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Find New Ways to Play in Tuffnell Park

A playful new installation has arrived at in Tuffnell Park, London. The project was concieved and co-ordinated by Central Saint Martins graduates, with support from our widening participation team.

Until 27 July, The Homezone has taken up residence in Lupton Street, outside Eleanor Palmer School. The piece was conceived for Platzdeplay, an innovative collaborative project that works with groups of young people to examine the nature of play and public space.

As part of the project, there will also be urban interventions taking place in Saint-Erme and Stuttgart.

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Texprint Selects Six Central Saint Martins Winners

BA Textiles Texprint winners with Anne Smith.

Left to right: Anne Smith (Dean), Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox, Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi.

Six graduates from our BA Textile Design course have been selected by Texprint, a prestigious national Textile competition that takes place annually.

Winners Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox , Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi specialised in a range of disciplines during their time at Central Saint Martins, including weave, knit and print.

Each of the graduates will be given a stand at Indigo, which forms part of Parisian fashion trade fair Premier Vision. In addition to this, they will receive mentoring throughout their Texprint year.

Many of the successful Central Saint Martins graduates have been shortlisted for additional prizes. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on 17 September 2014.

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Students Design Jewellery for Wool and the Gang

Wool and the Gang designsKnitwear brand Wool and the Gang commissioned BA Textile Design students to design new jewellery pieces, drawing inspiration from its popular Sansa and Khaleesi lines.

Jade Harwood and Aurelie Popper, creative directors of Wool and the Gang, whittled the thirty submissions down to nine. The chosen designs are now available on the brand’s website, giving the successful students their first online commercial experience.

Popper said: “We’ve been struck by the designers’ perfection and the inventive use of colour and materials. We wish we could showcase them all. Our own story started from this very degree course at Central Saint Martins, so it felt natural to give back to the community that keeps nurturing cutting-edge design.”

For the collection, students’ inspirations ranged from the corals of British coast to the colourful pipes of the Pompidou museum. The jewellery pieces are available ready-made, or you can buy a ‘knit kit’ and make your own.

Textile student Hannah Farley said: “We loved the freedom of experimenting with a material we’ve never used before, and we adore The Gang. It’s so good to know that my stuff is going to be seen out there. You might see someone in the tube wearing it. How exciting is that?”

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Graduate Wins Award with Exceptional Textiles

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BA Textile Design graduate Jessica Leigh Calvert has won the British Contract Furnishing Association Award at New Designers 2014.

Calvert is a specialist textile designer who creates hand-woven and digital fabrics for interior spaces. Her work often explores architectural landscapes, with an emphasis on a sensual colour palette, varied textures and exquisite craftsmanship.

The judging panel felt Calvert’s concept and colour was equally matched within an exceptional portfolio. They were impressed by the depth of her research, and the way she had turned her vision into a commercial product.

Calvert’s prize is a four-week internship at the FR ONE design studio in Antwerp. This will include a weekly allowance, accommodation, transport and flights.

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Lens On Life Exhibition Opens in Rome

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This week saw the opening of an exhibition curated by Marina Wallace, Director of the Artakt research centre at Central Saint Martins. Lens On Life brings together artists and scientists, including our very own Professor Rob Kesseler.

The exhibition showcases the scientific knowledge acquired during ‘MitoSys’, a five-year investigation into how genes and proteins orchestrate mitosis in human cells. Leading biologists, mathematicians, biochemists and biophysicists worked on the project.

Lens On Life offers a novel take on mitosis and human cell division through imaginative interpretation, using historical and contemporary references to bring the subject to life.

A documentary, Meeting of Minds, charts the ways that the artists and scientists established a common territory made of images and metaphors, developing an open and enduring dialogue. Watch the trailer below:

Lens On Life runs at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome until 28 August 2014. The exhibition will then go on to visit London and Heidelberg in early 2015.

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