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TOOL – Maker Lab Collective

The Maker Lab Collective would like to invite you to join them in “making”:


Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one’s occupation or profession. Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument.

A device for performing work, tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement.

A tool can be a physical object such as mechanical tools including saws and hammers or a technical object such as web authoring tool or a software program.

Furthermore; a concept can be a tool.

Creating is the tool, which allows the child’s mind to grow.

Words are a tool.



Make a tool; use the tool to show what the tool can do.

This project is aimed at anyone who is interested in MAKING of any kind.

The deadline for this project is Monday 11th January 2016, resulting in an exhibition of work.

YCN Success for our BA (Hons) Graphic Design Graduands


Huge congratulations to two of our BA (Hons) Graphic Design Graduands’ Katherine West and Connor Robertson who have won best overall in the YCN Awards last week. Katherine and Connor entered the Interflora category and created a clever and witty solution to the Interflora brief. The brief asked them to revive Grandparents Day and get people to remember their loved ones by marking the occasion with flowers. It was their playful yet sensitive treatment of the brief that shone and bagged them the overall award in the category. The ceremony took place at the Barbican and it was a fun and exciting night for all involved. Here are some pictures from the event:



Go Team Graphics – we’re very proud!



The judging is over for the first part of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and of the 2572 entries this year, 624 have been shortlisted as semi-finalists, of these, 47 are from the UK, and of those 47 … 4 are from our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course here at the university.

So well done to Will Timney (1984 is now), Katherine West (Extraordinary Life of Peggy Guggenheim), Suzie Armstrong (Diary of a Homosexual) and Hannah Tomlinson (tokyo:ocean).

Fingers crossed for the finals!



We’re massively proud that Connor Robertson and Katherine West, two of our BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, have won at the YCN awards this year. Their work in response to the Interflora Grandparents Day brief has been recognised as some of the most outstanding out of all submissions to this national and international competition.


Students excel in international upcycling project


A team of young designers has returned from a major eco-friendly event in China where they produced a collection of innovative new products from waste materials as part of a British Council ‘up-cycling’ initiative.

Up-cycling is a key focus of British Council design work, which encourages the world’s future practitioners to consider the environmental, economic and social benefits of re-using materials, rather than discarding them as waste. The University of Lincoln is one of only two UK universities selected to take part in every one of the British Council’s upcycling activities in China to date.

Students from Lincoln’s MA International Design Enterprise (MAIDE) programme, Lucia Garci Crespo and Lucy Patterson, travelled to Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China, together with Programme Leader David Bramston. The students joined fellow designers from Jiangnan University and Tongji University.

Working in teams, they were tasked with a brief centred on Taihu Lake – the main tourism area of Wuxi and a major visitor destination in China. They were invited to create new products from industry leftovers, which could be used and enjoyed in this tourism hotspot.

The Lincoln team received a number of British Council awards for their work, including ‘Best Use of Materials’, and their creations were also presented across a number of parks as part of China Low Carbon Action Day.

The University of Lincoln designers created a range of easy-to-use fishing sticks for children by converting the waste plastic strapping left over from factory packaging.

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David Bramston, Principal Lecturer (Enterprise) in Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, explained: “We visited regions of Wuxi to meet local communities and experience the popular Li Lake, and gave our fishing sticks to local children. The very simple construction ensured that they were fast, easy and inexpensive to produce, and rather than using a hook, they simply had a knot at the end of the line to hold a piece of bread. The fishing sticks were very popular and promoted not only the benefits of using waste materials to make new works, but also created a safe new fishing experience. This project really captured the spirit of upcycling and served to prove that new designs do not have to be complicated to be effective.

“The whole visit was extremely valuable for our students. It is important for young designers to be aware of their responsibilities and understand the impact that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can have. The collaboration of cultures and experiences is also fundamental to the MAIDE studio ethos.”

The project in China was supported by the Guangzhou Low Carbon Industries Association and the Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd, and was designed to facilitate collaboration between higher education institutions and industry partners internationally.

The MAIDE team later went on to the Hubei Institute of Fine Art in Wuhan, China, where they were joined by fellow Lincoln students and Assistant Professor Yeli, visiting scholar from the Chinese University of Mining and Technology School of Art & Design in Xuzhou, who has been based at Lincoln since August 2014.

They teamed up with Chinese Industrial Design students to create a number of novel seating solutions, again using only ‘found’ materials. The group worked with street makers – individuals on the streets of Wuhan who are able to stitch, weld and fabricate design proposals – to bring their ideas to life, before exhibiting a collection of more than 25 works at the Institute of Fine Art.

Twisted Tales Exhibition featuring Illustration Students Work

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Cygnet Ink, the creative platform for College of Arts students and graduates of the University of Lincoln, are exhibiting at Malt Cross in Nottingham. Twisting Tales is an exhibition full of fairytale illustration with a twist. If you’re in Nottingham go check it out!

1st-12th July, 11am-6pm // Malt Cross Nottigham // Free

Student architects host free public exhibition

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A team of student architects will launch a free public exhibition in Louth, showcasing creative suggestions for the historic site of the town’s former cattle market.

The exhibition of architectural designs and models will open at St James’ Church in Louth from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 9th July, hosted by final-year students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design.

The work includes a number of three dimensional drawings and architectural sketches, which illustrate a range of theoretical development ideas, from food and market activities to a care hotel and education centre.

The collection of designs was showcased as part of the students’ recent Degree Show at the University, which concluded a project exploring the future development of Louth’s livestock market site.

The Louth Cattle Market Site: Ideas for a Community project was launched last year by John Napier, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, together with Nicola Marshall, a former Town Manager in Louth.

John Napier said: “It is always a bonus for our students when they can work with a real-life scenario – as is the case with Louth livestock market site – for their final project before going into practice. The students have worked hard on their plans and have come up with some extremely creative ideas.”

Nicola Marshall said: “I am delighted that people from the town will have a chance to see the students’ work first-hand. I have seen the ideas develop over the last year and I am sure they will offer a new perspective. I am grateful to Reverend Nick Brown and St James’ Church for hosting the exhibition, and for the support of local councillors.”

The exhibition opens at the church at 5pm on Wednesday 1st July and runs until 12pm Thursday 9thJuly. It will be open to the public during normal church opening times.

Architecture exhibition imagines historical memorial centre

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A team of student architects will unveil their vision for an English Civil War memorial centre at the site of Newark’s historic medieval castle.

The free public exhibition of architectural designs and models will open at Newark Castle on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015, highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the town.

A £5.4 million National Civil War Centre opened in the town centre Newark Museum earlier this year. As part of their Architecture course at the University of Lincoln, UK, second year students have imagined their own version of the facility inside the walls of the castle, which was central to the historic war.

The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a series of conflicts that profoundly reshaped politics and society. Newark Castle, which was founded in the 12th Century by the Bishop of Lincoln, was partly destroyed during a battle in 1646. It is now a Grade I listed building and recognised as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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The two-month student project was led by Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture & Design, Dr Primali Paranagamage. She said: “We are very much looking forward to presenting our designs to the public. Newark is rich in historic architecture and we hope this exhibition will encourage residents and tourists alike to appreciate and celebrate the local cultural heritage.”

“The exhibition will include some designs which are extremely modern and contemporary, whereas others stay true to the Castle’s architecture and the incorporate the site’s original features. It is so interesting to see how the same space – which in this case is of huge historical significance – can be interpreted in so many different and inspiring ways.”

In preparation for the exhibition, the Lincoln students were granted special access to archives by Newark Castle Park Warden, Floss Newman, to learn about the monument’s origins, how it has evolved over hundreds of years and its timeline of historic events.

The exhibition will take place inside the Undercroft of Newark Castle. Visitors will be able to view miniature models of the Castle grounds, which have been created using state-of-the-art laser cutting technology at the University’s School of Architecture & Design, as well as architectural sketches and computer illustrations. Members of the public are also invited to contribute their comments and feedback on each of the designs, both at the exhibition and online.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 10am-5pm on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015.

