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Dressing Stand a design by David Gates wins the Wesley-Barrell Craft Award

Zebra Bangle, a design by Armelle Elison

Shadows of Doubt, an exhibition cutrated by Dr Nicholas Haeffner. Top image: David George. Above: Spencer Rowell

Intelligent Trouble: LOOP, an exhibition exploring processes of collective production

Persona: Power of Make-Up, a film installation by Jane Barnwell


News and Events Archive: August 2011

Cass lecturer wins national craft award

David Gates, who teaches on BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design, at The Cass has won furniture Category of the Wesley-Barrell Craft Award for his original Dressing Stand. Furniture company Wesley-Barrell established the Awards three years ago to put British craftsmanship in the spotlight and highlight the wealth of creative talent in the UK. 250 entries were considered by this year’s judging panel included respected names in the craft world such as ceramicist Peter Ting, Sunday Times journalist Katrina Burroughs and Channel 4 news journalist Jon Snow.

The judges particularly enjoyed David's use of traditional cabinet making techniques and combination of solid woods in this contemporary re-imagining of a dressing table, incorporating a delicate frame, cabinet of drawers, tambour door and adjustable mirror. David will benefit from a cash prize of £2,500 and is are currently participating in a touring exhibition of shortlisted work.

David Gates was delighted with this Award saying - "Thank you to the judges, I hope all the works are going down well on their tour. The award has come at a good time as I have decided to concentrate more on my studio/workshop and my Phd, so as well as being a little financial buffer I am particularly looking forward to the mentoring and marketing advice."

August 9, 2011

Cass student wins prize for academic excellence

Nicolette Jenkins, a first year student on the Foundation Degree in Furniture Restoration at The Cass has been awarded the Archetype sponsored award for academic excellence. Archetype Publications Limited is one of the leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history.

August 4, 2011

Zebra Bangle wins Horners Prize

Cass student Armelle Ellison, a first year student on BA (Hons) Jewellery at The Cass has won a coveted award from The Worshipful Company of Horners for her zebra design bangle crafted out of horn.

Armelle and around 50 fellow undergraduates at London Metropolitan University entered the Livery company’s annual competition. Their brief was to ‘demonstrate the most effective use of plastics or horn in durable, wearable jewellery’. Four students were shortlisted for the top prize but Armelle won over the judges with her “wearable, sophisticated piece that emphasised the natural beauty of the material”. Armelle had the pleasure of accepting the award twice- once at the Horner’s event and again at The Cass’ annual Silversmithing and Jewellery awards evening.

The former marketing executive, whose bangle was auctioned off for £250 at a special ceremony at the livery company’s Painters’ Hall, said: “I used a Zebra inspired pattern, which was reamed and filed out on the bangle. I’ve always loved jewellery and after leaving my career to have children, I started working part-time in a vintage jewellery shop. I also took evening classes in jewellery and silversmithing through Surrey Adult Learning. I was accepted last year for a degree in Jewellery design at London Metropolitan University and I am currently making a small number of limited edition animal pattern horn bangles to order.” The charity event raised more than £4,000 for the Master of Horners’ chosen charity RYA Sailability, enabling people with a disability to go sailing. Armelle has since added a Tiger pattern horn cuff to her Zebra cuff. Both designs retail (armelle.ellison@gmail.com) at £250.

August 4, 2011

Shadows of Doubt - Hitchcock's East End childhood explored

In conjunction with the East London Archive
David George and Spencer Rowell present

Shadows of Doubt: A psychogeographical Journey through Hitchcok's East End Childhood

Private View: Thursday 4th August 7pm
Darnley Road Gallery
Hackney E9

Opening Times:
5th-10th August, 11am-6pm. Excluding Sunday.

An exhibition curated by Hitchcock's scholar and Cass academinc Dr Nicholas Haeffner.

Download invitation card: PDF shadows of doubt.pdf

The Magazine Uncertain States will launch Issue 7 at the event. It was set up by MA Photography students and alumni two years ago and showcases the best contemporary photoghraphy. Issue 7 has a Hitchcock special - images from the show and essays by Dr Nicholas Haeffner and Michael Upton.

The photographers exhibiting work are Spencer Rowell and David George, both Alumni of MA Photography at The Cass.

David George's (www.davidgeorge.eu) images for this project focus on exterior places Hitchcok may have seen as a child.
Spencer Rowell's (www.spencerrowell.co.uk) images explore interior spaces and childhood trauma.

The exhibition is an interim show leading to a major exhibition and symposium in November 2011 at The Cass.

For more information please contact Michael Upton or Dr Nicholas Haeffner.


Cass Lecturer Shows at Contemporary Applied Arts

David Gates, Senior Lecturer in Furniture at The Cass is showing new work at a show called Intelligent Trouble: LOOP, at Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) in London. He and other members of the artists have been have been working together in the space, moving objects, tools, words and sounds around and between them. The LOOP show will change and alter during it’s run as the artists respond to the setting and as the work settles. Six artists making work between them: suggesting, prompting and responding with objects, materials, sounds and words. The processes of collective production are laid bare, any ‘aesthetic’ runs deeper than the surface – they look, and sound, like what caused them to be. The other artists are: Katy Hackney, David Littler, Helen Carnac, Robert Ebendorf, David Clarke.

The exhibition runs until the 3rd September 2011

Find out more about David Gates and his work at his blog and website.


Cass lecturer explores the power of Make-Up

A new film installation which explores the way women create their image through the use of make-up is showing at The Women’s Library until September.

Persona: Power of Make-Up, by Jane Barnwell, a Senior Lecturer at The Cass, explores the creation of persona through the highly stylised and individual ways in which women transform their image through make-up.

Barnwell invites the viewer to enter the tactile world of textures and tools where skin, pigment, lotions, potions, gloss, powder, sparkle, pots, bottles and brushes, collide and ignite the screen. In this close-up on the intimate relationship women have with the mirror and their cosmetics, a unique construction of identity is revealed giving clues to character, identity and emotion.

On the seventh of July guests will join Jane Barnwell for a drinks reception to officially launch the Persona: Power of Make-Up display, opening with a talk about the inspiration behind her film installation. As well as discussing the process of making her own film, she will examine representations of women applying make-up in feature films using selected clips. Representatives from Jemma Kidd Make-Up will be present to share expert tips and give out samples.

Booking Information

SPECIAL EVENT Persona: Power of Make-Up
Thursday 7 July, 5.30pm (60 mins)
Followed by drinks reception, 6.30-8pm
Free of charge

To book tickets for events call 020 7320 2222 or email moreinfo@thewomenslibrary.ac.uk

Venue: The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT Nearest tube: Aldgate East, Aldgate or Liverpool Street.

For more information: www.thewomenslibrary.ac.uk


A splash of Gordon

Gordon Shrigley, an artist and curator who teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme at The Cass will be participating in a series of screenings and events over the coming months.  Here there is selection:

FILM SCREENING: 'Do We Have To Play These Games?' and 'Cut', Kristian De La Riva and Emily Russell, IMT Gallery, London, 25.08.11, with a round table discussion with the artist and Gordon Shrigley.

For further information on any of these events contact Gordon Shrigley


London Metropolitan University