University of the Arts London – Showtime for Cherica Toshiba Haye

Cherica Toshiba Haye JacquardThe University of the Arts London shares the works of their artists and designers on its Showtime website.

This is an effective way of demonstrating the skills and techniques of their students and providing a potentially global audience for their works at low cost.

It was disappointing though the lack of interaction offered on these showcases – no option to leave feedback let alone share with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

One of the many showcased is textile designer Cherica Toshiba Haye of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Her collection is called ‘Chimera‘ and she describes her inspiration for this collection as nature in the form of birds and flowers and an exhibition of Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Her textile work focusing on weave (inc Jacquard), embroidery and print.

Her work is very visual and tactile, the latter not ideally suited to experiencing on a computer screen – as the search for ever more realistic and immersive viewing only extends to the visual and audio senses with touch and smell neglected!

Nevertheless the showcase provides us the opportunity not just to see the outfits modelled but also to see the materials used – including silk and mohair – up close and in detail.

Please go see for yourself.

Cherica Toshiba Haye Silk Dress

Living The Big C – Two for the Road

Cancer must be one of the hardest sells both to networks and their audience – it dealing with disease and in this case one that is often terminal with no it seems happy ending likely.

Credit then for Showtime for commissioning this Darlene Hunt terminal creation and to Channel 4 for picking it up this side of the Atlantic.

Crafted with comic spirit and grace so this cancer is chronicled. Courageously the charismatic Laura Linney character Cathy Jamison – the programs real Big C  – responds to the diagnosis.

Comfortless from her family – her husband is slung out of the household, her teenage son is a stranger in the house, her father out of state and out of mind.  Only her brother provides comfort if cold and up to the seventh episode the one I have just watched – Two for the Road – news of her cancer has yet to have been shared with any of them – well it was with her brother in this episode but it proved too much for him and the news was withdrawn as a reprisal prank – you have to see the episode to understand this!

Casting aside what is not important in her life and gathering in what is, Cathy takes control of her fate.

Cast is an ensemble performance with John Benjamin Hickey notable as her brother also courageous in his convictions often in the face of mainstream indifference and Oliver Platt as her uncommitted loving husband.

Cast-iron certainties there are not but I am hopeful this Big C like Cathy herself proves resilient and that many years lie ahead for it.!