Alumni news round-up, September 2020

"Propaganda" game by Sindi Breshani at the 2018 BA Design degree show
“Propaganda” game by Sindi Breshani at the 2018 BA Design degree show
  • BA Design alumna Millicent Barty will launch her new fashion label at the upcoming London Pacific Fashion Week in February 2021.
  • Tom Oates and Rachel Orphan (BA Design class of 2020) are amongst shortlisted graduates for the i-D and ARTSTHREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2020, which will announce its winners soon. Rachel was also featured in an i-D interview related to the event.
  • Recent BA Design graduates Meg Evans and Luke Radcliffe-Moore are setting up a Sustainable Design Zine, with contributions from many other young creatives. You can pre-order online.
  • Richard Harris, Head of Design and Technology at Raynes Park High School, has won the Pearson National Teaching Silver Award for ‘Teacher of the Year’. Richard is a 2004 graduate of the BA Education with Design and Technology at Goldsmiths, and he was part of the Design Teacher Training Programme in our department.
  • Propaganda, a board game initially developed by Sindi Breshani (BA Design 2018) as a graduation project, is amongst nominated games at IndieCade Anywhere and Everywhere (online, October 16-24).
  • A documentary film directed by Amy Clegg (BA Design 2019) is part of the official selection at Essex DocFest 2020, which will take place online at the end of October.
  • Zoe Stromberg (BA Design 2018) is amongst artists whose artwork is being auctioned online to support the reopening of the Vagina Museum in London.

Weaving Windrush online workshop with Rose Sinclair

Close-up of a hand weaving with orange wool

Rose Sinclair invites you into her Caribbean Front Room in October for an online weaving workshop and an opportunity to share migration stories.

Participants will learn how to weave using a mini-loom while exploring the importance of craft and design to the story of post-war Caribbean settlement in the UK.

Beginning with the story of Windrush stowaway and dressmaker Evelyn Wauchope, as told by Rose, participants will be invited to share their own migration stories and reflections as they weave.

Registrations will end one week before the workshop to ensure weaving packs can be posted in time to reach you. Please do not register if you’re not sure you can attend.

Free to attend but pre-booking is necessary. More information can be found on the Goldsmiths website.

“Between Dreamy and Dreary”: work by Goldsmiths Design lecturer exhibited in Seoul

Work by Goldsmiths Design lecturer Soomi Park is part of a current exhibition with Owen Wells at Celine Park Gallery, Eyelove Art Center in Seoul, titled “Between Dreamy and Dreary: Fiction in Design”.

This exhibition is a collection of five projects that show the designers’ approach to design: “The projects cover some topics we think are critical to consider at this moment, like death, privacy, histories, psychology, emotion and robots.

For decades the technological dreams and aesthetics of fiction have directly influenced the world of design. Fiction creates desires about the world we imagine being part of, which intern creates expectations for designers. We are at a point where fiction has become assimilated into the field of design in structured and formalised ways: from the use of fiction as a part of the education of new designers; to the adoption of Design Fiction as a tool by major tech companies, government bodies, scientists, etc.

For us, fiction is an important part of our design process. To us, it means: narration and narrative; complexity; characters; humour; props; costumes; and at an abstract level, a place to discuss alternative or unseen versions of reality. It gives us the possibility to experiment with concepts which are not ordinarily afforded by market-driven design. Ideas that exist Between Dreamy and Dreary.”

Alumni news round-up, August 2020