Sue Clarke and several BA and MA illustration students attended the Bologna Children’s Book Fair last week. As the most important annual international platform for children’s publishing it was an amazing opportunity for the students to show their portfolios to a range of publishers from different countries, to meet lots of other illustrators, to gain enormous insight into current trends and thinking in this field through the many talks and workshops, and to be inspired by the various illustration exhibitions.
Two BA illustration alumni won Bologna Ragazzi Awards this year. Will Grill won the Ragazzi Non Fiction Award for his book ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw’, published by Flying Eye Books, and Emma Lewis won the Ragazzi Opera Prima Award for her book ‘The Museum of Me’, by Tate Publishing. It was very exciting to see their work so celebrated at such an important and prestigious event and so prominently displayed on huge screens, banners and cabinets around the fair and in book shops around Bologna. It was also great to be able to attend the presentations of these awards and hear why the judges selected them.
With Will Grill’s book, in terms of the illustrations, the judges were drawn to the contemporary visual but traditional honest technique, the beautiful balance of art and non-fiction, and the rhythm of the book which they described as a ‘visual symphony’. In terms of his writing they applauded its intensity and the rare way that it doesn’t hide difficult emotions for children. Sam Arthur, co-founder of Flying Eye Books, took part in the discussion and was able to describe the lengths that Will went to in researching the book, including living in the wild, literally with wolves!
With Emma’s book the panel discussed how intriguing, personal and imaginative her illustrations are. They felt that the message behind the book is a really important one, in helping children learn how to look at the world around them. They described the book as a door to discovery, not just to art and artefacts, but to themselves. Holly Tonks, commissioning editor from Tate Publishing, discussed how the book really embraces the Tate’s ethos in that it is a vehicle to help break down the boundaries of children going into galleries. She discussed the integrity behind the book and how great it is that Emma made the book she wanted to make and for it to be so recognised and applauded Internationally. It is now due to be published in 11 countries.
Emma Lewis’s work for ‘The Museum of Me’ was also selected for the main exhibition at the fair, showcasing contemporary innovative work in this field. She was able to attend the ceremony at which all selected illustrators were applauded in turn by the huge jury panel and the very lively audience!
The whole awe inspiring (and slightly overwhelming) event was a real eye opening experience for our current students (and for several other falmouth illustration alumni who we unexpectedly bumped into there!). They did fantastically well to get 11 appointments with publishers over the week, from which they got really useful and positive feedback on their work. Having started the week with slight trepidation it was great to see them leaving the fair full of confidence and inspiration for their work (and great to have chance to celebrate such a potentially pivotal time over a few beers in hot sunny Bologna!)
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….
‘Clingfilm’ is the brainchild of new Falmouth Illustration lecturer, Francisco Sousa Lobo. Francisco has brought both his love of film and comics into the third year studio through art directing this new innovative zine with a range of third year Falmouth Illustration students contributing interpretations of their favourite films to this first risograph project. The limitations of the risograph printing process has brought the best out of students as has the challenge of distilling the films into short narrative sequences. Samples of the spreads can be seen here. The book is currently in production with an edition of 50 planned. Many thanks to Dion in the Graphic Design department, the illustration students involved and of course Francisco.
The book launch of ‘Wunderkammer 2017’ took place last week in the new Gallery area at the Falmouth Woodlane campus. This is the 2nd edition of ‘Wunderkammer’ otherwise known as The Cabinet of Curiosities and is the successor of our popular ‘Quotes & Sayings’ series. Wunderkammer was inspired by a project that a small number of Falmouth Illustration students developed about 4 years ago. This years edition has surpassed all expectations and provided a fantastic showcase for this years graduates and also given an insight into what our alumni have been up to since graduating.
The book launch was a big success and was the first opportunity for the contributors to get their hands on their own copy of the book. Pages from the book can be seen below. Many thanks to all staff that have contributed to this project, with a special mention for Keryn Bibby who did such an amazing job with the design and Sue Clarke who contributed much to the research and collation of the content.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy (£10/copy +pp) then contact Nigel Owen at: email@example.com
During the this years 3rd year degree show, we have decided to exhibit work from our talented 1st & 2nd year Illustration students. In previous years we have held this show at the Wellington Terrace foundation building but this year it was decided to run it in parallel with the 3rd year show to ensure that more people than ever get to see how talented our students are. The feedback that we have been getting has been tremendous. Well done to Natalie, Sue, Rachel, Linda, Nick, Cally, Rose and of course the students for doing such a good job of displaying the work.
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
Kickstarter is to fund the production and publishing of Falmouth College of Art alumni Tim Lane’s new bookwork Silent Quarter.
Silent Quarter is a short story told through a combination of writing and drawing. The playful structure is most akin to a concept album. It has short written passages that fit together in a loose story arch which are like the ‘lyrics’. The ‘music’ is then provided by the large images that literally ‘open-up’ on fold-out pages and augment the text – lending mood, symbolism and providing time for reflection. The idea is not a fixed narrative but instead something that is open and flexible to the reader. It is a project that Tim has been working on for over two years and exhibits his first foray into writing as part of his artistic practice.
