Amelia’s Magazine | New Designers 2012 Craft, Ceramic, Glass and Designer Maker Graduates: part one

New Designers part one 2012 -Sophie Walker
At Hereford College of Arts the standard of craft design was high as always, with some beautifully original designs. Sophie Walker‘s woodcarved sculptures opened to reveal small stash spaces.

New Designers part one 2012 -Christopher Lawley
Collapsed wood stump pottery from Christopher Lawley was actually inspired by corroding metal objects.

New Designers part one 2012 -Fred Suffield
Fred Suffield showcased his blacksmithing skills in these spiky sculptures.

Katerina Christou
At Nottingham Trent University I loved these blown glass skittles by Katerina Christou.

New Designers part one 2012 -Rebecca Symons
New Designers part one 2012 -Rebecca Symons
New Designers part one 2012 -Rebecca Symons
Loved these strange potted porcelain shapes by Rebecca Symons, which were inspired by amulets carried for supernatural protection: gnarled and tumbling pots spilled golden flowers.

New Designers part one 2012 -Jade Hughes
Scattered colours in these variegated pots by Jade Hughes.

New Designers part one 2012 -Dawn van Gerven
At University of Wolverhampton this pottery by Dawn van Gerven resembled toffee honeycomb.

New Designers part one 2012 -Holly Harkin
Holly Harkin‘s nobbled glass rolled on misshapen bases in sweet shop colours.

New Designers part one 2012 -Remy Dubibe
Amazing necklace art by Remy Dubibe at Central Saint Martins.

New Designers part one 2012 -Yasmin Houghton Glasier
Gigantic petal platters were made by Yasmin Houghton Glasier for Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

New Designers part one 2012 -Anna Krengel
Blue lidded urns by Anna Krengel commemorated Joan Tindall.

New Designers part one 2012 -Catherine Russell
At UCA Farnham I was immediately pulled towards an incredible display of ceramic babygros patterned with war imagery by Catherine Russell.

New Designers part one 2012 -Freya Anderson
At Bucks New University Freya Anderson took the protests of the past year as inspiration for this installation of ceramic security cameras.

New Designers part one 2012 -Sylia Panayiotidou
At Camberwell College of Art Sylia Panayiotidou created this glowing 3D artwork.

New Designers part one 2012 -Melissa J Vogel
Uneven bases were something of a theme: rolling basins from Melissa J Vogel contained slabs of coloured glass like hardened globs of sugar sweets. Her work was inspired by ‘dead zones’ in today’s ocean.

New Designers part one 2012 -Natalia Kukiel
New Designers part one 2012 -Natalia Kukiel
Characterful embroidered bears by Natalia Kukiel.

Natalie Sampson
A lot of fun: paint roller lights with interchangeable designs by Natalie Sampson at UCA Rochester.

More fabulous crafting talent coming up soon… here’s my second blog about the best designer makers at New Designers 2012.

Categories ,2012, ,Anna Krengel, ,Bankers of the Universe, ,Bucks New University, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Cassandra Pittaway, ,Catherine Russell, ,Central Saint Martins, ,ceramics, ,Chelsea Pink, ,Christopher Lawley, ,craft, ,Dawn van Gerven, ,Debbie Howard, ,Flux, ,Fred Suffield, ,Freya Anderson, ,Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, ,Heather Anderson, ,Hereford College of Arts, ,Holly Harkin, ,Jade Hughes, ,Joan Tindall, ,Judith Hammond, ,Kate Bell, ,Katerina Christou, ,Laura Beer, ,Melissa J Vogel, ,Natalia Kukiel, ,Natalie Sampson, ,New Designers, ,Nicola Brand, ,Nottingham Trent University, ,Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, ,Pottery, ,Rebecca Symons, ,Remy Dubibe, ,review, ,Sophie Walker, ,Staffordshire University, ,Stoke-on-Trent, ,Sylia Panayiotidou, ,The Star Sculpture Series, ,Tunbridge Wells Hospital, ,UCA Farnham, ,UCA Rochester, ,University College Falmouth, ,Yasmin Houghton Glasier

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Amelia’s Magazine | New Designers 2012 Craft, Ceramic, Glass and Designer Maker Graduates: part two

New Designers part one 2012 -Isobelle Ancient
Following on from my first look at the best designer makers at this year’s New Designers, here, in no particular order, are more interesting creations that I found. At Bath Spa University small creatures by Isobelle Ancient were inspired by folk art and vintage toys.

New Designers part one 2012 -Nicola Brand
At Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen Nicola Brand created knitted dolls inspired by Steampunk.

New Designers part one 2012 -Kate Bell
Kate Bell placed her spooky creations together with found objects on plinths.

New Designers part one 2012 -Judith Hammond
At Oxford & Cherwell Valley College I was drawn towards these intricately patterned plastic bags, which had been upcycled into dresses by Judith Hammond.

New Designers part one 2012 -Heather Anderson
Wonderful quilting by Heather Anderson, who loves to combine illustration with fabric manipulation.

