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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

Jewellery Catwalk Show. Top: Elisha Massiah and Ana Simoes taking the applause. Above: Audience viewing jewellery works

Leaving by Numbers, a film directed by Peter Hewitt

Flora McLean interviews top designer Marios Schwab

The Decision, a film by Hamdan Mann

Reggie The Eco Rocker, a design by Cass alumnus Shell Thomas

The winning work by Anna Pearson at the Pewter Live 2011

Mad about The Boy, a film by Cass alumnus Gbolahan Obisesan

45, an exhibition as part of the Moot Series at the Centre for Recent Drawing

Twins, an installation by Lawrence Lek and Onur Ozkaya

Contemplating the Everyday, an exhibition by Chong Boon Pok

The Craftsman, a book by Richard Sennett


News and Events Archive: July 2011

» A presentation of the 1st year drawing option by students at Cass
» Cass lecturer shows at new Camberwell Gallery
» Contemplating the Everyday
» Symposium: Richard Sennett and the Provocation of Practice

First Year Jewellery and Silversmithing Catwalk Review

The Sir John Cass School of Art’s Jewellery Catwalk Show took place on Tuesday the 7th June in the Crypt of St John’s Church near the heart of London’s Jewellery District.

Well attended, the show featured catwalk jewellery from the School’s 1st year Jewellery and Silversmithing students.

Set on a stage in the heart of the Crypt, amid large white boxes decorated with fat white ribbons, two of the students, Elisha Massiah and Ana Simoes, led a performance that saw models beckoned onto the stage and bedecked with a wide range of innovative and conceptual jewellery designed around the concept of a catwalk show.

The audience got a close look at the jewellery as the models walk through their seating area and got to look at the pieces close up whilst enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the show.

The evening was a great success and the students would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in making the evening so memorable.

Text written by Juliette Bigley and photography (pictured left) by Simon B. Armitt.

July 28, 2011

Cass Lecturer’s Film to be screened at first OCD Festival

A film directed by Peter Hewitt, course leader for BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production at The Cass will be shown at the world’s first Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) animation festival. His animated short Leaving by Numbers is due to be screened at the International OCD Foundation in San Diego.

The 1st Annual OCD Animation Festival will allow the audience to see the world through the eyes and thoughts of the OCD mindset. It will showcase between 15 and 20 films about OCD, curated by film maker John Spottswood Moore, most of which have been produced by OCD sufferers. In addition to presenting these animations, the well-known painter, Dennis Ryan, will display samples from his series Kick The Faucet, inspired by his contamination fears. Attendees will be given the opportunity to become critics and vote for their favorite animation. Discussion will also follow the showing.

Peter Hewitt is an animator, filmmaker and musician who has worked as an editor both in Hong Kong and the UK. Peter’s latest film Lennie & the Flower Child is currently in post-production.

Watch Leaving by Numbers

July 15, 2011

Fashion Lecturer Interviews Top Designer

Flora McLean who lectures in Fashion at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has recently interviewed top Fashion Designer Marios Schwab for cutting edge creative journal Halston in New York.

Flora teaches on the BA (Hons) Textile Design course is looking forward to other high profile interviews in her new role as Fashion reporter for Mono. She will be balancing her journalism with teaching at the Cass and running her own fashion label, House Of Flora. The House of Flora produces collections of collections of hats and jewellery twice a year exhibiting in London and Paris. As well as selling work through commercial stores worldwide, Flora works closely with designers and stylists on a commission and consultancy basis. House of Flora was recently featured in the book '50 Hats That Changed The World' published by Design Museum.

Read the interview

July 14, 2011

Cass students film screened at BFI IMAX

A short film written and directed by a first year student on the BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production course at The Cass was screened at Cinematique UK, a student festival at the BFI IMAX.

The Decision by Hamdan Mann, which opened the event, is a bleak tale of a man persuaded to commit suicide by a friend or colleague following a failed criminal plot.

Event image credits: Taken by Catherine Pledl for 1883 Magazine

Watch The Decision on YouTube

More images and a review of the event can be seen at 1883 Magazine.

