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Recognising the exceptional entrepreneurial spirit of our students and alumni, in January 2012, UAL launched the SEED Fund to support current students and recent graduates (up to two years after graduation) who demonstrate a highly innovative and sustainable project or business plan.

The latest batch SEED Funded initiatives include an online platform aimed at facilitating sustainable lifestyle choices, an arts & culture quarterly print magazine, a lighting design company, a platform for showcasing emerging design talent and a fashion & accessories brand. Find out about these projects.

In addition to business development grants of up to £5,000, this fantastic programme offers workshops on everything from business planning and budgeting to pitching your idea and applying for funding, as well as free legal and commercial advice and mentoring from industry experts.

Now approaching its third anniversary, the SEED Fund has supported an impressive 36 projects and awarded a total of £138,000 worth of funding. We took a look back and asked one of our graduates how the SEED Fund helped him and how his project has developed:

Fernando Laposse

Fernando Laposse

Tell us about your project/idea/work
I wanted to develop my graduation project, a system for making edible sugar cocktail glassware, into a business.

How did you hear about the SEED Fund and what was the application process like?
I heard about SEED Fund through the business and employability centre at CSM. The application process was mainly about giving an elevator pitch of your idea and a business plan of how you intend to execute it. There is an initial round and if you make it past it you are expected to submit your product for a revision by the judging panel. The application process is extensive but very clear and comprehensive

What did the SEED Fund enable you to do?
The SEED Fund gave me an initial injection of cash which covered some of the costs of getting started, but really it was all the extra support, the workshops, mentoring and legal advice, that enabled me to make the jump from thinking simply as a designer to making more business conscious decisions.

Work by Fernando Laposse

Did UAL provide you with any other support/resources to help you get started? Is there anything else you think they should do?
I had the opportunity of joining a business evening course which was extremely useful. It was a very hands-on course which really pointed you in the right direction not only with business thinking but with more practical things like setting up a company and doing tax returns.

Do you have any plans to develop your ideas further? If so, what are they?
The core and focus of my business has changed from simply selling a product into selling a service, I think I came to this decision in a good part thanks to the experience of the SEED Fund, since I had to reassess my business plan a year later and comparing my cash flow prognostic when I applied to with my actual annual cash flow report I realised the most profitable activities were organising an event around my product, not selling it individually for the masses. My plan is to keep offering custom made products for exclusive events the way I have been doing for the past months.

Work by Fernando Laposse

What advice would you give students and graduates wanting to start out like you?
My advice would be to really believe in your product but to be open to change, and this could be the product itself or your target market. Progress comes by just diving head first, making mistakes and taking calculated risks, so don’t be afraid to try new things!

Next application deadline is 21 November 2014. Enterprise workshops, running during the week of 13 October, are available to students and alumni.
Find out more about the SEED Fund and how to apply.
Book on to one of our Enterprise Workshops.
Join our mentorship scheme and help the next generation fulfil their potential. Email to find out more.

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UAL Postgraduate Community is a finalist in the 2014 Prospects Postgraduate Awards

The initiative,  to support the postgraduate students at UAL, is a finalist in the Best University Campaign category of the 2014 Prospects Postgraduate Awards. The awards recognise the most exciting developments in postgraduate education.

UAL Postgraduate Community, led by students, allows a space outside of their courses to test, explore and discuss their ideas to a much wider audience.

“The Postgraduate Community initiative aims to build a diverse programme of events that target the postgraduate taught and research student body across the University’s six Colleges, enabling postgraduate students to gain access to events and opportunities from all disciplines to nurture collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing. This will in turn provide an informed, connected and confident ‘Super Generation’ of arts professionals.”

- Rachael Daniels,  Postgraduate Community & Events Manager at UAL

Winners will be announced on Monday 10 November 2014.

Well done to all those involved!


Find out more about the Prospects Postgraduate Awards

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Meet Mimi

With thanks to “persistence and hard graft”, since graduation Central Saint Martins alumna Mimi Berry (Fashion: Fashion Design with Marketing (1999)) has developed her leather accessories brand from a  small stall in London’s Spitalfields Market into an established presence on the international accessories scene. Mimi’s beautiful handmade leather designs are sold worldwide, however all manufacturing remains exclusively in the UK. On the launch of her new website and online shop, we visit Mimi (and her gorgeous dog) at her Bethnal Green studio to drink tea, talk business, reminisce about student life and fondle some amazing leather.