New Designers part one 2012 -Debbie Howard
New Designers part one 2012 -Debbie Howard
New Designers part one 2012 -Debbie Howard
I absolutely adored these little ceramic vignettes and bird boxes by Debbie Howard.

New Designers part one 2012 -Flux
New Designers part one 2012 -Flux
Gorgeous indigo blue and gilded pottery from Flux, a commercial project exploring the qualities of fine bone china by MA graduates at Staffordshire University. Want the whole set!

New Designers part one 2012 -Falmouth Bankers of the Universe
New Designers part one 2012 -Falmouth Bankers of the Universe
At University College Falmouth Bankers of the Universe took inspiration from pointless consumption and the current economic climate. ‘Grow monstrously wealthy disregard the plebeians and become the envy of all your friends, with this completely non-functional, over-sized and expensive Bankers of the Universe action figure.’

New Designers part one 2012 -Laura Beer
The Star Sculpture Series by Laura Beer.

New Designers part one 2012 -Hayley Dix
At One Year On I liked these wire animal sculptures by Hayley Dix.

New Designers part one 2012 -Cabbage is King
Curious miniature sculptures by Cabbage is King.

New Designers part one 2012 -Gin Durham
New Designers part one 2012 -Gin Durham
Gin Durham‘s playful ceramic sculptures took inspiration from traditional kid’s toys. Just fabulous…

In my final round up from New Designers 2012 part one I’ll be looking at jewellery.

Categories ,2012, ,Anna Krengel, ,Bankers of the Universe, ,Bucks New University, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Cassandra Pittaway, ,Catherine Russell, ,Central Saint Martins, ,ceramics, ,Chelsea Pink, ,Christopher Lawley, ,craft, ,Dawn van Gerven, ,Debbie Howard, ,Flux, ,Fred Suffield, ,Freya Anderson, ,Glass, ,graduate, ,Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, ,Heather Anderson, ,Hereford College of Arts, ,Holly Harkin, ,Jade Hughes, ,Joan Tindall, ,Judith Hammond, ,Kate Bell, ,Katerina Christou, ,Laura Beer, ,Melissa J Vogel, ,Natalia Kukiel, ,Natalie Sampson, ,New Designers, ,Nicola Brand, ,Nottingham Trent University, ,Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, ,Pottery, ,Rebecca Symons, ,Remy Dubibe, ,review, ,Sophie Walker, ,Staffordshire University, ,Stoke-on-Trent, ,Sylia Panayiotidou, ,The Star Sculpture Series, ,Tunbridge Wells Hospital, ,UCA Farnham, ,UCA Rochester, ,University College Falmouth, ,Yasmin Houghton Glasier

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Amelia’s Magazine | New Designers 2013 Product Design Review: The Best Product Designers and More

Elizabeth Roberts product design
To round off my coverage of New Designers I’m going to introduce my random top selections from the product design colleges, as well as some stray surface design and some ace work from the One Year On room. Firstly, Lizzy Roberts at Camberwell College of Art was inspired by ways in which lives can be improved. She calls these curious objects Theraputty, and they are designed for use in Occupational Therapy to help those with poor dexterity to improve strength.

Liv Stevens Pocket shelf
I like the concept of a Pocket Shelf, by Liv Stevens – store all your unsightly stuff and save the surface for cherished objects.

Rosie Holman Cardiff School of Art
It seems odd that Cardiff School of Art and Design chose to show work by their surface pattern designers at part two of New Designers, but they must have had their reasons. Tucked away at the back of a room full of architectural models I discovered some lovely displays. Rosie Holman used a mid century colour palette to hand stamp a mix of organic designs inspired by the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford.

Louise Webber Cardiff School of Art
I loved Louise Webber‘s laser cut wood inlays featuring animals and plant life, but sadly you’ll have to make do with one slightly out of focus photo, as I can’t find her work anywhere online.

Joanne King Cardiff school of art
Joanne King was inspired by the Art Deco period in her creation of fabrics and wallpaper in a variety of textures, including silks and rich velvet. She envisages these designs in commercial interiors such as hotels and bars.

Lulu & Luca
Over in the One Year On room it was nice to see a familiar display of simple yet elegant textiles designs from Lulu & Luca, who were last spotted in Spitalfields Market.

Decorative lampshades by Josie Shenoy in #oneyearon
These decorative lampshades are by Josie Shenoy, who applies her delicate mirrored illustrations to a host of interiors and stationary products.

Katherina Manolessou hedgehog gardening bakers dozen
I spotted this print of a hedgehog mowing the lawn by Katherina Manolessou at the AOI stand; it was created as part of a project called Baker’s Dozen.

Pot handles by Aidan Blaik at edinburgh napier - productdesign
I’m not one to obsess over the small aspects of kitchenware design, but I can’t resist this exploration of pot handles by Aidan Blaik at Edinburgh Napier.

recycled glass lights from Brenda Curry at birmingham city
And I love these recycled glass lights from Brenda Curry at Birmingham City University.

