Month: August 2016

Design+Make: LCF and Art Against Knives East London Project

Last week, Art Against Knives and LCF came together at the Ally Capellino Store in Shoreditch, to celebrate their second Design+Make collaboration – a programme designed to support young adults in creating their own positive futures.

LCF x Art Against Knives work. Image by Hanna Puskarz.

LCF x Art Against Knives work. Image by Hanna Puskarz.

Ten young creatives aged 18‐24 from the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham joined this this year’s cohort. The students spent two weeks in the workshops at Golden Lane, learning traditional leather work skills, which through the guidance of our industry professionals and technicians, resulted in the students designing and making their own leather bag.

21-year old Andre from Tower Hamlets who participated in this year’s project told LCF News about his experience.

It was a two week leather bag making course and I really enjoyed it. I was able to test skills that I had already, and obviously work on new ones – I gained a lot of experience and learnt how to use certain tools like the ore and leather cutter. We created the bag from scratch – we had dimensions that we had to design to. I wanted to make a rucksack and I stuck to that and I’m glad it turned out amazing. I want to thank the team at LCF and Art Against Knives for helping me out. I’m going to use my bag – it’s part of the brand I want to create.

Head of LCF, Professor Frances Corner attended the event and she commented on how impressed she was with the work on display:

The designs were so creative and really reflected the personalities of the participants. To achieve the standard of finishing that I saw in just two weeks, is really amazing. I am really proud to be a part of such a great programme, I found it inspiring listening to what the participants had taken away from the experience.

This is the second time the Design+Make programme has run, working with young creatives from East London. We can’t wait for the next installment.

LCF collaborates with Circle Collective

Last Month students from LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear and MDes International Fashion Production Management courses, came together in Dalston, to celebrate the relaunch of the Circle Collective store. The evening featured an in-store catwalk show as well as the announcement of the winning LCF students, who took part in an industry project collaboration between LCF and the charity.

Winning LCF students, Melissa Barragan and Aimee Kelly, atthe Circle Collective shop in Dalston.

Winning LCF students, Melissa Barragan and Aimee Kelly, at the Circle Collective shop in Dalston.

The BA (Hons) Sportswear students were briefed to design a garment that represents the charity, while the MDes students were tasked with finding the best way of putting the winning design into production. One of the winning students, Melissa Barragan from the BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course told LCF about her design and said:

The concept was to design a jacket suitable for graffers [graffiti artists]. Through my research, I created a concept of removable backpack that they could put their items into. The idea is to offer practicality, camouflage and versatility. I think the concept suited the brief because the jacket emerges from the street art culture and reflects the uniqueness of Hackney.

I am really glad I won the project! It was the first time I had the opportunity to work for an industry and contextualize my practice into the real world. I worked very hard and challenged myself to create this jacket. I do consider this as the first step in my career.

Congratulations to all the students involved, who contributed their own unique specialisms to the delivery of fashion products that have helped to promote Circle and its objectives, in “creating opportunities and changing the lives of young people.” 

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