University of the Arts London Alumni Competition Winner – August 2018
What made you want to enter the competition?
I was motivated by the opportunity to share my work with UAL’s creative community in a way which would remind them of their area of study as well as inspire potential future graduates. I wanted my design to celebrate the expansion in the range of courses in the disciplines of art, design, communication, fashion, media and performing arts across its six colleges.
What is the inspiration behind your design?
I consider graffiti art to be one of the most far-reaching global art movements to date. It was first introduced into the UK when I was a teenager, only a few years before I started my degree. For me, it was love at first sight. Graffiti has since progressed to what is known as ‘calligraffiti’ which is how I would describe my current style of work. During my LCC interview, I responded with gusto when challenged by a member of the interview panel’s comment “graffiti is vandalism and not art” that I completely forgot I was being interviewed! Thankfully the tutors appreciated my passion and offered me a place.
What were the highlights of your time at UAL?
I remember looking forward to the weekly cultural studies where I was introduced to classic books and films. It opened up my eyes to the depth and theory behind design and also triggered my quest to learn about my own cultural heritage. I became an active member of the student union and made some lifelong friendships.
What made you chose UAL, and LCC, in particular, to study at?
I chose to study at UAL because of its international reputation for producing high calibre graduates, many of whom had gone on to do amazing things within the creative industries. I particularly wanted to attend the London College of Communications because I was a fan of the work of graphic designer Neville Brody, who had been a former student. Back then, I was one of a small number of students from London who got accepted onto the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course that year as it was always heavily oversubscribed, taking in students from across the country and beyond. I remember literally being in shock when I received my acceptance letter! I was also the first member of my family to do a degree, so at the time it was a big deal in my neighbourhood.
How else are you involved in UAL?
Alongside being a visual artist, I am also an educator involved in developing the next generation of creatives through my teaching and collective Lin Kam Art. Over the years I have supported numerous young people with their portfolio preparation for courses at UAL. I am presently part of the founding committee of a new Alumni group which I am very excited about.