Monday, 7 December 2015

The Ministry of Books goes on tour in China

The books were taken to Hunan University, Changsha then travelled to Chengdu to Sichuan Normal University on Wednesday 25th of November followed by their final showing at Chongqing University in Chongqing on the Thursday.

The outline of the lecture was:
"The production of artists’ books is a creative way, through traditional and contemporary methods, that students can promote their concepts by self-publishing. It is important for students to have the potential to develop appropriate methodologies to become involved in this re-emerging area with its potential as a medium of expression allowing for multidisciplinary solutions. There are an ever-growing number of courses from degree level through to PhD where this genre is being used as a medium to disseminate creative work. National and international library collections, archives, book arts organizations and resources on the Internet support and facilitate artists’ book production and research. In this lecture I outline what distinguishes this genre from other art forms, what artists’ books are and the impact that they have on the students ability to self publish. I outline the influence that the University of Portsmouth’s collection of 200 books, its online archive and database has had on students in the school of Art and Design from BA, MA through to PhD level. I show physical artefacts (Artist’s books) from the collection and expand on how these and the archive affects learning, teaching and student research."

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Our new School Brochure, showing all our courses and facilities.

Maria X. Demas - Alumni 1999

Since leaving the threshold of the Illustration Course studios there's been a whirlpool of moments, those formative kind, that stay with you for good. In 2002 I landed in Athens, back to my roots and to job-hopping in the Greek TV and cinema industry. I started as an art director’s assistant and wardrobe assistant working my way to art director. Hundreds of commissions for commercial STBs as a freelancer, an occasional art show in hip gallery spaces in Athens followed. Then I take on storyboarding a long-feature film of 985 frames a great experience.

As I'm putting together this entry for your blog, precious team at Pompey illustration, I am a parent of two boys, ages 8 and 5, still married and I storyboard the odd film. I mono-print, as it easy to accommodate when you don't have a studio. I have been part of five shows (one-woman show 'Water be thy name', 2008, 'egg/chicken' group show 2010, Kefalonia Fine Arts Festival 1 & 2, group shows 2014-15, and a joint exhibition with Swedish designer Julia Heurling, 'Horatio & Celeste; a dialogue in space'2014).Singing has become a significant other to my illustrative practice, and the way I look at it interpreting is all part and parcel of either illustrating something or performing something.

I also teach young children art, through independent workshops in private spaces.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Wyman Babbage solo exhibition at aspex's Guildhall Space

Student Wyman Babbage has been rewarded with his first solo show at aspex's basement space in Guildhall, Portsmouth.
The exhibition lasts from the 2 December 2015 - 13 February 2016.

"aspex Guildhall are delighted to present a selection of works by Wyman Babbage, who is currently studying BA (Hons) Illustration at the University of Portsmouth. The exhibition has been curated by aspex’s interns Ollie Tubb and Kia Charalampous.Wyman employs a range of techniques and media including acrylic, oil, collage, screen - print, mono - print, spray paint, cellulose, inks and washes. The works on display tackle two themes: ‘WW1’, a collection of work exploring the relationship between image and text and the power of effective communication.
‘6° of Exploration’ provides a visual representation of one of mankinds greatest achievements, the journey to the moon, and with an ever increasing population, the work also touches on a quest for a new home. Could “our bright future” lie away from our current place in Solar System?"

Dale Silvester - Alumni

Hey everyone!

So it’s been a while, but I thought I’d check in and let you know what’s been happening since I graduated.

As some of you will know, following the New Designers show earlier this year, River Island invited me to an interview for a potential one month placement as a menswear designer. In preparation for the interview (apparently I was one of twenty people invited) I used some of my existing Illustrations and designs to create a large format mock up to show how they appeared on a variety of t-shirt styles. I felt the interview went well, but was still in shock when  they offered me the position a day later!
The time spent working with professional designers and creating my own original designs, made me realise how much I wanted to work in this field. The working environment is fast-paced, but extremely enjoyable. I found that the majority of designs follow the basic principal of our projects during the first two years of my degree – except you had to research and subsequently create multiple outcomes in a matter of hours!
Depending on the subject matter/style of the desired outcome, pretty much all of the designers would use either Photoshop or Illustrator to create the design, however if a certain brush or effect could not be created digitally, we were encouraged to use watercolours, pastels, or whatever we needed to create it manually! I thought I’d add this information for any future graduates that wanted to explore this field of design – digital skills are absolutely essential.

Anyway! Following a very successful placement, I was thrilled to discover that eight of my designs had been selected to be made into t-shirts! These have all been added to the official River Island website and are now in all River Island stores in the UK. I’ve added a couple of links below so you can see some of the outcomes, but all of them are on the website. Apparently some other designs I created while helping out with Boyswear will also be available next Spring.

The placement finished around a month ago and I have been working full-time at Southern Electric since…. This is however, until River Island emailed me two weeks ago and offered me a PERMANENT role as a Graphic Menswear Designer! It would seem that my t-shirts sold really well and my boss and other higher management were really impressed with how quickly I grasped what was required of me. I officially start on Monday 7th December and will be staying in London Monday-Friday until I eventually move.
I can’t quite express how excited and overwhelmed I am for this opportunity, and just want to thank each and every one of you for helping make this possible.

All the best,