Falmouth Illustration Forum 3

The final speaker of the day was Max Porter. Max is an art historian, editor at Granta Books and also a writer in his own right. Max gave a great insight into the machinations of modern publishing. This was followed by a question and answer session involving all speakers to round the day off. Many thanks to Steve Braund and his team, in particularly Catrin for organising such an intellectually stimulating forum.


Max Porta

Max Porta


Falmouth Illustration Forum 2

The afternoon of the Falmouth Illustration forum 2015 kicked off with a presentation by Mat Osmond.  Mat is an important part of the MA team whose practice takes on the form of an ongoing series of chap books of illustrated poetry, self published as Strandline Books and by third party anthologies.

After Mat came Mireille Fauchon. Mireille talked about amongst other things her illustrated version of ‘The Prisoner of Zenda.. Third on in the afternoon was Vincent Larkin, a grduate of the MA Illustration course at Falmouth. Vincent has recently finished a residency at the V&A


Mireille Fauchon


Vincent Larkin preparing for his presentation

Vincent Larkin preparing for his presentation

Falmouth Illustration Forum

This year’s Falmouth Illustration Forum has been a real success so far with some great speakers having spoken eloquently about their work and on the theme of ‘Hidden Agenda’. Speakers this morning were Dan Fern, Anna Bushan and John Vernon Lord, with Vincent Larkin, Mat Osmond, Mireille Fauchon and Max Porter to come after lunch.

Amazingly the day started with the solar eclipse. Strangely the presentations intermittently referred to both the sun and the moon . Catrin Morgan who is responsible for developing this year’s forum kicked off with a fascinating introduction to the notion of what a ‘hidden Agenda’ might be within an illustrative context. Dan Fern took us through his early influences and onto to his later interest in the natural world and it’s importance on his work. Anna Bushan gave a fascinating deconstruction of her interpretation of Bhagavad Gita for the Folio Society, particularly referencing ideas of meditation and ‘creative flow states’. john Vernon Lord was the final speaker before lunch. John did not disappoint with his entertaining discussion of his recent illustrated version of James Joyce’s ‘Finegans Wake’

We’re all looking forward to this afternoon’s talks after lunch


John Vernon Lord on stage

A Busy Time of Year!



Natalie, Nick and students in Berlin 








The last two months have been an incredibly busy time for both staff and students on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Falmouth. So much has happened since the last proper post when we were in London with the first year of the course.

Aswell as students across all three years were assessed in February at the end of the first semester second years have been away on their study trip week. While a many of our students organised their own trip a good number accompanied Natalie Hayes and Nick Mott on the course’s first ever trip to Berlin, which was great success. This trip included a visit to the University of the Arts Berlin, who were great hosts. Staff and students were also able to meet up with two recent graduates of the course, Beth Walrond and Olivia Meyers who are both enjoying success as freelance illustrator and designer out there. Natalie also was able to meet by chance another ex Falmouth Illustration student called Anders Sommerfeldt who is studying for his MA at the University. Many thanks to Natalie and Nick for organising this trip.


University of The Arts Berlin staff showing Falmouth students the preparations for the upcoming first year show










Martyna Dziekan showing students some of the prints in the collection.










Ex students Beth Walrond & Olivia Meyer in Berlin









The New York trip will soon be upon us. Third year students are beginning to prepare their portfolios in readiness for this amazing opportunity. The Quotes and Sayings Book is almost ready to go to the printers. Keryn Bibby has been working really hard to get what will be the 10th and last edition of the book ready in time for the New York trip.

A couple of weeks ago we were fortunate to be visited by another ex student of the course. Cosei Kawakubo brought a group of his students from Kyoto to visit us. Nick Mott organised a drawing workshop based around the ‘exquisite corpse’ game. A number of our students joined in the morning’s activities which generated some pretty wild and surreal images. The work from last years visit had been bound by hand in a one off book and was presented to Cosei during the morning. A copy of this book will be kept in the glass cabinet in the 2nd year room.

During each blog posting from this point on I hope to be able to showcase examples of student work. Here is the first gallery of student work: