EDITORS-IN-CHIEFChloe Frechette – Prior to joining the V&A/RCA History of Design programme, Chloe received her MA (Hons) Art History degree from the University of St Andrews. She is currently researching cocktail shakers and the material culture of drinking in prohibition-era New York, considering how the design of drinking accessories changed, developed, or differed as the emerging phenomenon of cocktail hour became popularized in London in the interwar period. Annabel Sheen – Annabel is a second year Renaissance/Early Modern student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course. Her background is in Art History and English. Previously, she has written about the architectural development of public art display, and seventeenth century campaign furniture. This year her dissertation looks at the civic architecture of provincial towns in the late Stuart period.
OVERLOOKERS: THE DESIGN OF THE EVERYDAYRosannagh Maddock – Rosannagh came to Design History after studying Fashion Design at UCA Epsom. As a graduate, she became increasingly interested in the space between verbal and visual expression, which led her to studying History of Design at the V&A/RCA. Her research interests lie in ‘Design Media’, and the forms of expression and mediation that surround Design. Her current research is on the theory of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), with a particular focus on target hardening, especially vandal-proof bench design. Georgia Newmarch – Prior to joining the V&A/RCA History of Design course, Georgia obtained a History BA from Royal Holloway University of London. Interested in the interaction between material culture and society, her previous work on the course has included looking at the decimalisation of British Currency. For her dissertation she is focusing on the disruption of infrastructure in 1970s Britain.
DESIGN AND CONFLICTMiriam Phelan – Miriam completed her Fashion Design BA at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and is now in her second year of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA course. Her main research interests are the design of civilian menswear in the twentieth century, military uniforms and masculinity. Annabel Sheen – Annabel is a second year Renaissance/Early Modern student on the V&A/RCA History of Design course. Her background is in Art History and English. Previously, she has written about the architectural development of public art display, and seventeenth century campaign furniture. This year her dissertation looks at the civic architecture of provincial towns in the late Stuart period.
UGLY THINGSEmily Foxen – Emily is a second year MA student in the History of Design programme at the V&A/RCA. With a background in art history and history, as well as a passion for museums, Emily enjoyed exploring the variety of topics available to first year students, choosing to do essays on seventeenth century armour and twentieth century railway maps. Her current research is focused on grade listed private homes and the challenges of modernization, conservation, taste and authenticity. Joanne Pilcher – Joanne graduated with a BA INT in Fine Art from University of Leeds in 2013, which included a year studying Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is in her second year of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA. Joanne became intrigued with ugly objects when she greatly enjoyed finding the most grotesque objects possible in her artistic practice and daily life. In line with this fascination for the ugly, as a History of Design student her most recent research has been From Sheep Shearers to Miss Universe: A Study of The Ugg Boot’s Changing Uses and Connotations, 1960-2010. Her current research, culminating in a dissertation, is on how Dutch/African wax-textiles purchased in Brixton market (which are not at all ugly!) are consumed in contemporary society.
GLOBAL NETWORKSStephanie Aspin – Stephanie graduated from Cambridge University in 2013 where she studied History, concentrating specifically on Early Modern politics and religion. At the V&A/RCA History of Design programme Stephanie is part of the Renaissance strand. During her first year she researched many different topics from an eighteenth century mirror to sixteenth century maps. For her thesis Stephanie is researching the Chapel Royal of Queen Mary I. Alice Bailey – Alice studied History of Art at Reading University and then worked in a jewellers in Northern Ireland. She is on the Renaissance and Early Modern strand of the V&A/RCA History of Design programme and is currently researching the materiality of belief in Early Modern Britain and Ireland, specialising in amuletic jewellery. Yoshika Yajima – Yoshika joined the V&A/RCA MA in 2013 following her degree in Contemporary Design History Diploma at Sotheby’s Institute of art and her Sociology degree from International Christian University. Through her previous studies and experience in the UK, her interest moved to how East Asian Design, in particular Japanese Design, and the Design in the ‘West’ interact with each other. Her current research interest lies in analysing the practice of wrapping and knotting from a design perspective.
OPINIONChloe Frechette – Prior to joining the V&A/RCA History of Design programme, Chloe received her MA (Hons) Art History degree from the University of St Andrews. She is currently researching cocktail shakers and the material culture of drinking in prohibition-era New York, considering how the design of drinking accessories changed, developed, or differed as the emerging phenomenon of cocktail hour became popularized in London in the interwar period. Kaisu Savola – Before starting on the History of Design course, Kaisu received her BA degree in ceramics and glass design at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. She has also studied in Norway, where her enthusiasm for Nordic collaboration was born. Kaisu’s main areas of interest include design education, socially and environmentally responsible design together with design activism and design ideologies. Her current dissertation research about a radical Scandinavian design student group, active in the late 1960s, combines these interests neatly and offers an opportunity for Kaisu to dwell on her favorite subject: the role of ’the designer’, with all of its privileges and responsibilities.
FIG. 0Colleen McGonegle – Colleen McGonegle came to the V&A/RCA History of Design Programme from a making background. She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis on Costume Design and Technology. She worked in theatre for several years as both a costume designer and maker. In her MA thesis Colleen plans to discuss the rise and fall of the collapsible top hat, looking at the roles of novelty, technology and network in its invention, popularity, and eventual decline in nineteenth century London. Miranda Vane – Miranda Vane graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2011 with a degree in Painting and Printmaking. Before starting the V&A/RCA MA she made, wrote about, and researched art. Her MA thesis is about the ways in which radical designers of the second half of the twentieth century have imagined the future of the relationships between food and the urban environment.
NEWSGrace Bremner – After her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Edinburgh University, Grace came to the V&A/RCA Masters programme with an interest in the way people construct utopias and dystopias around designed products. In her final year she is focusing on the contemporary phenomenon of the Hackers, Makers and Fixers movements, especially the way in which they use ideological narrative forms for commercial ends. Rachel McCarthy-Yardley – Having completed a degree in Fashion and Dress History at University of Brighton Rachel came to the History of Design Masters program with a desire to broaden her reasonably specialist academic training. After a lot of historical tourism in the first year she is returning to fashion history to write a dissertation on technophobia in the 1980s and how it disseminated through fashion advertising.