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‘The coat was made with latex offcuts’: the student designers making...

‘My boyfriend modelled this on the hottest day of the year’ Saffron Rutter, fashion, Kingston University This is my boyfriend, Fin, photographed in Wimbledon on the hottest day of the year so far – an unfortunate time to be wearing a non-breathable latex coat. My collection explores the relationship between fear and clothing, using sustainable materials.…

How crafts are merging custom with development

Jayne Childs wants to change the way we think about lace. “I’m challenging the perception of lace as just something we use for curtains,” she says. “Lace doesn’t have to be fusty and dusty. It can be something we wear in the 21st century – something that’s embedded in a tradition, but also looking forward.…
The Guardian view on liberal arts degrees: art for society’s sake|Editorial

The Guardian view on liberal arts degrees: art for society’s sake|Editorial

The number of students studying languages, including English, at British universities fell by 35% in the decade to 2017; history and philosophy saw a reduction of 21%. While some humanities subjects have seen increases – art and design, for example, is 6% up – these are tiny compared to huge rises in the numbers studying…

An increase in apprenticeship earnings is appealing those postponed by tuition...

Apprentices don’t pay a penny for their training and get paid while they learn, which means that, unlike university students, they have no debts to repay when they finish studying. So if you become an apprentice, who pays for your courses? Skilled workers are of such importance to the economy that the government and employers…

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