Press Release:
Cass Starters: A new resource for graduates piloted at The Cass, London Metropolitan University


Above: the first four Kickstarter campaigns launched by Cass Starters

On the 31st of October 2016, four recent graduates of The Cass, London Metropolitan University, will launch Cass Starters, a series of Kickstarter campaigns that are aimed at supporting graduates in developing their careers.

Cass Starters is a university-backed programme initiated by four graduates: Isabel Farchy, Nicholas Marschner, Ray Gonzalez Brown and Tim Summers, under the direction of 3D design studio leader and renowned designer Peter Marigold. The Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator, has also lent support to the pilot initiative.

It is hoped that the use of crowdfunding as a progressive business model, alongside the University’s valuable guidance and promotion, will create a new opportunity for future generations of students. It will also be an advantageous feature of The Cass community, with this initiative embedded into the University’s commitment to its students’ employability.


Above from top left: Test Cups, Cardboard Ceramics, Hooked and Wobbly Peyote

The four campaigns are:

  • Test Cups: a series of coat hooks and handles by Isabel Farchy
  • Cardboard Ceramics: corrugated ceramic cups by Ray GonzalezBrown
  • Hooked: a coat hook by Nicholas Marschner
  • Wobbly Peyote: a simple slot-together game of balance and skill by Tim Summers, who won a Heal’s Discovers 2016 award

Pledges will go towards creating the first batch of products and towards the students’ future career development. Ray Gonzalez Brown, for example, is planning to utilise the fund to buy a new kiln that will enable him to further his work as a ceramicist. In exchange for pledges, the backers will receive a piece of the designer’s work or a promotional item depending on the size of their investment.

Peter Marigold said: “Crowdfunding is an open door to young designers right on their doorsteps right now. I’m happy and proud that these four great designers are taking a risk in showing the entire world their work in this way, thus hopefully establishing a platform for future generations of graduates working in collaboration with the university.”

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The Cass

The Cass is the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of six schools within the University. The Cass teaches about 2000 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Architecture, Design Studio Practice, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Painting, Publishing Photography and Textiles. In 2017 the School will launch a new BA Design Studio Practice course aimed at educating commercially oriented and multi-disciplinary designers.

The School also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a School-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.