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Upica Sofa and Couple Table, product designs by Assa Ashuach (2005)


News and Events Archive: January 2010

Cass graduate wins University Prize for Academic Excellence

Sandra Kaslauskaite, a 2009 graduate of the BA Music Technology (Sound for Media) course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design) obtained the ‘University prize for academic excellence, best First Class Honours Award - first place. This recognizes her First Class degree as the top degree across the whole of London Metropolitan University for 2009 on the basis of academic achievement.

Sandra, from Lithuania, was also involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. One of her projects was selected for an arts festival in Chemnitz (Germany) in Summer 2008, where she was invited to work in residency. Another of her compositions was part of a showcase of surround sound works at the Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in New York in 2009. Since leaving Sandra has taken up a position at the BBC, where her responsibilities overlooking the organization of a film festival for 2010.

Academic staff from the subject area were unanimous in praising Sandra’s commitment and academic excellence. Senior Lecturer Elaine Thomazi-Freitas said, "It is by no means a surprise, Sandra was indeed a great student and she has a beautiful career ahead of her. It was a pleasure to teach her. "Senior Lecturer Alexander Wendt who supervised Sandra over three years, added, “Her writing demonstrated great maturity ,she has the potential for a masters degree if not a PhD.”

You can see her sound design showreel here

December 17, 2009

Cass Alumni show at major European Exhibition

Four 2009 alumni from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) have been selected to show their work at ‘Design After School’ a major European showcase of graduate design work.

Work by Gina Melosi, Clare O'Driscoll and Hsuan Ying Ho from the MA Jewellery Design course and Francesca Mancini from Foundation Degree in Furniture Design was displayed at the event in Rome from the 5th to the 15th December 2009.

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December 15, 2009

Cass Alumnus recognized by British Fashion Council talent scheme

A recent alumnus from The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has been selected by the British Fashion Council to show at London Fashion Week in February 2010 in a showcase of leading designers. Dominic Jones, who studied BA Jewellery, was one of 19 companies selected by The British Fashion Council (BFC) to receive BFC NEWGEN sponsorship, supported by Topshop. NEWGEN, established in 1993, is one of the world’s most internationally recognised talent identification schemes and has helped launch the careers of top design businesses such as Alexander McQueen.

Alongside his degree at The Cass, which he completed in 2008, Dominic was also involved in various projects with London's art collective '!wowow!'. In late 2008, with the help of long term friend and now backer and business partner Alice Dellal, he set up his brand Dominic Jones Jewellery. 2009 has been a whirlwind year for the business with his first collection becoming some of the most sought after Jewellery in London. Specialising in gold and precious stones he uses five times the average amount of gold than conventional hard gold plating, creating a higher quality finish to this process.

His debut collection ‘Tooth & Nail' launched in March 2009, receiving fantastic critical acclaim and support from fashion insiders throughout London. Almost immediately Dominic could count Kristen Stewart, Devon Aoki, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller as his ambassadors. The British Fashion Council awarded Dominic with BFC New Generation sponsorship for Spring Summer 2010, making him one of the only fine jewelers to ever receive this. Dominic Jones Jewellery is now stocked globally and ambassadors extend to Beyonce, Vivienne Westwood and Rihanna.

Caroline Rush, Joint Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council commented, "NEWGEN is an essential element of the British Fashion Council's designer development and showcasing programme. This season we have an incredible wave of original, innovative and talented emerging designers who will, without doubt, support London's reputation as a creative capital."

December 13, 2009

Talk by Rona Lee with Dr Tim Le Bas

LMU Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art will talk about her current project working at the National Oceanography Centre with sonar geophysicist Dr Tim Le Bas, exploring methods of visualising and modelling the emergent landscape of the deep sea bed, reflecting on questions of knowledge production and the nature of the scientific gaze.

For further information on Rona Lee's research visit her website.


LSE ARTS : Public Lecture with Susan Aldworth

Lecture: The Portrait Anatomised
Date & Time: Tuesday 2 February 2010, 7 - 8.15pm Free event
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building 54, Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC23U
Contact : E: arts@lse.ac.uk or T: 020 7955 6043

Working in various media including printmaking and film, Susan Aldworth has developed an extensive body of work that explores the nature of human consciousness and identity. Through blending personal and scientific narratives, Aldworth aims to challenge conventional definitions of portraiture through an examination of the internal structure of our brains. From the intricate details of the micro-circuits formed by billions of brain cells, to the output signals that the brain generates and which are recorded through the scanning process and reflect our conscious experience. By its very nature, neuroscience offers a unique bridge between the disciplines of art and science, in its pursuit of understanding human consciousness. Likewise, Aldworth advocates the internal person as a proper subject of portraiture in the light of contemporary neuroscience and the consequent understanding of what it is to be human, and how we articulate these findings via our own creative and expressive means.

