Designing the visual identity for the 2016 Degree Shows

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Each year CSM asks students from BA Graphic Design to create an identity for our summer shows. The winning design is picked by a panel including course tutors and the Head of College, Jeremy Till. 

This year, the responsibility was handed to Sophie Rush and Shannon Swinburn, who are in their third and final year. They were selected by the panel for their vivid designs that plaster blocks of pink over grey concrete, and a way-finding system that opts for playful ways of navigation.

The designs play on the theme of “loading”, inspired by the ever-increasing presence of digital media, and have a sharp focus on celebrating the collective work of students at the College.

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Reflecting On Rio: Helena de Pulford

Following their recent trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes, we spoke to CSM graduates Beatrice Vermeir, Sarah Crew, Helena de Pulford, and Carlotta Novella about their residency and the work they’ve been doing there.  

In the final part of this series, we speak to Helena de Pulford, a visual artist, sculptor and writer who graduated in BA Fine Art. During the Despina residency, she investigated domestic rituals, gendered political activity and emerging feminist art practices in Brazil.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Disturb: Students Take Part In Palais de Tokyo Festival

Credit: James Theseus Buck via Instagram @jamestheseusbuck

Credit: James Theseus Buck via Instagram @jamestheseusbuck

Students and alumni from across our Fine Art, Spatial Practices and Fashion programmes took part in Palais de Tokyo’s experimental Do Disturb festival in Paris earlier this month.

During the course of the festival, artworks from 52 current Fine Art students were used as the raw materials for performances in which paintings, sculptures, drawings, garments, prints and installations were destroyed and reconfigured following simple instructions devised by MA Fashion alumni James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks. Read the rest of this entry »

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MA Art and Science graduate nominated for National Diversity Award

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Being Ben, Becky Lyddon

Sensory Spectacle’s Becky Lyddon nominated for her autism-inspired work.

Before her Masters in Art and Science, Becky Lyddon was a playworker for children with a variety of health needs and disabilities. Taking her group on day trips and holidays, Becky was struck by the reaction of the public:

“It would be harder for us to support the children because the public didn’t understand why the they were doing specific things like eating the sand in the playground or flicking their fingers in front of their eyes. It was a very negative reaction and the more I did that job, the more I understood autism and how they were processing their surroundings.”

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Reflecting On Rio: Carlotta Novella

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Following their recent trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes, we spoke to CSM graduates Beatrice Vermeir, Sarah Crewe, Helena De Pulford, and Carlotta Novella about their residency and the work they’ve been doing there.  

Today we talk to Carlotta, who graduated from MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation, and is currently working with the art and architectural practice public works. Her fifth year project, ‘Industrious Neighbourhoods’, proposed alternative urban strategies and design interventions to facilitate home-based work for social housing tenants, and in Rio she extended this project by working directly with homeworkers in the city.
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Reflecting On Rio: Sarah Crew

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Following their recent trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes, we spoke to CSM graduates Beatrice Vermeir, Sarah Crew, Helena De Pulford, and Carlotta Novella about their residency and the work they’ve been doing there.  

Our second interview is with Sarah, a mixed media artist and writer, working across installation, film, sound and live performance. She graduated from MA Photography and now works in both London and Bristol.

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Reflecting On Rio: Beatrice Vermeir

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Following their recent trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes, we spoke to CSM graduates Beatrice Vermeir, Sarah Crew, Helena De Pulford, and Carlotta Novella about their residency and the work they’ve been doing there.  

First up in this four part series is Beatrice, who graduated in BA Fine Art. Her work is predominantly performative, and re-imagines alternative modes of social organisation, work and education.

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Underline: Jenny Hayton on designing for the Underground

As part of Underline, a celebration of the Victoria line’s 50th anniversary, CSM’s Jenny Hayton was asked to design costumes for London Sinfonietta musicians performing specially commissioned music in a number of Victoria line stations. 

Titled ‘We Happened To Travel’, the composer was Matt Rogers and the project also involved graphic design studio Fraser Muggeridge, free to download field recordings and an installation of modified sounds of station equipment. We asked Jenny, who is CSM’s Costume Technician, to take us on a journey through the inspirations and ideas behind her designs.

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Separates: In conversation with Elsa Suneson

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With just two days left of MA Fashion’s Separates exhibition in the Lethaby Gallery, we spoke to Swedish Womenswear designer Elsa Suneson about the importance of exhibitions, the delights of research and the inspiration behind her final collection. 

We’re used to seeing fashion collections presented on the catwalk, Separates presents your designs in a much more intimate setting – do you think it’s important to show designs in this way?

I think that it is very important. A garment looks so different when you see it in person and you can really look at the fine details. It is good to give people an understanding that there is a lot of work behind a garment.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Carpisa launches Fashion graduate’s winning collection

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Last year, leading Italian handbag and suitcase brand Carpisa challenged three BA Fashion graduates to design a Spring/Summer 2016 capsule collection of five women’s handbag designs. The brief asked the former CSM students to produce something with a younger, trend-following customer in mind.

The winner was Natasha Somerville, whose work has now gone live on the Carpisa website.

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BA Product Design students launch Degree Show campaign

With our degree shows swiftly approaching, projects, websites and programmes are all being prepped and polished. With high ambitions for their final show, our BA Product Design students have taken to crowd funding website Indiegogo to raise money to support their exhibition ‘Undo’. Louise Kaiser:

‘Undo’ plays such a pivotal role in the design process, constantly refining ideas by making mistakes. The show is a celebration not only of our strong final projects, but the process that got us there.

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Ben Kelly discusses 111 Interiors

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Lobby – Richard Hamilton (1984) selected by Peter Saville RDI

111 Interiors displays a series of the most significant interiors chosen by UAL staff, students, alumni and others which offers an alternative perspective on our creative community.

We caught up with UAL Chair of Interior and Spatial Design Ben Kelly, the exhibition’s curator, to find out more.

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