Patchwork quilt by Joshua Barnes of Brighton
This patchwork quilt comes with an integrated app to help children in hospital, by Joshua Barnes of Brighton University.

Eloisa Henderson-Figueroa
Also at Brighton, product designer Eloisa Henderson-Figueroa had created an intriguing steel tree with magnetic balls, to be added and removed with children to initiate conversation.

ceramics by Alex Allday at loughborough uni
And finally, to round off my reviews of the 2013 New Designers shows, these pretty patterned ceramics by Alex Allday at Loughborough University are clearly inspired by the intricate designs of plant cells.

Here’s hoping many of the designers that I have discovered go on to long and illustrious creative careers!

Categories ,2013, ,Aidan Blaik, ,Alex Allday, ,AOI, ,Art Deco, ,Baker’s Dozen, ,Birmingham City University, ,Brenda Curry, ,Brighton University, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Camberwell College of Arts, ,Cardiff School of Art and Design, ,Edinburgh Napier, ,Eloisa Henderson-Figueroa, ,Joanne King, ,Joshua Barnes, ,Josie Shenoy, ,Katherina Manolessou, ,Liv Stevens, ,Lizzy Roberts, ,Loughborough University, ,Louise Webber, ,Lulu & Luca, ,New Designers, ,One Year On, ,Pitt Rivers, ,Pocket Shelf, ,Product Design, ,review, ,Spitalfields Market, ,surface design, ,Theraputty

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Amelia’s Magazine | Rock Paper Scissors: Camberwell College of Arts Illustration Graduate Show 2015

Anna Skeels
My final review of the graduate illustrations shows is for Rock Paper Scissors, the stand alone show of Camberwell College of Art students held at Hoxton Arches last week. Lovely loose painterly pieces (above) from Anna Skeels were inspired by a Tove Jannson short story called The Woman Who Borrowed Memories.

Joseph Killick
This strange animal is by Joseph Killick, for a project based on the John Tradescants, Lambeth collectors of rare oddities.

Percy Edgeler
Percie Edgeler made abstract collaged patterns to go with a zine project.

Katt Hardy
I absolutely loved this decorative ‘Story Screen‘ by Katt Hardy, who applies her illustrative skills to interior design.

Alex Gamsu Jenkins 2
Alex Gamsu Jenkins
This crop is part of a vast tableaux featuring life in Croydon and Penge, an astonishing and oddly beautiful work by Alex Gamsu Jenkins, whose work I would love to see submitted for my brand new colouring book open brief.

Nana Takeuchi
Nana Takeuchi 2
Nana Takeuchi 3
Nana Takeuchi presented beautifully drawn tribal costumes and pot creatures.

Hayley Ford
Hayley Ford 2

Finally, these Jurassic era papermâché dinosaurs in neon colours by Hayley Ford attracted loads of likes when I posted them on instagram. What fun!

All of these images first appeared on my own my instagram feed: follow me there to catch my discoveries as I make them!

Categories ,2015, ,Alex Gamsu Jenkins, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Camberwell College of Arts, ,Croydon, ,Graduate Show, ,Hayley Ford, ,Hoxton, ,Hoxton Arches, ,illustration, ,John Tradescants, ,Joseph Killick, ,Katt Hardy, ,Nana Takeuchi, ,Penge, ,Percie Edgeler, ,review, ,Rock Paper Scissors, ,Story Screen, ,The Woman Who Borrowed Memories, ,Tove Jannson

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Amelia’s Magazine | Sister Like You by Bellykids at Lik + Neon

Sister Like You by Ellie Andrews

Sister Like You front cover by Ellie Andrews.

Sister Like You is the new book from cult indie publishers Belly Kids, featuring illustrations and stories about some of the fiercest women rulers in Ancient History, from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I. Most of the illustrations have been created by awesome female illustrators and are accompanied with text by Jade Coles. The book comes in an A5 format of over 50 Pages, Perfect Bound. To celebrate the launch last week at LIK + NEON just off Brick Lane, Belly Kids have printed up a selection of illustrations from the book as beautiful A3 and A2 prints, which you can now view on the walls and in the window of the shop, until 8th June 2014.

Sister Like You, Queen Elizabeth 2 by Ana Galvan

Queen Elizabeth II by Ana Galvan.

Jade Coles writes – “For the past 5 years I have been a performer in riot grrl all female punk choir GAGGLE. We have been lucky enough to tour all around the UK and Europe. I joined whilst studying fine art at Wimbledon School of Art, where my ideals of Feminism were being formed. Gaggle were asked to re write 5 sections of a mostly forgotten opera called ‘The Brilliant and the Dark‘ in which 1000 female volunteers performed the history of women in the Royal Albert Hall and it got me thinking on how such important facts could drift from history, losing significance. I started to research at the Womens Library at the London Met… and I couldn’t believe how much female history was crammed into the one tiny space!

Sister Like You, Queen Njinga Mbande by Charlotte Trounce

Queen Njinga Mbande by Charlotte Trounce.

Mike Coley of Belly Kids says “Belly Kids make a habit of revitalising Ancient stories, having released a book about the Egyptian God Osiris last year. Together we looked at the story of 9 female rulers, some you’ll have heard of and some you won’t know of at all. We reveal all the scandal and the gossip, taking the stories from the dull pages of history textbooks and, hopefully, bringing them to life in a humorous and fun way!

Enjoy our selection of work by some of the featured artists:

Ellie Andrews (at top) is a freelance artist and illustrator, who has also exhibited her vibrant work with Beach London.

Ana Galvan (above) is a freelance illustrator living and working in Madrid. She has a great range of editorial credits to her name including Wired magazine, Gestalten, Archive, Nobrow, to name a few.

Charlotte Trounce (also above) is a freelance illustrator living in London. She has worked for notable clients including The New York Times, M&C Saatchi, Anorak Magazine, Wrap Magazine to name a few.

Sister Like You, Catherine the Great by Alice Tye

Catherine the Great by Alice Tye.

Alice Tye is a recent graduate of the brilliant BA Illustration degree course at Camberwell College of Art and her work is influenced by modernist architecture and films. Alice is a member of Olio Studio.

Sister Like You, Queen Zenobia by Kaye Blegvad

Queen Zenobia by Kaye Blegvad.

Kaye Blegvad is an illustrator, designer, and general maker-of-things. She was born & raised in London, studied illustration at the University of Brighton, and since then has lived between London and Brooklyn.

Sister Like You, Queen Christina Portrait by Brigid Deacon

Queen Christina by Brigid Deacon.

Brigid Deacon is a comic artist and illustrator currently living in South-East London, interested in collaborations, commissions, print & play.

Other artists featured in the book include Donya Todd, Greg Kletsel, Molly Askey-Goldbury and Bradford Haubrich.

View the Sister Like You prints at Lik + Neon until 8th June at LIK + NEON 106 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR.

Categories ,Alice Tye, ,Ana Galvan, ,Beach London, ,Belly Kids, ,Bradford Haubrich, ,Brick Lane, ,Brigid Deacon, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Charlotte Trounce, ,Cleopatra, ,Donya Todd, ,Elizabeth I, ,Ellie Andrews, ,Female Warriors, ,feminism, ,gaggle, ,Greg Kletsel, ,illustration, ,Jade Coles, ,Kaye Blegvad, ,LIK + NEON, ,Madrid, ,Mike Coley, ,Molly Askey-Goldbury, ,Olio Studio, ,Osiris, ,Queen Christina, ,Queen Njinga Mbande, ,Queen Zenobia, ,Sister Like You, ,The Brilliant and the Dark, ,University of Brighton, ,Wimbledon School of Art

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Amelia’s Magazine | Meet Karin Soderquist: Featured Artist from That Which We Do Not Understand

K Soderquist - The Magicians Assistant
Karin Soderquist studied at Camberwell College of Art and first captured my attention at her 2011 graduate show. She is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden, has contributed to numerous exhibitions and publications, and is a member of Bat Country Collective with Emma Farrarons. The Magician’s Assistant was guided by a subconscious instinct to make an image with a little bit of magic. ‘As I started working on the image the woman turned into a cyclops. I added more details such as the pigeon, the gloves and the apple, but the final question remains: who’s the magician and who’s the assistant?

K Soderquist - Mermaid
Your artwork is the result of a conversation with your subconscious… is this a common way for you to work and if not why were you inspired to work in this way?
When working on illustration commissions there are usually a lot of planning before sitting down and actually making the illustration. You have to send sketches and roughs to the client to show them your idea so that they can say if they like it or not. Therefore, when working on personal projects, I sometimes like to take a different approach where I don’t plan ahead as much. I usually start out with just a rough idea of what I want to do and start drawing. I find it a very relaxing way of working. That’s how I created my submission for That Which We Do Not Understand. And I felt like letting my subconscious guide me was very much in keeping with the theme of the brief.

K Soderquist - Dancing Cats
How do you put your illustrations together?
Over the past couple of years I’ve developed a way of working that I really enjoy. I start off by drawing the image out in pencil. Then I cut out all the pieces of the image in coloured paper, scan them and reassemble them in Photoshop where I add the colours. I like the hand made feel that working with paper and scissors gives the illustrations and finishing the work digitally gives me a lot of freedom to play around with colours and composition.

K Soderquist - Akademikern
You have done a lot of work for Akademikern, what kind of magazine is this?
It’s a magazine for the members of the union SSR. It’s for people who’s studied HR, economics and behavioral sciences etc. It’s always a lot fun getting commissioned by them, the art director and the editor are great to work with and the articles are always interesting to read. I love the challenges that doing editorial illustration can bring!

