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Jewellery work by Hsuan Ying Ho

A roof project at Westfield Stratford City, launched by Tom Jones

Assa Ashuach at RSA Design Debate

Anthony Rousel selected to create a special piece for PureJewels' Platinum Heritage Collection

Complete or Uncomplete Exhibition, curated by Chris Smith and Simone ten Hompel

Ychen Bannog, Art Exhibition of King Conny Wobble, an exhibition by Pil and Gallia Kollectiv

Cast, an exhibition of new photographic and video work by Aidan McNeill


News and Events Archive: March 2011

Cass Alumna curated for major exhibition

Work by an Alumna of the Cass MA Jewellery Design course was selected to be exhibited at Schmuck, a major international showcase of contemporary jewellery.

Hsuan Ying Ho, who displayed her elegant original creations in paper, parchment and silver, was one of only sixty two international designers selected from nearly seven hundred applicants to present their work at the event in Munich this month.

SCHMUCK which is part of the Internationale Handwerkmesse, sees the world of contemporary jewellery design, including collectors, curators, designers and lovers come together for seven days to see work which is regarded as setting standards for the trade. The selection of the 62 exhibits to feature in SCHMUCK 2011 was made by Dr Rüdiger Joppien (Head of the Department of Art Nouveau and Modernism at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg), a recognised expert in the applied arts.

March 24, 2011

Cass students ‘hit the roof’ in Stratford

Students on the BA Interior Design and Technology course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) were joined by students from Paris’ Ecole Boulle to create new design concepts for Europe’s biggest retail centre.

The exciting brief, to create new and relevant concepts for the huge roof at Westfield Stratford City was launched by Tom Jones, Associate Principal at global design practice Populous. A competitive project saw sixty plus students from both institutions split into mixed teams. After a hard- hat site visit of the centre and roof, the next intensive seven days were spent brainstorming, drawing, creating 3d visuals and model-making to bring the ideas to life. The 12 finished projects were presented to a mixed professional and academic panel at the end of the period. Innovative ideas included an urban sports area to tie in with more official Olympic activity nearby, an immense rollercoaster, a labyrinthine sanctuary and spa, and a park full of swings allowing the public to defy gravity. The winning submission, judged by the panel was a drive in hotel for shoppers and east London visitors, where the arriving car headlights shine out across the city creating a living installation. The students also found the time to shoot and edit a video account of the experience, which you can see here.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said- “This was a really exciting project , the work produced in a very short time period was of an extremely high standard in terms of both creativity and execution. Project briefs and collaborations with professional input are at the core of Interior Design teaching here, preparing students who are equipped to build careers in the commercial world.”

See team's graphic work

March 23, 2011

Cass Lecturer to talk at RSA

Assa Ashuach, Course Leader for MA Product Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) will give a presentation about Twenty First Century Manufacture at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ) Design Debate this month. He will present digital forming technology tools under development which allow customers to specify 3-d objects within set design parameters.

The new technologies of designing and manufacturing promise to reinvigorate local production and to put a rapid prototype, a custom object and a perfect-fit within the reach of millions who never called themselves a designer or craftsman. But do enough of us know enough design to transform this promise into a manufacturing renaissance? While these new ways of making advance the interests of commercial manufacturers and craft hobbyists, do they also answer a universal human need to fabricate?

Designer Sebastian Conran, open innovation consultant Roland Harwood and additive manufacturing expert Neil Hopkinson will join the panel discussion chaired by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of a new RSA Design pamphlet ‘The New Tin Ear: Materials, Manufacturing and the Rise of the User-Maker‘.

The event is free but places must be reserved in advance at www.theRSA.org/events

RSA Design Debate: Digital Forming Technology
8 John Adam Street, London WC2,
6pm Thursday 24 March 2011

March 18, 2011

Cass Alumnus joins forces with Luxury Brand

Anthony Roussel, an alumnus of the BA Jewellery and Silversmithing course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is the latest designer selected to craft a couture jewel for fast-emerging luxury brand PureJewels’ Platinum Heritage Collection.

The award-winning young UK artist who is celebrated for his beautifully executed, design-driven pieces in wood, is one of six selected to create a special piece for the Platinum Heritage Collection 2011. The pieces by Roussel and the other artists will be launched at a special event to be held during London Jewellery Week, which will take place from 6-12 June 2011, to showcase the leading talents of the British jewellery industry.

Although formally trained in traditional metalwork, Rousell discovered his real love for materials in wood after being introduced to working with various species by a violin maker.

He has become known for his skilled marriage of new technologies with traditional materials and cutting-edge design. He is fascinated with the infinite possibilities that these new technologies bring to jewellery making, and how a designer’s physical input is still as important today as it ever was. Through his use of 3D modelling software and digital production, he embraces avant-garde processes whilst still preserving hand craft and skilled workmanship. He won recognition for his pursuit of pioneering advancements in contemporary craft and for his use of the latest technologies when he won the Innovation prize at the inhorgenta design podium awards 2009 in Munich.

Anthony Roussel says “I am known for working with natural materials, so it is a bold statement to invite me to create a platinum piece of jewellery. This opportunity gives emerging designers a fighting chance to show the industry what we really can do.”

Jayant Raniga, Brand Manager with PureJewels, said he was delighted that Anthony has joined the talented roster of designers developing the Platinum Heritage Collection. “Anthony impressed us on so many levels. We can’t wait to see his approach to designing in platinum.”

