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Friday, 29 August 2014

Fabulous day out at Cass Sculpture Park

Jackie, Paul and myself went down to have a look at the Cass Sculpture Park near Chichester. It is really fabulous. For anyone who wants a great day out I can highly recommend it. A day out for those who want to draw, photograph, wander or just want to look at some really great sculptures. Take a picnic as there is a special area for you to do this and there is no cafe. The views are breathtaking. Even the loos are an open air experience. There were some really inspiring works with Paul, Jackie and myself all having our favourites. The huge inflatable pig, metal men hiding in the woods, fish on a bicycle and strange gargantuan creatures, also on peddle bikes, are just a few. My photographs do not really do justice to the sculptures but will give you a small taster.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

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After New Designers Update - from Ollie Arthur-banes

Hi Maureen,

I just remembered that I forgot to let you know how that meeting went after new designers. The company was called Pentland, and a woman who worked there named Katie asked me to come and meet some people up there, and bring some Kitler/Mutler prints up for her to buy.

So I went up there the Tuesday after New Designers week. I saw Katie at the train station and she walked with me to there offices. We got upstairs and she rounded up about 25 of the designers in her office to look at my portfolio. I talked them through it and the whole great dictators thing, and they were all really positive and friendly. They gave me lots of advice and shops/people to contact in Brighton about my prints. I managed to sell 3 Kitler/ Mutlers up there!

Then Katie went round to other design teams from Boxfresh, Lacoste and Ted Baker and I showed my portfolio to them as well. She said she wanted me to meet the Red or Dead company, but they were away at a conference. She also said I should keep in contact with her, and that she would try and get me some freelance work for Red or Dead. I haven't heard anything yet but I said I would let her when I am settled in Brighton and making prints again.

Not sure if anything else will come of it, but it was a good experience none the less, and gave out some cards and postcards. Currently I'm still looking for a job in Brighton so that I can move down there before the MA starts. Hope all is well with you and all the other tutors! Sorry it took so long for me to fill you in!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Call for entries - The Prize for Illustration 2015

Please find attached information about The Prize for Illustration 2015 competition, which is now taking entries until 28 September 2014. It would be great if you would circulate this to your students. Please note that we also welcome animations this year.

Many thanks,

Helen Thomas
The Prize for Illustration 2015

The Association of Illustrators
Somerset House,
Tel: 020 7759 1017
email: prizeforillustration@theaoi.com
The Prize for Illustration 2015 
Call for entries deadline – 28 September 2014

Varoom 22 the Style Issue out now

Monday, 4 August 2014

Book Binding for Book Artists - University of West of England

I had an amazing opportunity to attend this week long workshop run by Guy Begbie to learn to bind books. The workshops are designed for participants with or without previous book binding experience. I had made books before but the workshop was fantastic in providing invaluable tips and information to achieve a really high level of finish.

Specialist tools, materials and paper stock were provided. I had the opportunity to make and take away six completed hand bound books and a box. The specific methods taught to achieve this, combine both traditional and unorthodox bookbinding techniques, this includes stitching, pasting, paper folding and engineering processes. It is going to be invaluable for me to pass these skills on to the students interested in bookmaking next year. It was a fantastic week intensive but very rewarding.