Monday, 28 September 2015

Cyanotype workshop

Objects of personal interest or significance were used as the basis for a cyanotype (blue print process) workshop today for the first years with some exciting imagery as the result. Our thanks to Russell Squires for his expertise.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Monoprinting Love and Hate

Out First Years have been getting inky exploring what they love and hate through monoprints. These whimsical experiments have a surprising charm. Enjoy!

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Welcome to the new first year. Here's to an exciting beginning!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Congratulations to Wyman Babbage on gaining his placement

Hi Maureen

As discussed, here are a few lines to update the Illustration Blog regarding my placement.

After successful completion of level 5 and taking the time to visit various end of year shows and New Designers, the realisation of what is required to secure employment after graduation really hit home. Getting relevant work experience now, means I could have a better chance of finding work after graduation, whether it be for myself or a company. The opportunity to develop the skills and techniques i've gained whilst studying and put them into practice, working to real life briefs and clients is invaluable.

The facilities in place at the university to assist you during this process are excellent. Both CCI and Purple Door are on hand to help at every stage. The process itself, I felt was of huge benefit. Giving time to create a C.V, learning how to construct a covering letter and practising interview techniques were all relevant to my final year of study. After the submission of my Creative C.V and covering letter, I was successful in gaining an interview. The next stage was to update my portfolio and refine my interviewing techniques, both of which were tailored to the potential employer, making sure I researched the company and met the key requirements asked for. I tried to remain calm during the interview and honestly, really enjoyed it, talking through my thought processes and showing my enthusiasm was key. I had to make sure to listen to the question being asked and not be scared to take a moment and think about my answer.

Once the Interview was over, the wait began...along with the excitement every time the phone rang. Then the call I had been waiting for came, trying to remain calm and sound professional (not an excited little school girl), I accepted the job offer in an instant. To say I'm a little nervous would be an understatement. I cannot wait for the experiences that lie ahead. I would encourage all students to apply for relevant work experience, be it for a week, one month or my case, a whole year.

I would like to wish all of those embarking on level 6, the very best for the year ahead.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Ebb and Flow Exhibition

Well done to Karen Treleaven (recent graduate) and Jane Savage (PhD student) who have both had their artist's books accepted for the Ebb and Flow Exhibition curated by We Love Your Books.

We Love Your Books is a collaboration between, Melanie Bush, Book artist and Dr Emma Powell, Senior Lecturer in Graphics/Illustration, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

"As well as teaching bookmaking and making our own
experimental bookworks we collaboratively curate a yearly
international and experimental artists' book exhibition."

You can see Karen's book 'Seaside Memories' here:

Karen is very much inspired by her surroundings and personal experience of the natural world. Although the majority of her work originates from hand drawn images in pen, watercolour and ink, she loves to experiment with new techniques including laser cutting, screen printing and creating digital illustrations.

Seaside Memories is inspired by a collection of people’s memories at the seaside. These illustrated memories flow from one triggering and merging with the next. The metamorphic illustrations echo the fluidity and dream-like quality of memories. The immersive perspective encourages the reader to read as though the thoughts are their own.
(From We Love Your Books)

You can see Jane's book 'Murmuration' here:

Having completed a Masters in Book Arts, focusing on the Numinous as a subject, Jane is now involved in a practice-based PhD using Artists’ Books as a medium. The current areas of her research project are contemplation, aura, and oneness. Ebb and Flow has inspired Jane to consider scientific phenomena.

These two companion books comprise the images and narrative, the sky and earth, to a work concerning the ebb and flow of starling murmuration. The work explores a fascination with the mathematical wonders of the twisting and turning aerial phenomenon, and subtly plays with form and materials. (From We Love Your Books)