Textiles Senior Lecturer Melanie Bowles publishes ‘Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile’

Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile

Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile

Chelsea Senior Lecturer in Digital Textiles Design Melanie Bowles, in partnership with The People’s Print, has published a new book ‘Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile’ last month. The book features 14 original projects that will inspire readers to create their own digitally printed textile designs.

Previously the preserve of professional designers or fashion and textile colleges, digital printing is now available in high-street bureaus, where anyone can send a file to be printed on the material of their choice, ready to make and wear. Using the tools taught in this book, a reader can easily learn to create their individual and unique designs. Read the rest of this entry »

Experience the Freeborn Exchange at Chelsea

Honami Niishi, Chelsea BA Textile Design Graduate 2014 © Gavin Freeborn

Honami Niishi, Chelsea BA Textile Design Graduate 2014 © Gavin Freeborn

All welcome – Free Entry


Next week our Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts will be transformed into The Freeborn Exchange collaborative exhibition, from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 of April.

Photographic artist Gavin Freeborn trades his portraits for hospitality, skills and objects around the world. He seeks to take you on a journey of his international adventures. Inspired by artists who barter, Freeborn has exchanged his photographic portraits in over 20 countries since November 2011.

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MA Textile Design Graduate Rhiannon Hunt wins WRAP Competition

Rhiannon Hunt winning the Wrap Prize. Courtesy of CIWM journal.

Rhiannon Hunt winning the Wrap Prize. Courtesy of CIWM journal.

Recent MA Textile Design Rhiannon Hunt has won the inaugural SCAP Extending the Life of Clothes Design Award, awarded by the WRAP. Open to students and professional UK textile and fashion designers, the award allows the winner to progress their work and develop it for a commercial market as well as win a £5,000 prize. Rhiannon’s commitment to sustainability through textiles and her versatile and imaginative project impressed the expert panel of industry professionals and academics. We caught up with Rhiannon to find out more about her winning project.

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Chelsea at Milan Design Week 2015

Emma  Jacobs - Matter

Emma Jacobs – Matter

Chelsea staff, students and graduates will be returning to Milan Design Week this year as part of a three college showcase alongside Camberwell and Wimbledon. The stand at Ventura Lambrate, which is coordinated by the Enterprise Collective, aims to give visitors a taste of the depth and breadth of talent emerging from the colleges.

Chelsea will be represented by graduates from BA Textile Design and MA Interior and Spatial Design, as well as members of the Textile Environment Design (TED) research group.

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MA Textile Alumna Chrissa Amuah at the Milan Design Week 2015

Chrissa Amuah

Currently in the midst of preparing to show at Milan Design Week next week (14 – 19 April 2015), we caught up with MA Textile Design graduate Chrissa Amuah, to find out how she is getting on. AMWA Designs, which is founded by Chrissa, is built upon the principle that our homes should be enveloped with beautiful furnishings, evoking powerful and positive thoughts within us. Combining a range of techniques and materials to create prints and designs that inspire empowerment, positivity and well-being (to name a few), Chrissa uses Adinkra symbols of Ghana, West Africa, to inspire her work.

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PhD student Samson Kambalu to exhibit at Venice 2015

Samson Kambalu, Runner, film still, 2014

Samson Kambalu, Runner, film still, 2014

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon PhD student, artist and author Samson Kambalu has been selected to exhibit at this year’s Venice Biennale entitled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor.

He will be appearing at the 56th Venice Biennale alongside UAL Chair of Black Art and Design Professor Sonia Boyce, UAL Chair of Global Art Isaac Julien and Chelsea College of Arts alumni Chris Ofili and Steve McQueen.

Kambalu’s AHRC funded PhD at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (2011-15) examines how the problematic of the gift animates various aspects of his art practice. This has included research into the general economy in Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art. As an artist, he works in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature.

We interviewed him about his selection and who else he is looking forward to exhibiting alongside.

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My student exchange in New York at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Gemma Rudd - Owl on model

Gemma Rudd – Owl on model

Gemma Rudd, second year BA Textile Design student, originally from mid-Wales, tells us about her student exchange at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

“I was in America for five months, as I went in August and holidayed with family and friends in Florida before road tripping for two days up to New York to study. I’d been to New York State before but this was my first experience of New York City. I just remember it being terribly exciting when I arrived. I shared a room with two other girls in the student residences, at The New Yorker Hotel beside Penn Station, which is right in the middle of Manhattan, an amazing location! I was just a ten minute walk to my campus.

Studying at FIT was very different. I had the same lessons each day, every week and daily homework. I really enjoyed the routine. This is very different to the structure of BA Textile Design at Chelsea where you are given a lot more freedom, but have to constantly push yourself to meet project deadlines, similar to being in industry.”

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Student Profile – Becky Kirk, BA Graphic Design Communication

Structured Chaos: New York, by Becky Kirk

Structured Chaos: New York, courtesy of the Artist Becky Kirk

Today we caught up with Chelsea student Becky Kirk, currently in her 2nd year of her BA Graphic Design Communication degree.

What do you enjoy most about studying at Chelsea?

The intellectual freedom.

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Chelsea?

The good thing about University of the Arts London (UAL) is there is a college for everyone. Chelsea is very much embedded in a working towards professional future. Have a look at the course handbook and see if the areas interest you.

Have you met people here you think you will continue to work with post-degree?

Absolutely. That’s the great thing about Chelsea, it attracts motivated people. I’ve met people here I’ll be in touch with for a long time, it’s a real network. Read the rest of this entry »

Chelsea graduate Jon Baker shortlisted for Catlin Art Prize 2015

Jon Baker, Mothers Medal Blacked Installation shot, 2015.

Jon Baker, Mothers Medal Blacked Installation shot, 2015.

Chelsea College of Arts alumnus Jon Baker has been announced as one of the shortlisted artists in the running for this year’s prestigious Catlin Art Prize. Finalists are selected from The Catlin Guide 2015 for their “potential to make a significant mark on the art world in the next decade” and compete to win the main prize of £5,000.  The eight finalists will take part in the Catlin Art Prize 2015 exhibition at Londonewcastle Project Space from 8 – 30 May.

The public also vote for one artist to win the  £2,000 Visitor Vote  £2,000, with nominations cast via a ballot box at the Londonewcastle Project Space.

Jon graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea in 2014 and has already been selected for Saatchi Sensations 2014, the Parasol Unit Exposure 14 Award and held a solo show at Photofusion. You can find out more about his time at Chelsea and his practice in an alumni interview with him on the UAL news blog.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 13 May

Find out more about the Catlin Art Prize 2015 on their website.

Read an interview with Chelsea alumni Sisters from Another Mister, also included in the Catlin Guide this year, on the UAL news blog.

Find out more about studying at Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts on our course page.

Chelsea MA Graphic Design Communication Work in Progress Show

Jenn Martins Mutual Surveillance Project which will feature in the MA Interim Show

Jenn Martins’ Mutual Surveillance project featuring in the Work in Progress show

MA Graphic Design Communication students have been very busy in the last few months preparing for their Work in Progress show. It will be opening to industry this evening and then to the public tomorrow and Thursday. A showcase of their projects at a specific point in time, it’s an opportunity to take a look at developments and witness the unfolding of their work, to catch a glimpse of our process and possibly even influence their next steps.

The work will include a fascinating array of projects by this international set of designers, such as Jenn Martin’s Mutual Surveillance project described in her own words “We live in a culture of mutual surveillance via the monitoring of each others’ lives and sharing of information on social media. A large part of my research and projects involve the effects of this global behavior—how it affects relationships and how people respond to the existence of this surveillance lifestyle. My topic is complex and involves several main threads, outlined and interconnected here. These books are a collection of my insights.”

Located in the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts (16 John Islip Road, London SW1P 4JU). Light refreshments will be served. Bring a guest (or two)! Feel free to let them know you’re attending, please visit the Facebook event page. For press or enquiries, email chelseamagdc2015@gmail.com

Strange Attraction: MA Alumni exhibit at the APT Gallery

Strange Attraction: MA Alumni exhibit at the APT Gallery

We are excited to see the exhibition ‘Strange Attraction’ opening this Thursday 19 March 2015 at the APT Gallery, South London. The exhibition is curated by Chelsea MA Curating alumni Emily Purser, and exhibits six artists, all of whom graduated from Chelsea. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and exploring how their practices have evolved.

Starting with the question: “Dear A, I’m attracted to you, and I don’t know why. Shall we be friends?” the exhibition begins with the premise that artworks can write letters too, inasmuch as they reach out, make lines of contact with other artists, and forge an aesthetic of correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »