Marie Alberto - BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction
Marie Alberto is currently exploring several creative avenues in her course. One of her major projects and achievements has been to create a collection of interactive braille books aimed at the visually impaired.
How would you describe your practice (e.g. are you a photographer, designer, illustrator etc)?
I have no particular practice. I try to explore a wide spectrum of creative fields including photography, painting, film-making, drawing and book design.
Where are you from in the world?
I come from Paris, France but I'm also Filipina.
Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?
There were several reasons why I chose to study at LCC. Firstly, I studied fine arts at La Sorbonne Paris 1 for a year. Then I decided to take a gap year and work as an au pair in London. Moving to London was a huge step as was studying here. As a fine art student I thought it would be great for me to learn how to collaborate, delegate, lead teams of creatives and throughout the process unfold my own vision.
Secondly, my Course Leader Tara Langford inspired me through her confidence and straightforwardness.
Finally, the fact that industry specific artists, photographers, graphic designers and art directors are invited almost every week to join classes creates good opportunities.
What was your first impression of LCC when you joined?
Hard work starts now!
And what’s your favourite thing about LCC now?
The library, especially the silent zone, and for experimentation the third floor workshops. This is where I spend most of my time.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on through your course so far?
The first project of the course completely pushed me out of my comfort zone. We had to make a printed and bound publication inspired by listed and chosen books. My one was ‘On Photography’ by Susan Sontag.
I decided to create a collection of interactive braille books controlled by touch. I worked on a translation of erotica into a sensual and poetical haptic. Braille has been designed for people who are visually impaired. What I learnt from it is to not judge but rather to be able to understand our surroundings and experiences.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
EXHAUST both the facilities as well as the technicians who are there to help you, give advice and show you how to make your projects captivating. Do not rely too much on people to do things for you. Start working hard from the first year on. Listen to others opinions but do not take it to the heart.
The only competitor you will have is yourself, others will be your collaborators.
Trust your instinct, do not underestimate your ideas, do not give up, believe in yourself and above all, believe that you can.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Multi-cultural, warm-hearted and family-oriented.
Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?
My projects mostly embody meticulosity, subtleness and thoughtfulness, with almost a certain fragility using delicate paper and materials.
My main ‘goal’ is to get the viewer involved in a sort of way that they would patiently uses time to interact, contemplate or even meditate while viewing my work.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
A cup of coffee, research and my skin-toned pen.
If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to work on?
I’d love to collaborate with Alexander Wang because of his fashion campaigns as well as his personality. He seems to be very thoughtful, clever and fresh.
How have you found living in London, and where’s your favourite place to explore?
I enjoy London, it is always moving, changing and evolving. The best things for me are the random walks between Soho and Covent Garden where you can discover pop up shops and independent clothing boutiques.
What are you hoping to achieve after you graduate?
I want to work for one of the big agencies as an Art Director. Where in the world? I don’t know yet. If an opportunity does not exist, create it. If an idea does not exist, create it. Do not wait.