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Central Saint Martins’ Fine Art students share their daily routines

To be an artist is to believe in life. — Henry Moore Do you ever wonder how an artist spends their day? Where they seek inspiration or for how long they procrastinate? Mason Currey’s book Daily Rituals offers an insight to the day-to-day routine of creative individuals; exploring the lives of artists, composers, filmmakers and poets; from Charles Dickens to Charles Darwin. Francis Bacon battled nightly with insomnia, thrived on disorder and worked best with a hangover. Jackson Pollock slept during the day, consumed a mid-evening breakfast of strong coffee and cigarettes, and fuelled his nights with booze in his barn-converted-studio. The BBC produced a 22-part series addressing the same question, called What Do Artists Do All Day? The self-explanatory title suggests that this is a question we are all asking. Perhaps they sit around fantasising about their practice all day; perhaps they work harder than you ever will. I spoke to

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A conversation about new understandings of failure, success, and being both an ally and a dissident in the fashion system.

This time we are two, Sara and I, who wait at one of the tables of Dishoom King’s Cross to interview Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, editor-in-chief and publisher of Vestoj, the critical, advertising-free, “journal of sartorial matters”. While we comment on how to bring the achievements and vicissitudes of the pair fashion-theory into the dialogue, Anja appears wearing a long skirt, layers of navy, something silky, denim, a pair of glasses, an angular earring in her right ear and a small ring at the top of it.

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Magda Skupinska just graduated from CSM, and she already has a solo show. We talked to her about her practice.

In the third print issue of 1 Granary, we ran a profile on Magda Skupinska, who at the time had just graduated from the Central Saint Martins Fine Art BA. Now, only a couple of months later, we caught up with her to discuss her first solo show, and see how her practice developed after leaving CSM. “I am interested in making work that triggers intimacy.” “Large scale paintings allow me to underline their colors and textures.” How has your practice evolved since leaving Central Saint Martins? At the moment, my main interest lies within natural materials and its qualities. They allow me to work with crucial issues such as time, change, decay, or fragility within the matter. This constantly challenges me in many ways and takes my work into many unexpected directions. Could you say a couple of words about this show, what motivated it and what you think

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“You spend so much time hating yourself and suffering a lot, almost not sleeping at all, but at the end of the day, you’re proud.”

The MFA Fashion students at Parsons are a smart bunch, using concepts that add other layers to the fabric of their clothes. While Katherine Mavridis’ graduate collection explored the idea of clothes being more than just wearable garments, her course mate Tianfang Jing took inspiration from the German philosopher who believed that mass culture brought about mediocrity: Nietzsche. Tianfang Skyped us from New York a couple of days before Thanksgiving celebrations were in full blast, and told us how an MA turns any calm person crazy and why she likes sticking with simple concepts. At what point did you realize you were interested in fashion? I have always been interested in it, especially because my father is an artist who concentrates on oil painting, so I grew up surrounded by it. He definitely influenced me. But unlike him, I sometimes can’t focus on the small details. I think that’s why I enjoy

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This graduate collection does not only transcend gender: it transcends the entire human body.

Katherine Mavridis’ approach to her designs is atypical to the purpose of fashion we are so familiar with: to dress a body. Whether to flatter, conceal, deceive or flaunt, fashion is at its core a second skin of our desires. It’s odd to then hear Mavridis speak of her approach to fashion as one that is devoid of the body, rather using the reduced form of cloth itself as a foundation for her sculptural forms that exist as entities within themselves.

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“Just because I studied jewellery design, doesn’t mean that my focus needs to be so narrowed.” - Gabriella Garnham

After 3 years of studying BA Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins — without a placement year — recent graduates often feel the need to work for others and gain industry experience, while continuing to develop their own aesthetic on the side. Having just left uni, Gabriella Garnham did so, and worked for both Felicia Swartling and Alexander McQueen. But, for a creative person it’s difficult to subdue the urge to start crafting projects of one’s own… Returning to the studio with her ‘partner in crime’, Gabriella is working on something that may defy any conventional ideas we have when thinking about a piece of jewellery. She spoke with us about her plans for the next few months and how pairing up with the one you believe in is necessary to make it in this big, sometimes daunting industry.

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Discover the works-in-progress from Central Saint Martins’ graduating Fine Art students.

It’s a bitterly cold Friday afternoon, we arrive at Central Saint Martins’ Fine Art studios at 5pm, an hour before they are opened to the public. There is a general buzz in the air as students busily swarm around; clearing the studios of unwanted clutter and hanging last-minute artworks. As we wander through the studios observing the minor chaos, it becomes apparent how diverse the work produced within these walls can be. Performances are presented throughout; abstract and realist paintings sit alongside one another; installations appear regularly, including bags of dried grass huddled together and a whole kitsch bedroom set-up; TV screens, PC monitors and film projections show a variety of four-dimensional footage; sculptures, most notably a cylindrical statue covered in undressed barbies and dolls’ heads; sound pieces, photographs and more. As the 2D and 4D pathways of BA Fine Art came together to host the Open Studio, an opportunity

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Searching for meaning in Silicon Valley rhetorics, trade shows and management strategies, artist Simon Denny unpacks mythologies of contemporary technocapitalism.

Why not exchange the artist studio for a co-working desk in New York? Simon Denny is over the romantic ideal of the artist-as-genius. He is clever, hard-working and well-versed in business jargon. If contemporary art points to not much else but art’s capacity to deal with whatever dictates the contemporary moment, then Simon Denny represents the most contemporary type of artist I can think of. In our conversation, I want to find out more about the Simon Denny business model. July 2014: I meet Denny for the first time at a bar in Frankfurt, where he is about to open ‘New Management’, an exhibition exploring the global rise of Samsung. Somewhat accidentally, I had just spent a weekend at a start-up conference in Berlin, and while my friends are only mildly impressed, Denny starts to fire questions at me: ‘What did you pitch?’, ‘Was it a lean start-up?’, ‘Were you

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