I sadly missed the Middlesex and Westminster illustration degree shows – the former because no one reminded or invited me (despite copious coverage previously), the latter because I went all the way there and the main gallery entrance was closed (appaz I should have gone through the main building which I have never done before). Bummer.
Still, on the bright side, I got an actual paper proper invite in the post!!! From the lovely students at Kingston University, who are adept at promoting their always brilliant shows, this one cheekily titled Call Me. If only all soon-to-be graduates were as on it. Thankyou folks, it’s always appreciated.
There were a lot of 3D illustrations on show, many emphasising the handmade. These city worker cutouts are by Josh Cole.
These endearing wooden people are by Hearin Kim.
Natalie Adkins had opted for the sewing needle, creating these humorous fabric couples for an animation project.
Alice Stewart exhibited embroidery inspired by the digital age, part of an interactive project where the object being made advances an online tutorial.
Mattress, rock formation or what? This strangely beautiful abstract work by Amy Stevens was actually inspired by a close study of the many layers that comprise the human skin. Very clever and provocative.
These colourful wooden sculptures are by Carmel Attia. What a great name!
Maddy Vian had collaged a fantastical landscape for this Adventure Artist.
This wonky house by Harriet Phillips is part of an app she has designed for children, based on a pigeon called Pidge. Where can I sign up? Snarfle will love this!
Sam Stobbart created this large scale lino cut of a long legged bird.
Jenny Lovlie’s hiker girl is Nora, the heroine in her children’s book.
China oddities by Jooyoung Ryu were arranged in a frame on the wall like curios of old.
Jack Smith‘s monkey bikini catalogue features another example of marvellous beasties, printed in awesome primaries.
Got ya! Fun prints by Stephanie Unger depict humans tackling scary animals… reiterated in ceramic versions.
Ji Young Estelle Woo painted an imaginary world on this plate, before shattering the illusion in real life.
Roofless by Jessica Tickle is a rhyming picture book for children about being homeless, featuring all sorts of engaging characters.
I super adored work by Assa Ariyoshi, who combines an 80s aesthetic with futurist curves and a lively colour palette to create a confident and humorous style all her own. If my google search is correct then Assa is also a successful model; so both beautiful and talented. Definitely one to watch.
I didn’t have time to watch the animations but I am looking forward to watching the videos at home; thank you for the DVD!
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