Talking fashion and performance with Battenberg-Cartwright

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Acclaimed art duo Battenberg-Cartwright shared their experience of working in the fields of art and fashion when they visited the University of Lincoln.

Described as a living conceptual piece and performance art duo, Nora and Paul Battenberg-Cartwright have showcased their work on some of the world’s biggest catwalks; including at the London, Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The couple, who married to demonstrate their artistic commitment to one another, work across various artistic disciplines, including lens-based work, performance and painting, as well as fashion design.

Battenberg-Cartwright as a label works to extend the bridge between art and fashion, taking used objects to transform them into creations for catwalks. The shows remain between the fashion and art worlds; placing materials as of secondary importance to concept.

On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2015, Battenberg-Cartwright presented to the University of Lincoln’s final year Fashion students on their industry success, methods of working and view of art and performance.

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The undergraduate Fashion students from the School of Fine & Performing Arts also discussed their own collections with the artists, and received from them a brief to create an object, wearable or otherwise, to showcase in a video, which will form part of their Professional Practice module.

Setting the brief, Battenberg-Cartwright said: “Try not to be so technical. Push your boundaries. Use unusual materials. Make it very quickly – or very slowly if you prefer – but above all things, be daring.

“The aim is not to create a typical ‘fashion video’, but something else altogether. Whatever it is, think outside the box and aim to create something totally new to your working practice.”

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Lincoln, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Battenberg-Cartwright to the University. It is vital for our students to understand that fashion is about more than just garments; it also incorporates art and performance, and Nora and Paul are perfectly placed to demonstrate how successful this combination can be.”

Before completing their MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London, Battenberg-Cartwright studied Fine Art in Worcester where they were taught by Lee Hassall, who is now a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln.

Creative Advertising Student picked by Adobe to Showcase Work


To mark the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most promising visual artists under the age of 25.

Designers from around the world have been invited to submit their Photoshop work to Behance using the tag #Ps25Under25, and Tom Watkins, a Creative Advertising student from the University of Lincoln, UK, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the future of the brand.

Tom, who is currently in his second year of undergraduate study at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, has a growing international reputation after winning the coveted Creative Jam at the Adobe Education Summit 2014.

From Monday 9th March, he will showcase his work via the Photoshop Instagram account (@Photoshop) for two weeks. From a specially commissioned design created to celebrate Adobe’s landmark anniversary, to images and videos taken while working in and around the University of Lincoln, Tom’s life as a young creative will be presented for the world to see.

Tom said: “I am delighted to have been selected as one of Adobe’s ’25 under 25’. It’s a really amazing opportunity to showcase my designs and the way in which I work on a day-to-day basis. Photoshop is one of the most recognised software brands in the world and its influence can be seen in almost all of the imagery that surrounds us – it is the go-to application for digital image manipulation – so to be working with such a prolific company is fantastic experience for me.”

Tom will be the second designer to present his work as part of the campaign, taking over from Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California.

Lex van den Berghe, senior product manager for digital imaging solutions at Adobe, said: “We’re looking for the most innovative, forward-looking work out there that will show the world what the next generation of Photoshop artists is made of. These 25 game changers will be from all parts of the world, and their art will represent their diverse cultures, life experiences, points of view and dreams…all brought to life with the help of Photoshop. In honour of our 25th year, each artist will be creating an original piece of art to celebrate the milestone, and over the course of the next year, they will each stage a two week takeover of our brand new Photoshop Instagram channel – sharing their story and their art with the world.”

Tom’s work will be showcased on the @Photoshop Instagram channel from Monday 9th March 2015.