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The Creative Outlet Festive Pop-Up Shop


Join us on Thursday 4 December, for one day only, at our festive pop up shop to meet the artists and designers featured in the current exhibition in the UAL Showroom ‘The Creative Outlet’. Buy work directly from the exhibitors alongside work from past UAL Showroom exhibitors and Made In Arts London artists on the day.

From jewellery to greeting cards, art prints to contemporary interior products – buy your unique seasonal gifts from UAL artists and designers, from as little as £2.50!

Drinks and mince pies from 5pm.

The Creative Outlet is open from the 20 October, in the UAL Showroom at High Holborn, and will run until 23 December. All works in the show are otherwise available to buy online.

Fleur of England selects BA Fashion Contour designs

Doily moodboard by Jacelyn Chua, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Range by Jacelyn Chua, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Range by Jasmine Hussona, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Moodboard by Faith-Rowan Leeves, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Wimbledon range by Shannon Tara, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour Lollipop range by Danielle, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour

LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Contour students have been working with Fleur of England to create new swimwear ranges which reflect the brand’s focus on exquisite design.

Last week, the students presented their ranges to founder Fleur Turner who gave her expert feedback and selected which designs should go forward to the making stage.

The contour designers were tasked with considering: How would you interpret the key values of Fleurs’ brand ethos into a capsule swimwear range? They were asked to include swimsuits, bikinis, and resort and loungewear for SS15, considering both soft, unstructured pieces, as well as more supportive designs incorporating underwires and moulded cups.

The students took their inspiration from a wide range of ideas, images and items. Jacelyn Chua, created feminine designs based on the intricacies of the doily, whilst Faith-Rowan Leaves drew on natural elements to inspire her ranges. Have a peek at some of the students’ work above.

The work presented to Fleur consisted of moodboards, fashion illustrations, range plans and research into the Fleur of England brand.

LCF News looks forward to seeing some of the amazing designs realised.


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World War 1 remembered

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One hundred years after the beginning of World War 1, exhibitions and events across the country honour the people, culture and inventions of 1914, including three initiatives by UAL staff and students.

Dazzle Ship London HMS President c. David Kew

Dazzle Ship London’, which sees contemporary artists address and interpret the style and concept of dazzle, has been led by UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts Professor Chris Wainwright. Launched in 1918, HMS President served as a dazzle ship during World War 1; for the 2014 anniversary  Tobias Rehberger has painted the ship in specially-commissioned dazzle designs in homage to artists’ wartime contribution. Rehberger’s dazzle style “takes as its inspiration the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the dazzle camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains; the geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports.”

Poppy headscarf design by Tabinda Kauser Ishaq shot by Rooful Ali

Tabinda-Kauser Ishaq, a current LCF BA Fashion Design and Realization student, has designed a poppy motif headscarf, which is being sold in aid of the British Legion. Commissioned by charity British Future, the design is supported by The Islamic Society of Britain. The design launch marks the centenary of the first Victoria Cross awarded to a Muslim soldier.

Still from Walter Van Beirendonck’s SHOWstudio 1914 Now film directed by Bart Hess

SHOWstudio, the ground-breaking fashion site founded by UAL Honorary Doctor Nick Knight, has launched LCF International Exhibitions Programme curator Alison Moloney’s series of four fashion films which express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914. Titled 1914 NOW. Four perspectives on fashion curation, the project sees four curators – Walter Van Beirendonck, Amy de la Haye, Judith Clark and Kaat Debo – collaborate with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller. View the films and essays exclusively on SHOWstudio.

Veterans on Chelsea Parade Ground photo Sarah McLean

To mark Armistice Day a fleet of Black London Taxis brought veterans to the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Arts to observe a two-minute silence at 11am in remembrance of all those killed in conflict. This meditative event was organised in partnership with CHELSEA space, artists Janet Hodgson and Peter Fillingham, and The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled, whose work looks at issues of memorial within contemporary society.  The commemorative ceremony was attended by staff and students from Chelsea, and was followed by an informal and performative social gathering at Chelsea’s Green Room, which included singing veterans and a pub pianist.  A discussion addressing issues of contemporary memorial, monuments and art will be convened by the artists.

Dr. Jane Tynan, CSM’s Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, is the author of British Army Uniform and the First World War: Men in Khaki. The BBC History site features her ’10 things you (probably) didn’t know about First World War uniforms’, including surprising facts about wartime apparel such as the revelations that the government introduced official knitting patterns to discourage ‘rogue knitters’ exposing the gaps in uniform provision and that British uniform khaki dyes came from Germany.

