Designers in Residence showcase: Cynthia Voza Lusilu

Goldsmiths Design MA graduate Cynthia Voza Lusilu is one of the 2020 Designers in Residence at the Design Museum; this programme had the emerging designers responding to the theme of Care.

The showcase is now online! Visit the website to find out more about Cynthia’s work exploring mental health provision for Black British communities.

Designing with Care: Designers in Residence at the Design Museum

Join this panel discussion with the Design Museum’s 2020 Designers in Residence exploring design’s relationship to care. Goldsmiths Design MA alumna Cynthia Voza Lusilu is amongst the designers chosen as residents for the 2020 programme.

Where: Online

When: Tuesday 11 May 2021, 18.30 – 20.00 (BST)

General tickets (£5) go on sale on 1 April.

Find out more from the Design Museum website

Bringing film worlds to life: Interview with alumna Elaine Xu, production designer

If you have a UK Netflix or US HBO Max subscription, you may stumble upon a charming short film called “Dolapo is fine”, in which a young Black girl faces pressure to change her natural hair and her name. Goldsmiths alumna Elaine Xu (BA Design 2018) was the production designer for the film,  her second job in cinema and one of her many skills alongside curation, design consulting or marketing. But what is a production designer exactly, what do they do, and what kind of abilities do you need for it? Elaine talks about working in this field and others, and how her Goldsmiths experience helped her career:

Elaine on the set of "Dolapo is fine"
Elaine on the set of “Dolapo is fine”. Photo by Helen Murray, helenmurrayphotos.com

How did you become a production designer for films?

I’ve always liked building sets. My third year project at Goldsmiths was about cultural conservation, how to preserve intangible culture before it disappears completely, and the final presentation at the degree show was a Chinese Tea Ceremony installation. My tutor at the time was Nick Mortimer, who worked a lot in theater and provided me with a lot of knowledge on building sets. Production design for film was a surprise pathway.  When a friend asked me to work on the production design for a short film in Tuscany [Drowned, directed by Daria Kocherova], at first I hesitated because I didn’t have any experience in films, but I decided to give it a go anyway. Continue reading “Bringing film worlds to life: Interview with alumna Elaine Xu, production designer”

Alumni news round-up, March 2021