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Royal College of Art

RCA grad Yvonne Lin loves oppositions

Coming from a small town in China, art was never really more than a hobby for Yvonne Lin. Graduating from RCA with a Masters...

Work In Progress: Ya Wen

'We are slaves of objects around us', might seem like a heavy topic for a graduate collection, but it's exactly that which Ya Wen, second year...

“Are you chained to a garment while you are wearing it?”:...

Finnish Janni Turtiainen graduated from the MA Fashion at the Royal College of Art last year, prior to which she did a fashion degree...

Stefanie Tschirky: fashion’s new ‘Renaissance’ designer?

It is not often that you hear of creatives enjoying maths, science and logical subjects. Stefanie, now in her second year at the Royal...

The Royal 20: Helen Kirkum

Collaging her efforts and experiments as a designer, Royal College of Art MA Footwear graduate Helen Kirkum creates re-mastered sneakers that are embedded with...

Self-promotion can be gross, says RCA graduate Alexander Benekritis

When we were having a coffee in Caravan King's Cross with the tall, Canadian RCA graduate Alexander Benekritis, he spoke about many topics, but...

Work In Progress: Morwenna Darwell

In our new Work In Progress series, final year BA and MA Fashion Design students of fashion colleges around the world share their graduate projects. While showing research and development, they also fill in our quick question cards, in which they reflect on how their work is going so far. "I think my project is going: swimmingly (upstream)," is one of Morwenna Darwell's answers, who is currently in the second year of MA Fashion at the Royal College of Art. On the 3rd and 4th of June, you'll be able to see her final collection on RCA's runway!

SONIC INTRUSION – New Waves: Qiuyu Yu

Royal College of Art graduate Qiuyu Yu approaches fashion through science and emotion, studying sound waves interference and negative space, and incorporates it into technically-advanced pieces in primary colours. She travelled from South-West China to Kensington via King's Cross to identify her own definition of fashion -- we asked Qiuyu Yu about her process and how to negotiate technology, conceptualism and craft in one's practice.

All red everything: discover the work of Matthew Duffy

Born and raised in Middlesbrough, Matthew is no stranger to the art of hard grafting. Shortly after our first sip of brew, Matthew reveals...

Flowers for the Contemporary – New Waves: Vivi Raila

From the tragic and the romantic, and 17th century Vanitas to 1-pound Tesco bouquets, Vivi Raila, a graduate of Royal College of Art’s Womenswear...

Genderfree Glitter – New Waves: Sarah Sweeney

Sarah Sweeney, originally from Prescot, a small town outside Liverpool, came to London almost by chance. Growing up, Sarah had never imagined herself leaving Northern England, and certainly not to move to London for her university degree. Nonetheless, she added Ravensbourne to her UCAS application as an extra option, but when she travelled down for the initial interview, she had a good feeling about the relatively small institution. After completing her BA Fashion Knitwear in 2012, she transitioned to traditional Womenswear as she was admitted to the Royal College of Art, a transition she found hard in certain regards. “At Ravensbourne there wasn’t a lot of technical support, so when I started at the RCA I felt quite limited in a way,” she recalls over e-mail. Luckily, it didn’t take long for Sarah to figure out what worked best for her. “I learned a lot over the last 2 years and really found my own design handwriting, which is what I wanted to gain from the course,” she says. “Zowie became the new director when I was in the second year, and instantaneously there was a new atmosphere at the RCA: she was able to push everyone out of their comfort zones, so that everyone could make the most of their experience at the RCA.”

Edén Barrena, the politics of pleasure in art

A year ago, Edén Barrena was studying the Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art. Today, her landscape has changed in a quite...