Read more about the First World War centenary on the site



UAL to visit South Korea


A delegation of UAL staff will travel to Seoul later this month. Our connections with South Korea are vital to the University and the visit will allow staff from key UAL departments to forge relationships with creative partners in the region for future scholarships, internships, student exchanges and other opportunities for students and graduates.

In line with our International Relations Strategy, the visit is also intended to strengthen and consolidate key college partnerships with leading South Korean institutions: Seoul National University, Hongik University and EWHA University with the aim of developing collaborations potentially leading to joint postgraduate curriculum and research projects.

CSM’s Jeremy Till and LCC’s Lawrence Zeegen will represent UAL at the Creative Industries Forum, while Frances Corner will lead a panel for a Q&A session for 250 young people at a British Council event following a presentation by UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington as part of the Education is Great series. Nigel Carrington – sharing the stage with Martha Stewart and Jimmy Wales – will also address the renowned Global Leaders’ Forum on the future of design and its importance within the UK and South Korean creative industries.

During their visit, the University delegation will host an evening reception for distinguished alumni and friends of UAL. With South Korea being home to UAL’s second largest alumni population, plans are underway to formally establish the South Korean Alumni Association in Seoul. Former students from the region include fashion designer Kathleen Kai, photographer Hee Seung Chung and jewellery designer Leona Lee.

Video: Widening Participation are Green Gown Awards Finalists

Last week, six LCF projects went up against the biggest and best sustainable initiatives within Higher Education at the Green Gown Awards. Carole Morrison of The Widening Participation team attended the ceremony, representing two of their incredible projects: ‘Bags for Life‘ and the ‘Happy Crafters’ workshops at St Joseph’s Hospice.

The Widening Participation team had their work recognised in the Social Responsibility category. LCF also made it to the finals of five other categories – and the teams won even further recognition for their work in sustainable areas.

Here, filmmaker Victoria Burns goes inside these essential projects which really show how fashion can mean better lives.

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Review // LCC turned Inside Out


‘Framing the Elephant’ at LCC. Image © Filip Bigos

The LCC Graduate School was proud to host a series of events recently as part of the Inside Out Festival 2014. Ranging from a pop-up drawing event to a documentary film screening, the events brought students, the public and industry experts together in celebrating London’s vibrant culture.

Photography PhD student and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography graduate Zephie Begolo reports.

Monday saw the pop-up drawing event ‘Framing the Elephant’, which was run by Grace Adam, who teaches design at LCC and across UAL. The window of LCC’s Typo café was turned into a canvas as frames were stencilled onto the glass – not permanently! – and people were invited to draw what they could see outside.


‘Framing the Elephant’ at LCC. Image © Filip Bigos

They washed the images off after photographing them and started again. This created a buzz in the café and saw lots of people, from arts to journalism and business students, picking up their Posca pens and giving it a go.

Grace, who specialises in working with spaces we build and negotiate, said: “We’ve had all sorts of people giving it a go. It’s all about getting people to draw who don’t normally draw and getting them to take a few minutes to really notice and appreciate their environment.”

That evening, Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at LCC, presented his new book and accompanying exhibition ’50 Years of Illustration’.

Taking the audience on a personal journey through the world of illustration, Professor Zeegen also charted the past five decades in the industry, from the psychedelic idealism of the ’60s to the stylised, overblown consumerism of the ’80s, right through to the beginning of the 21st century.


Attendees explore ’50 Years of Illustration’. Image © Filip Bigos.

He shone light on professionals who have created some of the most iconic images across the generations, noting work that has been of social and political importance and demonstrating how illustration through the decades has been informed by and represented the social zeitgeist.

A preview of the exhibition followed the talk and included an impressive array of familiar illustrations. Coinciding with the beginning of a new MA in Illustration at LCC, this event was a celebration of the subject’s rich and colourful history.


‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’ panel debate. Image © Filip Bigos.

On Tuesday an expert panel gathered in the Main Lecture Theatre to discuss the topic ‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’. LCC’s own Amanda Windle, DigiLab Fellow, presented research that has been conducted into people’s relationship with technology over the age of 65 and discussed a new app aimed at getting more people engaging with social media.

The debate was chaired by Sarah Johnson of the Guardian and she was joined by Thomas Giagkoglou, Course Leader BA Media Communications; Tim Burley, Development Director of artsdepot; Marcus Green, Research Manager at AgeUK and Michele Fuirer, Artist and Specialist in Learning – Public Programmes at the Tate.

The panel discussed the increase in feelings of isolation among the older generation and how these might be counteracted through arts and technology initiatives that could build social networks.


