For some students graduation seems like the end of the road – years of dedicated hard slog for their final degree projects. In fact most of them know graduation is only the beginning of a long and sometimes painful journey. The ‘real world’ can be a scary place, but CSM is impressively savvy. Tutors and professors tend to be successful practicing designers and artists and are able to instil their experiences to encourage and nurture creativity and a sense of reality.
Central St Martins campus in Kings Cross positively throbs with energy.
TheEye was fortunate to go on a small private tour with Professor Jeremy Till, Head of the College, and other department heads. Great to meet and talk to the talented students.
FIRST STOP JEWELLERY and walking round with Caroline Broadhead, a renowned jewellery and textile artist. The high standard covered a range of designs from the very conceptual telling the designer’s personal ‘stories’ variety to sophisticated commercial work. TheEye has her own eye on a couple of pieces.
Central St Martins is world famous for its impressive fashion alumni – John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and a host of other fashion legends who studied there.
Martin Hanly has already been snapped up by Saint Laurent. His garments are made from materials sourced or rather salvaged from junk stores and markets including an extraordinary coat from dyed turkey feathers and jewelled trimmings taken from second hand sarees.
TheEye was very taken by the gorgeous fantasy garments designed and meticulously made by the lovely Milligan Beaumont. Clearly a successful career as a costume designer awaits her. Unbelievably talented and great personality too.
Simon Fraser, Course Leader of the MA Design Course (Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery) is another successful designer who runs a brilliant MA Course and gets the very best out of his students.
TheEye was particularly impressed with Evangaline Pesigan‘s furniture made by artisans in the Phillipines, Jordan Soderberg Mills‘ luminescent, light reflecting table (superb), and Marta Bordes ‘Elastic Lights’.
SO MUCH TALENT….
The very gifted Professor Rob Kessler and equally gifted Katherine Hearn are the inspirational professors of ceramics.
TheEye always finds several students whose work stands out and her home is full of their work going back years. Catherine Rose Mountford produces work inspired by glimpses of landscape she sees from the train. Magdalene Theodorou was inspired by the winding village roads of Cyprus, while Priscilla Cheng chose a playful theme of ‘HIDE AND SEEK’. Her aim is to entertain and she succeeds.
Patinated bronze vessels
This innovative (and I use the word very literally) course always has thoughtful work that steps outside the boundaries and explores new materials, processes and technology.
Huge variety of textiles using many different techniques. A fantastic department. Amazingly creative and practical too.
TheEye always feels elated after a morning at CSM – on till late Sunday. Definitely worth a visit and remember work is for sale – a great opportunity to buy work before prices hit the roof.
GO IF YOU CAN!!