pm to 6pm.

Image credit: Fernando Jorge

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BA Jewellery Students Design for Theo Fennell

Zuleika's finished design.

Zuleika’s finished design.

Five final-year students from BA Jewellery Design were selected for Theo Fennell’s latest project. Their finished designs were unveiled this week.

Each student was presented with a stone – a green tourmaline, a golden beryl, a padparadscha sapphire, a pink tourmaline and a tsavorite garnet.

Leo's finished design.
Lola's finished design.
Tiffany's finished design.
Sarah's finished design.

Their challenge was to incorporate this stone into a unique piece of jewellery. Budding talents Sarah Howson, Leonid Dementiev, Zuleika Penniman, Tiffany Baehler and Lola (Ying) Lou oversaw the whole process.

Lola's drawing.
Leo's drawing.
Sarah's drawing.
Zuleika's drawing.
Tiffany's drawing.
The winners with Theo.

The students selected the materials, then worked with Theo Fennell’s craftsmen to bring the designs to life. Their finished creations are now on sale in Theo Fennell’s flagship store until 25 April 2015.

More information:
BA Jewellery Design

ChattyFeet

Gil Kahana and Humberto de Sousa met while studying MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Their mission is to inject more fun into people’s lives through their characterful ChattyFeet socks.

ChattyFeet Founders

Gil & Humberto

It all started one fateful evening when they posed the question: ‘What if our socks could talk?’  They are still answering this three years later, having launched and grown a successful business, with recommendations from Vogue, the Guardian and the Huffington Post, to name but a few.

We spoke with Gil to find out how ChattyFeet transformed from an idea to the business it is today.

“Humberto and I were good friends after college. One of the great things about the MA at CSM was the international aspect of the course. I made friends from around the World!

Good ideas come with friends, when you’re comfortable with the people around you…

We were both interested in self-initiated projects. I was working in User Experience at the time, and Humberto was working as a Web Designer.  I had dipped my toe in the water with a cookbook called ‘Lunch Box Revolution’ with Michiko Nitta, and I really enjoyed it, so I wanted another project to pursue.  Humberto and I were at a friend’s one evening and we were joking around, when I put my foot up on the table and animated it. Somehow the idea stuck, and a few days later we created a prototype by drawing a face on a white sock to test it out, to see how it actually felt. We researched and found videos of other people animating their feet, so we knew it would be something that people would be interested in, and that people could relate to.

First Prototype ChattyFeet

First prototype

We then decided to take the huge step of having a sample produced, which was an adventure in itself. We found this difficult as when you are starting out, factories are reluctant to work with you unless you are getting thousands of units made.  We eventually found somewhere in India to produce the sample, however this was a long and arduous task – they didn’t understand what we were doing and we wasted time and money. They couldn’t execute the quality and level of detail that we required.

So we decided to go with another producer in Turkey, but this turned out to be even more stressful – we set a launch date for the product for the 1 December 2012, and they had left it very close to the date to ship the first batch over. They sent us a picture of the product ready to be shipped, and we saw that all the labels were on the wrong way round. The biggest lesson we learnt from this is to make sure you always over-communicate with your producer!

With Start-Ups, your initial idea is a very small percentage of the whole business. What’s vital is that you have the energy and passion to take the idea forward – you need to have enough love to overcome fears from judgement, and going against the mainstream. You have to really commit to your idea – even to treat it like it’s a person. Pursuing an idea like this and setting up a business is hard work, but it also means you wake up every day with a certain essence.

Kate MiddleToe

Kate MiddleToe

As a start-up, you try and do everything yourself to save money until it really hurts, and you know the business can’t continue like that. We started off shipping everything ourselves – our busiest time was Christmas, where I would literally be carrying a big sack of socks to the post office every day… This eventually became too exhausting and we decided we couldn’t continue without a fulfilment partner. One benefit of doing it this way round is that you are experts on what you are then outsourcing.  For example, we knew how exactly how much we should be paying for shipping.

We sold the first batch in Camden and Spitalfields markets – this gave us a real sense of how people reacted to the product. We saw people picking up the socks and laughing at them –it was really nice to see. However, we learnt that the market on the street is too wide, we knew we had to go online.

We started to work with different platforms to see where our products were most successful. When you are small your website isn’t going to get you the same amount of exposure – you have to work with the bigger established companies.  Notonthehighstreet.com has been our most successful sales platform – we found them to be brave and open minded about our product.

Don-Cottone

Don Cottone

We recently collaborated with some students from ESAD, a University in Portugal. The students were given a brief to come up with a new character for the brand. We chose four designs from these which we now sell. This was a really positive experience for us – it brought us a fresh perspective and new ideas as a brand.

It took us a year and a half to understand that we are a gift brand rather than a fashion brand… People tend to buy our products to make someone else laugh… What we also discovered is that you have to take advice from people with a pinch of salt – sometimes advice can be invaluable, but sometimes it can be very dangerous. There are so many ways to get it right – you have to believe in yourself.

ChattyFeet is really successful in countries where you have to take your shoes off because this is when people can see our funny characters… We still have a lot of ground to cover in countries where it’s cold!  We now have nineteen designs for adults and kids.  We are hoping to expand our product range from just socks – for Chattyfeet the sky’s the limit!

ChattyFeet is a friendly brand so feel free to get in touch with Gil and Humberto for advice and inspiration!

Visit the ChattyFeet socks website

 

 

Brit Week 2015

London Transplants Exhibition

The West Coast Alumni Association are launching their Exhibition entitled London Transplants, which will run as a part of Brit Week 2015, from April 21 – May 3 at WallSpace LA, 607 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles.

The show, which runs from April 21-May 3, 2015, will be a unique offering from UAL alumni – transplants from England and Europe who work in diverse fields, including the fashion and textile industries, contemporary art, film and animation, product and graphic design and have made Los Angeles their home.

On the surface, LA and London seem to have little in common outside a shared language, and those moving to the city can experience a culture shock. Leaving Europe behind, the London Transplants swapped rain for sun, public transport for freeways and cars, and history for Manifest Destiny. London Transplants 2015 will showcase artists who have been in LA for decades and those who have recently arrived to these sunny shores. What is true for all the artists is that the move to LA has encouraged an evolution, even a revolution, in the creation of their work.

It is well know that artists such as David Hockney blazed a trail for ex-pats who, like him, moved west to experience the light, the openness, the newness and the nowness of Southern California. Freed from the traditions and institutions of older cities and artistic tradition, the “blue-sky” creative climate in LA and its continually developing art scene have allowed for a fresh perspective for expat artists. In presenting London Transplants 2015, Wallspace offers a continuation of this legacy and an exciting look at these artists’ journey in this electrifying city.

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West Coast UAl Alumni Association
Email: info@londontransplants.com 
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The Mongolia Project!

The Mongolian Project

Anna-Louise Hale, Fine Art BA (Hons), Central Saint Martins; Byam Shaw is director of The Mongolia Project! Since graduating she has continued to create work as a freelance artist in set design, predominantly as Lead Set Designer with RIFT Theatre Company on their overnight adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Poplar 2014 – however her heart still lies with contemporary art.  After a two month adventure alone to Mongolia in 2012, the Mongolia Project was born, in order to say thank you to the talented artists she met on her way.

The Mongolia Project will be the first non-commercial contemporary art exhibition in the UK for Mongolian and international artists inspired by the country. The exhibition and events will be held in conjunction with ART HUB Gallery in October 2015 and as part of the Deptford X Art Festival in September 2015. After two years of organisation, they now need your help on Kickstarter to raise £5000!

Anna is supported by a team and group of ten artists, who invite you to explore modern Mongolia, its history, and the challenges it faces through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic means; talks, activities and participation. There are three main aspects of the project, the exhibition, events and a trip that Anna and a colleague will take later this year to Mongolia in order to work with the University of Art and Culture in Ulaanbaatar.

You can help them by donating here

For information you can visit the website or contact them at mongolia.exhibition@gmail.com

 

 

Acting Alumni Win Big at Olivier Awards

Penelope Wilton © Pamela Raith

Penelope Wilton © Pamela Raith

Drama Centre London alumni Penelope Wilton and John Dagleish both scooped prizes in the Olivier Awards 2015 with Mastercard.

Penelope Wilton won Best Actress for her role in Taken at Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. She gave a harrowing and steely performance as a mother fighting for her incarcerated son in Nazi Germany.

John Dagleish was named Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of The Kinks frontman Ray Davies. He played Davies in Edward Hall’s production of Sunny Afternoon.

Alumnus Ronan Bell was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, for the part he played in Memphis the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Since their inauguration in 1976, the Olivier Awards have been known as a mark of theatrical greatness. The winners are chosen by a mixture of distinguished industry professionals, theatre luminaries and members of the public.

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Drama Centre London

Graduate Weaves Music into Textiles

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© Beatwoven

Beatwoven, a company founded by BA Textile Design graduate Nadia-Anne Ricketts, has been given a £25,000 ‘Boost’ award by Creativeworks London.

Creativeworks’ new award teams academics with small businesses, to collaborate on a research project that benefits both partners. Beatwoven will be paired with Queen Mary, part of the University of London.

Building on Beatwoven’s expertise in translating music into textiles, Queen Mary will make an app that allows customers to upload their music and create bespoke patterns.

The app will be developed alongside a research project investigating copyright boundaries within the music industry.

© Beatwoven
© Beatwoven

Stiff competition
There was strong competition for funding and Nadia-Anne’s team had to compete against 11 other start-ups and research teams.

Each team had to prepare a business pitch and deliver a five-minute presentation to a panel of industry professionals.

Judges included Chris Moore from UK Trade and Investment, Wendy Malem from London College of Fashion and Steve Clegg from IBM.

More information:
BA Textile Design