July 13, 2011

Reggie the eco-rocker heads down under

Shell Thomas, who graduated from FdA Furniture Making at The Cass in 2010 will be exhibiting her celebrated design Reggie The Eco Rocker in Australia at the end of July. She is taking part in an exhibition called Design Futures at Decoration+Design at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne from the 21-24 July, during the State of Design festival.

This second edition of Design Futures has the theme, Alone, Together has been curated by leading Australian trend forecaster Genty Marshall. It brings together concepts and products (including Reggie the Eco Rocker) that trigger the senses and intensify how we experience our personal space. Reggie is a flat-pack cardboard rocking horse made from Ultraboard, a recycled paper product manufactured in the UK.

Designed as a modern and sustainable alternative to a traditional treasure the eco-rocker is 100% recyclable, once outgrown, and truly nurtures creativity. He is blank and ready to be brought to life at home using pencils, crayons, glitter and glue and a little imagination from a young designer. The Melbourne trip is only the latest success for Shell and Reggie- last week, they attended the glamorous Not on the High Street Make Awards 2011 where she was announced winner of the Product Innovation award. Busy Shell also designed the window displays for London’s Oliver Bonas stores last Christmas.

Looking ahead, Shell Thomas will be collaborating with JJAM coming up for the London Design Festival 2011. She will be working alongside four other London-based designers in a challenge to create a series of personal spaces where public becomes private, using textile samples, offcuts and unwanted extras. The project is in partnership with Bute Fabrics and presents an opportunity to showcase imagination, innovation and personality while working within a truly sustainable framework. The resulting work will be exhibited at Tent London, 22-25 September 2011 at the Old Truman Brewery and will invite visitors to engage with the shelters as a haven to rest and revive in or a personal HQ from which to broadcast social media.

July 6, 2011

Cass student wins prize in Pewter Live Competition

Anna Pearson a student on the Foundation Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) has won a Commended award at this years Pewter Live student competition. Anna won the award in the Interior, Architectural & Furniture category of the annual awards which are organised by the worshipful company of Pewterers. The winning work is a pair of beautiful LED Wall Lights in Pewter. The competition is open to students in the second year of study on a degree course or equivalent at any UK College or University.

June 29, 2011

Cass Alumnus New Play Performed at Edinburgh

A new play by a Jerwood-winning Cass Alumnus is showing at the Edinburgh Festival this year. Mad about the Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan who studied BA (Hons) Media Arts, is described as a ‘tussle of wills and minds’.

Gbolahan was awarded the prestigious Jerwood Young Directors Award in 2009. This led to him taking the helm of the play Sus at The Young Vic’s Clare Studio Theatre. Sus is a political drama by Barrie Keeffe set on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979. Since graduating Gbolahan has had a successful career in Contemporary British Theatre, as a writer and director. He has assisted on Random by Debbie Tucker Green at the Royal Court, Wole Soyinka’s Death and the Kings Horseman at the National Theatre and the Olivier Award winning Impempe Yomlingo (The Magic Flute) at the Young Vic and Duke of York Theatre in the West End. Gbollahan has also directed a number of his own productions.

The Edinburgh production is directed by Ria Parry, winner of the Leverhulme Director’s Bursary 2010, and a Fringe First Award for Crush by Paul Charlton in 2009, and presented by Iron Shoes in association with the National Theatre Studio and ScenePool.

Mad about The Boy is on from 3rd Aug - 29th Aug at the Dairy Room @ the Underbelly at 2.20pm

Details and Tickets here

June 29, 2011

A presentation of the 1st year drawing option by students at Cass

As part of C4RD’s Moot research series, 45 will present individual boxes that contain a suite of drawings from Sir John Cass School of Art BA students (Drawing) personal response sourced from text that includes Viande de Chevet, Peripher/Insignificance and Walter Benjamin’s Archive.

The works investigate drawings capabilities to communicate an authentic visual exploration, while responding in an attempt to develop and establish a practice, where drawing is implemented to refine each artists thinking and approach. Intense reflection and imagination has been applied and vocalised in varying forms throughout the series of works exhibited.

