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    FADA-house-of-skiteThe exhibition, held in the FADA Platform Gallery, celebrates the work of first year Fashion students who were tasked with producing a fashion editorial piece – completely open to their interpretation.

    Students were encouraged to explore varying aspects of film and photography beyond fashion photography, resulting in a diverse mix of fashion images. Students with no prior knowledge had to pitch initial ideas, cast models, find locations to style and photograph their ideas.

    The project was led by Fashion visiting experts Adam Howe and Michael Woolley in collaboration with Bruce Morgan, the Photography Workshop Manager. Special thanks to Sean Wyatt, George Newton and Chris China for their dedicated support.

    Thank you to the team for collaborating on this amazing project and to the students for their talent and commitment.

    The House of Skite is open till Friday 11 November 2016 in the Platform Gallery located next to the FADA reception.

    Sir Misha Black medal awardA Kingston University FADA professor who established a pioneering Masters course in design curation has been recognised with a prestigious award.

    Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University’s MA in Curating Contemporary Design.  It comes only a year after Catherine also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.

    Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. “There was nobody who could curate or respond to design – there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed“, Professor McDermott said.

    The Sir Misha Black Awards honour exceptional individuals and institutions within design education with the aim of highlighting the crucial importance of their work in the industrial, commercial and cultural life of the country.

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    Stanley Picker Creative Academy

    Onkar Kular, awarded the Stanley Picker Design Fellowship (2014–16) for research, transforms the gallery into the Stanley Picker Creators Academy (SPCA).

    Stanley Picker Creators Academy
    17 October–12 November 2016
    Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am–5.00pm / Wednesday until 7.00pm
    (Monday by appointment)

    Daily Activities / All Welcome
    Yoga: every Tuesday, 10.00am–11.00am
    Evening talks: Wednesdays, 5.00pm–7.00pm: 19 October, 26 October, 9 November
    Featuring Alessandro Gandini, Heidi Seetzen, Jack Self, Precarious Workers Brigade, and more

    Closing party: Saturday 12 November, 3.00pm–7.00pm

    Since the global rise of creative working spaces, from smaller office-hub spaces like Second Home to large-scale media companies like Google and Facebook, the words Collaboration, Sharing and Community regularly appear in branding and mission statements of such organisations. They reflect a certain ethos of supporting individuals to work more efficiently, create more professional content, and to ultimately increase access to lucrative opportunities and financial capital.

    Collaboration, Sharing and Community are the working values that are reconsidered as part of the SPCA. By staging the spatial and organisational features normally found in creative working environments, the SPCA examines how these terms are used by organisations to incubate creativity and suggests possible ways that they can be refocused and repurposed in order to create alternative forms of capital.

    Read the Academy’s full programme.

    Activities are free and  booking recommended. Please email to reserve your place.

    Jiaheng Cao 2016 MA Photography Jiaheng Cao, 2016

    Kingston University is pleased to announce the 2016 MA photography Degree Show featuring five graduating photographers:

    Jiaheng Cao
    Cristina Dragne
    Le-I Lin
    Ellie Parlak
    Sean Wyatt

    This diverse group of photographers present exciting and challenging work developed for their final major project. Jiaheng Cao has made a series of colour portraits of Asian students studying in the UK with an emphasis on facial expression, body language, and cultural artifacts. Cristina Dragne’s modular installation focuses on mass data-gathering (“big data”) and digital tracking to make visible the intrusion and violence of digital surveillance. Le-I Lin evolves her evocative abstract images from cut-up pieces of 35mm analogue film that have been exposed to the light. The work explores the impermanence of time by refusing figuration on one hand, and on the other, negating the proliferation and seemingly indestructible nature of digital images. Accompanying the work is her short performative film. Ellie Parlak is interested in ambiguity of shape, form and meaning in her still life photographs of objects. Sean Wyatt’s performative object-based interventions explore the proximity of man-made structures and natural woodland areas contesting and challenging conventions of landscape photography.

    Private View: 21 September 216, 5–8pm

    Opening hours
    19–24 September 2016
    Monday to Friday 10–6pm
    Saturday 10–4pm

    Studio NE112
    Kingston University
    Knights Park Campus, Grange Rd,
    Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

    MA photography degree show 2016

    Kingston University graduate Jimin Kim was recently awarded the ‘new talent’ award at the 40th World Illustration Awards.

    Jimin, who studied MA Illustration at Kingston, impressed the judges with her University project Hyde & Seek, which explores the notion of alter egos. Her work features intricate designs displayed in a concertina format.

    Jimin spoke of the approach she took to Hyde & Seek: “According to psychologist Jung, a human personality cannot be defined as a single image, which means that human personality is a cluster of multiple personalities. The theme of ‘Hyde and Seek’ is based on this idea.

    “When it comes to the visual aspect, I use cutting section to represent this idea. So audiences can make different compositions by themselves by turning page after page. In addition to this, these images can represent the theme of split egos effectively.”

    You can see more of Jimin’s work by visiting her website and Instagram.

    Learn more about our Communication Design: Illustration MA.

    Jimin Kim - Hyde & Seek

    40th World Illustration Awards

    FADA graduate Mary Branson's installation unveiled in parliamentFADA alumna and artist Mary Branson’s artwork “New Dawn” has been installed at the Houses of Parliament, in the spot regularly used by Suffragettes and their supporters to demonstrate for women’s right to vote.

    The colours of the blown glass scrolls match those used by the different campaign groups that took part in the movement, while the back lighting changes according to the tides of the Thames, representing the unstoppable tide of social change – another symbol often used by the Suffragettes.

    Branson graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Art and Space with distinction in 2004.

    “My tutors really inspired and challenged me and my time at university helped set the pattern for how I work today,” she said. “I think it’s important to try to understand your core ideas and to question your own work constantly in order to refine it.”

    Read the full story on the Kingston University website.





    Bestival award winnerA FADA postgraduate student has won a national competition run by London brand and design agency JDO.

    Lisa Eder, a Communication Design: Graphic Design MA student, beat around 300 entrants to win the 2016 JDO Raw design competition, aimed at finding the country’s best emerging design talent. The challenge was to design a drink concept to be sold at Bestival, the Isle of Wight music festival.

    Lisa’s design centred on the issue of dehydration, a common problem at summer festivals. “I saw it as an interesting creative challenge to come up with a non-alcoholic drink, like water, for a venue traditionally dominated by alcohol” she explained.

    Lisa’s drink concept ‘Remedy & Company’ is a two-way ‘pharmacy within a drink’ to keep festival-goers both energized as well as hydrated: “The pharmaceutical reference provided the visual focus for the entire branding, including packaging and point of sale.”

    JDO RAW’s panel of judges included Rob da Bank and Bestival marketers, Felix Buxton from Basement Jaxx, Phil Gladman, the CMO of William Grant & Sons and Ben Oates and Paul Drake, JDO creative directors.

    Paul Drake, JDO’s creative director, praised Lisa’s design: “The quality of the entries this year was stunning and we had a really difficult decision to make. In Lisa we have found someone who answered the brief with a really innovative and fresh approach.”

    Lisa won a pair of tickets to this year’s Bestival and a two month paid placement at JDO. The FADA student spoke of her delight at the win:

    “Winning this award makes me really proud. It is a great feeling to see my work appreciated in such a way. I would like to extend my thanks to my tutor and course mates who helped me during the work process and of course JDO and Bestival for choosing me!”

    Bestival design award