Kensington and Chelsea College’s art and design student Julien Papillon beat stiff competition from across the UK to feature in one of the most revered exhibitions in the glass industry.
The Contemporary Glass Society is renowned for representing glass at an international level and shines light on glass in the media and through the committee’s networks.
More than 70 entries were received for the online exhibition entitled: ‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity. The exhibition – which theme this year explores purity and ice – displays the best of contemporary glass through a variety of glass works, techniques and approaches.
The entries were shortlisted and juried by an esteemed panel of judges from the Contemporary Glass Society’s committee.
50 CGS members were selected to take part in the spectacular online glass exhibition, with Julien Papillon piece ‘Monsters Work’ earning him a respectable position in the online gallery. Commenting about his work, Julien Papillon said: “The word monster actually comes from the latin word ‘monstrare’. I wanted to challenge the idea that monsters are not always horrible creatures. I used the technique of fused glass and cold working, which is a process of polishing the glass. The finished piece took over 3 months to make.”
Speaking about studying the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, Julien Papillon added:
“You’ve got to take real ownership of your project. Each project is a meticulous process, so you have to be very organised and methodical in your approach. Our Tutor Maria Zulueta has expert technical knowledge and supports us through each stage.”
Julien also gave his advice to people that want to study the course:
“I recommend to anyone that wants to study glass, to have a project already in mind. The College has fantastic facilities, but to take full advantage of them you have to plan ahead.”
Julien has already successfully secured a job within a top London Glass Company and says he plans to continue to develop his own projects in the future.
‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity launched on the 5th of February and will be available to view online until the 28th February.
Date published: 12 February 2015