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Cambridge School of Art MA Children’s Book Illustration Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University Graduation 2012 The Gallery at Foyles (3rd Floor) 113-119 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0EB Exhibition runs 8th – 14th February 2012

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It is now ten years since this programme’s first intake of students. From that group of nine part-time students has grown a course whose graduating cohort this year contains students from four continents. The list of internationally published graduates continues to expand, as does the ‘trophy cabinet’ of published picturebooks that inspires each new group of students in our Cambridge studios. This year we shall also be represented at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where the publishing world will be able to view ideas and artwork from our students and graduates. We present this year’s graduates to the public and the publishing world at Foyles Bookshop Gallery. Thanks go to Foyles, to our new partners, Walker Books and most especially to our wonderful team of visiting teachers- Alexis Deacon, David Hughes, Jane Human, Visiting Professor John Lawrence, James Mayhew, Paula Metcalf, Salvatore Rubbino and Hannah Webb. We wish all of our graduates every future success. Professor Martin Salisbury Course Leader, MA Children’s Book Illustration martin.salisbury@anglia.ac.uk Pam Smy Senior Lecturer, Illustration pam.smay@anglia.ac.uk Cambridge School of Art Anglia Ruskin University

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AMANDA JOYCE BISHOP www.ajbmtk.com amandabishop@gmail.com

AMANDA JOYCE BISHOP

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States of America by a children’s librarian and a lawyer. I spent my childhood absorbed in the children’s books that populated the shelves of the library at the primary school my mother worked in. I followed my passion for drawing and painting to a degree in Fine Art at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I also fell in love with the outdoors. Years spent after university working as a sign-painter, curator, and freelance illustrator led me to interest in completing my graduate degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin. My work is loose, playful, and colorful. With printmaking and collage I attempt to create rich, textured pictures geared toward inspiring exploration of the world we live in. Through the images I create I aim to capture the wonder and joy of being young, while tapping into the themes of adventure and the “quest” that is so important in each human life.

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NATALIE BLOFIELD

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NATALIE BLOFIELD www.naraloo.moonfruit.com naraloo@hotmail.co.uk

After finishing my BA in Special Effects and Technical Arts at Wimbledon School of Art, I just could not stop drawing. The characters and creatures filled lots of notebooks and even work documents and I came to think that maybe instead of keeping them hidden I could use them. I worked in a bookshop for several years and then discovered the course in Cambridge, and haven’t looked back since. I love books, so to be involved in their creation would be perfect for me.

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SARAH BROWN www.sarahbrownillustration.co.uk sarahbrownillustration@yahoo.com

SARAH BROWN

I was born in Canada and grew up in England, graduating from Falmouth Art College in 2008, where I studied illustration. After working as a children’s bookseller, on other creative projects and generating ideas for my own picture books, I began the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. The course has challenged and inspired me to create work, which is accessible to children and truly represents myself as an artist. I am fascinated by the way children think and relate to life and others, especially their endless curiosity and imagination. This fascination feeds my writing and illustration as I endeavour to enter the world of childhood and celebrate the spirit of wonderment found there.

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ROSIE BYRNE rosieprint@hotmail.com

ROSIE BYRNE

I originally come from Dublin, and moved to Cambridge specifically to study Children’s Book Illustration after learning of the course’s reputation, and visiting on the open day back in 2008. My love of children’s books began in my early childhood, and those experiences and memories have impacted my life and remain a constant treasure and comfort to me. I wish to be able to have this impact on the next generation of children through my own work. Prior to studying here, I studied Fine Art Printmaking in the Limerick School of Art and Design. There, I learned the techniques and theories behind printmaking, but still wanted to progress more in my work and education. My work became more illustrative towards the end of my degree and I am glad to have had the opportunity to learn and develop my own self and my art through this course.

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CHARLIZE YUTING CHENG

CHARLIZE YUTING CHENG charlize-illustration-studio.blogspot.com charlize.yuting.cheng@gmail.com

Born in Taiwan but received almost my entire education in England, it was through being exposed to a cultural variety at boarding schools that has encouraged me to seek my own identity. Eventually, I arrived at the world of illustration by being truthful to where my strength and personality lay. Joining the MA course made me believe that there is so much room to uncover my potential as a designer. I’ve learned to balance the shapes on the page and love using colour and texture to achieve a sense of aesthetic pleasure. I am still constantly experimenting with collage and painting everyday and attempting to define my visual language. I have a background in BA Philosophy, which not only trained me to be logical but also to always “think outside the box”. I believe it’s not only the skills that define the work, but it’s the little extra that takes it far!

