Gabriella De Rosa (BA Design 2017) won the Placement at Kinneir Dufort Award in the WEARING INTELLIGENCE 2.0 brief at this year’s RSA Student Design Awards. The brief asked participants to develop a design solution that utilises ‘advanced textiles’ (fabric that has been enhanced by new technologies) to improve well-being or the quality of people’s lives. Gabriella explains:
“I developed my final year project from Goldsmiths and entered my concept InterWeave: an advanced textile interlaced with plants. InterWeave transforms fabric as we know it, offering a range of environmental inspired characteristics that progress textiles. It weaves nature into an everyday, essential item, immersing the wearer in their local environment in order to reconnect humans with the natural world, reduce our environmental impact and improve our well-being. By creating living fabric as an addition to our own body, I create a connection that enriches and expresses our relationship with nature.”
The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA. Each year the Awards challenge emerging designers to tackle a range of design briefs focused on pressing social, environmental and economic issues.
If you’re a Goldsmiths Design graduate and you’re planning to visit this year’s BA Design show on the opening evening (7 June), stick around later on for an afterparty with fellow alumni, organised by Goldsmiths’ Development and Alumni Office.
The party will happen after 7 pm at the Near & Far Bar in Peckham, only a 5-minute walk from Copeland Park/Bussey Building where the graduation show is taking place. This is a ticketed event (£3) with all proceeds going to supporting students facing financial hardship. Registered guests will receive three drinks vouchers that can be used for a selection of house wine, bottled beers and spirit with mixer. Don’t forget to book your place via EventBrite.
In 2015, a year of general elections in the UK, Jodie Chinn’s BA Design graduation project, “House of Covvens”, attempted to envision a more equal society, questioning the hierarchies of Britain’s parliamentary system and incorporating feminine-coded knowledge. Jodie is now revisiting and expanding the project to fit the even more troubled political environment of today. For two weeks in May, she will hold ‘House of Covvens – South East London’, an exhibition and event series centred around ten ‘Covvens’, non-hierarchical discussion spaces where everyone’s voice is welcomed and value. Jodie explains:
“When you’re exchanging information in our society, it’s often about the person who can talk the loudest, and it’s hierarchical. This project is about everyone having the space to talk and share what they know, it’s aiming to create a comfortable environment for expression. Halfway through the Covven, everyone is given the chance to reflect on what we’ve discussed, and make a clay object to represent this reflection. We then go around and let everyone explain what they have made, giving everyone the chance to speak and process their thoughts. People can leave their object in the space and these will collect together over the two weeks with a final event on the 29th of May presenting the process of the project. It’s not necessarily about coming up with ideas, but about creating a space for people to share thoughts and learn from each other. As part of this event there will also be foraging walks and sound performances on the new, quarter and full moon!”Read More »
Lukas Valiauga graduated from the BA Design course at Goldsmiths in 2015, and he is currently a resident at Fabrica, the Benneton Group-financed communications research centre based in Treviso, Italy. Lukas tells us a bit about his work on the residency and his other projects since graduation:
What kind of work are you doing as part of your residency?
Personally, the residency is an amazing opportunity to work developing research into how technologies shape our modern living, culture and communication. Part of the work (and freedom!) is in experimenting with ideas, theories and research-led assumptions as well as specific technology.
Fabrica is at a unique intersection between worlds of art and commerce. Rather than as briefs, projects come as partnerships open to every resident to pitch their idea for; that way shaping and defining what an overall project will be like. A lot of personal research materialises into tangible output this way.
For example, for an exhibition at Milan Design Museum, I’ve presented an installation measuring Milan’s sky colour comparing it to the colour called ‘sky blue’.
Also, together with Jonas Eltes we made a painting which grows its value depending on its popularity with gallery visitors. We are currently working on a several of web-based information experience projects.Read More »