Karen Coughlan, James Hunting, Gina Pierce and Lisa Bloomer

Studio 6: Sui Generis

Studio brief 

Sui Generis – Where artistic work goes beyond conventional boundaries.

 
"If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting." – David Bowie.
 
This multi-faceted studio champions the development of an extremely personal and unique design philosophy through a combination of individual, personally driven initiatives, collaborative work, competitions, industry-orientated and interdisciplinary projects with fashion textiles at its heart and centre. 
 
Participation in this studio will require a fearless, open-minded approach to creative expression, a complete investigation of self, identity, intention, personal memories and cultural heritage. Remember that you are unique, with unique visions to tell – if it doesn’t mean anything to you, "why do it?"

 

Focus

Both in theory and practice you will explore in depth the creative interface between materials, making and meaning with fanatical technique and an informed professionalism.

 

Research

A rigorous research technique will be required as the keystone of your process, exhaustively drawing inspiration from everywhere. This, coupled with a strong work ethic, the engaging in group academic debate and an important continuous recording of self-reflection, will enable growth and a deeper understanding of your chosen specialism.

 

New techniques and materials

You will practice textile techniques and materials in order to subvert the norm, questioning and solving some of the challenges that face us as designers today. You will be offered industry trips and trade shows, both here and abroad. Through live project partners and competitions, you will become aware of the vast speed that fashion and its supporting industry moves and gain the confidence to meet that need. Our focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors exploring new territories for the twenty-first century textiles specialist.

 

Finishing

It is not just the making, but the then what happens. "It will do" won’t do. Strengthening the spirit of true innovation, this studio is not about safe success but about taking real risk.
 
Participation in this studio will focus on fashion textiles but students wishing to integrate interior design, fine art or personal responses will be fully supported. Expectations will be high, participation in this studio demands a challenging and dynamic approach.

Details

Course
Tutor Karen Coughlan
James Hunting
Where Calcutta House, Studio 6, second floor
When Tuesday and Friday

Students

Year 3

Chloe Francis Rowe 
Angela Kelly 
Jasmine Asamoah 
Bridget Fenty 
Iraide Garai 
Harriet Hall 
Hatti Ingall 
Shannon Lee 
Farah Nasir 
Augustina Owusu 
Briony Piper
Rohini Sharma 
Barbara Thwaites 
Kang Yu Chen 
 
Year 2

Jessica Boulton 
Mariangela Bruna 
Emma Bueno de Mesquita 
Harjit Gill 
Janet Gray 
Susan Kirstner 
Linda Le Pard 
Georgia Lia 
Racheal Oluwadare 
Miranda Tongeman 
Sahar Uysefi 

3D Studios

Studio 1: Prospéct

Peter Marigold, Chris Emmett and Cathy Stack

The studio themes focus on a series of projects that are not necessarily related but have an attitude of making the best out of the situation that life has dumped on you.

Studio 3: Poetic Projections

Heidi Yeo, Simone ten Hompel and Adi Toch

Studio 4: Encrypt

Steph Amen, Karen Coughlan, James Hunting and Marta Jowska

Studio 4: Encrypt will challenge you to question, reimagine and reconfigure what you believe a design process to be.

Studio 5: Defilé

Aimee McWilliams, Marta Jowska and Karen Coughlan

Studio 6: Sui Generis

Karen Coughlan, James Hunting, Gina Pierce and Lisa Bloomer

Studio 7: Make it Count

James Hunting, Sam Wingate, Gina Pierce and Jude Dennis

Studio 7: Make it Count explores the making ethos that prioritises ownership and intention, with a particular focus on textiles for communities.

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