Susan Aldworth took a degree in philosophy at Nottingham University prior to studying printmaking at Sir John Cass School of Art in London where she is currently Visiting Research Fellow in Print. She has exhibited widely, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Transition Gallery, London; Unit 2, London; Peninsula Arts, Plymouth; Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; Old Operating Theatre Museum, London; and Cheltenham Festival of Science. In 2009, her work was selected for th first international Northern Print Biennale in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University 2010-2012, working on a project to explore visual impairment in people with schizophrenia. She lives and works in London.

Susan Aldworh's website: www.susanaldworth.com


Technical Lecture I

Date & Time:  Thurday 4th February 2010, 5 -7pm
Venue: Room T1-20, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N8

The use of polymers in the construction industry is a huge growth area, with new applications continuously emerging. This is an ideal opportunity to find out which materials are used and why, and keep up to date with the latest materials and developments.

And, of course, a chance to meet other professionals and academics with a common interest.

Refreshments will be provided (sandwiches, soft drinks and a glass of wine).

If you would like to attend please email to book a place m.ingle@londonmet.ac.uk


Technical Lecture II

Speaker: PAUL LARTER, Product Support Specialist from AUTODESK MOLDFLOW
Date & Time:  Thurday 11th February 2010, 5 -7pm
Venue: Room TM1-83, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N8

Learn about the basics of Moldflow simulation technology, where it is applied, the benefits it brings to industry, who should be using it, where it sits in the design to manufacturing process and how it looks.

And, of course, a chance to meet other professionals and academics with a common interest.

Refreshments will be provided (sandwiches, soft drinks and a glass of wine).

If you would like to attend please email to book a place m.ingle@londonmet.ac.uk


Creating: The Future

Talk: Creating The Future
Date & Time: Wednesday 10th February, 6.30pm
Veneu: Parker Gallery, London Metropolitan University,
41-71 Commercial  Road , London E1 1LA
(Nearset Tube: Aldgate East)

Admission: Free

Presented by London Metropolitan University Alumni Association, leading international designer Assa Ashuach presents a dynamic keynote speech on the latest advances and innovations in digital product design and manufacture.

Assa is one of the driving forces behind Digital Forming, whose revolutionary new technology, unveiled last autumn at the Science Museum, allow anyone to co-design or at least personalise household products prior to their one-off manufacture. The website where this will happen, UCODO, goes live this April at www.ucodo.com

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."

"As for the designers, I see this is a real opportunity for designers to connect directly to users. the scenario has changed, young designers are mainly recruited by large brands for internal design positions. The 'free' independent designer signature has a lower distribution and impact today. With our Digital Forming technology designers can connect to home users directly from their desktop."

Digital Forming, set up in November 2008 by four partners, was awarded TSB government funding in May 2009 to develop thevision of an online platform for the "Mass Customisation" of designed lifestyle products.

If you wish to attend this event, please book on line at /alumni/events/events_home.cfm

Places are limited so only regsitered asttendees will be permitted.

About Assa Ashuach
Assa Ashuach was born in Israel, in 1969. He studied a BA in Product
Design at the Betzalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Just after graduating, he opened a design studio that dealt mainly with design in cooperation with architects. One of the studio's major projects was the design of the Football stadium VIP lounge at Bloomfield Tel Aviv. He moved to London in 2001, where he continued to work on his studio's projects while completing a Design Products MA at the Royal College of Art. He graduated in 2003 and received the RCA Society and Thames & Hudson Art Book Award for 2003.

Ashuach's studio focuses today on three main tracks: product design, collaboration with architects and self-production. He exhibited at different galleries and museums and was invited to Japan by IDEE to show at the Esplanade Spiral Building in Tokyo. Some of his work was bought by The Contemporary Art Society for the Special Collection Scheme in London 2004. Assa's new furniture and lights were featured at the London design museum Tank and Atrium over the London Design festival and Frieze Art Fair 2005-6. Assa received the Design Museum and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Award and the red dot award for product design, 2006. Assa was invited to lead the new MA Design Suite at London Metropolitan Universityin 2007, now including his Digital Forming module which encourages students fropm a variety of design disciplines to engage with the latest design and production technologies.

Assa Ashuach's website: www.assaashuach.com


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