K Soderquist - sexy pastries
I adore your Lets Fika pastry images… can you tell us more about the deserts featured? what is your favourite?
They’re all traditional Swedish pastries, I did them for an exhibition at the swedish cafe Fika on Brick Lane about two years ago. It’s a chocolate ball, a princess cake, a semla and a cinnamon bun. I made them into pin-ups to add a bit of swedish sin. My favourite Swedish pastry is actually not included. It’s called a Dammsugare (which means vacuum cleaner) or Punchrulle. It’s flavoured with arrack and covered in bright green marzipan, yummy!

K Soderquist -Atomic Love
Why did you decide to study in the UK?
I wanted an adventure and I’d been daydreaming of living in a big city for a while, so studying was a good excuse to move there! It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. After about four years I got home sick and moved back to Sweden but now I feel home sick for London!

K Soderquist - Marie
I first came across your work at your graduate show, what is the most important thing you have learnt about working in illustration since leaving uni?
Everything, haha! In hindsight I think there are a lot of really important things you don’t learn at art school (at least not on the course I did). I’m still figuring a lot of stuff out. But I think the most important thing I’ve learnt is how to work quickly and how to make an illustration I’m happy with in a couple of days or sometimes a couple of hours!

K Soderquist - Freak Fruits
You can read more about Karin’s work here and buy her fabulous gold leaf art print on my Kickstarter campaign page here.

Categories ,#TWWDNU, ,Akademikern, ,Bat Country Collective, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Dammsugare, ,Emma Farrarons, ,Fika, ,illustration, ,illustrator, ,interview, ,Karin Söderquist, ,Kickstarter, ,Punchrulle, ,stockholm, ,Swedish, ,That Which We Do Not Understand

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Amelia’s Magazine | Meet Lindsay Lombard: Featured Artist from That Which We Do Not Understand

Lindsay Lombard uses graphite pencils to create delicate illustrations; she then scans her drawings and applies coloured digital elements. Crystals was inspired by the power of crystals. ‘I wanted to develop a structure within the piece, to channel the idea of an energy grid which is a technique used to create a healing energy with the stones. And in the same way that different areas of the body would have a crystal placed upon it, I wanted the colour in the piece to be quite spaced and represent these different areas.’

You chose crystals as your theme, what is your relationship to using crystals in healing?
Crystals have always fascinated me in their structure, they’re such a natural and raw beauty. I like the idea of creating a positive energy around yourself, people will always face hard times in their life and everyone needs to find the best way of finding their way through them.

Lindsay Lombard_crystal
What kind of crystals did you use as the basis for your drawings, and where did you source them from?
I went to the Natural History Museum and did some sketches noting how the light was balanced over the surfaces and the different textures. I mainly looked at the quartz as I like the impurities in the stone, and the varying colours and shades that they form in. I then recreated these in more detail at home.

Lindsay Lombard_Fall
I love the way you build up your images, what is it that keeps you coming back to simple pencil drawings?
Light and shadows have been a big focus in my recent work, and I find pencil is such a natural way to portray this. It’s not the permanence of pen or paint that I dislike, as I rarely use an eraser, but more the restriction I come against when I use it, I find pencil such a changeable material and I love the detail it allows me to implement in my work.

Lindsay Lombard_Backpack
Who have been your recent clients and how did you hook up with them?
The last couple have been friends of a friend, I did a logo design for a brewery – I worked in quite a different style for this by working digitally but it was a fun challenge. I enjoyed the commission I did for Cent magazine last year, it was in response to a short story and I found it an interesting and thought provoking project, I think they found me through my degree show.

Lindsay Lombard_Diver
What kind of projects do you enjoy working on the most and why?
I still really enjoy my self directed projects, I like to think I’m good at developing an idea and seeing it through to completion. I like working on big pieces the most, ones like the illustration I created for Amelia’s TWWDNU which is made up of lots of different components, so it allows me to put a great amount of detail into each part and it’s exciting watching it all come together.

Lindsay Lombard_Leather
Where did you study, when did you graduate and what was the most important thing you learnt?
I studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art, part of University of the Arts London, and graduated in 2013. I think one of the main things I learnt was to be true to yourself, it’s easy to get distracted by what everyone else is doing, and whilst there is a huge benefit in having so much creativity around to influence you, there are times when it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Another important step was learning how to implement colour into my work, and developing an eye for the colours that work well together.

Lindsay Lombard_Hands
What are you most looking forward to working on in the near future?
I’m working on some projects at the moment which hopefully I’ll get printed with the possibility of putting out for sale, depending on how quickly I finish it before the new year. After the New Year, I’m going to push looking for some editorial work – I enjoy responding to a narrative and the challenge of recreating it.

Find out more about how Lindsay created her illustration here and grab a beautiful limited edition Crystals print over on the Kickstarter campaign before it ends. 50% of profits go to the artist. 

Categories ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Cent Magazine, ,Crystals, ,illustration, ,illustrator, ,interview, ,Lindsay Lombard, ,natural history museum, ,TWWDNU. That Which We Do Not Understand

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Amelia’s Magazine | An interview with Tiffany Baxter: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Tiffany Baxter 6
Recently graduated illustrator Tiffany Baxter contributes a whirling dervish of an image inspired by the Saint Vitus Dance of the medieval period, full of fanciful characters in colourful clothing.

Tiffany spreadsmall
Why did you decide to illustrate the St Vitus Dance for the colouring book and what is happening in your picture?
It was a subject I’d heard briefly about when researching witchcraft and I found it fascinating so looked into it more. Even though now it’s thought to be a mass psychogenic illness, beyond that there doesn’t seem to be any idea about what caused it. Historical imagery shows people affected by mania but in my portrayal I suppose I tried to demonstrate what could be going on from the point of view of the dancers themselves. As with most odd phenomena back then, it was frequently thought to be demons or magic forces behind it all so that was the angle I was going for – a happy but insidious trance.

Tiffany Baxter photo
How did you create the piece and what is your most used art material?
I started out sketching thumbnails and rough ideas in my sketch book but then the whole piece was actually drawn in Photoshop with a Cintiq tablet. Most used would be Photoshop for digital work or with traditional media I’ve most used a brush pen and a magic pencil lately!

Tiffany Baxter 7
How do you research the mystical and esoteric for your artwork?
It will sound rather boring I suppose but mainly it’s just a whole lot of reading! London has a few specialist bookstores where I’ve managed to find loads of interesting books that you wouldn’t really find anywhere else unless you really knew exactly what you wanted.

Tiffany Baxter 8
Which bit of history is your favourite, why, and how has this influenced your work?
That’s a surprisingly tough question! I much prefer the personal side of history as opposed to hard facts of wars etc, how people actually lived is so captivating, what was different but also the same. Also the mystery of it, my current interest has been in early British history, of which there is so much we don’t know because early Britons had no written record, so a lot is left to the imagination. As for its influence, I’m always world building and thinking of my own characters and the past is a great point of inspiration in making something simultaneously familiar but strange, even on just a design level.

Tiffany Baxter 3
Where is the best place for people watching… and drawing?
Usually on the train or tube. People are still for long enough to draw them, though you have to be a bit sneaky about it so they don’t think you’re strange.

Tiffany Baxter 2
How does a combination of the classics and video games influence your work?
With classics it’s more that, they’re classic for a reason, they’re ultimately just good stories that absorb readers into caring about the characters. Additionally video games as well as often having beautiful character/world design are so unique among media in that they’re on the border between being a passive and an active experience. You can create something that really touches the audience in an entirely different way than say a book or television; as the players have a say in the outcome and I think that’s really special. So in short I suppose, storytelling is what has really influenced my work.

tiffany baxter-willhouse
Can you tell us more about your recent project for the BBC?
It was part of a live brief as part of my university course, and myself and a few of my peers were chosen to continue on with the project. It was for a BBC2 documentary following families through generations from the Victorian era through to present day that has yet to air – they needed drawings to then be animated for zoetrope scenes. It was really fun working with the team as well as just learning the stories of these people and being able to represent them even in a small way.

tiffany baxter-waldahouses
Since you’ve graduated you are now between London and Milton Keynes, is there any exciting art happening in your home town that we should know about?
I’m slightly ashamed to say I’m rather out of the loop with the local art scene after being in London for so long, so I only know a few illustrators and of course the local art gallery. It would be nice to see art flourish here though, especially as Milton Keynes doesn’t always necessarily have the best reputation in that regard I don’t think!

tiffany baxter-Upholsterer+mockup
Where and when can people see your upcoming group exhibition?
The exhibition is called Veneficus and is at Treadwell’s Books on Store Street in London from the 23rd October through to the 30th. The Facebook event is here if you want to check it out!

tiffany baxter -fka twigs
Tiffany is joined by her fellow Camberwell graduate Percie Edgeler in Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, interview coming soon.

Categories ,Adult Coloring Book, ,Adult Colouring, ,Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, ,Camberwell College of Art, ,Cintiq tablet, ,Coloring, ,Coloring Book, ,Colouring Book, ,interview, ,Milton Keynes, ,St Vitus Dance, ,Tiffany Baxter, ,Trance, ,Treadwell’s Books, ,Veneficus

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Amelia’s Magazine | Camberwell College of Art MA Illustration 2014 Final Show Review

Camberwell MA Illustration Jady Ong 1

Illustration by Jady Ong

Earlier in July I headed to Camberwell College of Art on Peckham Road to take a look at the MA Illustration Final Show. I admired and enjoyed the fact that the students from this postgraduate programme had created a custom website and twitter account specifically for the show. I also loved their simple but striking logo design for the show which had also been made into stickers and placed on the floors of corridors and steps of staircases in the college building to guide the visitor to their work. Here is a selection of the work which most took my fancy and also provided inspiration for my own illustrating practice.