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AMY CHIPPING

AMY CHIPPING amychippingillustration.blogspot.com amychipping@hotmail.co.uk 07793836631

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a children’s book illustrator. I loved drawing and painting and soon realised that I was most inspired by creating and illustrating stories and characters. As I discovered new books, which inspired me and illustrators, who became my heroes, my passion grew. I completed a degree in Fine Art at University of Wales Aberystwyth, which specialised in illustration in the final year. Good stories and memorable characters, which draw the reader in and encourage their wonder and imagination, inspire me. Fairy tales, myths and legends fuel my imagination. Their simple stories filled with hidden depth and meaning intrigue me. In my work I like to combine traditional techniques, such as those from “The Golden Age” with contemporary design. It is important for me to capture the overall mood of the story and the emotions of the characters. The MA in Children’s book illustration at Cambridge has been a fantastic experience for me. I have been surrounded by people who share my passion and have received the essential skills and guidance to pursue my dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator.

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HEIDI DEEDMAN

HEIDI DEEDMAN www.heidideedman.com 07930 573 955

I originally studied sculpture in London working with diverse materials such as found objects, ceramics and textiles but drawing has always been central to my work, as have narratives. Still living in the city I’ve been visiting it’s museums over many years and drawing their collections. I now have a pile of notebooks recording the bizarre and the decorative, the grand and the humorous; the things that take my eye. These objects all with their individual histories are often the starting point for my illustrations and stories for children.

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MANDY DOYLE

MANDY DOYLE mandy.jane.doyle@gmail.com

When I was little I would get into trouble for “telling stories”, it seemed that there was a time and a place to do this and I had not worked out when or where. Later, I became an art student, first at Anglia Ruskin and then Camberwell. After graduating I worked hard to create illustrations for other people’s stories - but not mine. I also taught illustration and still do, passionately encouraging students to have authorship within their work. Finally, it was the right time and the right place, I took myself on and Anglia Ruskin also took me on again. I still love telling and illustrating stories and now I have so very many more to tell!

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JO EMPSON

JO EMPSON www.joempson.co.uk joempson.blogspot.com joempson@yahoo.co.uk

Children’s books are my passion! I love the whole process of book creation: from ideas, book shape and colour, through to words, pictures and design. I am never happier than when I am swept away in storytelling - in all its aspects - whether it be writing, illustrating or just reading a favourite picture book (which is something I still do every night!). My illustrations are inspired by nature, expressing this through texture and movement with a strong sense of shape, colour and design. I use mixed media, combining line drawings, ink, acrylic & digital. I love playing with colour in the form of a visual narrative. My background as a graphic designer has a great influence in my work. I have always been drawn to creators of children’s book’s who themselves have also previously been designers, influences such as Eric Carle, Bob Gill, Bruno Munari, David Pelham and Hervé Tullet. My one wish would be to be added onto this list of designers/ children’s book creators who produce beautiful books with depth and meaning. I also love writing for Children, my first picture book ‘Rabbityness’ which I have both written and illustrated is being published by Child’s Play in April 2012.

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KARIN EKLUND

KARIN EKLUND www.keeart.co.uk k@keeart.co.uk

Following studies in Art History in Uppsala and Madrid I moved to London in 2000. There I worked at a number of contemporary art galleries and as Director of the Delfina Studio Trust, a large residency programme for international artists. Whenever I could I was drawing and painting and then, after 6 inspiring years in the heart of London, I moved with my family to a remote corner of the Isle of Mull, a Scottish island seven hours from Glasgow. Distractions were few and I finally set up my first proper studio in our garden. I started exhibiting my own work, primarily paintings, in group exhibitions and at a number of solo shows. I discovered a strong narrative theme running through all my work with new characters constantly developing and I was drawn towards illustration. I am especially interested in illustrating children’s books, young fiction as well as editorial commissions, and I now have a number of books of my own to write and illustrate. As a yoga practitioner and teacher for many years one of my favourite projects on this course has been to create a yoga book for children, Kids Yoga.

