Artsmart – Tomorrow’s Talent Today – another University of the Arts London venture

ArtsmartI posted a few days back about Showtime, a website that showcases the graduate works of the University of the Arts London. Artsmart is yet another venture of theirs of a similar spirit – held today and tomorrow you are able to view the graduate works in person and buy them too at affordable prices. Arsmart is held in London as a two-day event in their words to celebrate and support creative talent. Fittingly the London site is next to Tate Britain.

Miriam Robertson Millinery

Miriam Robertson Millinery

A list of their alumni stalls – one-hundred in total – can be seen on their market-page and which is divided into five categories of Applied Arts; Fashion and Textiles; Fine Arts; Graphic Arts and Product Design.

These alumni themselves were shortlisted from a long-list of over four-hundred applicants. The panel responsible for the short-list are Karen Ashton of Art Car Boot Fair, Kate Bonhôte and Kristjana Williams of Beyond the Valley, Medeia Cohan-Petrolino of University of the Arts London, Ben Evans of the London Design Festival and Doug Richard of the School for Startups.

Betty's Revenge - Market

Betty's Revenge - Betty at the Market

Most of the alumni listed provide links to their websites.

One such alumni is Miriam Robertson Millinery. They produce both day-wear and occasion-wear.

Another alumni is Undergrowth Design who produce a wide range of products from salt and pepper shakers through glassware and cutlery all the way to bespoke chairs.

Of a similar surreal spirit is Betty’s Revenge with her giant-sized purses which are actually trolley-bags (and still giant sized!).

Undergrowth Design Tea Cup

Undergrowth Design - Blaue Blume Tea Cup

The wares are displayed and in some cases available to purchase online but for those of you fortunate enough to be in the London area today and tomorrow you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the products – and perhaps even to touch some of them!

Yet another imaginative and enterprising venture from the University of the Arts London promoting Britain’s up and coming creative design talent.

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