Mimi Berry

What was the best bit at studying at Central Saint Martins?
Studying at CSM made me confident as a person and as a designer, and the best part was being in a creative hub all the time.

Did it help you prepare for life after?
It makes you self-sufficient, as they were keen not to mollycoddle us, but encouraged us to go out there and make it happen instead. A good attitude for life basically. We were always told how fortunate we were, and not to waste our time. Seeing ex-students in the press and media was massive encouragement too, as it made you feel that you too could be as good as them.

Mimi Berry Workshop


What’s the secret to getting your work noticed after graduation?
Persistence and hard graft. Go out there, show your work and talk to people. Be original and don’t be afraid of being knocked back a few times in the beginning. It is also now absolutely essential to be social media savvy.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?
Finding good manufacturers that I could trust and that could make things on time. It was word of mouth and trial and error. Learning about the materials, and learning how to cost and price your work is also a huge challenge for a young designer.

Mimi Berry leather


What tips would you give current students hoping to start their own business?
Do work experience. It really is invaluable for learning how a business works.

What has been your proudest moment?
My long-term collaboration with the Tate still makes me so proud, as I was involved with the one of the most iconic institutions in the country. All four Tate galleries are iconic, inspiring and beautifully curated, and it was an absolute pleasure to design and sell a collection within this environment.

You offer work placements to current students, what do they learn and why is it important for students to take these opportunities?
It is so important for students to undertake placements if they can. They learn so much, and not just about design. It’s the whole experience of working in a business that is crucial to students who want to graduate and set up their own brand. In addition to contributing to the design process, the areas that the students learn about include costings, liaising with the factories and the entire product life cycle from design to completion. We have had some wonderful students, who have varied their time from 4 weeks to 9 months. We try to get them fully involved in the company and the jobs change from week to week.

Mimi Berry Workshop 2


What’s coming up next for you?
I am off to Paris Fashion Week at the end of September, and then it’s back to London to work on AW2015. We also have some exciting new collaborations in the pipeline. Unfortunately they are still secret, so I can’t tell you more about them quite yet!

What’s your favourite London hangout?
My current favourite is a new restaurant called Rotorino on Kingsland Road. I’ve been there twice this month. I also love the Royal Oak on Columbia Road.

Who inspires you?
Diana Vreeland (queen of the one liners). My mother. Wes Anderson (a genius!). Tilda Swinton.


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Drawing resurgent as sound artist wins Jerwood Prize

Alison Carlier's sound work
The announcement of Alison Carlier’s sound work Adjectives, lines and marks as the winner of this year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize affirms the resurgence of exciting contemporary drawing practice in Britain. Marking the first ever sound-only work to win the prestigious prize, Alison was selected by judging panel Gavin Delahunty, senior curator of contemporary art, Dallas Museum; Dr Janet McKenzie, author and co-editor of Studio International; and artist Alison Wilding RA, whose remit was to “champion excellence and promote and celebrate the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.” Alison graduated from MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts in 2013.

Adjectives, lines and marks is formed of Carlier’s voice reading a description of a Roman pot found in Southwark, close to the site of the Jerwood Space; its source is a reference book held at the Museum of London Archive Roman Southwark Settlement and Economy – excavations in Southwark 1973-91Mother No.O and Wait a minute, it’s the truth and the truth hurts XIV, the two winning student prize works by Wimbledon MA Fine Art alumna Ara Choi and Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art alumna Annette Fernando respectively, see UAL graduates winning three of the four prizes for 2014, the twentieth anniversary of the prize.

Speaking after the announcement, Alison Carlier says: “Drawing seems to be in an exciting position at the moment; on the one hand working across media such as audio/visual and performance whilst the 2D surface continues hold great potential. Drawing is undergoing a resurgence, perhaps because  at it’s root it is a shared practice; sculptors preparatory sketches, and the close alignment of drawing with printmaking, for example. Making drawings is familiar to artists across the board; it is a known and established discipline. But further than that, the quintessential nature of drawing; its proximity to thought, its directness, and often open-endedness enables it to create a discourse across and between media.  Drawing Sculpture recently shown at The Drawing Room is an example.”
Annette Fernando, Wait a minute, it's the truth and the truth hurts XIV, 2013. Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photography: Benjamin Cosmo Westoby.

