Artists using Archives: University for the Creative Arts

Fine Art student Faith Cannon's collage using images from the Maidstone Archive

UCA Fine Art student Faith Cannon’s collage using images from the Maidstone Archive

Archivists at the University for the Creative Arts have been busy collating examples of how students and other artists have been using their archives and special collections for creative practice.

An exhibition by five UCA students. The images in the far right and on the screen are still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project, put up by Fine Art student Joanna Robinson, recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art.

An exhibition by five UCA students. The images in the far right and on the screen are still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project, put up by Fine Art student Joanna Robinson, recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art.

They have collated these case studies to form a Pinterest site. At the moment the site features an exhibition by five art students which uses still shots from the Maidstone Oral History Project recording memories of ex staff and students from the Maidstone College of Art. There are also images of UCA Fine Art student Faith Cannon’s collages using images from the Maidstone Archive (above).

See also UCA’s Archives and Special Collections blog. For more information about UCA’s holdings and contact details see their Archives and Special Collections website.

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We love the Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection project blog. Firstly, the Zandra Rhodes collection is fantastic and the blog really helps to show this off, but the blog also provides a unique and useful insight into the processes of archive cataloguing and providing online access, as well as the trivialities and potential problems that might occur when dealing with textiles and textile designs specifically.

Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection project

The photography of 500 garments has now been completed, and the project team is currently working on putting the Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection online!

1. Developing a trial version
The images and metadata have been uploaded to the private test website for VADS.  This initial version of the Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection has been tested in-house and several adjustments were made to the interface at this stage.  For example, we’ve doubled the default size of the thumbnail images on the search results pages, and a ‘zoom’ feature was also introduced for the Zandra Rhodes images.

2. Student interns provide their feedback
A student focus group was held at UCA’s Rochester campus in November, with student interns from BA Fashion Design and BA Fashion Textiles who have already assisted us with the photography and documentation stage of the project at Zandra Rhodes Studio in London.  The students were…

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