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Exploring the creative process - Christopher Kelly and Ilga Leimanis

Written by Kathy Coleman
Published date 11 June 2020

Industry creatives in art, fashion, set design and styling respectively, Christopher Kelly and Ilga Leimanis, delve into the cornerstones of what makes a successful creative project. Join Chris and Ilga as they explore what it takes to be successful in both art and fashion projects, from research to final outcome. Chris and Ilga will speak about the full project development process. What is research? Why is it crucial to the design process? Why are experimentation and play such essential tools in the creative process? This webinar will be followed by a live Q&A.

Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest. Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally. Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).

Christopher Kelly has worked as a fashion tutor within prestigious institutions including Liverpool John Moores and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, for the past 8 years. His tailored lessons are devised to extract each student’s instinctive talents and build a strong body of work. Chris's role as lecturer at CSM compliments his personal work, both worlds seamlessly feeding into each other. Christopher Kelly, his eponymous fashion label is an ever-evolving range encompassing fashion garments, accessories and millinery designs. Christopher has a diverse background in design; his experience in fashion, art direction, set design and prop making gives him a true understanding of the design process from concept to construction.

The webinar takes place on June 24, 12pm

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