Reflecting on the contemporary relationship between drawing and sound, UAL’s Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation Professor David Toop says: “There are close links between drawing and sound art. A lot of sound artists and improvisers would be happy to say that some part of their practice follows Paul Klee’s famous maxim of ‘taking a line for a walk’. To pick one example, Christian Marclay’s work with records and turntables began as a form of inscription, of following the lines cut into vinyl records. There is also the question of scale. Drawing tends to be intimate and close and sound art, particularly environmental sound recording, is predominantly an exploration of detail within the sound sphere or of auditory phenomena close to the ear. But drawing is also more in tune with the sketch, the transient marks that make no claim to permanence or greatness and working with sound and listening always has some sense of that transience, simply because sound is fleeting.”

“Today, when I use the word drawing I am thinking of a two dimensional, not necessarily hand-made image, executed with a view towards facilitating the understanding, design and/or explaining a multi-dimensional event” comments UAL’s Chair of Drawing Professor Stephen Farthing. “I suspect good drawing, like good writing, reduces a complex state of affairs to a simplified, elegant and intelligible image”

He adds: “The image can have been drawn on just about any substrate (working surface) that will receive a line: from the back of your hand or an envelope, to a concrete wall. It can be drawn with anything capable of making a mark on your chosen substrate: from a line made with the heel of your shoe to an area of tone made by a cast shadow, so drawing is more than paper and pencils. A possibly peripheral, but important to me aspect of drawing, is the degree of flux the drawing process allows. In a drawing every line is provisional until the drawing is finished, only at the end is the event, is it ‘carved’, so to speak ‘in stone’. The greatest drawings are the ones that have the ability to communicate their content without the help of either the written or spoken word. Drawings of this type are, however, few and far between, as most drawings are dependent to a degree on either oral or written support.”
Ara Choi, Mother No.0, 2013. Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photography: Benjamin Cosmo Westoby.

Drawing has long been championed by UAL. Hearing the news of the prize winners, Wimbledon College of Arts’ Dean Simon Betts comments: “I am absolutely delighted that Alison and Ara have been so successful at the Jerwood Drawing Prize. By winning these prizes their commitment to the practice of drawing, and the quality of their work is given due national recognition.

“Contemporary drawing is now a multi-dimensional, multi-media and cross disciplinary practice. What Alison’s sound piece achieves is a new sense of materiality for drawing. Her work in the Jerwood Drawing Prize poetically ‘sketches’ and articulates a space for the ‘viewer’ where the drawing and articulation of the object is completed by the viewers’ visualisation responding to a spoken analysis of objects. There is a long and profound relationship between drawing and writing, but what Alison’s piece takes further is the creation of an interactive space where the drawing takes place between the spoken word and the viewer/listener. At its edge, the listener also makes a drawing. One of drawing’s purposes is to test the limits of visualisation, ideas and materiality, and this Alison does; she has made a multi-dimensional drawing.

“At Wimbledon College of Arts we are developing a new Centre for Drawing that will build on Wimbledon’s rich heritage of engagement with the practice of drawing, and one that will encourage research into new forms, materials and purposes of drawing. The notion of a centre implies that a thing or idea is at the heart of other things and ideas. At Wimbledon College of Arts we are exploring this new ‘centre’ for drawing as being the College itself; that is to say drawing situated at the heart of what we do, and extending outwards to create links and relationships with other practitioners, ‘centres’ and forums of contemporary drawing.

The last five years has seen debates around what is drawing, and what is a good drawing, inform practice, research and pedagogy. I want to see a ‘Centre for Drawing: Wimbledon’ that develops those ideas, investigates new forms, instigates research and shapes pedagogy. How we do that may well be on the basis of a more ‘viral centre’ that shapes itself dependent on shifting discourses and new forms of practice. However, while this more fluid notion of a centre for drawing should remain responsive and generative, it is because we believe that drawing remains at the centre of what we do as makers.”

Of her time at UAL, Alison says; “I studied MA Drawing at Wimbledon with Michael Pavelka,  which allowed me to push my ideas. The course is now led by Tania Kovats. As her work is at the forefront of  contemporary drawing practice, she is ideally placed.”

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is on show  until 26 October at Jerwood Space, read more on the Jerwood website

Listen to an extract from Alison’s work on the Jerwood SoundCloud

Read more about UAL’s Chair of Drawing on the UAL website

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Lawrence Zeegen

Michael Anastassiades lighting
With over 300 events at London Design Festival, UAL’s design experts share their insights into which exhibitions are unmissable. Here, Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design London College of Communication, lists his top five.

