Deck the Halls! The RCA Christmas Fête
Once again, the Royal College of Art Students' Union Christmas Fête is returning to deck the halls of Kensington with festive delights. This annual event offers a fantastic opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted gifts from the next generation of artists and designers. From ceramics and jewellery to prints, books and leather and textiles accessories – the RCA is the place to find distinctive gifts for every taste and budget.
The Fête is open to the public from 8 to 10 December, 12–8pm and there will be a Parents and Children Afternoon on 10 December from 2–6pm, offering the opportunity to celebrate Christmas at the RCA and meet the practitioners driving forward the aesthetics of tomorrow. An original identity has been designed for the Fête by Yunxiang Bian, a current first-year Digital Direction student, and festive drinks will be on offer from the Students' Union to warm the spirits of stallholders and customers alike.
The stallholders include Ceramics & Glass student Alice Walton who is selling ceramic table-ware and Christmas decorations, along with some drawings and prints. Alice makes one off original ceramics, that experiment with hand building techniques, pushing the clay to its limits and enjoying the unexpected results.
We Three Kims are a collective of three Ceramics & Glass students Sun-A Kim, Judy Mckenzie and Kim Ho Jung. They are offering ceramic gifts for you and your home for Christmas. Melting Point, another collective of Ceramics & Glass students, Joshua Kerley, Oliver Harding and Roberto Landin, will be selling a variety of decorative and functional tableware, art pieces and jewellery.
Amelia Pemberton, first-year Textiles student will be selling her DoobyDolls. Amelia started making unique bespoke dolls at the age of 12 and has been commissioned to make dolls for Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Michel Roux. Recently she re-launched DoobyDolls and will be selling her handmade soft cashmere and wool fox dolls at the Fête.
Johanna Pinto, first-year Textiles student, will be selling Indian silk scarves created with hand painting and digital production. The collection of black-and-white accessories is developed from ink paintings of life underwater. Other luxury accessories will be available from Interior Design student Clemence de Broqueville, who is selling elegantly designed leather goods including cardholders, glasses cases, wallets and clutch bags.
Fashion Womenswear student Margot Vaaderpass is presenting furniture and accessories by WOH, an Estonian homeware brand. The pieces strike a balance between functionality, minimalist aesthetics and sustainability. Traditional handcraft techniques are used alongside unconventional solutions to give the minimalist designs a homely feeling of warmth.
Two graduates from Jewellery & Metal, Sara Chyan and Joanne Bowles, are also stallaholders this year. Sara Chyan creates handmade jewellery using unique metals and Joanne Bowles will be selling her beautifully designed silver jewellery featuring her signature encrusted texture and gemstones.
The Book Show is a Singapore-based initiative that began in 2014 and is run by a group including Critical Practice student Genevieve Leong. It acts as a platform for aspiring artists to showcase self-published photobooks. They will be selling an array of Asian self-published photobooks and prints. Original screenprints, etchings and linocuts will be available from The SEL Collective, three graduates from the RCA print programme – Karl-Peter Penke, Wuon-Gean Ho and Yuko Obe.
The Fête provides the opportunity for RCA students to share their work and ideas with a wider audience. Earnings from the fete go directly towards students at the College, who receive 100% of the profit from their sales. Last year saw an incredible £25,000 raised for students across the four-day event.
RCA Christmas Fête 2017
Royal College of Art
8–10 December, 12–8pm, daily
Private View: Thursday 7 December 6.30–8pm
Parents and Children Afternoon: Sunday 10 December, 2–6pm