Goldsmiths Graduate Design Scheme: Rada Lewis brings to life “The Wolf and His Victims”

The Graduate Design Scheme is an opportunity for Goldsmiths Design graduates to return on campus and work on their own projects: for a fee, they can use a studio space, the workshops, and book machinery. This academic year, Rada Lewis (BA Design 2010) came back to Goldsmiths to develop a personal project based on a Bulgarian folk tale with political connotations about revenge, unity and how we can learn to live with each other.

Rada is bringing to life the “The Wolf and His Victims” through puppets constructed primarily out of paper; the outcome of the project will be a book and, ultimately, a stop-motion animated film. You can read the story and see images from the project on Rada’s website.

On how the project started:

“My work has always been text-based, I’m interested in text – fiction as well as non-fiction. I am from Bulgaria, and my sister sent me some Bulgarian folk stories she found extremely amusing, just for a laugh. I read this and I thought, I need to draw it. So first I started drawing it with pencils, then I started making the characters out of paper. I like making paper sculptures, so this felt natural and comfortable for me.”Read More »

Alumna Dorota Bojanowska featured in the Polish press

Dorota’s graduation project “GIRL GIRL GIRL” at the 2018 Goldsmiths BA Design show

The graduation project of alumna Dorota Bojanowska (BA Design 2018) has been featured in Polish media outlets recently. Dorota’s work has appeared in the independent culture magazine KMAG, as well as in an interview for Vogue Poland.

Dorota mentions in the interview that “she liked the fact that she devoted her time to searching for ideas” at Goldsmiths; you can read the full piece on the Vogue Poland website.

Design graduate wins entrepreneurship award

Selin Yigitbasi, a 2017 graduate of our MA in Design & Innovation, won the The Family Business Network (FBN) Next Generation Lombard Odier Award at the FBN 29th Global Summit in Venice on 12th October. The award recognises outstanding intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects initiated by the next generation of family business owners.

26 year-old Selin is the founder of Goodsted, “a platform for socially purposeful individuals and organisations that would like to volunteer their skills or donate products and spaces to non-profit social projects”, in addition to being a fourth generation member of Yasar Holding A.S.

More information about the competition and how the winners were chosen can be found in the official press release on the Lombard Odier website.

 

Goldsmiths Graduate Design Scheme: Dorota Bojanowska turns women’s stories into unique printed garments

The Graduate Design Scheme is an opportunity for Goldsmiths Design graduates to return on campus and work on their own projects: for a fee, they can use a studio space, the workshops, and book machinery. This year, the Design department awarded two bursary places on the scheme to 2018 graduates. One of the winners is Dorota Bojanowska:

What was the idea and process behind your graduation project?

“Girl Girl Girl” is an ongoing design project that has been created to present the beauty of individualism and values that cannot be found within the materialism of the digital culture. The process involves receiving direct responses from women with different stories and experiences (presented in a form of a letter) and then transforming them into a symbolic print. The woman decides which story to share. Each of the letters is handwritten and with unique personal language. The boiler suit that becomes the final form is an un-gendered, multi-use mono garment for everyday wear, representing one of a kind empowerment and beauty.

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The project opens up another possibility for women to articulate their opinions and views. It becomes a discussion starter for other viewers when presented in public. What is their reaction? What’s their opinion? How is this message being communicated to the world?

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