1. Global Design Forum
Thought-leadership in design exploring the role of design and it’s impact in economics, politics and education. Yesterday’s lecture by info-graphix expert David McCandless was inspiring.
Read more on the LDF website

2. Michael Anastassiades Open Studio
A presentation of a lighting installation. Michael taught many years ago on Camberwell’s BA (Hons) Graphic Design course when I was course leader. Amazing work.
Read more on the LDF website

3. Digital Design Weekend 
A weekend of events exploring physicality and digital value. Installations and speaker events.
Read more on the V&A website

4. designjunction
Nothing, for me, beats the level of ambition here – not exactly pop-up but more a huge installation. Last year was great, this year even bigger and better.
Read more on the designjunction website

5. D&AD Annual launch/Bl-nk
An interesting party. As a D&AD trustee I have a clear interest obviously but I’d like to know who booked the human beatbox boy band…? And why.

And finally…

#160 at LCC
Of course. Included is launch and exhibition of my latest book Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King Publishing). Promises to be a great night.
Read more on the LCC website

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Rebecca Wright

Ekaterina Polikarpova in Restless Futures
UAL’s design experts reveal the inside track on what not to miss at London Design Festival. Here Central Saint Martins’ Rebecca Wright, Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design shares her top five.

1.Restless Futures 
“This exhibition features the work recent CSM graduates from across the design disciplines. Provocative, innovative and resourceful, the imagination and innovation on display make an optimistic case for the central role of design in shaping our future.”
Read more on the LDF website

2. Found in Translation 
“This show combines two of the most exciting things about LDF – the opportunity to discover design in new environments and to see the best work from young designers from around the world. Focusing on cultural diversity in the age of globalisation, it is curated and created by young Japanese designers based in London, looking at differences between the two islands.”
Read more on the LDF website

3. Disobedient Objects 
“This is a must see for art and design students. A powerful exhibition foregrounding the role of objects in protest, political activism and movements for social change.”

4. Off the grid: A Superpowered Look at Superstudio 
“This is one for architects and graphic designers – textiles based upon the grid motif championed by radical architects Superstudio, interrogating their theory of the grid as anti-design. Bold and beautiful, the collection is produced by Darkroom, the design shop founded by CSM Graphic Design alumni Rhonda Drakeford.”
Read more on the LDF website

5. 50 Years of Illustration
“Illustration is so often underrepresented at LDF and this is the show to put that right. Packed with examples of ‘the people’s art’ from across the last five decades, this show puts illustration firmly on the map and includes work that ranges from album covers to poster design and postmodernism to punk rock.”
Read more on the LDF website

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

Read Sadhna Jain’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

Read the full London Design Festival programme

Read Sadhna Jain’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Sadhna Jain

Alan Kitching and Monotype Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster
UAL’s design experts share their insider’s guides on which of London Design Festival’s 300 events and exhibitions to add to your do-not-miss list. Here Sadhna Jain, Course Leader, MA Graphic Design Communications, Chelsea College of Arts, unveils her top eight events:

1. Data Flags, Fabio Lattanzi supported by Bare Conductive
“A generative data driven sound installation where large scale screen-printed reactive surfaces explore the invisible patterns of financial algorithmic trading.”
Read more on the LDF site

2. Alan Kitching and Monotype
“Work from print legend Alan Kitching’s 50-year career, including a detailed look at a recent collaboration with Monotype.”
Read more on the LDF site

3. The Intertidal Cinema
“The Intertidal Cinema attempts to transform the tidal creek of Deptford in London into a social space. A film tells the narrative of place through a conversation with the architecture itself to create a portrait of the urban landscape through the sites connected to how Deptford developed as a dock.”
Read more on the LDF site

4. Tooled up
“A group exhibition celebrating creativity, craft, inspiration and skill which sees artists, illustrators and designers take a recognisable tool of craft and transform it into a unique form.”
Read more on the art and graft site 

5. Designing Polska
“An overview of the best Polish graphic design and illustration portfolios. The unique talent and distinctive styles of well-known Polish artists create a complex image of contemporary Poland.”
Read more on the LDF site

6. London Art Book Fair / Unbinding the Book
“The Whitechapel Gallery presents the best in international contemporary art publishing.”
Read more on the Whitechapel site

7. Harriet Anstruther Studio Revealed
“Showcasing art and products that works around the themes of identity and privacy, and what spaces and objects say about their owners.”
Read more on the LDF site

8. Objects Sandbox Showcase
“An exhibition of new products that explore possible experiences within the Internet of Things, developed by designers including Uniform, BioBeats, Kinneir Dufort and Play Nicely.”
Read more on the LDF site

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

Read Rebecca Wright’s Insider’s Guide

Read Maiko Tsutsumi’s Insider’s Guide

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London Design Festival Insider’s Guide – Maiko Tsutsumi

