In talks with Scoop founder Karen RadleyFriday, 06 July 2012
How did this year's partnership with the RCA come about?
I knew Betty Jackson and Professor Wendy Dagworthy at the RCA and thought a collaboration could be of value to both parties.
The RCA’s school of material is newly founded why were you keen to work across many different disciplines?
Yes I am keen to work with textiles, fashion and ceramics as I believe they are all relevant to fashion and design. The exciting work of these innovative young professionals will bring a glimpse of future design talent to this prestigious international exhibition.
What changes are you hoping this will bring with it? And what developments are you hoping to implement?
By working with the RCA I am keen to promote and help UK and overseas MA talent. For the RCA’s graduating students this is an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to stage their designs in front of Europe’s premium UK and overseas buyers providing exposure to key retailers and press. I believe it is hugely important in supporting, the next generation of design talent and Scoop International is the right platform to provide visitors to the show a glimpse of the influencers of the future of design.
And how are you fitting in/collating graduates with the other selection of designers on show?
I am also working with the Flanders Fashion Institute from Antwerp and Ghent featuring two MA students from each college. They will be promoted in different areas of the gallery.
Image 1: graduate Alex Mullins
Image 2: graduate Hannah Morgan