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Picasso 1932 - Love Fame Tragedy exhibition at Tate Modern

I was really looking forward to seeing the Picasso exhibition, and although it was busy because of the closing weekend, it did not disappoint. 

I particularly liked seeing his sketches and sketchbooks, as it showed me that not all drawings need to look finished and perfect. It was quite overwhelming to see how much work he was able to produce in just one year. On some days he even managed to complete a few full paintings! It made me think about how much work I produce and whether it is enough. I enjoyed seeing series of paintings he had completed that were very similar but with small changes to composition or colour, clearly testing and experimenting. I found it amusing to read that instead of attending his own retrospective exhibition at the Galeries Georges Petit in June 1932, which was a rare and therefore significant event at the time as retrospectives were unusual, Matisse being an exception, Picasso decided to go to the cinema, missing his own exhibition opening. 

I also really li…

Shape of Light exhibition at Tate Modern

Shape of Light: 100 years of photography and abstract art
This exhibition explores artists who work with light to create abstract work. I am quite interested in photography, having recently helped out at a photography workshop. I found this exhibition to be very surprising. Some of the photos had such high contrast between black and white that they almost looked like they could be prints or paintings. I have always been interested in creating an atmosphere, particularly during my foundation course exploring strong light and shadow using photography. This exhibition inspired me to try and bring this back into my work again, and think about the light and shadow. I also really liked the photos of textures, as texture is something I like to try and explore in my own research and work. The photographers in this exhibition prioritise shape, form and expression over recognisable subject matter. It was surprising to me that photos of this quality could have been produced in the 1920s and 1930s…

Designer, Maker, User at the Design Museum

For my IPS and dissertation, I am interested in exploring the objects we own and our relationship with them. I went to the Design Museum to look at their permanent display, including a collection of objects chosen by the public in response to being asked what their favourite/most important objects are. The collection was diverse yet familiar. 

I found the collection really interesting to look at. These objects are significant in most people's lives. Some things were repeated, such as the humble ceramic mug. I would like to explore objects as part of my IPS, looking at what objects people surround themselves with and consider important in their lives, and the stories behind them. This exhibition has inspired me to ask people to choose an object as part of my research. I think this approach will be useful because it will give me lots of research, and will help me shape my narratives for animations. 

Mind the Gap No 78

London Transport Museum and The AOI often run a competition culminating in an exhibition at London Transport Museum. I went to the exhibition last year, and decided to keep an eye on when the next competition opened. I have enjoyed illustrating London in the past, because it's a topic that's so familiar to me, and it's easy to go and find inspiration. The brief for the competition was 'London Stories'. The story could be true or fictional, big or small. Whilst looking online for interesting facts and stories, I started looking at old newspaper articles. I found a story about a man who drove his double decker bus over the gap between Tower Bridge. This story stuck in my head and so I decided to illustrate it. Telling a whole story in one image can be a challenge, so I wanted a story that wasn't too complicated, and this seemed right. 

I used my iPad to make some quick sketches to work out what kind of composition I wanted, and collected some images for reference.…

Creative Media Camp 2018 - Canon and Ideas Foundation

Whilst working as an outreach ambassador for UAL, I was fortunate enough to get asked again to make a short film for Canon and Ideas Foundation, showing some behind the scenes footage of the Creative Media Camp hosted at Chelsea. I worked at the 2017 Creative Media Camp, and it was a great experience to be able to return again this year and make another film. 

I spent the whole week filming and taking photos, and by the end of the week I was the photographer at Canon HQ for the pitches and the announcement of the winner. I really enjoyed being able to practice editing a film.

It was rewarding to be given so much freedom and trust. The mentors running the workshop gave me complete creative freedom, and trusted me to be able to get it done in time to show at the end of the week. Once the film was completed, they wanted to be surprised and so didn't watch the film themselves until it was shown to everyone at Canon HQ. It was amazing to be trusted so much with it. I really enjoyed the p…

Working at Summer School

As an outreach ambassador, I often work at workshops run by UAL Insights, including summer school. It's always an enjoyable experience, and I often come away having learned a lot and feeling inspired to create. I enjoy getting the chance to work with students who will eventually be applying to university. From experience, I know how valuable it can be to hear first hand what the experience of applying and actually being at university is like, so I find it rewarding to be able to offer my advice. 

This year's summer school was slightly different, more focused on graphic design (with small elements of illustration) rather than equally weighted. I was asked to help out for a couple of days to push the illustration side. Although of course graphic design and illustration do overlap considerably, some students felt the illustration side was a bit lacking, and so I stepped in to help answer questions about studying illustration. 

