One Year On: Lily Biswell – BA Graphic Design Communication

Still from V O S S video - Seeing Red

Still from V O S S music video Seeing Red, directed, produced and edited by Lily Celeste Biwell

As part of our One Year On series, we spoke with BA Graphic Design Communication graduate Lily Biswell. Since graduating in 2015 Lily Biswell has continued to focus on moving image and has gone on to work for Sky TV, as well as continue her own freelance practice. Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Workshop – Nikoleta Martjanova – BA Fine Art

Your mind is a vessel with no entry point - Nikoleta Martjanova

Your mind is a vessel with no entry point – Nikoleta Martjanova

As part of our In The Workshop series, we check in with Nikoleta Martjanova on BA Fine Art, in the last few weeks leading up to the undergraduate summer show. Nikoleta tells us about her practice and how she is making the most of our state of the art 3D workshop facilities including the Chelsea Foundry. 

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One Year On: Seiichi Yamamoto – BA Textile Design

 

Seiichi Yamamoto, BA Textile Design

Since graduating in 2015 from BA Textile Design at Chelsea, Seiichi Yamamoto has progressed into a full time textile designer in Japan.  As part of our One Year On interview series, we spoke with Yamamoto to learn more about his projects and reflections on time at Chelsea. Read the rest of this entry »

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One Year On: Irina Wang – BA Graphic Design Communication

Educational materials for the endangered language Marma of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, exhibited at the Chelsea Degree Show (2015) and the Mead Exhibition (2016)

Educational materials for the endangered language Marma of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, exhibited at the Chelsea Degree Show (2015) and the Mead Exhibition (2016)

As part of our ‘One Year On’ series we caught up with Irina Wang, originally from Florida, USA, who graduated from BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea in 2015. In this interview we find out what she has been up to since graduating and what advice she has for our current graduating students.

What have you been up to since you graduated?

Upon graduation, I was working as an intern and then freelancer at Pentagram Design. When my student visa expired towards the end of 2015, they were kind enough to sponsor my Tier 2 visa so that I could stay in London and continue working on Domenic Lippa’s team as a full-time designer.

Alongside employment, I continue to design for endangered language revitalisation; I’ve recently returned from the Aleutian Islands, where I was conducting some on-site research with the community of Saint Paul. I’ve also taken on a few freelance gigs and started a publishing collaboration with friends. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shifting Territories exhibition combines art and science in response to effects of climate change

'Ark', Faron Ray, 2016

‘Ark’, Faron Ray, 2016

Chelsea College of Arts was recently host to ‘Shifting Territories’, an exhibition aiming to blur the boundaries between art and science while responding to the topic of forced displacement of people caused by climate change.

The exhibition was produced in response to a research trip to Geneva, last October, which involved visits to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at CERN and the Nansen Initiative Global consultation.

The trip was attended by five recent graduates of BA and MA Fine Art, BA Interior and Spatial Design and MA Curating and Collections as well as staff from University of the Arts London.

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Interior & Spatial Design students to be part of Tate Exchange

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

The new Tate Modern © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

Chelsea’s BA Interior & Spatial Design programme is delighted to announce it will be working with Tate Modern this year to help launch their brand new extension building . Alongside 50 artists and organisations, students will be part of the programme for the new space entitled Tate Exchange, which aims to explore wider social issues through art.

Starting on 28 September 2016, the Tate Exchange programme will run for nine months of the year and will be developed by Tate staff and invited artists and practitioners in conjunction with associate institutions, partners and the public.  An ‘open experiment’, the 
project will occupy an entire floor of the new Switch House building, opening up the museum – and the world of art – to new audiences.

The full list of organisations working on this exciting programme was announced last week, and more details about the activities planned will be available later on in the year – so watch this space for updates about our students’ work!

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Lizzie Finn starts new residency with BA Graphic Design Communication

Moloko - Things to make and do - Album cover by Lizzie Finn

Moloko – Things to make and do – Artwork by Lizzie Finn

Lizzie Finn has recently joined our BA Graphic Design Communication course as practitioner in residence. Lizzie is an illustrator with a background in graphic design for the fashion and music industries. Her prescient and inventive use of textile materials in the context of visual communication has attracted clients including Vitra, Vogue, Channel 4 and The Victoria & Albert Museum. Lizzie has exhibited her work internationally and has been invited to speak at design conferences in Tokyo, Sydney, Oslo and Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. She has run workshops related to her practice at Fabrica in Italy and Ecal in Switzerland. She is also course leader of MA Illustration at London College of Communication.

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Red Mansion Art Prize winner Tezz Kamoen discusses her residency in China

Artist Tezz Kamoen

Artist Tezz Kamoen in front of her work

In 2015, MA Fine Art graduate student Tezz Kamoen was selected to take part in the prestigious Red Mansion Art Prize, which was established in 2002 to promote artistic exchange between China and the UK. Each year, one student winner is selected from each of seven of the UK’s foremost art colleges: Chelsea College of Art, Royal Academy Schools, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Slade School of Fine Art, Goldsmiths, and The Ruskin School of Art, and receives a month long residency in China, followed by an exhibition of their work made in response to the trip.

