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Student Success at New Designers


Student Success at New Designers

 

The students are back from New Designers. They all agreed that the experience was definately beneficial. The stand was very busy, two pieces were sold, and numerous contacts were made. 

Everyone was very complementary about the standard of the students work, with lots of interest shown, including the possiblilty of a design commission from a large retail group and an accessories company. 

Coming soon gallery photo's of all the pieces exhibited.

Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize


Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize

Congratulations to Tom Jarrold who has just won one of three Alan Peters awards for his 'Elixir' Drinks Cabinet. Awarded through Celebration of Craftsmanship this allows him to exhibit his cabinet for free at this top furntiure exhibition in August. Well worth a visit.

The Alan Peters Award commemorates a man dedicated to bespoke furniture and highly respected by all within the industry. Alan Peters OBE was also a great teacher, always keen to share and encourage. It is only fitting therefore that their award for students and emerging talents bears his name and respects his philosophy of excellence in every aspect of design and craftsmanship from timber selection to appropriate design.

The award is designed to encourage and promote emerging young talent within the bespoke furniture industry.

It gives up to three new designer-makers the opportunity to win free exhibition space for their entry at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design. This allows winners to exhibit and network with established and highly regarded professionals within a selling environment, gaining valuable experience and exposure to a very discerning and knowledgeable audience.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014


Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Earlier this week we had a llittle excursion to London to the Clerkenwell Design week. 

The exhibition now its 5th year is one the UK's leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to London.

With over 60 showrooms and 200 design brands, it was a great opportunity for the students to see what other designers are making and maybe get some inspiration for their next piece.

Crude Beauty


Crude Beauty

Crude Beauty is the latest collection of work of past student Thomas Cruz, it is mixture of paintings, ceramics and furniture.

The exhibition is at the 5th Base Gallery, 23 Heneage Street, London E1

19th May 18:00 - 21:00 Opening Night

20th - 21st May 12:00 - 18:00

"Crude Beauty is a double-sided idea about how we view our world in terms of existence; how we eat, how we kill, how we survive. Most humans have forgoten how crude and real it is to kill another animal, essential for survival. It could be the way we do it that has changed our understanding of life and connectivity to nature. It is also something very beautiful, a way of recycling life, something that humans have abused and in a way taken meaning away from."

Finishing


Finishing

This week the students had a finishing lesson, a variety of different techniques were demonstrated including:

Staining

  • Water staining
  • Spirit staining
  • Chemical staining, including ammonia, caustic soda and bleaches

Oils and Waxes

  • Linseed (raw and boiled)
  • Tung oil
  • Danish oil
  • Osmo Polyx Wax oil
  • Beeswax
  • Carnuba wax
  • French Polishing

For each of the techniques, surface preparation and health and safety issues are considered. Finally the students get to have a go so that they can see the results on different woods. 

Craig's Rosewood Cabinet


Craig's Rosewood Cabinet

At Last !! We finally took a quick photo of Craig's cabinet. Elegant in design and extremely well executed. Well done Craig. Now we have a number of items to photograph in our studio, we shall be uploading gallery shots in the near future. So congratulations to all our students.