Richard Wilson talks to William Raban about ’72-82′. Image © Filip Bigos.

Lastly, Thursday saw the screening and interview ’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’. The film ’72-82′, which brings together rare archive footage, interviews and images of the first decade of the groundbreaking London arts organisation, Acme, was created by LCC’s Professor of Film William Raban.

He worked in conjunction with Wilson, who went on to become a renowned sculptor following his time at Acme. The film provided a fascinating insight into the lives and community of the thriving arts scene in London and the ways in which artists were supported by Acme, and given the opportunity to work and create, who otherwise might not have been able to survive in London.

In the discussion following the screening, Wilson described the sense of freedom that was afforded to the Acme artists in taking over derelict buildings in the East End and often incorporating them into their artwork, creating a unique mode of expression for all the artists involved.

Professor Raban emphasised his love of the capital and how it is an extraordinary breeding ground for inspiration and creativity, which leads him to continue to make films about the city.

Watch the discussion between Raban and Wilson //

The Inside Out Festival, which is curated by the Culture Capital Exchange in association with Times Higher Education, aims to shine a light on the contribution of London’s universities to the vibrant creative culture of the capital.

Words by Zephie Begolo

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Miriam Ribul tells us more about the TEXTILES TOOLBOX exhibition

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Miriam Ribul, DeNAture research samples, 2014

Miriam Ribul is an Associate Lecturer at UAL and has been part of the team of researchers from UAL involved with the MISTRA Future Fashion project funded by the Swedish Government’s Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research. Here she talks about the piece she is exhibiting in the TEXTILES TOOLBOX exhibition and how she juggles her time…

Tell us about the work you are including in Textile Toolbox: why did you chose this work and do you always collaborate with Hanna?

In January this year I lead a science-design research project in Sweden with funding from COST, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, titled ‘Design Possibilities in Regenerated Cellulose Materials’. As a designer in residence at Chalmers University of Technology and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden I had access to world-leading research in chemical recycling technologies for cellulose fibres. Dr Hanna de la Motte, a technical scientist and the project leader in project 5 in the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium titled ‘Reuse, Recycling and End of life issues’, hosted this project.

Hanna researches innovative methods for chemical recycling of materials including regenerated wood-based cellulose fibres. Through observation, interviews and lab tests I recognised the need for faster and more accurate identification of materials at the recycling stage and for the development of a system that embeds material information in the fibres without disrupting its properties. By applying design thinking in a technical laboratory environment I developed my project ‘DeNAture’ to aid cyclability of resources. The prototypes in the Textile Toolbox exhibition communicate the outcomes of the design residency.

Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at UAL or in the library (if a library, which is your favourite?)

The COST residency is an example for how, as a designer I work in different contexts: in this case the lab became my studio where I had access to materials and tools. The parallels of processes of a textiles designer and a technical scientist were significant. I discovered that the tools in a lab can be very advanced and specialist or improvised and DIY.

There is a similar approach to this in my design practice where I adopt tools from different disciplines depending on project. I have a studio space in East London as my home base for making and exploring materials. As Part Time Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer I am based at UAL, and being part of the team of the international MISTRA Future Fashion project I travel regularly to conferences, researchers meetings or workshops. I enjoy the library at CSM and Chelsea when I get the time to work there. This leads to a very varied range of workplaces.

What is it like to be part of TED and TFRC? How does it affect your work?

Being part of TED and TFRC I work with an inspiring cohort of researchers in a unique research environment that explores sustainability through different approaches. My practice is research-based and being embedded in the research culture at TED and TFRC since the start of the MISTRA Future Fashion project I am part of small to large research projects with varied deliverables and outcomes, as well as small to large industry engagements. This leads to exciting project outcomes that prove to have real impact. My work as part of the team as well as my individual practice is linked in my aim to develop sustainable systems that can be applied to different contexts.

How do you balance your work as Research Assistant and practitioner?

As a practitioner I explore the boundaries to which design can contribute and this approach feeds into my whole portfolio of work. I work as designer and researcher for independent projects or in consultancy engagements for a range of industry clients – my completed projects include concepts for future mobility and communication. I am also Associate Lecturer at UAL leading the ‘Sustainable Design’ unit at Chelsea to a cross-disciplinary student cohort from the courses Textiles Design, Interior and Spatial Design, and Graphic Design and Communication. In 201, I co-founded the design initiative Vectors and co-curated the exhibition ‘Design Beyond Making’ that launched at the Protein gallery. The initiative builds a platform to communicate new roles for designers beyond products.

