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 »

Designers at Goldsmiths create protective ‘sunglasses’ for puffins

What would eyewear for puffins look like, and why would puffins even need it in the first place? Designers from the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths created protective ‘sunglasses’ for this bird species as part of a project that investigates photoluminescence in the bill of the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).

In order to study the phenomenon, scientists had to shine ultraviolet (UV) light on the bills of live birds, which made the sunglasses necessary as a way to protect the birds’ eyes from potentially damaging UV light sources. Read more on the Goldsmiths website