Deconstructing fashion with Ruby Hoette

Have you heard about our new MA in Fashion yet? Starting this September, the departments of Design and Media &Communications, together with the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, are offering a new Goldsmiths course that aims to challenge the traditional boundaries of fashion.

So here we bring you an interview with Ruby Hoette, a newcomer to Goldsmiths and one of the academics teaching on the course, to tell us more about the new MA and about herself. Ruby was born in Australia and her previous work and studies found her in Amsterdam and New York (at the famous Parsons School of Design) before she arrived to teach at Goldsmiths : “I was attracted by the strong culture of research and critical thought, and that, in combination with design practice, is, I think, a very productive mode of study”, she says. Ruby is both a fashion designer and a fashion researcher, and she is committed to a more critical approach to fashion, considering environmental and ethical aspects. Continue reading “Deconstructing fashion with Ruby Hoette”

On craft in modern times with Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare

Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare is a graduate of Goldsmiths’ MA in Design: Critical Practice who has returned as a visiting tutor; this summer, he will run “Processes of Making”, a short craft-oriented course for the Design department at Goldsmiths, alongside another Goldsmiths MA graduate, Rebecca Steiner. (You can read more about the course and enroll here.) We thought this would be a good moment to get to know him better, so here we are with an interview of him! Nicholas has agreed to chat with us about his work with the multidisciplinary design group Saint-H, his guiding principles and the meaning and changes of craft in contemporary times. Nicholas is very committed to ecology and sustainability in his practice, and believes that design is capable of overturning the contemporary consumer culture from the inside in a more responsible direction. Continue reading “On craft in modern times with Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare”

Helsinki Design Lab at Design Means

Many thanks to Bryan Boyer and Justin W. Cook from the Helsinki Design Lab for presenting an inspiring talk at our department wide seminar series ‘Design Means…’ on Wednesday 15th May. Bryan and Justin have been on a whirlwind trip, presenting the findings from their strategic design research activities to design institutions and government organisations around the world. To find out more about Helsinki Design Lab you can visit helsinkidesignlab.org/. The Lab will be closing soon and so check out their projects and download free PDF versions their brilliant ‘Recipes for Systemic Change’ and other literature before the blog disappears!

Hannah Jones

The Domestic Science Machines of Alex Duffner

Contemporary scientific and technological advances make our lives easier in so many ways, that perhaps we are starting to take them for granted and fail to notice anymore how amazing they are. Every home appliance we have is, actually, a wonder of technology. Third year BA Design student Alex Duffner is hoping to bring scientific curiosity to the regular consumer with his graduation project, “Domestic Science Machines”, which combines home appliances with scientific instruments in order to facilitate home experiments. Continue reading “The Domestic Science Machines of Alex Duffner”