A look at the work of the CSM Short Course exhibition, which aimed to highlight the talent of the tutors who teach on our short courses and reach a wider audience. Short Courses are designed for students of all levels that are interested in learning new skills or improving some particular aspects in their area of expertise.
We spoke with curator, Angela Sanchez Del Campo, to get a behind the scenes look at putting together the Central Saint Martins Short Course Exhibition.
The exhibition provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of some of our tutors and give potential students a sense of the type of work that they could make during a CSM Short Course. When talking about art and design courses, looking at the objects and watching the making process are the most efficient ways to explain what it is about.
The remaining three windows to discuss showcase the works of our tutors Simeon Featherstone, Elisabeth Roulleau, Vincent Woodcock and Anastasia Young.
Simeon is a former student of the BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins, where he specialised in ceramics and casting. He has a particular interest in the creation of working models and moulds and in the use of clay. Simeon describes ceramics as an amazing form of art, which requires patience and craftsmanship. He looks towards diverse shapes and colour in his ceramics, which involve different techniques and levels of expertise, from moulding to thrown ceramics and glazing.
“My practice is an important balancing act between enriching the project through participatory and collaborative partnerships, and still maintaining the craft and quality that is essential when working with a material such as clay. The benefits of working with such a versatile and age old material its that you can always find new ways of adapting and interpreting it to tell the stories that are necessary today.” – Simeon Featherstone
The coats embroidered by our haute couture embroidery tutor, Elisabeth Roulleau, are excellent examples of a technique, which involves precision, patience and concentration. The ‘caviar’ coat, as she likes calling it, exhibited in this window, and the second coat, exhibited two windows further, are examples of some of the techniques the students learn in her classes. Both pieces show how a simple garment can be enhanced by the use of embroidery.
Elisabeth Roulleau has an extensive background in embroidery with years of experience in teaching. After completing her studies in the Lesage School in Paris, which is one of the most prestigious embroidery schools in the world, she opened her own studio in Lyon and taught embroidery in a variety of institutions.
As a professional embroiderer, she has been commissioned to create work for Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The samples created by her students in class are a rich combination of different techniques, which students can apply in a variety of ways to their own fashion designs.
The work of Vincent Woodcock occupies the next window of the exhibition, showing a wide variety of his practice. He teaches animation, character design and cartooning at Central Saint Martins where he passes on his extensive and rich experience to his students. He has worked for Disney and Warner Bros. production as well as Cartoon Network and other theatrical and TV animated productions.
The works he exhibited was from a series of blues musicians and caricatures of celebrities, comic-strips, self-portraits and quick sketches that he has drawn of his students working while on their short course. His work could be classified by theme but also by technique. Vincent provides examples that showcase a variety of different materials, including ink, gouache and pencils and illustrate his great expertise at drawing.
Finally, the last pieces on display in the exhibition are the jewellery pieces by Anastasia Young, jewellery designer and artist. She teaches several short courses in jewellery and is a tutor on the BA Jewellery course at Central Saint Martins. Her research in jewellery is commendable and her books about jewellery materials and techniques are important industry references.
The pieces on display show samples of the type of pieces that students learn to create in her courses, Jewellery for Beginners, Experimental Jewellery, Stone Setting in Silver Jewellery, Tube Setting Jewellery Weekend and Jewellery Making with Plastic and Metal.
The exhibition also included a video showing larger images of the work on display, as well as other pieces designed and produced by Anastasia. Her work is characterised by the creative design, impressive execution and great knowledge of jewellery techniques.
From a curatorial point of view, it was a pleasure to work with a diversity of objects for this exhibition. Different textures, shapes and mediums, allowed us to showcase a visually attractive composition full of contrasts. By selecting these pieces from different disciplines, we aimed to give an insight of the real objects that can be produced by students after learning the techniques taught in our short courses.
The challenge for us was to select from our amazing short course tutors, from across different practices and then, choose a selection of their work to show. We tried our best to represent what can be learned while studying on short courses, however, it was impossible to include something from all of the 800+ short courses that CSM runs every year.
It can be difficult to describe art and design with words, so by using the Window Gallery in The Crossing at CSM, we had a great opportunity to show students and visitors the talent of our tutors and the wide range of techniques taught in some of our short courses.
Angela is originally from Spain and has a BA in Design and Management of Fashion and a BA(Hons) in History of Art from her studies in Seville, as well as an MA in Curating and Collections from Chelsea College of Arts, where she graduated in 2016. She has also studied on short courses at the London College of Fashion and worked as a freelance costume designer for The National Theatre and The Secret Cinema. Angela has co-curated a number of exhibitions of commissioned contemporary art, as well as, archival objects and collections in London. You can follow Angela on Instagram, www.angelascm.com, or read more on the Chelsea College of Arts blog.