This was my display at the grad show. It was amazing being part of this group show amongst so much amazing talent.
I still can’t quite believe how fast this MA was over…. so sad. I am going to miss every single one of my new friends.
Next stop: Bologna!!!
The MA show is up an running at the upper floor gallery of the Candid Arts Trust. It is an amazing show and yes I know I am part of it and it might sound smug but I am standing by it. It is most likely the most colourful, vibrant, versatile, inspiring, joyful, international, creative, inventive and professional graduate show that London has to offer.
It will take you a good two hours to thoroughly look through everything and everyone’s work, because you will want to and because you will be sucked into one amazing artwork and story after another. There are surely the next big names of the picture book industry on display here. The quality is outstanding. After it you will be exhilarated and your head will be buzzing with inspiration, enchantment and a feeling of having traveled through hundreds of magical worlds. It really isn’t something to be missed.
I really wonder what all the characters are up to at night when the gallery is closed. I bet they have the best party ever!
Here are some glimpses of what is on display but to really understand the stories you will have to read them yourself, because as we know a perfect picture books is the perfect combination of word and image. Also there are some wonderfully beautiful business cards to be collected. The show is on until Saturday the 15th of February.
You can find details of the artists and their websites on the MA website.
Alright! It’s getting serious! In one week opens the Graduation Show of this year’s crop of MA Children’s Book Illustration students of the Cambridge School of Arts. It’s no ordinary grad show, it’s the tenth anniversary and the biggest one yet. For that reason it is no longer in the Foyles Gallery but in the big Candid Gallery in Islington. The preparation are running on full steam and everyone is very excited. I am so proud to be part of it, since I know that is is going to be fabulous! I don’t think there is any other show in London that accumulates so much illustration like this one. Most of the exhibits are unpublished, raw and beautiful picture books created by the students of the course accompanied by wonderfully creative displays. This is definitely a London arts event not to be missed. The success rate for graduates of this course is incredibly high and that’s why it’s reputation grows globally from year to year and the numbers increase. It started ten years ago with 8 graduates… this is year it will be an amazing 63!!! I have enjoyed the shows in the past and can’t wait to be part of it. Here are the photos of last year’s show. Please come if you can make it to London and bring kids along as they will love it! You won’t regret and will be charmed by beautifully illustrated stories and exquisite and delicious art!!! For a preview what you can expect have a look at the graduation website (and try to find me and tell me what you think :)): http://www.cambridgemashow.com/
I’ll invigilating the 11th and 12th from 10am till 2pm so come by and say hello and I’ll show you some of my favourite works :)
Here is a Facebook event I created for the exhibition, so feel free to join, if you can make it.
This below are photos of the limited edition grad show book which contains all the artists graduating this year. It’s a beautiful object and I am thrilled to be in it.
The three best friends from my advent calender now exist in 3D!!! :) I’ve caught the needle felt virus!
The streets are lined with dead trees. Chopped off after growing for many years just to brighten a home for couple of weeks and then being discarded like any other rubbish. What a silly tradition…and I come from the area where that nonsense was first invented.