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Magical Thinking

Dates: 26 June – 02 July 2016
Tutor(s): Simon Costin
Type of workshop: Set Design
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

This workshop will look for ways an individual’s creative process can be enhanced by the use of magical practises. Over the course of history, various groups and cultures have developed methods to gain control over natural forces. The workshop will explore some of these and then encourage participants to create an original object drawn from their personal history via magical means. Children often create things instinctively as a reaction to their experiences and dreams. Can we become children again and allow ourselves to create something instinctively, away from the strictures and rigours of design practise? We shall see…



Luke-Stephenson-PortraitSimon Costin was born in London and studied Theatre Design and History of Art at Wimbledon School of Art. Since leaving college in the mid 80’s, Simon has grown to become an internationally respected art director and set designer working with luxury brands and is renowned for the conceptually ambitious nature of his editorial and catwalk designs and his event conceptualising. Fashion clients include Lanvin, Hermès, Valentino, Gareth Pugh, Givenchy, Gucci, Stella McCartney, YSL, Maison Margiela, Matthew Williamson, Bulgari and Fabergé. Costin has worked with many of the world’s leading fashion photographers including Nick Knight, Tim Walker, Solve Sundsbo, Craig McDean, Liz Collins, Jurgen Teller, Paolo Roversi, Emma Summerton, Carter Smith, Phil Poynter, Mario Testino and Steven Klein.

Costin’s work has been displayed in many exhibitions, at venues as diverse as a forest in Argyll, the ICA in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

His life long passion for folklore has resulted in his launch of the Museum of British Folklore project. A long-term idea which aims to establish the UK’s first ever centre devoted to celebrating and researching the UK’s rich folkloric cultural heritage. He is also the director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall.