Falmouth Illustration at both New Blood and New Designers Graduate Showcases 2017

It’s amazing how quickly a year passes. Here we are again in London with the work of our talented illustration graduates of 2017. It has been a big effort on the part of both staff and students to get work ready for both shows but it has been worth it. The work for both shows was driven up from Falmouth on Monday. Both shows were put up on the Tuesday. Although staff are well seasoned in getting the work up on the wall there is still a nervous tension in the air as the clock ticks down to the point where we have to get out and let the judges in. Big thanks go out to Sue Clarke and Nick Mott for the New Blood build while Keryn Bibby, Tilly McKerrow, Francisco Sousa Lobo and Lydia Hopwood focussed on the larger New Designers Show.

The D&AD New Blood Private View took place last night (Tuesday 4th July). As always seems to happen, the weather seemed to improve on the rain that we left in Cornwall resulting in a hot and sticky Truman Brewery. The PV was well attended with a good number of industry people in attendance. As often happens at Private Views the real business of ‘looking’ at work became more difficult as the space got more and more crowded but it became pretty clear that the Falmouth stand was beginning to attract interest from the likes of the Guardian, Dorling Kindersley, Egmont and others and it was great to see the graduates using the knowledge gained over the three years of the course to engage in networking with these potential future clients. Olivia Healy was recognised for her yellow Pencil win while Calum Heath received a coveted ‘one to watch’ sticker on his work. The work looked amazing on the wall with a great array of dummy books in evidence. Thanks to Keryn and Sue for their hard work in designing the drop banners and the books for the show.

While the New Blood show was going up, across town, Keryn, Tilly, Francisco and Lydia were putting up the New Designers show ahead of tonight’s Private View (Wednesday 5th). This is a much bigger show held in the Business Design centre. The Falmouth Graduates have done a great job of preparing their individual boards and this show is also looking amazing. If you are in London then come along to either or both shows and say hello. More photos and news will follow over the next few days…..

Falmouth Illustration: 1st Year Project X

Last month 1st year Falmouth Illustration students worked on ‘Project X’. This project has a long history and go back many years. Essentially it is a challenge to tackle an hypothetical editorial commission in a couple of days to test the ideas generation skills that they have been developing throughout the 1st semester. Here are some samples of the outcomes….

Visit to Pete Fowler’s Studio in east London

Eleven Falmouth Illustration students visited Pete Fowler‘s studio in east London this afternoon. Pete is an old friend of our 1st year course co-ordinator Tom Barwick, both having worked on comics back in the 90’s.

Pete gave up more than an hour and a half of his times providing students with his insightful view of the world of visual communication. His talk took us through his development from a fine art background through his time working for the Welsh band ‘Super Furry Animals’, his large scale advertising commissions through to his ‘bread and butter’ editorial output. A highlight was him talking about his interest in the craft of ‘making’ and seeing his vinyl toys, lino blocks, and fantastic wood carvings.

Thanks Pete, it was a great visit and we look forward to your lecture at Goldsmiths on Tuesday.

2016 Falmouth Illustration Degree Show Private View!

This year’s Falmouth Illustration Degree Show kicked of with a fantastic Private View last Friday. The evening began with Ginny Button, the director of the Falmouth School of Art, addressing all FSA students before myself and other Heads of Subject handed out this year’s course awards. The winners of the illustration course awards were: Sara Hougham Slade (‘Outstanding Student Achievement’), Julia de Graaf (‘Outstanding Studentship’), Lucy Tomlinson (‘Outstanding Dissertation’), Seekan Hui and Ellen Bennett won the ‘Paper Rose Award’. The crowds then dispersed to the various exhibitions throughout the campus and the PV started for real.

This was one of the busiest (and warmest!) private views in recent memory. It was great to see students and parents enjoying what is undoubtedly a very strong show this year. It was also great to be able to see 1st and 2nd year work also on the floor below (see the next post for details of this show). Today is the last day of the show, so if you want to see it then come down before 4pm. If you can’t make then here is a sample of work that is on show….

More work can be seen on individual student websites by clicking Agency Website

Ex Falmouth Student featured on the Guardian Website!

Falmouth Illustration alumni Sampada Gurung has just been featured in the Guardian’s Website.

Check out: http://www.theguardian.com/education/gallery/2015/oct/29/art-students-our-picks-from-your-portfolios

You can see more of Sampada’s work at: http://sampadagurung.com

Screen shot from the Guardian website

Screen shot from the Guardian website

Work on the Illustration studios nears completion

As many of you will know there has been quite a lot of ongoing work on the Illustration studios during the summer. Both MA and BA Illustration courses now occupy the 3 floors of the Fox 2 building at Woodlane. The final stages of this work are almost complete with enormous sliding doors being installed to create partitions between the 1st year and 2nd and 3rd year studios being finished this week. New windows are also close to being installed along the side of the building facing the courtyard. These windows will hopefully bring much needed light into the 1st and 2nd floor studios. Other improvements include the creation of new offices and seminar rooms, breakout spaces and the creation of a new sleek seminar space within the top floor studio. Here are some images of the new walls and windows about to be installed. Photos of the finished studios will be posted soon….

New Designers Exhibition & Private View

Mark and Keryn have done a great job of putting up, the New Designers Exhibition, the 2nd of our two graduate showcases in London this year. This is physically a considerably bigger show than the D&AD exhibition and includes the majority of this year’s Falmouth Illustration graduating students. This year the students have done a great job of preparing their boards for the exhibition with the help of Cally back in Falmouth. The final show is a credit to the effort that everyone (staff and students) have put in this year. The Private view kicked off at 6pm and before long there was a healthy number of people gathering around the Falmouth stand. In attendance was Ginny Button, Director of the Falmouth School of Art while industry visitors included Sheri Gee from the Folio Society and Louise Power from Walker books amongst others. Also paying a visit during the evening was recent Falmouth Illustration alumni Will Grill, who last week was awarded the Kate Greenaway Gold Medal for his book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, a project that he began while a student at Falmouth. Here are some pictures from the night….

Falmouth Illustration alumni Will Grill wins Kate Greenaway Gold Medal!

Congratulations to Will Grill for winning the Kate Greenaway Gold Medal! Will graduated from. Falmouth University in 2014 and follows in the footsteps of another Falmouth Graduate  Levi Pinfold (2013 winner) in winning this prestigious competition. The Kate Greenaway Award is the UK’s oldest children’s book award and Will is the youngest winner in 50 years. Previous winners include Quentin Blake! Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne, Raymond Briggs. Will’s win was marked with an appearance on breakfast television too!

Don’t forget that you can see this year’s cohort of graduating Falmouth students at New Designers in Islington and a selection also exhibiting at the D&AD New Blood showcase in Spitalfields from Wednesday onwards next week. Please come along. It would be great to see you. Our Quotes books will be available at both exhibitions.

2015 Falmouth Illustration Degree Show Private View Pics

The 2015 Falmouth Illustration degree show private view kicked off last Friday with the Falmouth School of Art student awards. Joseph Cox won the ‘Outstanding Student Achievement’ Award, while Alex McGinn won the ‘Student Contribution’ award. The winners of the 2015 Reportage were also announced during the evening. Runner up was 2nd year Illustration student Piera Cirefice and the winner was 3rd year Illustration student Robyn Stock.

Both 1st and 2nd year exhibitions were for the first time held at the same time as the main degree show. The combination of all three years showing work on the same night made for a great atmosphere. The Private View before long was the busiest that it’s been for a number of years. Thanks to all the students and staff that worked hard to make the evening such a great success. Here are some photos from the night….