For more information, visit:

Words: Elizabeth Allen

School of Architecture & Design 2015 Degree Shows

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School of Architecture & Design 2015 Degree Shows

BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
BA (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Interactive Design
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Jewellery & Object
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design

BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition & Museums

Dates: Saturday 30th May – Sunday 14th June 2015
Times: 10am – 4pm
Location: Art, Architecture & Design building (East & West)

Private Views (by invitation only): Friday 29th May, 6 – 9pm


BArch (Hons) Architecture
Master of Architecture

Dates: Saturday 6th June – Sunday 21st June 2015
Times: 10am – 4pm
Location: Art, Architecture & Design building (West)

Private View (by invitation only): Friday 5th June, 6 – 9pm




Going the Extra Mile


This week Level 3 Graphic Design student Emily Price took it upon herself to proactively ‘go the extra mile’ after a call out from Advertising and Design studio Havas.

Here is her story:


Havas WW Roots set up a grad scheme in which students have just one tweet to send which will grab their attention. For my application I wanted to push the boundaries of how Twitter can be utilized, by creating a campaign which all started from my one tweet to @havaswwroots. My tweet read ‘I don’t just go the extra mile but an extra 131 from Lincoln to London here I come! The photos show my journey from when I then set off at 4am on my 131 mile journey to Havas WW London offices and track my journey through tweets under my campaign account @131mileslater. Along my journey I generated over 100 followers, got stopped by the police, and gained a lot of support along the way.


When I finally reached Havas WW roots I was able to meet and chat with some of the graduates chosen from last year over a cuppa, it was great fun and such an adventure! I am now just waiting anxiously to here the results, which are released on the 30th March!


To follow the whole journey please follow Emily on her twitter!

Brayford Radio are Recruiting!


It’s that time of year again, Brayford Radio (the University’s student run radio station) are looking for their new Exec Team!

They are looking for a new Station Manager, Programming Coordinator, Head of Technical, Head of Events, Head of Marketing and Head of Station Sound. All roles will give you an excellent opportunity to gain lots of new skills, meet new people, learn about the workings of  a radio station and will look sensational on your CV.

Not a Media student? Not to worry! These positions are open to all students at the University whatever your background may be, as long as you have a passion for radio.

For more information on the roles visit the Brayford Radio website. Go on, give it a go…


Brayford Radio broadcasting at the Freshers Fayre


Talking fashion and performance with Battenberg-Cartwright

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Acclaimed art duo Battenberg-Cartwright shared their experience of working in the fields of art and fashion when they visited the University of Lincoln.

Described as a living conceptual piece and performance art duo, Nora and Paul Battenberg-Cartwright have showcased their work on some of the world’s biggest catwalks; including at the London, Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The couple, who married to demonstrate their artistic commitment to one another, work across various artistic disciplines, including lens-based work, performance and painting, as well as fashion design.

Battenberg-Cartwright as a label works to extend the bridge between art and fashion, taking used objects to transform them into creations for catwalks. The shows remain between the fashion and art worlds; placing materials as of secondary importance to concept.

On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2015, Battenberg-Cartwright presented to the University of Lincoln’s final year Fashion students on their industry success, methods of working and view of art and performance.

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The undergraduate Fashion students from the School of Fine & Performing Arts also discussed their own collections with the artists, and received from them a brief to create an object, wearable or otherwise, to showcase in a video, which will form part of their Professional Practice module.

Setting the brief, Battenberg-Cartwright said: “Try not to be so technical. Push your boundaries. Use unusual materials. Make it very quickly – or very slowly if you prefer – but above all things, be daring.

“The aim is not to create a typical ‘fashion video’, but something else altogether. Whatever it is, think outside the box and aim to create something totally new to your working practice.”

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Lincoln, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Battenberg-Cartwright to the University. It is vital for our students to understand that fashion is about more than just garments; it also incorporates art and performance, and Nora and Paul are perfectly placed to demonstrate how successful this combination can be.”

Before completing their MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London, Battenberg-Cartwright studied Fine Art in Worcester where they were taught by Lee Hassall, who is now a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln.

Darktown Valentine’s Show: Free Card Making with Jonny Hannah

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Fancy making something abit more personalised for your special someone? Printmaker Jonny Hannah will be coming to the NCCD to host the Darktown Valentine’s Show on Saturday 14 February from 11am – 4pm. Join Jonny for a free drop-in card making day (using a printing press/rubber stamps). Suitable for all ages. Jonny will also be signing copies of his new book Greetings from Darktown and limited edition prints will be available to purchase from the shop.

