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Seasonal Cheer and Creative Festive Gifts at the RCA Christmas Fête 2018

Enter the festive spirit with the Royal College of Art Students' Union, who are once more decking the halls of the RCA with seasonal gifts, unique designs and hand-crafted items. RCA students, alumni and staff will be selling their Christmas cards, contemporary prints, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, honey whiskey and much more, at Kensington, from 7–9 December, and for the first time at White City Place, next to the RCA White City campus from 11–12 December.

The Christmas Fête offers something for every taste and budget, with prices ranging from £1 to £600. All profits go directly to the makers, offering a chance to meet the practitioners driving forward the aesthetics of today, and support the next generation of RCA talent. ‘We're super excited to have the Christmas Fête back again this year!’ said Benji Jeffrey, Co-president of the RCA Students' Union.

‘It's a really great opportunity for students to show off what they’ve been up to for the first term and to make a bit of cash before Christmas. As the Fête continues to grow we’re seeing more students from across all three campuses take part, and now that we have our second Fête in White City there’s even more scope for students to interact with the outside world. As the SU we’re here to enrich the student experience and we’re often told that the Fête was a highlight of being at the RCA, which is lovely to hear.’

Makers taking part this year include Animation student Gabriella Marsh who will be selling her hand-decorated ceramics, which started out as an experiment in transferring her 2D drawn animation on to 3D objects. She explained: ‘I got thinking about live animating and was running through ways in which I might be able to quickly jump from frame to frame. A pottery wheel seemed a great way to do this and so it was logical to use a plate as a canvas.’

Discussing her motivation to take part in the Christmas Fête Gabriella commented: ‘Animation is so labour intensive, it's really easy to get stuck in our little bubble at the back of the studio sometimes. It's great to mix with past and current alumni, make friends and getting to see other people’s beautiful work.’

For those looking for entertainment over the festive period, Design Products student Kenny Arnold will be selling his toys, games, cards and prints, which are digitally designed and handcrafted for the home and all members of the family. For a touch of luxury, Textiles student Xufei Qiao will be selling original fashion accessories, including silk scarves decorated with motifs inspired by nature and mystical creatures.

A bold and distinctive style defines Visual Communication student Peony Gent’s work. Her prints, zines and artist books will be available at the Fête, offering the chance to enter her world of intertwined words and images.

RCA PhD graduate, Jimin Seo, will be showcasing her ‘mynn London’ textiles which include napkins, oven gloves and cushions. Seo’s research at the RCA considered how QR codes could be created through the traditonal process of Jacquard weaving, to make emotionally durable textile design. Her ‘mynn London’ textiles, are named after London areas including, Battersea, Shoreditch, Soho, Hackney and Fulham.

Ceramics & Glass students Yuan Chen and Bingqing Hu are presenting their recently created works at the Fête. Chen’s work uses simple shapes and geometric decorations to express ideas. At the Fête household items, including flower pots, water cups, Chinese tea cups and fans, will all be available.

The branding and poster design for this year’s Fête has been designed by Textiles student Tor Ewen.


Full details of the Christmas Fête can be found on the RCA Students' Union website.

Christmas Fête Kensington 2018
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Private view Thursday 6 Dec 6–9pm
Open to the public: Friday 7 December 12–8pm, Saturday & Sunday 8 – 9 December 12–6pm.

Christmas Fête White City 2018
The Westworks, White City Place, London, W12 7FQ

Open: Tuesday 11 December – Wednesday 12 December 11–6pm