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Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

upholstery-book Upholstery, a book by Malcolm Hopkins

up-close Up Close, a book by Fiona Yaron-Field

fpf-chair-collection The 10th Annual Frederick Parker Lecture


News and Events Archive: October 2008

Upholstery expert Writes his first book

An academic at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has written a new book about Upholstery.

New Holland Professional Upholstery the first book by Malcolm Hopkins, who heads up upholstery at The Cass, takes the student or home upholsterer beyond the most basic skills, gradually building up a working knowledge of the various methods, so that by the end any type of chair can be tackled with confidence. From a simple modern headboard to a more elaborate day bed, the projects range in skill level ensuring that there is something to satisfy both those new to the craft and more experienced upholsterers. Each project is presented with instructional step-by-step text and illustrated with clear photography.

Malcolm Hopkins has had a long career in upholstery and has worked on all types of commissions from domestic furniture to luxury yachts. He is head of the upholstery department at the London Metropolitan University and is still also a practising upholsterer. For his services to the industry, he’s been made a Fellow of the Association of Master Upholsterers and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Upholders, and is a Freeman of The City Of London.

Upholstery courses, for both beginners or continuing students and taught by Malcolm and his expert team, will be starting at the department’s Commercial Road site in late October.

For more information about the upholstery or other short courses or professional development courses at the department please, contact Alison Green at alison.green@londonmet.ac.uk

You can purchase/order this book from:
New Holland Publishers

October 10, 2008

Cass Student’s book tells story of the life of a child Down’s Syndrome

Book launch: Up Close: A Mother’s View, by Fiona Yaron-Field
Venue: The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University

A new book by a student on the MA Photography course at The Cass (Sir John Cass Dept of Art Media and Design) offers a personal portrait of the author’s relationship with her daughter Ophir, who has Down’s Syndrome. The book will be launched at an event at The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, who will also host an exhibition of the striking images from the book.

Up Close: A Mother’s View, by
Fiona Yaron-Field tells the story of the life of a child with Down’s Syndrome. With some 50 photographs taken over the first 13 years of her daughter Ophir’s life, and a meditative thoughtful text. Fiona Yaron-Field conveys her moods, reactions, impulses and emotions as a mother. It is a work of great tenderness by a mother about her daughter, about their life together; together and apart, in intimate moments caught silently by the camera, from birth to adolescence. Her clear lucid words frame the affectionate and unflinching focus of the camera on her growing daughter’s feelings, attitudes and strong personality.

Up Close: A Mother’s View is published by Bunker Hill Publishing.

For more information contact Sue Andrews at s.andrews@londonmet.ac.uk

October 28, 2008

The 10th Annual Frederick Parker Lecture

The 10th Annual Frederick Parker Lecture will be held on 30th October 2008 at the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Street, London SW1A 1LR.

The Speakers are Gareth Williams and Dr Bernard (Bill) Cotton.

The title of Gareth’s talk: "The Past and Future of Contemporary Furniture" is a precursor of his new book "Telling Tales" and a major exhibition at the V&A of contemporary furniture to take place in the summer of 2009.

The title of Bill’s talk is the "The Hidden Pleasures of Research". He has undertaken huge amount of research for a large number of talks and published books and many articles on regional furniture. A major new book will be published this September titled "Scottish Venacular Furniture" and he will tell us something about his investigations and ground-breaking discoveries for this book

For more information visit www.frederick-parker-foundation.org

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