Photography and Long Exposure Workshop
My first day was …

World Illustration Awards 2018 - Somerset House

The World Illustration Awards is always an exciting exhibition to see, and it came at a time when I was in need of some inspiration. 

Here are some of my highlights:

Owen Davey - 'Facebook Fundraisers'

Magoz - 'Do you have questions? Ask!' and 'Fishing'

I always like looking at how illustrators approach animation. These gifs created by Magoz are creative but convey a simple idea. They inspire me to try creating more short animations, keeping them simple. 

Anthony Zinonos - 'bigSWELL'
His work showed me how powerful collage can be, and the importance of decision making. It made me consider the difference between ripping and cutting paper, and the strength of negative space. 

Loris F Allessandria - 'Adobe - Education Exchange'

Cinyee Chiu - 'Acknowledgement'
I really like the use of texture in this animation. It reminded me of the kind of work I want to create. I enjoy using texture in my work, and creating animations is something that I am enjoyin…


PITCH was an inter-disciplinary design event at Old Spitalfields Market, curated by first year design students from Camberwell. It focused on environment, narrative, interaction and exchange, attempting to reimagine the marketplace. 

This event is a result of a growing relationship between the market and Camberwell College of Arts, which was established from the event we organised and ran last year, Spitalfields Illustrated. I really enjoyed being a part of the organisation of the event last year, and it taught me a lot about how to plan events, sell work and how to collaborate and lead a team. It was a great experience to be able to return to the market as part of this larger event, organised by first years. It was nice to take a step back on the organisation side, and just enjoy selling work and interacting with the public. Although, I did get involved with the running of the outlet stalls at the event, and organising the money after. I always enjoy this part, and it was rewarding to…

Sketchbooks and Postcards

My final products for the Sell Yourself event are some handmade sketchbooks with unique covers, and some postcards (2 designs). The brief asks for an edition of at least five. I was a bit unsure about this because I wanted my sketchbooks to feel handmade, and so I wanted each cover to be different, but using the same shapes and colours. I liked this idea because I wanted the customer to look at them all and have to choose their favourite, or even buy more than one. I wanted them to feel as though they are getting something unique. 

To make sure I definitely fulfilled the brief, I decided to print some postcards. I handprinted them using foam stamps, however I chose two designs and tried my best to reproduce the same design each time. It was more difficult than I thought it would be to get them looking as close to the same design as possible. Each one is slightly different of course, but that is the nature of printing by hand, but I managed to make them as similar as I could by using a …

Sell Yourself at Artist Run

The build up to the event was busy as usual. There were so many things to organise and check, and we wanted to make the event as good as possible! 

Setting up in the venue went well, with the curation team organising it. They had decided the layout of the space the day before, which made it so much easier. Of course there were a few last minute issues, like going out to buy a few things we suddenly needed, or more people arriving with work. It was great to finally see the space (other than in photos), and see everyone's work together. Promotion in the surrounding area seemed strong and we noticed quite a few posters on the way to the venue. And whilst setting up, we already had people passing by, asking what was going on. 

The event was incredibly busy, and the weather stayed nice! There was a moment mid afternoon when it started to get quiet, but as soon as the free drinks appeared we got very busy again. It was much busier than we expected, and we made more money than expected too…

Frumpy Monkey - A Peckham Tale

The film for the performance we filmed in the studio using the green screen is finally done! It is interesting to watch the film after not having thought about the project for a long time. I found it really funny, and I think it's a great thing to be able to look back on. We all enjoyed the project and working together, and the film is almost like a celebration of that. 

Using a green screen for the first time was exciting, but I was also a bit apprehensive. Having not planned to use a green screen, of course some of our props might not have been the most suitable - especially the bright green TV!! But it was fun to experiment and try something new. And we do have the film from the venue as a back up option. Yuzhen kindly edited the film for us, and she did really well. The quality is a bit lower, because when the green is picked up, it picks up some noise too. However, the lower quality is quite nice, and the large, bold backdrops work so well to bring the colour and fun to the fi…

Sell Yourself - Handmade Editions

I enjoy making books, and so I thought it would be a good idea to make some for this project. I decided to stick to two colour patterns, using shapes taken from the garden. Each sketchbook will have a slightly different cover, making the buyer choose between them, or even buying more than one. I have used coloured thread to match the cover. I am also going to make sketchbooks using different colour combinations, including greens. As you can see from the prints below, I will use the similar shapes, but print them fairly randomly to make each sketchbook unique. This is a part of hand printing and making things by hand that I like. Each is more special because there will never be two that are exactly the same.