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Theory & Practice: Conversations with RCA Graduates

The Snail, the Emblem of the Slow Food Movement

Do you glaze over at the mere mention of design theory? Read about the importance of theory, how to access theory, and how students from the Royal College of Art use theory to influence their work.

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Graduate Winners @ Annecy 2014

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From this year’s Annecy Festival of Animation, ARTS THREAD looks at the winners of the Graduate Awards.

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Danilo Silvano Fernandes

The Fine Art graduates of the University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) raised eyebrows among the press and public when they showcased their final projects at the 2014 degree show. ARTS THREAD shares some of the show’s highlights.

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Drone: Speculative fictions in the Age of the Drone by Fabrica

DRONE: Speculative Fictions in the Age of the Drone from Fabrica on Vimeo.

Forever topical, the Benetton Group’s research centre Fabrica takes the Drone as the subject of its latest book. Bylined Speculative fictions in the Age of the Drone, the book examines how unmanned aerial vehicle technology might influence our behaviour and our relationship to physical space.

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Berlin fashion Film Festival 2014

Tell No One – ‘Mine All Mine’ for Nowness from GOOD EGG HQ on Vimeo.

Running alongside Berlin Fashion Week, the Berlin fashion Film Festival 2014 concluded last week with a host of newly-crowned winners. ARTS THEAD picks out the highlights.

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Lichting 2014


Lichting 2014 presents the best of Dutch fashion graduates at a catwalk show held during this month’s Amsterdam Fashion Week. Supported this year by Dutch department store group V&D, ARTS THREAD brings you the winner of the V&D Talent Award and highlights of the talents on show.

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Show RCA 2014: Textiles MA

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The Royal College of Art Textiles MA show was held for the first time this year at the Dyson Building, Battersea in South London in June. The graduates revealed their vibrant, diverse and exciting work to the press and public. ARTS THREAD highlights some favourites.

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Texprint London 2014

Jane Han Zhang /  Charlotte Beevor, Texprint 2014

Established over 40 years ago, Texprint is a charity that actively promotes some of the best graduate talent in textiles, trained in the UK. Initially nominated by their universities, graduating students are interviewed by an industry panel, before a final 24 are selected. ARTS THREAD choses some favourites from the 2014 London showcase held on July 09-10 at Chelsea College of Arts.

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Show RCA 2014: Service Design MA

mPrepare, Bohyun Han

Show RCA 2014 presented this year the first graduating group of students from the newly created MA Service Design course at the Royal College of Art. ARTS THREAD went along to see the projects on show.

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AMFI Transit 2014: BA Graduate Show


Thirteen polished, well researched, conceptually inspiring collections graced the graduate catwalk at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. With hand-drawn prints, voluminous top pieces and men and women swapping design styles popping up across all collections, we can highlight graphics, progressive proportions and gender blurring as the key directions. These are ARTS THREAD top picks.

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