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    Fix Partner Gabi with her new spoon

    A team of ‘Fixperts’ from Kingston University has been awarded the RCA Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Award for their Product & Furniture design project, A Spoon for Gabi.

    The team’s 5-year-old Fix Partner Gabi didn’t have the right tool to feed herself and relied on others to help. But Gabi wanted to be able to do it independently, so Kingston University Fixperts Philip Sutton, Tabatha Pearce-Chedier, Rachel Yang and James Caldwell got to work designing a practical solution.

    After several rounds of prototypes and vigorous testing, the team achieved their final product, a screw-on spoon attached to a robust, contoured handle, which enables Gabi to feed herself.

    Fixperts.org praised the winning team for their practical innovation and inspiring filmmaking, which was judged by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the RCA:

    “The HHCD jury commented on the attentive engagement with the Fix Partner, the choice of an issue with real daily and personal benefit, as well as on the inventiveness of the solution. And all of this in a delightful film that captures the story of the people and the fix. The high level of empathy, intelligent design process and compelling communication made this the winner of this year’s award. Congratulations to the students, Fix Partner and teaching team for this inspiring achievement.”

    Since its founding in 2012 by Kingston University alumni Daniel Charny, Fixperts has grown to become a global movement of practical design with real social impact, bringing innovative solutions to real life challenges and using storytelling to share ideas and good practice with the design community and beyond. There are now more than 250 Fixpert videos online, demonstrating design solutions from 21 countries.

    The Curating Contemporary Design MA students visited the Kazakh city Almaty as part of their research. Image credit: REX features

    Kingston School of Art students travelled to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the British Council to help plan an exhibition which aims to raise the profile of Kazakh design.

    Curating Contemporary Design MA students were given a project brief to research Kazakhstan’s emerging design identity. Different groups explored the Kazakh people’s nomadic heritage, disrupted by Soviet rule for much of the 20th Century until independence was declared in 1991.

    The winning entry, named A Chest of Future Memories – a reference to the large chests given as presents to Kazakh newlyweds – was chosen to form the basis of the exhibition at EXPO 2017: Future Energy taking place in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

    The trip comes at an exciting time for the Faculty, as it prepares to return to its original name of Kingston School of Art in September to celebrate its art school ethos and heritage as one of the country’s leading providers of art and design education.

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    Stanley Picker Gallery is pleased to present an evening of dance inspired by Yemi Awosile’s Orishirishi – a new body of research that casts a lens on the insatiable desire to maintain a sense of place and ownership over one’s identity through outward public personas.

    Exhibited within ‘changing rooms’ in the main gallery space, the title of this work is a Nigerian (Yoruba) word taken from Awosile’s family tribe’s vocabulary, loosely meaning ‘an assortment of different things’ and showcases a collection of textiles which classify materials as an arrangement of experiences, alongside multi-media print, t-shirts and acoustic drapes.

    The dance pieces will be performed by Pinelopi Kefou, Rebecca Korang and Anna Guzak – all final year students of Kingston University’s Dance programme under the tutelage of course lecturers Daniela Perazzo Domm and Elena Catalano, and are currently being workshopped in collaboration with Awolsile. As part of their research the trio are participating in practical and print-based workshops, and for the performance itself hope to don some of their own creations along with bespoke pieces by Awosile!

    Performances will be staged at regular intervals within the main gallery space, allowing the visitors to move through, and interact with the exhibition – and music of hip hop artists Khirkee 17 – alongside dancers.

    We invite all to join us for this unique and revealing event. Entrance is free.

    For more information about this project and others please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk.

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    Dominic Postlethwaite’s project looks at the process of crushed bending.

    Calls for London independence following Brexit and the challenges of commuter travel chaos are just some of the themes addressed by artists and designers showcasing work at this year’s eagerly anticipated Kingston University undergraduate degree show.

    Industry professionals will be greeted by installations, interactive artworks and live performance pieces at the Knights Park campus as the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture returns to its original name, re-introducing itself as Kingston School of Art.

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