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Interchange Week

Interchange week allows students at Norwich University of the Arts to learn new techniques and experiment outside of their regular disciplines.

Throughout Interchange week, students are encouraged to play with something new, explore creative practices and experience new ways of thinking, doing and being. Workshops were held across the University, led by academics, technicians and visiting lecturers.

A highlight of the week was Fashion in the Digital World Symposium, hosted by BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion and BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Business. The symposium interrogated ideas and concepts surrounding digital fashion and how the industry should adapt for the future. Several high profile industry guests delivered talks, panel discussions and speed networking sessions with students.

In the Creative Tech Lab students were busy turning robots into artists. Using a pen-holding Kitronic mini buggy, students learned how to apply coding processes to instruct the robots to draw polygons, curves and spirals.

Our Bank Plain Project Spaces haven’t played host to a paddling pool before, but everything was doused in water on Thursday and Friday. Sculptor, performance and video artist Alex Costello led ‘All you need to know right now’, a hands on workshop exploring composition and working in the physical space. Students used wooden armatures and wet cardboard to create vast sculptural forms.

Our St. Georges building was visited by playwright Ben Musgrave to investigate historic Indigo dyeing techniques. Ben is developing an interdisciplinary project called Indigo Giant, a theatre production in conversation with narratives of Indigo cultivation in Bangladesh. The workshop featured a fascinating introduction to natural Indigo, and an opportunity to use the pigment to dye a range of fabrics.

Our printmaking technicians ran a workshop introducing students to embossing and debossing using an Intaglio Press. Participants created a blind embossed or debossed artwork using hand cut shapes to create a relief in dampened paper.

The Interior Design department hosted a one day design sprint, working in groups to create proposals for a graphic window display. On the Stall City are a community interest company who will soon be moving from Norwich Market into a new premises, and students were working on proposals for their new window display.

Digital Fashion Symposium Photography by: Andi Sapey

The motherhood shoot was inspired by renaissance portrayals of the biblical figure Mary (the mother of Jesus). (‘The Sistine Madonna’ by Raphael being the biggest influence). The images show a mother and her child outlined with Greek biblical text quoting (Luke 1:42) ‘…Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.’ The Mother figure is an allegory for mothers who in this context symbolise ‘the beginning of life’. Renaissance art often romanticises relational characters, so I conceptualised the mother and child to replicate Raphael’s ‘The Sistine Madonna’ and other classic portrayals of the biblical figure in a renaissance-esque editorial style. Creative director, stylist, set designer – Noreen M H Photographer – Eleanor Bartltop Assistant – Samuel Ogunleye Makeup Artist – Mariogona Selimi Models – Noreen M H & Aletheia R H

Fashion Communication and Promotion BA (Hons)

Get set for a successful career in fashion marketing on Norwich’s BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion degree course.

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Fashion Digital World Symposium in the Duke Street Lecture Theatre

Fashion Marketing and Business BA (Hons)

Become a business strategist who understands the marketing mechanics behind big name and challenger brands on the catwalk and high street on Norwich’s BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Business degree course

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Combine your creative flair with the hands-on technical skills creative industry employers need, on our BSc (Hons) Creative Technology degree course

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Student work by Caroline Clarke. Large metal spirals on plinths which hide mechatronic devices that nudge and wiggle the spirals, giving them the impression of independant movement

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Develop your craft and hone your skills in purpose-built fine art studios on Norwich University of the Arts’ BA (Hons) Fine Art degree course.

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Develop your professional skills and personal style as you prepare for a career in the textile industry on Norwich’s BA (Hons) Textile Design degree course

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