This year, the Red Mansion Art Prize exhibition took place at the Chelsea Cookhouse and Triangle Space from 16 – 22 March. Here, Kamoen recalls the charm of rural China and explains more about her experience of taking part in artist residencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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FdA Interior Design students explore luxury for the Southbank Tower

The Southbank Tower

The Southbank Tower

The FdA Interior Design course is a two year undergraduate degree course centered on a series of live briefs. Tomris Tangaz the course leader collaborates with industry organisations and designers to create exciting projects for the students. In her words:

“The FdA course situates itself around the ‘live’ experience and within cultures of collaboration, enterprise and professional practice. Being involved in real projects exposes students to different contexts, working alongside project architects, developers, planners and community stakeholders. It’s motivating for young designers and valuable for providing vital experience early on so that they can begin their careers with confidence.”

Second year FdA Interior Design students are currently working on their final live brief, designing a luxury penthouse for the Southbank Tower in central London, which is being redeveloped by real estate private equity investor CIT. Tangaz explains:

“This live project with developer CIT is aimed to present a radical definition of luxury – the outcome will be intelligent, well-informed, visionary designs for living in the future. Students are studying technologies, techniques and materials, that are at the leading edge of our cultural moment.”

After their site visit, we spoke with students Sam Laver, Nathanaël Soussana, Isobel Youngman and Nour Mady to discuss the project and the course.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Chelsea student wins VM Retail Design Student Award 2016

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The winners of the VM Retail Design Student Awards 2016 have been announced including Chelsea College of Arts student Daria Rodionova, a first year BA Interior & Spatial Design student.

Oasis, one of the top UK high street retailers, worked with Chelsea College of Arts, challenging students to expand their design horizons. The brief called for entrants to design a mobile pop-up store to contain a section of the store collection in a location selected by the retailer. The concept aims to be a visual showcase enshrining the brand tropes and values to introduce it to new and existing markets and ultimately build customer awareness and excitement.

Daria Rodionova originally from Moscow, told us what it was like to work on this exciting project:

“I am very happy that I have won the competition with my project and now I have an opportunity to work with the Oasis brand in the summer.”

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

Daria Rodionova with her winning ‘Fashion Fridges’ designs at Retail Design Expo 2016

“My idea was to create «Fashion Fridges», which would be used instead of ordinary changing rooms and clothes hangers. I wanted them to become a symbol of Oasis that would represent the main principles of a brand: contemporary, stylish and fun.

My work combines contemporary design and classical elements of decor and it is made from easily accessible materials. I hope that it is the first step in my career, which will give me experience and knowledge about the industry I work in.

While living in Moscow, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I chose UAL because it is one of the leading universities in the world of design and it provides its students with many opportunities to collaborate with the biggest design retailers.”

Daria Rodionova, Chelsea College of Arts

Young Soo Bae, another Chelsea College of Arts student received a highly commended award for her designs.

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Young Soo Bae at the Retail Design Expo 2016 with her designs which were highly commended at the VM Student Awards

Here’s what other Chelsea College of Arts students had to say about this amazing opportunity:

“Being a part of Oasis project was a huge step forward. It was a great experience to practice, experiment and analyse my abilities and ideas.”

Rana Bashirova, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working with Oasis was a great experience, it felt like I was actually working in a real environment, where ideas were thought through and put to the test. I have challenged myself a lot in this brief, my work was constantly being reinvented and pushed beyond my boundaries.”

Alberto Segato, Chelsea College of Arts

“Working for Oasis has been an extremely challenging and rewarding experience. I have learnt to question myself and my ideas to create something different for this brand.”

Martina Bergamo, Chelsea College of Arts

The student designs were exhibited at Retail Design Expo 2016 at London Olympia.

Find out more about the BA Interior & Spatial Design on the course page of our website.

 

 

 

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Carol Tulloch launches The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora

Billie Holiday, studio portrait, 1948 by Gilles Petard. The portrait was taken for the Associated Booking Corp. Joe Glaser was president and manager of Billie Holiday. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Billie Holiday, studio portrait, 1948 by Gilles Petard. The portrait was taken for the Associated Booking Corp. Joe Glaser was president and manager of Billie Holiday. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Professor Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She is a researcher who is part of the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School. This month sees the launch of her book, The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of the African Diaspora which has been published to great acclaim alongside an insightful interview in The Observer. This week at Chelsea, she will give her Professorial Platform lecture This Time it’s Personal, which will reflect on her research practice and look at the ways in which The Birth of Cool acts as work that connects a range of personal experiences through style.
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Designer Julian Bittiner joins Chelsea on exchange from Yale School of Art

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This week, Chelsea is pleased to be welcoming designer Julian Bittiner who is visiting the college on an exchange visit from Yale School of Art in the US where his is Senior Critic in their graphic design faculty.

Julian is an independent designer based in New York, who has worked for MetaDesign, Wolff Olins and Apple, inc. before establishing his own practice focussing on design for the cultural sector.

Julian will be giving a lecture for students and the public tomorrow 15 March at Camberwell College of Arts’s Wilson Road lecture theatre before giving a series of seminars to students at Chelsea, where he will be staying, during the week.

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