TIM LANE Tim is a contemporary artist living and working in Bristol, UK. Originally from Cheltenham, Tim graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2004 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Illustration. Since then he has been exhibiting his paintings and drawings in galleries, most notably in: London, Bristol and San Francisco. The fine art market was a natural progression for him, as it provided a far greater creative freedom enjoyed in terms of style and subject matter. Tim’s degree – in which he concentrated mostly on authorial/ book illustration – helped give his art a rich narrative quality and a concern with character and environment; offering structure to his love for working directly from his imagination as well as strongly encouraging a passion for drawing (which is at the core of all his work).
Tim’s anachronistic style takes strong influence from reading literature, particularly Classic and World Mythologies. The consideration of myth for Tim, provides a multi-layered structure and open narrative that then inspires highly symbolic imagery which seeks to explain the world in a visceral, imaginative, often dark way – but which prompts the viewer to interpret these symbols for themselves.
Earlier in the year 2nd year Falmouth Illustration students travelled to Berlin. Here is an outline of how the week went from Natalie Hayes, our Level 2 Course Co-ordinator…
‘On the Monday of the trip Linda and myself took 20 students to visit the illustrator Sophia Martinek , who spoke at length about her work. She was able to show the students a range of projects, from publishing to editorial and music promotion. It was interesting to hear from her that she doesn’t get much work from Germany, but that she regularly works for British and American publications such as the New York Times. She also spoke about a nine month project where she produced over 100 illustrations for the book ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle, published by Rockport Publishers.
In the evening we went to an Exhibition of the work of Professor Henning Wagenbreth from the University of the Arts Berlin. The exhibition was at Re:Surgo Gallery, which is an independent gallery run by printmakers. Henning spoke to a group of 20+ students about his work, his methods and the large scale production of his screen prints. The gallery also sells beautiful printed books .
On Tuesday afternoon we took a group of 15 students to the independent publisher Reprodukt. They are primarily responsible for publishing graphic novels and comics ranging from serious titles including ‘Irmina’ by Barbara Yelin to translations of books such as the Hilda series, originally published by Flying Eye Books. We met with Klara Gross who spoke to the students at length about the titles, and took many questions from the students about getting work published.
On the Wednesday morning we took 20 students to visit the Illustrator Jacob Hinrichs in his studio. He showed several of his recent projects to the students, includingthe substantial graphic novel ‘Hans Fallada’. He also spoke of his experiences of working on Editorial projects for a range of clients, including The Guardian and The Times and spoke of the importance of Illustrators valuing themselves by charging fees reflective of the quality of the work and time spent producing the work.
On Wednesday evening all students (37) were the guest of the Illustrator and artist Patrick Thomas who gave an extensive illustrated visual presentation, documenting his journey from the RCA, through to his current practise creating prints, exhibiting and teaching. Highlights included examples of his work for the maverick designer / artist Mariscal and designing logos for the clothing company Desigual.’
Thanks to Natalie, Linda and everyone involved in organising this fantastic trip. Apologies that it has taken longer than intended to get this up on the blog.
Many of you will know that for the last ten years, Falmouth Illustration has become known for its popular ‘The Illustrated Book of Quotes & Sayings’ publication
What is essentially an illustration source book, ‘The Illustrated Book of Quotes & Sayings’ has proved to be incredibly successful and well recognized in the world of illustration. The book can be found on the desks of all the top illustration agencies, publishers and design companies in New York and London such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Walker Books, Penguin Books, Design Bridge, to name just a few.
This year we felt it was time for a change and have produced more of a magazine style publication re-named as ‘Wunderkammer, our illustrated book of curiosities’.
The concept behind ‘Wunderkammer’ was to create a more magazine style book, rather than the former catalogue, which features not only this years graduates but also celebrates our amazing Alumni. The magazine includes ‘hot picks’ from Alumni published books, industry comments, tips for students, national and international awards and of course this years graduates. The magazine is aimed at students, graduates and industry providing inspiration, advice and tips from experts in the illustration industry.
The magazine is a wonderful celebration of our students and Alumni and such an invaluable promotional tool not only for them, but us as a course during very difficult times for Universities. In July our students take part in D&AD and New Designers, and we will use this opportunity to feature the new magazine, hopefully encouraging the next generation of budding illustrators to come and join us on the course whilst providing support and advice for those who have recently graduated.
Both the staff and students are incredibly proud of the magazine. Many thanks go to Keryn Bibby who did an amazing job on the design and production of the book.
Details on how you can purchase a copy will posted on this blog shortly.
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So we head off the Famous Brooklyn Diner on west 57th. This is establishment is the real deal with a clientele that includes the likes of film star James Caan. Authentic American food that sets us up for the rest of the day…
Students have visits today with; Mendola Illustration agency! Penguin Books, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Plan Sponsor Magazine, JKR Global, Scholastic Publishing and Stranger & Stranger. I will post feedback on the visits and photos as soon as I can.
Sue contemplating 3 giant pancakes
Inside the ‘Brooklyn Diner’ (actually in Manhattan)