Central Saint Martins boasts a reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. Now a group of its students have launched a biannual print publication celebrating the university’s exceptional talents, entitled 1Granary.
Founded and edited by Olya Kuryshchuk, the debut issue features alumni such as Katie Grand, Robin Derrick, Kate Phelan and John Galliano, as well as the most exciting new talent currently studying at CSM’s King’s Cross campus.
Twin spoke to associate editor Greg French about the magazine’s inception, vision and future. Read on for the exclusive interview…
Central Saint Martins has had a longstanding reputation and legacy. In the age of digital publishing and university spending cuts, what made it important to do this magazine now?
I think it’s incredibly important to be able to find a sense of permanent presence alongside digital publishing. There seems to be a constant conflict between digital and print, yet there needs to be more of an understanding that both can support and be used alongside each other to push concepts further than previously possible. It seemed important as it’s a new beginning for the college in its new premises. We really wanted something physical to sit alongside our site, as a milestone for this great turning point in the college’s history.
What ethos lies at the heart of 1 Granary?
At the heart of magazine are unity and hard work, not only in terms of the amount of work that we put into establishing 1 Granary, but also in the level of craftsmanship that is put into each garment, artwork and editorial content that we show. It’s about showcasing all the amazing talent and saying that it is possible and achievable, regardless of what is or isn’t happening in the education system or the economy.
How would you describe the process of putting together the debut issue, were there any surprises or directional changes?
It was actually really liberating. I’ve worked on magazines before, but this was the first thing that wasn’t bound to anything. We didn’t answer to anyone and that gave us a platform to experiment, try new things and do it completely in the way that we wanted. We have an amazing team and had so much fun putting it all together. It was exhausting at times as we were all juggling internships, jobs and college work, but at the same time it was our way of resting because we loved doing it so much.
What can we expect for Issue No. 2?
It’s still very much in its early stages, but the main thing you can expect is a continuing debut of really great, fresh, raw talent and a team that isn’t afraid to take risks.
1 Granary Issue #1 is available to pre-order here and hits newstands on May 20.
RCA graduate Anne Hardy is currently displaying her third solo exhibition at the Maureen Paley gallery in east London.
Her sculptural installations thrive on imperfections such as debris-filled floors and pen scribblings on the wall but at the same time present a controlled insight into the work environment of the artist.
Having previously built her sets for the sole purpose of photographing and then destroying them, this show is the first time that Hardy’s assemblages stay physically existent for viewers to explore.
Anne Hardy exhibits until 26 May at Maureen Paley at 21 Herald St, E2 6JT.
Somerset House has just announced its latest exhibition in honour of the late fashion and art champion Isabella Blow. The woman who helped launch designers such as Alexander McQueen will be honoured in the retrospective Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
The exhibition will showcase over a hundred pieces from Blow’s personal wardrobe, famously saved from being auctioned off by her close friend Daphne Guinness, who purchased the art patron’s entire collection. Expect to see work from designers such as McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald.
Set designer Shona Heath will be creating installations for the show, which not only offers an opportunity to view extraordinary fashion pieces up close, but also to discover the life of the woman who wore them.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will run from 20 November to 2 March at Somerset House.
This weekend undoubtedly belongs to twenty undiscovered fashion and photography talents at the 2013 Hyères Fashion & Photography Festival.
The four-day festival in southern France will see a prestigious jury including Lacoste creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed and Harvey Nichols fashion director Paula Reed choose the lucky winners for awards sponsored by companies such as Chloé, Leica, and the New York School of Visual Arts.
Even if you can’t personally make it to the event, be sure to check out the promising talent including Henning Jurke, Satu Maaranen, Emile Barret, Eva Stenram.
The nude portraits for Jane Hilton’s latest show, Precious, present an intimate study of character, body and spirit. The fact that these photographs were taken at eleven different brothels across Nevada lends them even more poignancy.
Showing the unseen side to life as a working girl whilst challenging traditional concepts of beauty, the London-based photographer has created a thought-provoking body of work.
From a former drug addict to an aspiring philanthropist, each portrait offers a captivating insight into every woman’s individual life story.
Precious exhibits from 26 April until 25 May at Eleven gallery.
Last night saw the launch of Uniqlo’s latest venture which brings together the worlds of fashion, music and art. The initiative has made its way to cities such as Tokyo, New York, Paris and Singapore, and now it’s London’s turn. The UT POP-UP is an unique concept gallery space which opens to the public today, located at The Hoxton Gallery at the Arch on Kingsland Road.
The gallery will have different art installations each weekend from renowned London-based artists Damian Weighill and Dan Freeman which look at music and art as themes, as well as a pop-up UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) store and events. There will be a private screening of the documentary on the life of Keith Haring at the UNIQLO Secret UT Cinema tonight. Other events at the concept gallery space include UNIQLO UT Sessions, a live recording session with Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs on Friday 26th April and the UNIQLO Record Fair on Saturday 27th April.
For most people, London in the Swinging Sixties equals glitter, glamour and overall excess. However as Dorothy Bohm’s exhibition at Proud Chelsea proves, there was an equally captivating side to be seen in everyday metropolitan life.
“Almost every area had its own character and I knew I was undertaking a very difficult task. I tried not to be content with just the facade or outward appearance of things. I hoped to penetrate just beyond that, to portray a living London: the people who pursued their daily occupations, walked, talked, ate or relaxed and dressed in the fashions of the time,” the photographer says of her decision to capture the city through the lens of her Rolleiflex camera.
From youth culture to panoramic views, the result is a nostalgic and unique view of The Big Smoke.
Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London is on display until April 28th at Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Rd London, SW3 5XP.
If your are looking for a bit of springtime inspiration, don’t miss the 11-day graphic art, design and illustration festival Pick Me Up.
Opening this Thursday at Somerset House, the event will showcase the work of established and upcoming talents, with a roster of names including Annelie Carlström, Burgerac, Niki Pilkington and Rob Flowers.
Once you’ve finished viewing the artwork, stop by the pop-up nail booth run by artists like artists Anna Lomax and Katie Scott, plus contribute to Modern Toss Fuckyeux Tapestry, a project attempting to create the world’s longest and most profanity filled cartoon.
Pick Me Up : Graphic Arts Festival runs from April 18 to 28 at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA.