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Meet Keira Yung-Wen Yang

Central Saint Martins (MA Communication Design 2007)
Co-Founder of Taiwan design firm By Associates

Felix von Bomhard and Keira Yung-Wen Yang , Founders of By Associates

Felix von Bomhard and Keira Yung-Wen Yang , Founders of By Associates

After graduating from CSM, Keira worked as a Designer for Corporate Vision Strategists. She then spent over three years as a Designer at graphic design firm Thomas Manss & Company, during which time she received a 2010 Red Dot Award in Communication Design. Following a brief period working as a freelance designer, Keira returned to her native Taiwan in 2012 and co-founded By Associates with German designer Felix von Bomhard. The company specialises in visual identity, print design, editorial design, web design, signage and packaging.

What made you come to London to study and Central Saint Martins (CSM)?
The richness of the history of London and of its design. I also wanted to learn the basics of design. For example, typography and font design are not really taught in Asia, it is just too painstaking to design thousands of characters. CSM’s reputation was another reason.

What is your fondest memory of your time at CSM?
Interaction with classmates and the discussions with the tutors.

What was the most important thing CSM taught you?
Endless creation, how to present your work and visually communicate with your friends from different cultural backgrounds.

Work by By Associates

Work by By Associates

What advice would you give anyone wanting to come from Taiwan to study at UAL?
Be brave and show what you are capable of.

What happened after graduation?
Got hired at the graduation show and then kept on working at various design studios like Graphic thought facility and Thomas Manss & Company among others. Kept living and working in London for six years. That’s when I met my husband to be and moved back to Taiwan to set up my own firm.

What did you love about living and working in London?
The competitiveness.  I enjoyed working with people from everywhere.

Work for the Chimei Museum by By Associates

Work for the Chimei Museum by By Associates

You and your husband Felix have set up your own design agency in Taipei. Tell us about By Associates
Our speciality is brand and editorial design, with an emphasis on printed matter. Since arriving in Taipei we have diversified quite a bit and are doing more and more packaging or way finding design. I think we have opened our studio at just the right time. There seems to be a generational shift in a lot of Taiwanese established companies, which are preparing to hand their companies over to their sons and daughters (Taiwan has a lot of family owned companies). This offspring has often similar background to ours, they have studied abroad and are well versed in how brands work in Europe or the US and they see the need for a solid brand identity. It is a good time to be a designer in Taiwan, there are still lots of things to be done!

You’ve worked on some really varied projects for a variety of different companies including ice-cream makers, chocolatiers, museums, restaurants and property companies  (to name but a few!). What have been your top three projects?
Yu Chocolatier, Chimei Museum and the Foster Monographs which I designed when still at Thomas Manss & Co.

Packaging design for Yu Chocolatier by By Associates

Packaging design for Yu Chocolatier by By Associates

What are your top tips for anyone wanting to set up their own design business?
Learn and practice how to communicate with clients and vendors.

What has been your proudest moment?
When I met someone for the first time and they said they had already heard about our office.

What are your favourite things to do in Taipei?
Wander around one of the city’s countless markets or head to the surrounding mountains for a hike.

What’s next for you and Felix?
Becoming parents and to find a way to integrate the newcomer into our studio life.

Work by By Associates

Work by By Associates

Find out more about UAL’s Taiwan Alumni Association 

What it means to be ‘female’ in…

….Peru, Italy, Pakistan, China and Iran. They might come from very different places – but each face a similar battle. Here, these UAL women share the very personal stories behind their art.

ANDREA: “I shared my most private thoughts.”

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Andrea Vargas, London College of Communication, UAL Image ©Lewis Bush

“I love this person and yet she is such a mess.”
“I can’t be nice all the time.”
“When I was five years old I wanted to be a boy.”
“Be smart but never show it”
“Outsmart the patriarchy”
“63.3kg”
“Today I’ve decided not to pull out that white hair.”
“Question at all times that biology is destiny and that “genius” is only male.”
“I find it so weird to bleed once a month and not die.”
“I must call my mother”
“I’m going to be 30”

For most girls, the idea of publicly revealing their weight or the number of stray grey hairs is enough to render them speechless. But photographer, Andrea Vargas chose to turn this fear into a (very) public visual diary – layering secret thoughts over ‘honest portraits’. Here she shows what she, and perhaps most women of her generation might be going through.

“Girls are always coming up to me and saying: ‘You’re in my head!’ It shows how similar we all actually are – how we are driven by the same fears and vulnerabilities about our body and our choices. By revealing each thought – I shed a layer of anxiety and fear.

I deliberately took 31 photographs of myself. This was to challenge the idea that women need to fit into a 28-day cycle as dictated by things like the Pill. Again, women are forced into this tiny box. Instead, I wanted to dismantle that notion and show how we should define ourselves and also to show how my turning 30 and getting older is something to be celebrated.

I’m from Peru and at my age, my mother was already married and had children. And here I am, on the cusp of turning 30, and I’m childless and unmarried. My mother already knows I’m not following a conventional path (or whatever she might think conventional is).

Perú, itself, is far away from equality in any sense, let alone gender equality. There is a lot of pressure for women to be this perfect human being. She must know what she wants, have a Master’s degree, make money, stand up for herself, get married, have children, raises them right, be a good wife, and with whatever strength she has left, tackle all her own personal issues. It’s exhausting.

I want my work to show that girls can and define themselves in whichever way they wish. You can choose for yourself and be whoever you want to be.” In La Luna, Vargas combines photography and text, exploring ideas of societal pressure on women in Latin American society. Using her body as the main subject, she has made a series of what she calls ‘honest portraits’, investigating issues of self-acceptance and perception of her own body. Creating a visual diary, in which she includes these self-portraits and her own thoughts poured on the wall, she tries to help the viewer understand what she, and perhaps most women of her generation, might be going through in some determined part of her life.”

LICHENA: “It took my parents 15 years to accept our relationship.”

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Lichena Bertinato, London College of Communication; UAL, Image © Lewis Bush

In ‘The invention of the family’, Lichena Bertinato traces the evolution of her family through old family portraits, raising questions about LGBT rights in Italy, where there is not yet any legal recognition of same-sex families.

“This series shows three generations of what ‘family’ looks like in Italy. From my grandparents, to my parents, to me and my pregnant girlfriend, Elisabetta. Three relationships, equal in measures of love, but each recognised so differently.

It took my parents 15 years to accept our relationship. It took Elisabetta’s family 10 years. It hasn’t been easy, but placing my relationship next to my family’s history was a cathartic experience. It was a mix of fear and the need to feel brave for when Elisabetta and I become parents ourselves.

I will teach my child that there is not just one family model but all kinds that share the same values, regardless if there is a single parent, or if parents are two men or two women.

The Church and society expect women in Italy to raise children, take care of the house and keep her husband happy. Society doesn’t help us to fulfil our potential, except from gaining a realization as mothers. I think that mothers in Italy forgot that they are also women. And when women speak up, they are labelled as feminists or subservient.

Here in the UK, we will both be legally recognised as parents of our child. Both of our names will appear on the birth certificate. But once back in Italy, we do not exist: I won’t exist as a partner and even worse, as a parent.

Last summer The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy was violating human rights in not recognising any form of civil union or same sex marriage. So while I wait for the law to catch up on my family status, I am inventing one, for which I claim my own rights, The invention of the family.

SAMIYA: “I felt inferior to my brothers because I was born a girl.”

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Samiya Younis, Wimbledon College of the Arts, UAL

She had endured too much to remain silent. For Samiya Younis, the answer was to pour her frustrations, fears, and ultimately her self-acceptance into her art. Here she opens up about overcoming her past.

“I am one of nine children, born in the UK to Pakistani parents. Growing up, I always felt inferior to my brothers because I was born a girl. It’s different for the girls in the family. My mother was married at 13 and had her first child at 15. Many of my sisters have been forced into marriage.

When we turned 15, my twin sister and I were promised to our first cousins and we were engaged. By 17, we would be their wives. My sister and I were forced to leave home and we’ve been estranged from our family ever since.

Being raised as a Muslim has impacted me severely. All my life I have felt alone, scared and unloved. I have been repressed, controlled and suffered mental, emotional and physical abuse from my parents and elder siblings.

My parents threatened us into believing if we didn’t follow Islam we would go to hell. I was told to befriend only other Muslim females. I had to attend Saturday school and read the Quran every day. If I got any of the words wrong, I would be beaten.

I was made to believe women were second class citizens, only good for obeying, bearing children and being confined to the home. Women are made to wear traditional Pakistani clothes with head-scarfs and when occasionally they are allowed out, they must be chaperoned. Education is not encouraged.

I have struggled with my identity and confidence as long as I can remember. Not knowing where I fit in this has affected me in adult life. I struggle to trust and build relationships. But my work helps me create awareness of these practicing on women’s repression, and how they can affect an individual.

I want my work to highlight the secret repression that is still happening and remains hidden – for all girls everywhere.”

WENDY: “We are expected to get married and bear children. This is ingrained into us from when we are kids.”

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Wendy Lee-Warne, London College of Communication, UAL

In ‘A Woman’s Fate’ Wendy  Lee-Warne explores gender identity in a traditional Chinese family in Singapore. She records some of the future pathways that were open to her as a child.

“Once a baby is identified as female in Chinese culture, she is expected to fulfil a specific role – to get married, bear children and serve her family. This is ingrained into us from when we are kids. We must act our part.

Instead I took a different path and trained as an architect. But even then, I didn’t belong. It’s unusual for women to be on a construction site – they are out of place.

My mother, who comes from a long line of traditional Chinese families, just wants me to find a good man, get married and have a family. Instead, I quit my stable job to pursue photography. My parents are not happy with me. They see my choice to pursue a ‘physical’ job as a waste of their investment in me.

But I am so much more fulfilled right now. My work is about women to pursue the life they want. Women are capable of being who they want to be. Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex said it for me. ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

We should not conform to conventions just because of expectations but in fact, allow ourselves to grow and become comfortable in our own skin, deciding for ourselves what we want to be, how we want to act and who we want to love.”

SHADI: “By dressing up as and acting out their lives – I became these women.”

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Shadi Mahsa

Meet the woman with a thousand faces. From chance meetings with strangers , Shadi Mahsa channelled their beings and immortalised them into her art. Here, she unmasks her inspiration.

“I am an Iranian woman and have lived in exile since 1991. In my journey, I’ve encountered characters that are forever seared into my memory. Real women, from all classes of Iranian society, whose personalities show a fine balance between an imposed subservience and the natural strength of their gender. From time to time, I still think of them and wonder how they are coping with their lives.

By dressing up and acting out their lives – I became them. Whether it’s Farzaneh, or ‘Ferri’, the woman dressed as man, living a homosexual life, to a veiled woman driving a car in the public eye. These are challenging characters, but all their stories deserve to be told.

There are so many burdens placed on women in Iran, from style of dress to their legal rights, spanning divorce, travel and inheritance.

Women in Iran must obey the husband. The man is the leader of the family – it is he who decides. A man can marry up to four wives, and have unlimited short marriages, ‘sigheh’. These rules do not apply to women.

My work is about sharing the truth. To highlight a universal issue regarding women. It is not an issue just in Iran, it is global. In some countries more and some less. The detail is different, but the injustice is everywhere.”

The Picton Art Prize 2015

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The Picton Art Prize aims to give early-career UAL artists the opportunity to create a new public art work to be installed at Angel Gate in Islington.

UAL artists are invited to submit proposals for a new work to be realised and installed by December 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their work (existing and proposed), the appropriateness of the work to the site, and the ability of the Prize to enhance their future development as practitioners.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for a new work to be realised and installed by December 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their work (existing and proposed), the appropriateness of the work to the site, and the ability of the Prize to enhance their future development as practitioners.

A cash prize of £3,000 will be awarded to the winning artist, plus a budget of £10,000 for the production and installation of the work at Angel Gate.

All shortlisted candidates will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

The winning work will be unveiled at a high-profile event hosted by Picton Capital at Angel Gate in December 2015.

Who can apply

The competition is open to current UAL students and recent UAL graduates (up to three years after graduation).

International students may apply if they are eligible to remain in the UK until 31 December 2015 in order to complete the commission.

Key dates and application process

Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015

Interview date: Wednesday 2 September 2015

Application

Artists are invited to submit a PDF proposal (max 10 pages) via the online application portal, addressing all elements of the competition brief.

Proposals must include:

  • Artist statement.
  • Description of proposed sculpture/ 3D art including, including size and materials.
  • Proposed budget (broken down into artists fee, materials and fabrication costs, insurance, installation and transport costs etc.).
  • Safety considerations (if applicable).
  • Installation process and maintenance/upkeep schedule (if applicable).
  • Concept sketches/ images of the proposed sculpture (max 5).
  • Images of past work (max 5).
  • CV (please remove personal contact details before submitting).

Shortlisting

A shortlist of eight candidates will be made by an initial selection panel. All shortlisted candidates will enter into a project agreement with UAL and will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

Shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to visit the proposed site on 5 August 2015 to meet with the site manager and consultants for the development.

Interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to deliver a presentation to the judging panel on 2 September 2015.

Winner announced

The winner will be announced by the end of September 2015.

Apply now

Read the competition brief before submitting your proposal via the online portal.

Meet Sooyoung Cho, President of the UAL Korean Alumni Association

Sooyoung Cho
Central Saint Martins, MA Design Studies, 2004

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What inspired you to come and study in London?
When I was working as a PR assistant in a large corporation, there was a huge gap between ‘what the CEO is thinking’ and ‘what the tea-lady says about the company.’ Even board members were not aware that identity is a major resource for managing communication. This led me to challenge ‘how can we manage the corporate identity, ensuring all employees have the same message in their mind and that this message is delivered to external audiences more effectively?’ And I’ve found there are many design management courses in London.

What was the greatest thing you gained from your time at CSM?
1. Innovative thinking – our professor, Geoff Crook said that out-of-the-box-thinking and the “life is a journey” mind really inspired me in various ways.

2. The creative background of friends- our course, MA Design Studies (now Applied Imagination), had 50% marketing background and 50% design background. With a marketing career, I met good designer friends here and all of us had a big synergy! And I still work with my ex-classmates in a global network!

What advice would you give any students wanting to move to London from South Korea?
If you are going to be a person who creates a new way of thinking, new way of life, London is better choice than any other city, because London is in the very front line of emerging trends, branding, communications, art & design, business and journalism. The most important thing is that these things are not separate, but merged with creative ways!  As a CEO of The Bread and Butter, brand consulting agency, I come to London more than twice a year, to see the emerging trends, and whenever I come here, I get lot of business ideas, creative inspiration.

What was the best thing about living in London?
Many parks, branded supermarkets, innovative marketing activities, various art & design events and great food!

What have you been doing since graduation?
After graduation, I worked for Laura Ashley (work experience in Marketing team), and SS ROBIN, the world’s oldest steamship, as a brand PR manager. When I came back to South Korea, I worked for Harper’s BAZAAR/ Esquire magazine as a marketing manager, then for Marks & Spencer Korea. After that, I became a brand consultant in a BRAND IMAGE Desgrippes & Laga. In 2009, I established The Bread and Butter (www.the-bread-and-butter.com), brand consulting agency, and we are now top class branding agency in South Korea.

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What is your greatest achievement?
The Bread and Butter, our company! This July, we will celebrate our 6th anniversary!

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
1) Food & beverage trends and its packaging design
2) FMG brand’s marketing activities and its communication messages

What do you most enjoy about living and working in Seoul?
Great food, shopping and good friends

You are President of our South Korean Alumni Association. What made you take on this exciting role?
I’ve made our UAL Korean Alumni’s concept [6 t a l e n t] : trendy+ authentic+ leading+ energetic+ notable+ true to life. We would like to show our big talent to Korean society, with 6 concepts, then we would like to share our talents with people who need our ideas.

How do you think our graduates will benefit from having access to such a strong alumni community?
1. Networking and good relationships
2. Finding many possibilities to work together
3. Gaining more confidence on what they have

 Find out more about more about our international alumni groups

 

Meet Angie Stimson

Angie Stimson
Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Fine Art and Film

What tempted you into studying Fine Art and Film at CSM?
It was always my goal to go to art school and I knew that art school had to be CSM. With it’s reputation, highest calibre of teaching, and tradition, I would have felt I’d compromised myself if I had gone anywhere else, it was CSM or nowhere.

What was the best thing about your time at CSM?
The best thing about CSM was that on my Foundation year we were given the freedom and encouragement to try so many different mediums that previously I had had no access to. I had originally gone in determined to pursue Fashion for my degree. However as soon as entered the film department I’d felt like I’d come home. It would never have been a medium I would ever had considered had it not been a part of the extensive Foundation year curriculum.

What did you do straight after graduation?
Immediately after graduation I formed a small feminist production company called Siren Productions, funded by Westminster Arts Council. From there I began to teach video editing at Battersea Arts Centre.

What made you up sticks to the US?
I came out to LA with my husband, He was an animator working in the UK. When Dreamworks was formed he was asked by them to relocate out here.  I was living in North West London at the time, the view from my window was the gasworks. Came to LA, looked out the window, the view was the Hollywood sign, I was smitten, there was no going back.

What advice would you give any of our students and graduates interested in making a life for themselves on the US West Coast?
I would encourage anyone coming here to know that the opportunities here are boundless. Even here, CSM has an awesome reputation. When people know that you are an alum, you are immediately ahead of the game, that, coupled with an English accent and you can’t go wrong!

What do you love most about living in LA?
I found that the US and particularly here in LA , people have the most amazing, brilliant, positive attitude to helping you achieve anything you want to achieve. I wish I had known earlier in life that you really can do anything you set your mind to. If you have an idea for a project, people will immediately say, “what do you need, how can I help?”  It took me awhile to overcome my initial British reticence, When I finally did, the whole world opened up.  LA is lighter, brighter and with no crushing cynical attitudes to success. I’m unbearable when I visit the UK, way too jolly and annoyingly chipper!

You play a massive part in helping us bring our LA alumni community together, (for which we are eternally grateful) what made you get involved?
I came across the UAL West Coast Alumni Association completely by accident. I went to first meeting and loved it. By far the best thing was the diversity. There were members who had been at art school in the 50’s up to people who only just left a couple of years ago. We put on our first exhibition in 2013, and it was a huge success. We all worked so well as a cohesive group and now have found each other it would have been a shame not to carry on. Adopting my new LA personae of ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’, and because I’m a bossy boots, I suggested from now on we put on a yearly show during Britweek. It was by sheer serendipity that I was introduced to a fellow Brit, Valda Lake, who owns WallspaceLA gallery, and who had been wanting to participate in Britweek. We were looking for a gallery, she was looking for artists, perfect, match made in heaven. It was meant to be.

How do you think our graduates will benefit from having access to such a strong alumni community?
Any graduates who move our here will immediately have a strong support network. It can be a bit overwhelming when first moving out here. Everything is so spread out, it can be difficult to get your bearings. There is no centre to LA. But having the fellow alumni here, and because we all work in different mediums means we have a vast network of contacts you set people in the right direction.

Tell us more about the group’s plans around Brit Week.
We have an Alumni exhibition featuring 20 artists running from the 21st of April till 4th of May. We’ve renamed our group London Transplants. Hopefully we will now have yearly exhibitions.

This exhibitions theme is showing how our work has changed or progressed by our moving to a different cultural and geographical environment. How has that impacted the content of our work, if at all. It’s a continuation on the theme from the last exhibition, where we showed a current piece of work alongside a piece we had produced while at UAL. The contrast in the pieces shown in that exhibition was quite striking.

We are all incredibly excited about it, everyone is working so hard to make is as successful as the 2013 exhibit. It’s going to be brilliant!

 

UAL selected to host one of six debates celebrating 10 years of AHRC

University of the Arts London (UAL) has been selected as one of six universities to participate in a debate series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Books and the Human

 The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects,  Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, 1967

The theme of the series is ‘The Way We Live Now’ and the debates will examine key aspects of the human world, the ways in which these subjects are changing and shaping our lives, and will explore the ways in which the arts and humanities can help us understand this changing world.

UAL was selected from over 40 universities to take part in this prestigious series of events, and will be hosting its debate entitled ‘Books and the Human’ in December 2015 at Central Saint Martins. The debate will pose the question: what are the primary relationships between books and knowledge, and between books and human beings? This question will be addressed through expanded debates which draw together the fields of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, literature and creative practice. Additional events held at Central Saint Martins and other UAL colleges will explore how books are conceived, crafted, experienced and shared.

The debate series will be launched with the Curating the Nation debate on 11th  June at the British Museum and will run for several months, with further details to follow over the next few months.

Programme Director and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins Rebecca Wright, who was part of the team to put forward UAL’s application, said of being selected for the series: “We’re delighted that UAL has been chosen to take part in this debate series to celebrate ten years of AHRC. The Graphic Communication Design programme at Central Saint Martins has a long and rich history of association with typography and book design, dating back to 1896 as the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Hosting this AHRC national debate provides an exciting opportunity to explore the form, function and future of the book from the perspectives of making and thinking, integrating design with the wider humanities. Our interest is in how the book is intimately linked to the way we live now.”

Meet Doii Lee

Doii Lee graduated from Central Saint Martins in Fashion Design with Knitwear (BA Hons) in 2002. She has had a varied career, working for Kenzo and John Galiano in Paris, before going on to set up her own labels ‘Doii Paris Co.’, and more recently, ‘Lee.Doii’, exhibiting at Paris and Seoul Fashion weeks numerous times.  We are delighted to announce that Doii has also taken up the new post of joint Vice President of the UAL Korean alumni group.

Doii Lee

Why did you chose to study knitwear at Central Saint Martins?
Before I knew that I wanted to be a fashion designer, I was influenced by a Korean knitwear brand called ‘Agasi’. I was really inspired by knitwear, and the way you create a piece of art through knitting – connecting threads with different methods and producing different outcomes depending on the way I think about the piece. So the process itself is fun and unique, and at the same time seeing the final piece gives me a sense of perfection.

 

What was the biggest challenge you faced when studying at CSM? How did you overcome it?
As a foreign student I lacked the references of culture and art compared with the European students. In order to achieve good results in my projects, my research skills had to be better than others. My English skills were limited, which really bothered and frustrated me. I had to overcome my limits by making a lot of effort to learn the culture, develop good visuals, improve my communication skills and produce a lot of work.

 

How did you adjust to life in London, moving here from Korea?
For me, life in London was like being in a difficult relationship. Due to the different culture I was shocked at first and struggled to the end. But I loved the place dearly and cherished every moment I spent there. Also I believe that such an experience has made me a stronger and more versatile person, than the person I might have been if I stayed in Korea.

 

What was your favourite thing to do in London?
I really enjoyed the exhibitions, plays, books, movies, concerts etc. In other words, I really loved the culture of London. There were so many inspiring ways to spend my time, by looking at Time Out magazine for the events listings. I really miss exploring London!

 

Tell us about what you have been up to since you graduated from CSM?
After I graduated in 2003, I moved to Paris to work in John Galliano’s studio. At the end of 2003, I had an interview with Antonio Marras, the newly appointed art director. He asked me to work with him in the Defille team and I was really grateful for the opportunity, since I was the only designer that was handpicked by him at Kenzo. So I moved straight away to continue my career. Eventually I wanted to do my own line so I launched ‘Doii’ during the 2007 F/W Paris Fashion Week. Ever since, I have been presenting fashion shows and presentations in Paris and Korea. Now I run the brand ‘Lee.Doii’.

 

What do you love most about your job?
Other than building a company of my own, I love working with others within the industry, and visiting the fabric markets.  Being a fashion designer is always interesting since I have to present something different every time. New creations are always interesting – I learn a lot during the process, and eventually come up with something that is new, but still contains a part of my uniqueness.  That is the most attractive, and the part which I love most about my job.

 

What advice would you give to students who want to get their work noticed after graduating?
For students it is always important to do well in school projects and create a portfolio that illustrates your own uniqueness.

 

If you are interested in joining the Korean alumni group get in touch

New Employee Self-Service – coming soon

Employee Self-Service

A new version of Employee Self-Service is being launched this March. With fewer clicks, the redesigned Employee Self-Service will make it easier for you to maintain your personal details, book holiday and manage your personal learning. You will also be able to access the system on the go, with the ability to access both Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service on mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and tablets.

What can you do

  • Update your personal details (address, contacts, equality information)
  • Book holidays and manage your entitlement
  • Submit expense claims
  • Book UAL staff training courses

Key features for managers

  • Access via mobile devices.
  • Access for managers to authorise tasks within new Employee Self-Service without logging into Manager Self-Service.
  • Access for managers to view their team’s activities and absences via the calendar

More information is available on the Employee Self-Service intranet page. To prepare yourself book a place on one of the 30 minute briefings being held during February and March. You can do this through the current Employee Self Service (search for Employee Self-Service under Learning.)

Nigel Carrington appointed chair of trustees for Henry Moore Foundation

Nigel Carrington  has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Henry Moore Foundation, taking up the post from 4 November. He has been a trustee of the foundation since earlier this year.

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Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure No.1

Henry Moore was Head of Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art from 1932-1939 and the school purchased his 1959 bronze sculpture ‘Two-Piece Reclining Figure no. 1’ in 1963. The piece can be seen at Chelsea College of Arts. Read more about the sculpture or visit the Henry Moore archive

Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “Having long regarded Henry Moore as a pivotal and enduring influence on the development of British sculpture, it is a particular privilege to be joining the Foundation at such an exciting time in its development. As the largest grant-making artist foundation outside the US, with established and growing venues in Hertfordshire and Leeds alongside prestigious international programmes, the Foundation is well placed to build upon its already considerable achievements.”

Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Foundation, added: “The Foundation will benefit greatly from Nigel Carrington’s demonstrable enthusiasm for sculpture and knowledge of the arts sector, coupled with a wealth of business expertise. We are extremely grateful to Duncan Robinson who has led us through a period of transition, placing us in a very favourable position to realise future ambitions.”

 

UAL in South Korea

The UAL delegation has arrived back in London after a hugely successful week in Seoul. The cross-college delegation visited South Korean design foundations, universities and government organisations with the aim of consolidating UAL links in the region, increasing our impact and creating further opportunities for our students and alumni to work collaboratively across the UK and Korean creative industries.

Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington addressed the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation and the role of the studio way of working. At a British Council event, Nigel also addressed 200 young people on the UK’s creative industries and the future of design. This was followed by a lively Q&A where a cross-college panel led by LCF’s Frances Corner took audience questions.

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Nigel Carrington addresses the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation

During the trip, the Vice-Chancellor appeared in South Korean newspaper, television, digital and radio media, including interviews with the Korea Herald, tbs eFM, Newsis, JoongAng Daily, TV Chosun and Korea Times. Nigel spoke to the press about topics ranging from his thoughts on traditional Korean culture to the success of UAL’s Korean graduates, as well as highlighting exciting news such as UAL’s Fung Foundation scholarships programme and inviting students from Asia and Europe to undertake a placement at the University. Visits to partner universities Hongik, EWHA and SNU were very positive and UAL will now formalise plans for undergraduate exchange programmes across our core disciplines,  joint research projects and  potentially new curriculum developments.

and Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Women's University, Seoul

LCF’s Frances Corner and Paul McNicoll with Juliette Sargeant from the International Relations Unit at EWHA Woman’s University, Seoul

80 alumni from across UAL’s Colleges joined the Vice-Chancellor and UAL colleagues at a drinks reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul. This exciting group, including many of Korea’s leading figures in the fashion, arts, media and design industries, were joined by the British Ambassador Mr Scott Wightman and members of the British Council. UAL now plans to launch a new wave of activity in Korea and build on these new relationships by formalising the Alumni Association with the aim of supporting our existing and future Korean alumni.

Alumni Reception, British Ambassador's residence, Seoul

Alumni Reception, British Embassy, Seoul