College‚Äôs fashion museum showcases knitwear genius
• London’s first major exhibition in over 20 years on the work of international textile artist, Kaffe Fassett • Exhibition dates 22 March – 29 June 2013
Over 100 designs by an artist who put colour into knitwear are on show at Newham College’s fashion museum from 22 March.
The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM), near London Bridge, is presenting ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour’, a celebration of over five decades of work of one of UK’s leading knitwear, tapestry and textile designers.
Kaffe at the FTM during the launch of his autobiography
Kaffe gained recognition designing for celebrities as well as the celebrated 1960s and 1970s fashion designer Bill Gibb and the Italian knitwear fashion house, Missoni.
Exhibition designer, Sue Timney said: “The exhibition brings a fresh, modern interpretation to over 50 years of hand-constructed textiles. We’re using dramatic colour, pattern and texture to highlight how Kaffe Fassett explores traditional techniques with a painterly eye. The exhibition recontextualises his work with a contemporary 21st Century twist.“
Exhibition highlights include extravagantly-coloured 9-foot-wide knitted shawls, items especially created for this exhibit and not seen in public before.
It also includes coats and throws, patchwork fabrics, a selection of quilts and inspired needlepoint.
From his work as a painter, to his knitwear career, and from 1960s London to the present day, Kaffe’s ability to blend pattern, texture and colour has won him a dedicated following of enthusiasts.
Head of the FTM, Celia Joicey said: “Kaffe Fassett is one of the world’s greatest living textile artists. This retrospective is a celebration of hand-crafted work, and the incredible people and environments that have inspired Kaffe Fassett during the last fifty years.”
Curator of the FTM, Dennis Nothdruft said: “The exhibition provides new insight into one of the most accomplished colourists of the late 20th and early 21st century. We hope to introduce Kaffe Fassett’s work to a new audience and inspire future generations to explore colour, texture and form.”
This exhibition is the first in London since Kaffe Fassett’s record-breaking show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988. It ends on 29 June.
Students compete to help community
Over one hundred and fifty shoppers at Stratford Centre received consumer and money tips from students, recently.
Six young people studying at Newham College handed out information at the clothes store, Zen, to help shoppers spend wisely during the recession.
They were taking part in a national competition, the Money for Life Challenge that has the backing of college associations, banks and charities.
Health and social care student, Rebecca Luke, 18, from Forest Gate, said: “Money management is extremely important now, especially since everyone is struggling. If you’re young, it’s better to know how to deal with money.”
Money for Life: Rebecca and Laura outside Zen
Rebecca Luke and fellow student Laura Smith at Zen’s consumer rights shop front
The teenagers handed out cards that could fit in a purse or wallet and that presented bullet points on consumer law and money management.
The College supported the project with £300 and its student liaison officer, Liam Davis, worked with the student union.
Students researched consumer law, community languages and spent a day of their own time at the shopping centre.
Liam said: “We’re keen to get students to do something that’s beneficial for the community. We wanted a project that was new, original and that helps Newham’s diverse community.”
The Challenge provided £200 grants for teams of 16 to 24-year-olds to run a money advice project in their own local areas. The most inspiring and impactful projects progress to UK finals with great prizes on offer.
Money for Life, Rebecca, Laura and Liam
Students Rebecca Luke, Laura Smith and student liaison officer Liam Davis with information cards at the Zen store
Student, Laura Smith, 18, from Stratford, says she changed her shopping habits after attending a Barclays Bank money management workshop at the College’s East Ham Campus.
She explained: “They told me more about keeping receipts and bank statements together so you know what’s going out and what’s coming in. I have a better idea about where my money has gone.”
“Three week ago, I bought a pair of jeans in Westfield shopping centre that was the wrong size because the label was wrong. Because I had a receipt I took it back to the shop and they gave me a new pair of jeans.”
Family and friends at NUC's first graduation ceremony
Help others achieve, educationalist tells new graduates
Thirty-nine students, celebrating at a degree awards ceremony in east London, last week, were urged to become role models.
Leading educationalist, Dr Tony Sewell told graduates from Newham University Centre (NUC) that they should encourage young people in the inner cities to achieve.
He gave the keynote speech to around 200 people including graduates, their family and friends and special guests.
Dr Sewell told the audience that he had taught the race equality campaigner, Doreen Lawrence in the past.
Dr Tony Sewell tells graduates to be role models. Credit: Michael Cockerham Photography
He continued: “In this room, there could be great figures. You don’t have to go out and transform the world but you could be a big role model for a young person.
“The fact is that you have gone though this journey. You had a lot of balls in the air, and you got through it. Now, no one say that you can’t do it. There are some fake role models around but you’re the real deal.”
Dr. Tony Sewell runs Generating Genuis, a charity that seeks to turn young people from challenging backgrounds into academic achievers.
Newham College’s higher education faculty was holding its first graduation ceremony at its East Ham Campus.
Over 70 NUC students successfully completed courses in leadership and management, counselling, combined studies, education studies and the PGCE.
Degree holders at Newham University Centre’s first graduation ceremony
Lecturers and staff at NUC offer special help students some of whom gain entry without the normal requirements.
Head of NUC, Dr David Arnuad, was pleased that 40 per cent of graduating students gained a first-class grade.
He commented: “This ceremony is a fantastic occasion. I’m impressed about how well students have done. I’m proud of our students and the support given to them by our staff.
“NUC is an opportunity for people who wouldn’t otherwise have gained a degree.”
Newham College Chief Executive Officer, Denise Brown-Sackey told the new graduates: “You're exceptional and you all look splendid. You've had exceptional support from their families, their workplaces and NUC staff. An exciting future awaits you.”
Chair of governors, Parin Bahl commented: “I would like to thank our staff who started our degree programmes from nowhere. Our degrees now have the support of employers and will be the envy of other colleges.
To the graduates, she said: “Because you are our first, we will always remember you. You have helped us achieve our aim to support people. I hope that our relationship with you does not end here.”
One parent said that he was pleased that his 27-year-old son will now have a good chance to find a permanent job. His son had been looking for a full-time job and had been living in Forest Gate with his parents. He was looked forward to his son going into teaching and finding his own place.
After gaining a degree in Combined Studies, Carlton Gabiddon, wants to set up a charity to support young males in east London.
He said: “This is aspirational and to be with other students is a lift, I see it as a duty for us to try to be an inspiration for those coming up behind us.”
Carlton Gabbidon, his partner, Alina, with their baby at the ceremony