Camberwell MA Illustration Jady Ong

I truly enjoyed Jady Ong’s large black and white pieces depicting figures with animal heads in dreamy narrative scenes, but totally fell in love with her sketchbook. In it I found much simpler, but gorgeously effective, collages of anthropomorphized animals which spoke straight to my collage-loving heart.


There was something in Marja de Sanctis’ illustrations which brought to mind Frida Khalo’s work. I loved her version of The Mona Lisa.

Camberwell MA Illustration Linlin Cui 4

The next group of works which I found mesmerising were Linlin Cui’sFalling Women‘. These women float in greenish waters, as if in a cosmic liquid womb, with their umbilical cords still attached to their bellies, connecting them perhaps to their essential human nature, before all the subsequent add-ons.

Camberwell MA Illustration Fox by David Surman

I thought this stunning, also floating, Fox by David Surman totally stole the show in that particular room of the exhibition. It is part of a series of illustrations to accompany Christina Rosetti’s classic poem ‘The Goblin Market‘.

Camberwell MA Illustration Marina Muun

Among the course graduates was Amelia’s Magazine contributor Marina Muun. The series of works produced for the show is called ‘Horizons‘ and is ‘centered around perception of external stimuli and the ability to match visions and experiences to a deeper knowledge within‘.

Camberwell MA Illustration Augusta Akerman

I liked how Augusta Akerman’s elegant repeat patterns for textiles or wallpaper, such as ‘The Salmon Run‘, explore cycles within the animal kingdom and often raise awareness around endangered species. A few of her patterns are also inspired by David Attenborough’sLife on Earth‘ series, which I am also a big fan of!

Camberwell MA Illustration Hyojin Hwang

South Korean Hyojin Hwang is interested in the relationship between plants, buildings and people and merges them together in powerful compositions such as this.

Camberwell MA Illustration emily nash

This book by Emily Nash contained a plethora of fascinating narrative scenes inspired by folk tales and current affairs.

Camberwell MA Illustration Eleanor Percival

I loved this image by Eleanor Percival, whose work is heavily influenced by mythology, depicting Aphrodite in her sacred grove gathering enchanted apples.

Camberwell MA Illustration Qianqian Zhang

I found the contrast created by small dense areas of colourful forms placed within a large expanse of white in Qianqian Zhang’s very appealing.

Camberwell MA Illustration Sean McSorley

English literature graduate Sean McSorley showed images which reflected an interest in early-mid twentieth century cinema and literature.

Camberwell MA Illustration pray-for-nothing-by-Fay-Huo

Fay Huo’s large pieces were very accomplished and interesting to look at both from far away, as well as zooming in to examine smaller details.

Camberwell MA Illustration Jamie Lang

The archetype of The Fool has always held a fascination for me and I found Jamie Lang’s version beautiful.

Camberwell MA Illustration Hammer Chen happy-elixir-shopping1

Hammer Chen delighted me with her ‘Happy Elixir Shopping 1‘ in which this female shopper seems to have eyes like torches, as if searching in the darkness for the next thing to buy.

Camberwell MA Illustration Sungyoon Jung Punishment

More eyeballs shooting out yellow matter came from Sungyoon Jung’s piece called ‘Punishment‘, which despite its bright, comical style still looked very sinister.

Camberwell MA Illustration Martina Paukova bedroom

This was a striking composition by Martina Paukova who explores the world of sculpted bodies a lot in her work.

Camberwell MA Illustration nina schulze

Nina Schulze’s surreal female figures are inspired by fashion as well as dream visions.

Camberwell MA Illustration Evelyn Albrow

I loved Evelyn Albrow’s expressive use of ink.

Camberwell MA Illustration June He

I was also very impressed by June He’s series of works entitled ‘A Prototype Myth World in Hallucination 1-9‘ in which he combines various symbols from different cultures to create a new mythology, but was a little disappointed I could not find a website for this work.

Camberwell MA Illustration Chris Kiesling

Gorgeous print techniques and shapes were found on Chris Kiesling’s monochromatic offerings.

Camberwell MA Illustration Alice Ferrow

I was taken by this, also monochrome, piece by Alice Ferrow whose work depicted folklore themes mostly in gouache.

Camberwell MA Illustration Hannah Prebble

And ending back in colour with these fun creatures by Hannah Prebble. I particularly enjoyed Hannah’s Tumblr site, which is a very lively and inspiring blog.

Photographs of images in the exhibition by Maria Papadimitriou; work images courtesy of graduates.

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Amelia’s Magazine | An interview with Eleanor Percival: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

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The delicate artwork of Eleanor Percival translates beautifully into her colouring book image of a heavily tattooed lady plucking a pear. Here she talks about her love of fiction, Renaissance paintings and good quality watercolours.

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What would be the story of your tattooed lady?
I think she’s a tattooist herself, but a bit of a psychic too. She can see her clients’ true natures and tattoos them with symbols of their characters, good or bad. She’s covered herself with images that represent who she is (I got very caught up in the meanings of tattoos while I was developing this piece, and even added in a couple that would mean something to me if I ever had the guts to get one). She would probably be very sought after, but would also get into trouble with those who didn’t like her representation of them.