Location: Centre for Recent Drawing
2-4 Highbury Station Rd, London N1 1SB

Curated by Iona Roisin and Mouez Hamdi

Dates: 13th - 23rd July
Opening times: Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm

For further information call 020 32396936, or email info@c4rd.org.uk


Cass lecturer shows at new Camberwell Gallery

Work by Onur Ozkaya who lectures in Interactive Interior design at The Cass is on display at Cold Harbour London gallery. Twins, an installation created by Lawrence Lek and Onur Ozkaya is showing as part of an exhibition called Illumination until the 3rd July. Illumination, curated by Aretha Campbell is the inaugural show for the gallery, a new 15,000 square foot space for Contemporary Art in Camberwell producing and hosting a diverse programme of exhibitions.

Exhibition details:
Tuesday-Saturday, 16 June to 3rd July 2011

Cold Harbour London
26-34 Southwell Road
London SE5

Download Twins_Flyer-1.pdf


Contemplating the Everyday

A new exhibition at The Cass, called Contemplating the Everyday will showcase work by artist Chong Boon Pok. The exhibition is the result of his practice-led PhD fine art research based on the title The Mind of the Everyday in Contemporary Fine Art and Zen Buddhist Practice. It emerged from his personal experiences and discoveries as an artist working from a Buddhist background.

Devoting attentiveness to and contemplating the everyday is central to Pok’s art practice. The everyday that he refers to is the trivial, ordinary and inconsequential objects and activities that people tend to take for granted such as the activities of cooking and having a meal together with the everyday objects are such as the chopsticks we use for eating. Besides assembling everyday objects into sculptural forms and installations, part of his work involves using food and cooking as performance and to interact with people visiting the exhibition.

The core of the research is studio practice with the theoretical framework operating in the intersection of personal and social perspectives. It seeks to develop an enhanced understanding of the everyday in contemporary fine art and Zen Buddhist practice in new and original ways, through bringing forward and integrating the physical and theoretical components of his studio practice as presented in this exhibition.

You can see more of Chong Boon Pok’s work on Artslant and on his blog.

Full details:

Chong Boon Pok

Contemplating the Everyday

Private View: 4 July 2011, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition: 5 - 8 July, 11am - 5pm
Venue: Room CE 4-12, CE 4-13 & CE 4-22
4th Floor, Central House Building
London Metropolitan University
59 - 63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF


Symposium: Richard Sennett and the Provocation of Practice; Philosophical Reflections on the Formative Skills of Craft

London Metropolitan University - Faculties of ASD and SJCAMD

Date & Time: Thursday 7th July 2.00 to 5.00 followed by a reception
Venue: Room 102 Commercial Road City Campus

The symposium is designed to reflect on Richard Sennet's book The Craftsman. Since the publication of this thought provoking book the earlier momentun of revaluation and discourse on craft has been revitalised to emcompass the role of 'craft' in all aspects of human endeavour.
In the book Sennett defines craftsmanship far more broadly than “skilled manual labor,” Richard Sennett maintains that the computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen engage in a craftsman’s work. Craftsmanship names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, says the author, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. In this book, one of our most distinguished public intellectuals explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world.

The Symposium will be lead by a paper by Ian Heywood and Nicholas Davey.

Nicholas Davey received his B.A. in History and Philosophy at the University of York, and both his M.A. and D. Phil in the History of Ideas at the University of Sussex. He also studied at the University of Tubingen. He has lectured at the City University of London, Manchester University, University of Wales Institute Cardiff and at the University of Dundee where he is currently Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the School of Humanities. Nicholas Davey is a member of the International Symposium for Hermeneutics and is President of the British Society for Phenomenology. He currently serves on the Philosophy RAE panel and is an academic adviser for various publishers.

Ian Heywood. Trained initially as a painter at Maidstone College of Art, Ian Heywood went on to study sociology and social theory at Goldsmiths’ College, London and York University. For many years he taught fine art at Leeds Polytechnic (later Leeds Metropolitan University). He is currently Research Fellow in the Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University.
He has written and published widely in the fields of art practice, theory and criticism, social theory, visual culture and leisure studies. He has recently co-edited with Barry Sandywell The Handbook of Visual Culture, a collection of essays on current research into visual culture. It will be published by Berg later this year.


London Metropolitan University