Saturday 14 February, 11am-4pm  // National Centre for Craft & Design // Free

Communications and Marketing Assistant Internship

Recent College of Arts graduate? Fancy working at one of Lincoln’s main arts venues? This opportunity may be for you:

Lincoln Drill Hall are looking for a dynamic intern who is passionate about events, arts, communication, digital, culture, people and Lincoln.

This role will involve working with the Drill Hall Marketing Manager and team to deliver a number of marketing tasks from online communications and social media to management of print materials and assisting with live events.

Lincoln Drill Hall hosts a wide variety of events and welcomes a wide range of audiences so the right person for this role would be someone who is keen to learn, quick to adapt and happy to support various roles and activities, has an interest in people, live events, theatre and providing great visitor experiences.

This fantastic opportunity is available to recent graduates of the College of Arts as part of RADAR, our Creative Graduate Accelerator Scheme in partnership with Threshold Studios.

For more information on the role visit the University’s careers website.



‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’


‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’ is a touring group exhibition bringing together artists from China and the UK. Eight contemporary artists – Steve Dutton, John France, Wei Zhen, Chunmei Liu, Fang Lu, Mengmei Zheng, Tao Zhang, and Eleni Zevgaridou – whose work range across traditional oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, and contemporary sculptures, with the common theme of commenting on opacity in language, in a spirit of critical realism.

The exhibition is curated by Annie Xu.

For more information visit the Project Space Plus blog.

3-13 February // Project Space Plus Gallery // AAD Building, East Wing, University of Lincoln // Free

NCCD Free Taster Day


Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a contemporary craft & design gallery? Whether you’re interested in curating, marketing, designing, making or anything else to do with craft and design NCCD want you to join them for their FREE taster day on Saturday 7th of February. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in their live exhibition project. For more information visit their website.


David Bramston’s Illuminating Exhibition Opens in China

Our very own David Bramston has produced an illuminating exhibition in China; the exhibition is the first of its kind and showcases a collection of 100 lights created from waste materials.



David, and his team of nine design students from Guangzhou Institute of Technology, created each of the 100 lights at the headquarters of Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd in China in just three weeks. The lights have been constructed entirely from waste materials from various factories across China.

The sustainable design project has been running with support from the British Council, as part of its ‘upcycling’ campaign to encourage young designers to turn discarded materials into attractive and useful new products.

David Bramston, who leads the MA International Design Enterprise programme at the University of Lincoln, said: “This has been an incredibly exciting project to work on. We have been involved with a number of upcycling schemes led by the British Council in the past; however the experience of creating 100 new products entirely from waste materials in just 21 days has been unlike any of our other design initiatives.

“New design professionals need to recognise that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can influence cultural change. The British Council in China and their sponsors provide a valuable international platform for doing this, which we are delighted to be associated with. It has been a pleasure to work with a very exciting team of young designers here in China, and these practices continue to feed into our work in Lincoln.”


The 100 Lights exhibition opened in Guangzhou on Thursday 18th December 2014 with a launch event that was attended by guests from education, industry and the British Council. The collection will be shown in Beijing throughout this year, and could also form part of the British Council’s China UK Cultural Year in 2015.

One of the light creations – a five metre high construction entitled ‘Bamboo’ – has also been selected by an art gallery in Guangzhou to form a centre piece in its new gallery space.

Vanessa Li, Higher Education Manager for British Council China, said: “This 100 Lights project is one of the direct outcomes of the International Higher Education Collaboration on Upcycling of Industry Left-overs organised by the British Council. The University of Lincoln first joint the Upcycling programme in 2012 and has participated in each of the derived programmes since then, establishing links with more than 28 Chinese Higher Education institutions and companies.”

The 100 Lights project has been supported by sponsorship from a number of lighting companies in China, including PAK Lighting, which has supplied most of the LEDs used in the creation of the collection.



Following the success of the 100 Lights exhibition, David Bramston is now planning to create a second collection ten times as large, called 1000 Lights. This ambitious project would support charities across China, providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to help design and create the objects.