The Fashions & Embodiment studio of our MA in Design: Expanded Practice are currently showing their work in progress at the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery, in an exhibition titled “Fashion Narratives”.
The brief of the project required students to respond to the text-only description of an object from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection with their own research and outcomes. See the chosen objects below:
Rose Sinclair describes for The Museum of the Home the history of textile making by black women in the Caribbean in the early 1900s and its role in community building, in this video filmed for The Museum of the Home as part of their Windrush Day 2021 programme:
V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge targeted to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9, designed to inspire and build young designers to be the innovators of tomorrow. In teams, students are provided with real life problems, and work collectively to come up with a final design solution. V&A Innovate provides a platform for students to experience real design project briefs and insight to working collectively in teams. This year, the theme was centered around Home and Community.
The Charter School North Dulwich won three trophies, including Overall Winner 2021 for their design ‘Scenty Mems’, a personalised scented jumper to help remember loved ones. The students explored solutions to grief and coping with loss and loneliness, in a year which has seen families around the world lose loved ones to Covid-19. Their idea, praised for originality and thoughtfulness around a sensitive and painful issue, was to create a heated jumper infused with the scent of a lost loved one, to wear at home to enable continued connection.
The Charter School North Dulwich also picked up two other awards. Teacher Jennifer Vargas (PGCE Design & Technology, Goldsmiths) was chosen NQT of the Year. In the Home Category, the North Dulwich team won for their Garden scenic conveyor belt, designed to encourage sharing of green spaces between homes and communities, bringing people and nature together.
This year’s graduating Design students will present their outcomes starting June 28th, under the title “My Friend, Oh! It’s Been So Long.” Until then, the blog gives you a peek at the work that will be showcased. Today, we find out more about the graduation project of Lucy Gaston:
“The catalyst of this project was an academic paper called Banana Time. Written in 1959 by Donald Roy and published in Human Organization, this essay details the informal interactions and pranks four workers used to fend off boredom. What marks these interactions as unusual is that they occur at the same times each day, in a ritualistic cycle. Without this cycle the workers cannot cope with the working day.