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.

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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

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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

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John Vernon Lord on stage