Katharina Eisenkoeck
UAL’s design experts share the inside track on what not to miss at London Design Festival. Here Maiko Tsutsumi, Subject Leader for MA Designer Maker /Postgraduate Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts reveals her top five:

1. The Saturday Market Project pop up shop
“A space for making, material experimentation, masterclasses, demonstrations, workshops and a temporary shop. Throughout the week visitors will build an installation of golden wheat straws on a skeleton of high-visibility yarn inspired by the Swedish harvest tradition of Himmeli.”
Read more on the Saturday Market site

2. The Simplified Beauty at SCP
“Three shows from Japan, America and Britain that celebrate things made as they should be. Welcoming the Ishinomaki Laboratory, Mashiko ceramics, the Shotoku Glass Company and other special objects from Japan. Brooklyn-based designers Fort Standard represent America, while SCP launch A/W14 designs.”
Read more on the London Design Festival site

3. Elements of Craft
“Lina curates an exhibition focusing on the influence of craft in design. Pieces by Angelo Mangiarotti and Roy McMakin present classics from the 70s and 80s that are set against works by over 40 established and emerging designers”
Read more on the Mint site

4. Wrong for Hay
“During the festival, the new HAY and Wrong for Hay showroom opens the doors of its Georgian house in St James’s. Reflecting the creativity and culture inherent in London, Wrong for Hay has invited a selection of creative collaborators to interpret and react to the space and the pieces within it. Helsinki-based, guest-chef Antto Melasniemi is creating a food offering that weaves Nordic foraging with London urbanism.”
Read more on the Wrong for Hay site

5. Creo Collective
“Ex-Camberwell MA Designer Makers creo collective will launch their debut collaborative work at this year’s DesignJunction. I wrote an essay for their booklet.”

See our report on UAL’s London Design Festival highlights

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Helsinki Design Week Antto Melasniemi Food Design for Wrong for Hay @ Ateljé Finne_Harri Koskisen OMA-astiat

Next season fashion – the new names to know

One of UAL’s fashion experts reveal the inside track on which names to know next season. Just hours after last show closed London College of Fashion’s Tony Glenville files his report on which designers caught his attention; the Creative Director names Teatum Jones, Faustine Steinmetz, Toga, Xiao Li and Edeline Lee as his ones to watch come spring.

Vogue reports: “There was already a gentle buzz surrounding Parisian designer Faustine Steinmetz this morning – not least because denim is having a moment and she is one of a growing number of names for whom it’s their forte. The Atelier Chardon Savard and Central Saint Martins trained designer deconstructed it to the Nth degree for her debut London Fashion Week presentation this morning – jeans and jacket threads resembling capillaries almost, so fine and entwined were they.  It looks like brand Faustine is on its way.”

See some of the key looks from fellow rising star Edeline Lee below:


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London Fashion Week SS15 preview

J.JS Lee SS15 opens LFW SS15 screengrab courtesey of British Fashion Council Live Stream

With the last rays of this year’s summer sun slanting across the capital, London Fashion Week sees the flashing cameras of the international fashion press light up catwalks across the city, revealing the key looks of 2015′s spring and summer. From 12-16 September, 80 on-schedule catwalk shows and hundreds of off-schedule runways, installations and presentations reveal the freshest looks from emerging and established designers, including 53 UAL graduates showing in the official LFW schedule.

London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins’ fashion experts share their insight into the new names to know this season and who to look out for in the SS15 schedule:

Central Saint Martins Professor Iain R. Webb, author and journalist says: “I always look for a touch of madness at London Fashion Week (Brit designers aren’t afraid of kicking over the traces and taking a few risks, which is what we do best and exactly what the fashion world needs right now!), so I’m looking forward to seeing some crazy, colourful antics at Ryan Lo and Ashish and the dressing up box delights of Ed Marler at Fashion East… and, of course, Sibling, because I always love a bit of knitwear… And some lovely subdued tailoring at Margaret Howell because I’m just plain greedy (and a tad contrary!).”


LCF Fashion Innovation Agency head Matthew Drinkwater comments: “There’s so much talent at London Fashion Week that it’s difficult to pull out just a few names, but at Fashion Scout I’m excited to see Mariana Jungmann and Min Wu. I’m looking forward to seeing how Helen Lawrence develops her collection with Fashion East and I simply cannot way for Teatum Jones and Marques Almeida‘s shows.”

See the full London Fashion Week schedule 

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