March 17, 2011

Complete or Uncompleted Exhibition

From the works of Simone ten Hompel
Curated by Chris Smith and Simone ten Hompel

This exhibition and symposium are designed to address the questions below and the larger questions of the role of exhibition in research and displaying research outcomes.

When is work complete or completed and when is it (in)complete or (un)completed?

If the synonyms for completed are: full, finished, accomplished and perfect; would uncompleted then be not complete; not fully formed, made, or done; not whole, entire, or thorough; wanting some part; unfinished, imperfect, defective even?

Or could, an incomplete piece, the not fully done, be the space where a possible onlooker is asked to fill in for the incompleteness?

Are some finished works ‘incomplete’ because they compel to a going on with the work… to another?

Are some unfinished works complete because they end at that point?

If there is an uncompleted, not full thing, then there must be an over full completed piece. In a sense ‘bloated’ - those things, which are defined as over worked [over constructed]. If such work is on display what probability is there of the visitor from Kafka’s ‘Up in the Gallery’ might rush down the long staircase through all the levels, burst into the ring, and cry “Stop!”

However, the show is here, you are here; so continue don’t stop - the game is played with difficulty, the complex bartering of full, in and over continues - complete or incomplete.

Acknowledgements with many thanks
Interview filming: Varun Chawla Frank Soldat from the MA Film Production, Davis Hobson Linden Reilly for their questions.
Technical and other Support: Rennay Mathurin, Andy Hills, Peter Hufton and all the schoolkeeping staff.

Cass Gallery, Ground floor 41, Commercial Road, London E1 1LA
Tuesday 15th March to Thursday 24th March, Monday - Friday 12.00 – 17.00

Symposium and closing reception
Cass and Parker Gallery, 41 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA
Thursday 24th March 15.00 – 18.00 followed by reception 18.00 - 19.30


Artists confront legendary oxen

Ychen Bannog, Art Exhibition of King Conny Wobble is the latest exhibition at the xero, kline & coma  gallery , run by Pil and Galia Kollectiv, who teach on the BA Fine Art course at The Cass.

The exhibition  will explore the stories of the legendary Welsh long-horned oxen Ychen Bannog, often used to haul monsters from their lairs, such as the dreaded Afanc, a water monster that lived in the River Conway. Handcrafted musical instruments and films about their ritual use will be accompanied by masks, prints and artifacts forming an alternative folklore of the British Isles. The exhibition charts the history of the drum and the cult of the Drummers of Tedworth, as well as displaying a hurdy gurdy in the form of a church.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work addresses the legacy of modernism, exploring the promises and ruins of the avant garde discourses of the twentieth century. It deals with the way these failed utopias operate in the context of a changing landscape of creative work and instrumentalised leisure. They are interested in the relationship between art and politics, and the role irony and belief play in its current articulation.

For more information contact: info@xero-kline-coma.com

xero, kline & coma
258 Hackney Road
London E2 7SJ

Private view: Thursday March 10th, 19:00 – 21:00

Exhibition open:
12.3.11 – 27.3.11
Sat – Sun, 12-6pm


Cass Alumna’s solo exhibition at PayneShurvell

PayneShurvell is exhibiting ‘CAST’, an exhibition of new photographic and video work by Aidan McNeill, a graduate of BA Fine Art at The Cass.

For her first solo exhibition at the gallery, McNeill takes us behind the curtains of musical theatre’s most extravagant fictions to document a very different kind of production.

In a series of large-scale photographic works, McNeill references both the Romantic tradition, and the romance of the theatre. At first glance, the photographs seem to image an ethereal world of shadows and light. However, underlying are the signs of the mapping of staged action. Prop tape, scratches and lines of trap doors highlight the overall mechanics of the whole within this systematic collaboration of production.

McNeill also presents Performance 349: a video installation recorded from the live feed of a Musical Director conducting the orchestra of a major West End Musical. Contrasting with the Director’s impassioned gestures, the film is sound-tracked by a stream of letters and numbers as the Deputy Stage Manager calmly and simultaneously calls into action an intricate pattern of lighting and visual effects that recreate the drama on stage.

In deconstructing the workings of the show itself, ideas of authorship and spectacle are questioned, so that the onlooker’s role takes centre stage in a complex interplay of placement, manipulation and control.

Aidan McNeill has a BA in Fine Art from The Cass, and a MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. She has shown in exhibitions including ‘The HA Project’ (London/Helsinki, 2007), ‘Salon 09’’ (Matt Roberts Arts, 2009) and ‘A Bright and Guilty Place’ (PayneShurvell, 2010). Her work is held in private and public collections in the UK and North America.

CAST is curated by Emma Elia-Shaul who has had exhibitions at public and commercial spaces, including The Hospital club, City Atrium, The Photographers’ Gallery, Outline (Amsterdam), Capital Culture, Artprocess (Paris) and Gallery Westland Place.

Aidan McNeill / CAST / 4 March – 2 April

Private View Thursday 3rd March 6-9pm

16 Hewett Street (off Curtain Rd), London EC2A 3NN
Open: Wed-Sat 11am–6pm and by appointment
T: +44 (0) 20 0011 4115

For further information and/or images, please contact Joanne Shurvell
E: jo@payneshurvell.com
M: +44 (0) 7977 996568


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