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Who are your favourite writers and why?
I love strangeness in fiction, the uncanny – Roald Dahl’s short stories for adults seem to be set in the real world, then something knocks the story off-kilter and it feels like another universe. Virginia Woolf is always great but Orlando is, without doubt, my favourite of her books: the way the character moves through history (and genders) is written so cleverly that it barely seems odd at all.

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Where did you do your BA and MA courses and what were the best things you learnt on them?
I did my BA at UCA Maidstone, which sadly has been closed down since. The course had been famously good since the sixties, so attracted wonderful staff. They really taught us to have clear motivations in our work – ‘Why have you used red here?’ ‘What does it symbolise?’ ‘What will viewers associate with it?’ Etc. They were also fantastic at driving home to us the practicalities of being an illustrator – how to promote ourselves, how to approach clients, even how to do our accounts. I loved it. I chose to do an MA at Camberwell because I wanted to free up a little, and to refine my style. I’m no Jackson Pollock, but my work has loosened up so much, and I’m more confident.

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Who is Atalanta and what attracted you to her story? (see also the opening image)
I knew from the beginning of my MA that I wanted to do a project around fairy tales or mythology, but I also wanted to champion a female character who wasn’t a feeble little princess or a conniving vamp. While I was researching endless Greek myths, a woman called Atalanta kept cropping up. She was always described as the strongest fighter and the fastest runner, and was featured in lots of famous stories, but I’d never heard of her before. So I did some more reading and amalgamated all of the bits I could find about her into my own narrative. She and her lover are turned into mountain lions in the end, but I made this into a happy-ever-after for them.

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What kind of references to art history can we expect to see in your art if we look closely?
The strange perspectives and proportions that I love are definitely influenced by Renaissance paintings. They used an obsessive mathematical approach that left a lot of imagery looking quite other-worldly and, though I don’t go anywhere near a ruler when I’m working out a composition, I try to recreate that slightly wonky effect. Indian Miniatures have crept in too – the space is very organised in most of my paintings, details are purposeful and sparse. And my figures often have very gestural poses too.

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How do you arrange your workspace and what does typical work day look like?
My studio is a tiny spare room in the flat I share with my husband in Brixton. It’s absolutely crammed with books, old work and art materials, and my desk takes up about half the room. My working day is usually much the same: I’m at my desk with a cup of tea by nine but rarely start painting immediately; I look at artsy blogs, catch up on my e-mails and make to-do lists until I’m in the right mood. I’ll then work for the rest of the day (though I often find I’ve been staring out the window for ten minutes). At the end of a project I often find I need a day wandering around a museum or gallery to refresh.

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Why is it so important to you to embark on personal projects and what have you been doing most recently in this arena?
Every experienced illustrator I’ve ever met has underlined to me how important it is to do personal projects. It’s inevitable that when working with an art director, you find yourself doing little things that you wouldn’t do if left to your own devices. And that’s an important practice, but it’s also crucial that you do projects that are more essentially yours – things only you would think of doing in that particular way. I’ve been working on my own little colouring-in book recently. I wanted to have a break from working in colour, and also from doing projects with causes! It’s very simple, barely even a narrative, just an introduction to a character who lives in a cottage and loves gardening. I’m also putting together a line of greetings cards to sell in some local independent shops.

eleanor percival thank you card
Where will we be able to buy your greeting cards, and can you share a preview with us?
I’ve got a couple of designs for sale at Green & Stone on the Kings Road already, but I’m going to be approaching shops in Brixton Market.

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What is it that you particularly love about watercolour and where did you learn how to use it properly?
On my BA I didn’t have a clue about materials – I just grabbed whatever was close to hand – but after I graduated I got a part-time job in a beautiful old art supplies shop and learned all about the properties of watercolours, fine brushes and paper. With my discount I could afford to gradually build up a collection of really good quality paints and other materials. I use Schmincke and Daniel Smith paints mostly – they have really intense colours and granulate beautifully. I love that watercolour has a life of its own; you have a certain amount of control before you apply the brush, then the paint does whatever it wants – it just rolls around on the paper. But equally, it’s a lovely medium for creating delicate little details.

Which cook’s recipes would you most like to illustrate and why?
Definitely my friend Milli Taylor’s, because I know how amazing her cooking is! I love the way she put ingredients together, and the flavours she creates. She’s brilliant at making her dishes look beautiful too – as she says in her book ‘we eat with our eyes’.

Can you tell us anymore about your own colouring book plans?
I’m going to print a small edition to take to a few children’s book publishers and hopefully find someone who wants to sell it for me! My plan is that, over time, I can build up a series of stories about the same character that are fun to read as well as colour in.

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I love how every illustrator featured in Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion creates such different work. Make sure you grab your copy of this limited edition colouring book once the campaign goes online on Kickstarter!

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