Goldsmiths Design Festival 2016 wrap-up: all interviews

Have you missed any of our previous coverage of the 2016 Goldsmiths Design Festival and MA graduation show? Don’t worry, here are all our interviews with this year’s MA graduates in one place:

Katherine Tse (MA in Design: Critical Practice) on making silk garments with home resources

Matea Pelko (MA in Design: Critical Practice) on investigating the costs of a national symbol: the Croatian necktie

Tilde Snyder (MA Fashion) on bringing a fashion show to the London Overground:

Ulla Puggaard (MA in Design Futures) on exploring the overlooked world of weeds:Read More »

New MA in Design: Expanded Practice

Starting 2017, postgraduate study at Goldsmiths Design will undergo a significant change: we are introducing a brand new, 15-month MA in Design: Expanded Practice, a a radical post-disciplinary programme for practitioners who want to push the boundaries of what design can be and do.

By challenging the role and norms of traditional design towards an emerging type of ‘advanced design’, unshackled from the history of specialisms and entrenched methods, students will become part of a community of practice. Instead of specialised individual Masters, which this MA will replace, the programme will offer six thematic areas of investigation, or ‘Studios’:

  • Cities & Urbanism
  • Communication & Experience
  • Fashions & Embodiment
  • Innovation & Service
  • Interaction & Technology
  • Participation & Politics

Find out more about the new MA from the Goldsmiths website.

MA Design graduates 2016: Matea Pelko explores the environmental and human costs of a patriotic symbol

As her final project for the MA in Design: Critical Practice, Matea Pelko investigated what lies beneath the public image of the tie as a symbol of national pride in Croatia.


How did you decide on neckties as the starting point for your graduation project, and what was your goal for the project?

As I’m originally from Croatia, I wanted to start from my origins and ties were the perfect media to do so. Not so many people know, but the tie was created by Croats, and shortly after it became obligatory wardrobe for French soldiers. The style quickly spread to England, and neckties began [to be] an important part of men’s wardrobes until today. Croats forgot about the tie until 1990, when Marijan Buši, visionary founder of the Croata fashion brand, decided to share his vision and remind the world what is it so special about the Croatian view of the tie, and of the almost forgotten basic values that the cravat or necktie embodies. My goal was to deconstruct that view in order to learn more about my nation, values, and what exactly are we selling to world as a Croatian principle.Read More »