Josh Rose – Class of August 2010
Josh always wanted to be an artist and work for himself. A year after completing the 8 week (now 12 week) Woodworking Skills course at the Academy Josh and a business partner started ‘This Way Up Studios‘ in Bristol. ‘This Way Up’ specialises in functional artworks including bespoke flat-pack furniture, chairs, wall-mountable tables and light boxes, combining art with utility. The table and chair Josh designed and built as part of the course was a preview of his future creative direction. ‘This Way Up Studios’ have grown, their tables grace the waterside in Bristol and the pavement in London. They collaborate with a range of people from architects to graffiti artists. In 2014 Josh and his girlfriend opened a shop and gallery ‘Love Your Plane‘ in Oxford. Now you can find some of Love Your Plane products in Tate gallery gift shops. In 2016, feeling that there were areas of knowledge and experience in design that he needed to further develop, Josh began a 2 year Furniture Design MA at Central Saint Martins with students from all around the world. Josh says “It’s very conceptual and I will be exploring my own furniture collection / concept over the two years.