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // So You Want to Be a Travel Journalist

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Peter Grunert of Lonely Planet Traveller spoke to students about his career in travel journalism.

In the third of a series of Journalism Guest Lectures, LCC welcomed Peter Grunert, editor of the world’s best-selling travel magazine Lonely Planet Traveller. Second-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Max Gayler reports.

Lonely Planet Traveller is in its sixth year after Peter ended up convincing Lonely Planet’s owner to start it up and make him editor. After only a year the magazine spread to India and Argentina and now has publications in 12 different countries.

It would be easy to assume that the magazine would work off the back of the success of hugely successful television shows such as ‘Six Degrees’ or ‘Globe Trekker’, but Peter displayed exactly why the magazine deserves its own credit.

The lecture featured Peter’s favourite piece that the magazine has ever published: the ‘Across the Planet’ project carried out by staff writers Oliver Smith and Christa Larwood.

“We sent two writers across the world from London to Sydney, following in the footsteps of Tony and Maureen Wheeler who were the founders of Lonely Planet 41 years ago,” Peter explained.

This impressive piece of journalism broadcast contrasts in culture from learning to yodel in Germany to the Mudmen of Papua New Guinea.

Oliver Smith, one of the writers of the project, had originally gained his staff writing job after completing work experience at the magazine. During this time he pitched a feature retracing the steps of Lawrence of Arabia, which was so successful that he was named the UK’s Young Travel Writer of the Year.

“We’d never normally give this kind of budget to anybody who wasn’t an experienced writer but we just loved this idea so much we had to do it,” Peter told us.

Peter also highlighted the importance of photography in travel journalism, stating: “Photography is the thing we think draws people in the most… It’s probably the thing people connect with most easily”.

For this reason all photography for the magazine is freelance in order to open up the possibility of a plethora of different landscapes, experiences and people. “We look for photography to fuel people’s dreams,” added Peter.

On the subject of how each country’s edition decides on its content, Peter explained: “All our editions tend to welcome a real diversity of experiences and locations… If their readers tend to be people who live in big cities we encourage them to explore their massive and very diverse countries”.

As well as travelling the world and working his way through his bucket list, Peter has also had the opportunity to interview his idol David Attenborough.

Peter went into detail on his conversation with the country’s most-loved wildlife expert, retelling the story of the time David Attenborough woke up to find an amorous male giant tortoise getting a little too close to his igloo tent on the Galapagos Islands.

What does the future hold for LPT? Peter told us that video is the next step for the magazine, telling of a video he made last February where he went to a rhino conservation centre in Kenya and had to look after a blind, adolescent rhino named Alfie.

“It was a brilliant experience and video is something we can create on all our trips. We’re in the midst of moving our magazine’s videos onto our YouTube channel.”

LPT offers great opportunities for young journalists with constant internships rolling in and out of the office the whole year round, as well as providing chances for greater things, with Oliver Smith a perfect example.

The overall impression given by the magazine’s editor is that travel journalism is, if you’re lucky enough to break into it, one of the most satisfying and rewarding jobs in the world.

It’s obvious that even now, Peter is incredibly appreciative of the opportunities he’s been given and more than happy to help someone get on the same track as him.

Words by Max Gayler

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Bastille Perform Drive Track in Platform Theatre

Band Bastille recently performed their track from Radio One’s rescore of the Drive soundtrack at Platform Theatre.

Above you can see the video of their show.

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1914 Now films launch on SHOWstudio

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1914 Now: Film Inculabuna

Four fantastic films that draw together curatorial talents and film making ingenuity today launched on SHOWstudio, bringing to a global audience the 1914 Now exhibition which is currently on at Spazio Punch in Venice.

1914 Now, four perspectives on fashion curation is a film installation which figures a collaboration between LCF academics and other renowned artists and curators.

Curators, Walter Van Beirendonck, LCF’s Amy de la Haye, Kaat Debo, and LCF’s Judith Clark (Course leader MA Fashion Curation) were invited by Alison Moloney (LCF Curator, International Exhibitions Programme) to express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914. Rather than working in familiar museum contexts, they explored the potential of film as a medium, revealing their perspectives on one year of fashion and on fashion curation. To do this, the curators have collaborated with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller.

The project was inspired by Rem Koolhaas’s brief to the national pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Architecture Biennale Absorbing Modernity 1914 to 2014. Alongside the films is a catalogue, which will be available on the UAL e-store, containing essays from the curators and responses from architectural historians and practitioners, which explore how moments of modernity in fashion collide with those of other disciplines.

Make sure to explore these intriguing and wonderful responses to a moment in time on SHOWstudio.

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