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Annual DRAW FASHION competition winners announced

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Published date 12 June 2016

LCF and Cass Art came together once again for the annual DRAW FASHION competition, which celebrates the deeply analytical and emotional skills of drawing and fashion illustration.

This year’s judges were SHOWstudio‘s Bex Cassie, artist Stephen Doherty, spatial artist Johannes Daniel, fine artist Martha Zmpounou, LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration course leader, Sue Dray, plus the competition chair and founder Rob Phillips who were incredibly impressed by the range and standard of work.

The competition,  which was open to students across all LCF courses,  it encouraged participants to explore their design practice through observation, abstract thinking, traditional and digital drawing techniques.

On Wednesday evening, the Nicholls and Clark Building in Shoreditch – home to everything LCFBA16, was transformed into a drawing studio, with easels from the afternoon’s live drawing class and illustrations tacked to the wall by competition participants and students work.

Illustration by DRAW FASHION winner Thu Ha Khuat

Illustration by DRAW FASHION winner Thu Ha Khuat

Cass Art’s Mark Cass and Rob Phillips, presented the awards to the three winners. Thu Ha Khuat (Bennie) from BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting came in first place and was the overall winner of the prize of £500 cash from LCF and £500 of art materials from Cass Art.

The two runners up were Zoe Thomas from BA Fashion Textiles: Print and Andreas Bucher from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, who both won £250 cash from LCF and £250 art materials from Cass Art.

Illustration by DRAW FASHION runner up Zoe Thomas

Illustration by DRAW FASHION runner up Zoe Thomas

The Judges’ Commendation for Energy and Exuberance was Zoe Thomas. The Creative Director’s award for Contemporary Fashion Drawing that uses new technique, new thinking and challenges current modes was Andreas Bucher.

Illustration by DRAW FASHION runner up Andreas Bucher

Illustration by DRAW FASHION runner up Andreas Bucher

The judges extended their gratitude and congratulations to all this year’s entrants for achieving works of wonder and progression and energising and arousing their eyes. Rob Phillips said:

“This years LCF BA16 work is designed ‘by thinkers for thinkers’ – the artists work in DRAW FASHION personifies this mantra and underpins it with skills, techniques and the drive to explore the new.”

The winning students said:

“I can’t believe I won! I love drawing – it’s the way I express myself, I love watercolour – it moves and it’s something you can’t really control. For these illustrations, I used hot press paper so it’s smooth, quality paper which works well with water colour and I also used ink, marker and masking fluid. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my prize but I’m definitely going to go out to dinner with my friends and celebrate, and then I’ll be saving the rest to go towards my final collection”

Mark Cass said:

“We’re delighted to be celebrating the act of drawing with Draw Fashion because drawing really is at the core of all art-making. Here at Cass Art we strive to put a quality pen or pencil in the hands of everyone because we believe that drawing is integral to all the creative disciplines; any mark, line or sketch can be the start of something great.”