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monsters-on-campus Monsters Exhibition at ILRC, Commercial Rd

eat-our-shorts EOS Film Festival at BFI, South Bank

aiveen-daly Aiveen Daly's upholstery work

tina-lilienthal Tina Lilienthal's jewellery work

reverse-of-vaultback David Anthony Reid's 'vault back' guitar

ootm-press This Fatal Subject, a view of the exhibition

twl-awakening From Miss Appleyard's Awakening... Workshop at The Women's Library


News and Events Archive: February 2009

Monsters on Campus

An assortment of aliens, killer apes and mutant flies have made their home at London Metropolitan University's Commercial Road building. The bizarre characters form part of an exhibition of work in progress by second and third year students on the BA (Hons) Design course at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design.

The show at the ILRC Gallery features work from two of the course’s modules; 3D Visual Research and Software, and was curated by Senior Lecturer Marianne Forrest. Marianne explains, "The pieces include a variety of exciting characters developed through storytelling and working with expression, alongside vibrant visual images on themes of anxiety and phobia. The students clearly relished the opportunity to explore the darker side of their psyche’s!"

The exhibition runs at the ILRC Gallery, Commercial Road until the 27th February 2009.

February 22, 2009

London Metropolitan University sponsors festival at BFI South Bank

London Metropolitan University has once again sponsored the ‘Eat Our Shorts’ film festival which takes place on the 17th and 18th February 2009 at BFI South Bank. The annual EOS Film Festival consists of two, non-stop, crazy days showcasing the work of students from UK & Ireland’s centres of excellence in the teaching of Film, TV and Animation.

It is organised by NAHEMI, The National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image, whose Chair, Yossi Bal, is Senior Lecturer on BA Film and Broadcast Production at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design. Work by students from London Metropolitan University will be screened at the event.

During the Festival, a distinguished group of Industry professionals will discuss the selected films with the student film makers. They include the pioneering documentary directors Paul Watson and Antony Thomas and innovative feature directors Asif Kapadia and John Roberts as well as UK’s top producer, Nik Powell.

The other sponsors are Skillset, the British Film Institute, the National Film & Television School and Staffordshire University. This year’s media partners are the BBC Film Network and Four Corners.

February 25, 2009

Upholstery student features in You magazine

Designer Aiveen Daly, who studied upholstery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design) has recently been profiled in the Daily Mail’s You magazine.

Aiveen was a professional marketer until an evening course at London Metropolitan University inspired her to set up her own upholstery business. She has quickly become a much sought -after supplier, with high profile clients including property developers Candy and Candy, Studiolise, designer Paul Smith and Liberty. She is renowned for her use of boudoir style silk, satin and velvet, and takes much of her inspiration from the 1940’s and the golden age of Hollywood.

Talking about her time at London Metropolitan University, Aiveen says, ‘I have always loved sewing and playing around with fabrics, and I dreamt of having a career that was creative. The course was practical and hands-on. We got stuck in from the start, I absolutely loved it’.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the department said, "Our short and part-time professional courses are increasingly popular with career -changers so it’s great to see Aiveen enjoy this success. The world of upholstery is changing too- the traditional craft techniques are being used in really interesting ways by contemporary designers like Aiveen and by other recent alumni from the course such as that by Julia Surina of Artel House and the controversial work by Miss Pokeno."

Read the article and others about Aiveen and her work here.

You can find out more about part-time upholstery courses at The Cass here.

February 20, 2009

Cass Jewellery Lecturer shines in Jewellery Press

Tina Lilienthal, Senior Lecturer for the Foundation Degree in Fashion Jewellery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has been profiled in Retail Jewellery Magazine. Her fashion-led jewellery ‘with a twist’ boldly combines precious metals and plastic to humorous effect. It has attracted a host of celebrity clients including Kelly Osbourne and Denise Van Outen. Her most recent collection, Edelweiss, is inspired by the Alpine Flower, a reference to her native Germany. Previous work has used the seven deadly sins, or striking combinations such as strawberries and skulls or bones and cherries.

She describes her work as "almost fairytale-like". Tina has also been invited to show her work at two major international events. Ambiente in Frankfurt in February this year and Bread and Butter in Barcelona.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the Department said, " Whatever their chosen discipline, it’s important students at The Cass are learning from working, successful practitioners. Tina is quite a star in the fashion jewellery world, which is really inspiring and motivating for the students."

February 15, 2009

Guitar Makers Strike A Chord

Two Alumni of Musical Instruments Courses at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design have recently been profiled in the music press.

David Antony Reid who was an engineer prior to studying guitar making at London Guildhall, a pre-decessor of London Metropolitan University, has featured as Guitar Maker of The Month in Guitarist Magazine. An award winning luthier, David has gained recognition as one of the UK's finest makers of bespoke acoustic guitars. Talking of his recent ‘vault back’ guitar he says " The design is inspired by lute and early guitar designs from the 16th and 17th century - I was trying to produce a different tone a cross between a lute, a steel and a classical guitar."

Andrew Lines who completed both a BA in Musical Instruments and an MA By Project in Musical Instruments at the department was featured as ‘Guitar Maker’ of the month in ‘Guitar and Bass’ magazine. During his Masters course Andrew continued the experiments with guitar design he had started on the Undergraduate course, producing a paper on the effects of an archtop with closable sound holes. ‘The Londoner’, the hand-carved jazz guitar he has created is described as a pleasure to play.

Guitars by both these makers are now supplied by Ivor Mairants one the worlds most famous music centres.

February 13, 2009


Cass Research Fellow Confronts a Fatal Subject

Exhibition: ‘This Fatal Subject’ continues until the 28th February 2009 at The Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas’ Street London SE1 9RY. The nearest tube London Bridge.

Susan Aldworth, Research Fellow at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has contributed work to 'This Fatal Subjects' an exhibition confronting age-old taboos around the pathology of the body and its dissolution. In the exhibition, which is part of a Wellcome Trust Art Award funded programme, artist Susan Aldworth, poet Valerie Laws and wax sculptor Eleanor Crook explore and even celebrate the terrible beauty of the dying process, down to cellular level.

Uniquely, they focus on the physiological events rather than the emotional or psychological effects; paradoxically, they hope the result will deepen understanding of ‘this fatal subject.’ This show represents the climax of Phase One of the project, which has been funded by the Wellcome Trust as a Research and Development Arts Award.

This show consists of individual and collaborative work including:

  • An animated film by Aldworth featuring a visual poetry sequence whichundergoes apoptosis (cell suicide), by Laws
  • A figure by Crook modeled in wax and then cast in silicone rubberfitted with an animatronic mechanism making it able to speak a deathbed speech written by Laws
  • Out of Body: a film by Aldworth about near death experience

Susan created all of the print for the films at the department's printmaking room at Commercial Road. She will also be exhibiting new work at London Metropolitan University's Unit 2 Gallery in April as part of 'Methodical Adventures' alongside Artist in Residence Rebecca Jewell and Academic Leader and Printmaking lecturer David Skingle.

For more info, please call: 07732 987 786

From Miss Appleyard's Awakening to Monstrous Regiment Workshop

Workshops: Saturdays 14 & 21 February, 10.30am - 3.30pm, at
The Women's Library

These fun and informal workshops will introduce a fascinating selection of scripts from The Women’s Library collections, from suffrage plays to the drama of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Through ‘play', drama exercises and performance, we’ll explore some of the triumphs and pitfalls of feminist theatre!

Workshops are led by Joanna Ingham (Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, the Almeida Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company).

For more information click here

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