It’s precisely what happened with RCA graduates Helen Kirkum, Marco Baitella, Woojung Jung and Juyeon Hong, who came for a visit in the beginning of 2015 while in their first year at the Royal College of Art. Together with tutor Flora McLean they spent an entire day (watch the video) in our archive exploring its treasures extensively. As a surprise, we had prepared a selection of portfolios from the over 70 RCA finalists we’ve had in the past, among which are names such as Aitor Throup, Justin Smith, Astrid Andersen, Heather Blake, Hanchul Lee, Mason Jung and Xiao Li. The following year Marco, Woojung and Helen applied and were selected for ITS ACCESSORIES, with Marco winning the ITS ARTWORK Award and Helen the ITS ACCESSORIES Award. They have all often underlined how important their visit to the archive was in convincing them they would do their best to be part of it someday, joining the ITS Family. The Archive itself gave them a tremendous determination to pursue their dream even more, using all their energies to reach their goal.
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