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Elsa Tierney performing on the fourth plinth

Award winning metal work by Siân Elizabeth Evans

Lemon Squeezer  by Assa Ashuach for UCODO

Double T Dinning Table by Francesca Mancini

Designs for the London offices of Populous

Graphic work by Sophia Efthymio


News and Events Archive: September 2009

Cass Alumnus on the fourth plinth

An alumnus of the Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has featured as a living sculpture in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project. Elsa Tierney, who studied BA (Hons) Fine Art, appeared on the fourth plinth on the 9th of September from 11.00 till 12.00, where she spent the hour typing the same phrase over and over again as part of her ongoing piece ‘The Subtle Difference in Repetition'.

Elsa only applied two days before she got the call and couldn't believe her luck when she was summoned after a previous plinther dropped out. Talking about her time on the plinth Elsa said, “As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to take part. I had all kinds of ideas for things I could do on the plinth and I saw it as an opportunity to perform my work in front of a random audience. My performance was a reference to the city, to the worker, my favourite film ‘Brazil’ and the writers Kafka, Orwell and others. I type the same thing over and over again. It's about the unexpected difference that arises out of repetition and how we deal with that change.”

“Looking down from the plinth at night is very unreal I couldn't see who was there that night because it was so brightly lit, I thought people where cheering for me when the folk lift brought me up slowly. Blinded by the light and all the attention it only occurred to me when we reached the top that they were still cheering for the previous plinther and that I was going to have to work and prove myself before my applause. Keep your feet on the ground I told myself, which was hard given that I was now off the ground and on top of the 4th plinth. It took a few days to fully recover from the rush of my 60mins of fame. It makes you feel like its all happening right now. Yet in actual fact it's very much like being selected for the big brother house only without a final winner. I wasn't sure at first about the idea, but after having seen a few different kinds of performances I think it definitely paints an honest picture of this city.”

Elsa has set up a blogspace where she will upload the scroll of paper she was typing on.

Watch Elsa’s whole hour on the plinth here

September 28, 2009

Cass Alumnus wins national Craft Award

An alumnus from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has won the Craft and Design Selected Silver Award 2009: Wood and Metal. The winning work by Siân Elizabeth Evans, who studied the MA By Project (Metal) will also be featured in the January/February Edition of Craftsman Magazine. Siân produces exquisite oxidised pieces of copperwork, marrying knowledge she gained during a traditional apprenticeship in a forge with a love of natural history. In 2004, after a decade away raising four children largely alone she enrolled at London Metropolitan University thanks to a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. After completing the New Entrepreneur Scholarship in 2006, she established her company “Coppersmithing by Siân” in early 2007 and now creates (by hand) unique bowls, mirrors, boxes and vases. Examples of Siân’s work can be seen at her website.

September 20, 2009

Cass Course Leader at forefront of Design Revolution

Assa Ashuach, Course leader for MA Product Design at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) is one of the driving forces behind Digital Forming, whose revolutionary new technology, unveiled this week at the Science Museum, will allow anyone to co-design or at least personalise household products prior to their one-off manufacture.


Assa explains “Digital forming was set up to democratise the personalisation of everyday products. As customers gradually demand greater freedom of choice, designers and brands are faced with new challenges in product diversity, responding through innovative product assembly strategies. This is genuine co-creation but we don’t intend to put designers out of business- we believe that while designers will still do 90 per cent of the work with consumers could add their 10 per cent to make the object their own. Who knows one day every home may have the technology to customise and manufacture their own household items? The revolution starts here."

Read reviews:
UCODO | The Evening Standard | The Telegraph | The Times | The New York Times | Dezeen Magazine

September 16, 2009

Student’s work commissioned by west end retailer

A Furniture student at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has been commissioned to supply her work to a West End retailer. Francesca Mancini, who has just on the Fda Furniture Design course, was commissioned to supply her Double T Dining table to the Do Shop after her work was spotted by the store’s owner at New Designers exhibition in July. Francesca is working flat out to ensure the products will be in the store in time for the London design Festival. The Double T is a colourful two-sided dining table which comes flat pack and each side a different colour. The legs and the table-top can be turned and re-screwed in the same position with more than 6 vibrant combinations.

Talking about the design, Francesca who will be progressing to Year 3 of BA Furniture and Product Design at the department, said, ”The design was inspired by electronics boards, with the joints of the legs shaped like an electronic path. My starting point and inspiration for my ideas always comes from everyday life, my immediate environment, challenges encountered daily at home with my family and at work.”

Michael Upton Academic Leader at the Department said, “New designers is always a great showcase for our graduating students, and many meet their employers and make industry contacts at the event. But Francesca’s speed to market with this project really raises the bar- we are really delighted for her.”

September 15, 2009

Cass students work with global design practice

Students on the BA Interior Design and Technology course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design) have completed a project to design a new reception area for the London offices of Populous, a leading global design practice.

The project was intended to give students the opportunity to reflect the values and character of the company, as well as expressing the Populous brand. Tom Jones from Populous gave a lecture on the work of the company to start the project, followed by some mid-project feedback and then a final review. Students were also asked to use Corian as the main material for the reception desk and the project included a briefing session from that company.

Designs by Banu Zhulumova and Michael Bielak were selected as most successfully capturing the character and personality of Populous, with honourable mentions for proposals by Vincent Jenkins, Sandreen Dawood and Naz Karahasanoglu.

September 14, 2009

Graphic Design that crosses borders

A student at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, media and Design) has used her spectacular final project to encourage greater communication between North and South Cyprus. Sophia Efthymiou, who completes her MA Graphic Design this year produced a series of flying lanterns screen-printed with typographic designs in English, Greek and Turkish. Each was printed with extracts from a girl’s diary written about the recent opening of selected borders between North and South Cyprus. In August she transported the lanterns to Cyprus and documented events of their simulatneous release by Greek and Turkish Cypriots in various places along the border.

Talking about the project, Sophia said “The release events were really successful and inspired hope that these messages would fly over to the other side, promoting bi-communal exchange and communication between the two ethnic peoples.”

Sophia’s project started out with research into 3D graphic design and the idea of creating touchable, crafted objects that are designed to communicate within a certain landscape as a reaction against manipulated, seamless digital imagery all over the media and billboards.

“Looking at techniques involving handmade processes such as sculpture and screen printing, as well as researching communities for inspiration, my focus became driven towards my family heritage and the ongoing problems in Cyprus. The small island has borders that have divided it since 1974 after the Turkish invasion. The lanterns evolved as a means to enhance communication between the two sides through graphics and public interaction.”

The full results of the project will be on display as part of Made in E1, The Cass MA Show 2009 from 11-14 September 2009.

September 11, 2009


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