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TRUDI ESBERGER

TRUDI ESBERGER www.trudiesberger.com trudiesberger.blogspot.com trudi@trudiesberger.com 07940119663

Raised on Yorkshire puddings and Hendersons Relish, I stayed in Sheffield to study for my degree. This consisted of filming myself falling over and writing on knitting needles; a brief foray into the world of Fine Art probably best left behind me. Since graduating I have worked in London design and advertising agencies and whilst I learnt a great deal in these previous incarnations, the pull to draw was too great. I now work part time as a Lecturer in illustration on a Foundation course and write and illustrate children’s books for the other part. I find it a much more rewarding way to spend my time and I love what I do. Having reached the end of this course, I will work hard to succeed in becoming a published illustrator of books for children.

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MARY FUNK-BUTTERWORTH

MARY FUNK-BUTTERWORTH maryfunkb@hotmail.com +44 (0) 7720 373 697 +44 (0) 208 780 0508

I was born in Malaysia but now live in London. Story telling and illustrating have been a lifelong passion but it is only recently that I have been able to fully commit myself to them. After graduating with an Economics degree from Monash University in Australia, I qualified as a CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant). I worked in Audit and Risk Management for blue chip companies including Deloittes, PwC and G4S. I have travelled the world extensively for my assignments and it is true to say I have always managed to doodle and draw all over my audit workpapers. The longer the audit meetings, the more elaborate my illustrations became. There were times when my audit documents had more resemblance to a fairy tale picture book than a serious professional report. After 20 years of auditing, I took a career break and in 2009, I embarked on the Cambridge School of Art MA course which has enabled me to properly develop and strengthen my skills as an illustrator. I enjoy writing my own stories and illustrating them. I like working in watercolours, coloured pencils and felt tips. Some of the illustrators I admire include; Arthur Rackham, Jan Pienkowski, Angela Barrett, Quentin Blake and Lisbeth Zwerger.

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KATIE MAY GREEN

KATIE MAY GREEN www.katiemaygreen.co.uk katiemaygreen@hotmail.com 07789966995 It all began at school, when I spent hours every evening illustrating my homework unnecessarily. Eventually my French teacher told me that I was wasting my energy drawing pictures to go with conversations in a boulangerie. I hadn’t realised that no one else did it. Originally from Shropshire, I studied Art History at Bristol. After university I moved to London, doing an admin job by day and feeding my creativity by night; drawing and painting, and making tiaras, amongst other things. I accumulated a portfolio of artwork which eventually led to a job at a greetings card company as an in-house illustrator. Increasingly interested in book illustration, I spent my spare time coming up with ideas for book jackets, and received my first commission from Orion, to illustrate the Philippa Fisher series, for 7-12 year olds. I then took the plunge and went freelance, illustrating a number of book jackets and ‘first readers’ books, such as Darcey Bussell’s recent Magic Ballerina series for HarperCollins. Two years ago I decided that it was time to tell my very own stories, and this course has helped me bring them to life. In them I like to express emotion, music, a hint of the old-fashioned, a touch of mystery, an air of magic... and they sometimes have a French flavour: the boulangerie homework never really left me.

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MARIA HERBERT-LIEW www.mariaherbert-liew.com maria.herbertliew@gmail.com

MARIA HERBERT-LIEW

Since studying Fine Art ten years ago I have developed a passion for children’s book illustration. Books are vital, a way of imagining the future and the past and one of the truest ways we can learn about ourselves. Over the last few years I have come to realise how important children’s books really are. They are the first step towards a lifelong love of reading. Pictures are an integral part of this experience. And I believe that children’s book illustration is the most communicative and accessible visual art form out there. I am thrilled to have been on this course and appreciate how much it has opened my eyes to the possibilities of children’s books. I have been encouraged to explore my own way of making pictures, and learnt so much about myself. I love building images up with shape, line and colour. I delight in expression and movement and hope that my pictures convey something of this. I aspire to make pictures with emotional depth and a narrative pull. I am proud of myself and my classmates who have been a constant inspiration. I’m sure we will do wonderfully well as we venture out into the world. So much to explore!

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CATHERINA VON ISENBURG

CATHERINA VON ISENBURG www.catherinavonisenburg.com info@catherinavonisenburg.com 07719101698

I was born in Nairobi and grew up in Africa and various parts of Asia. My childhood experiences mixed with the traditional fairy tales and folk stories I was exposed to have all had an impact on my work. I received my BA in textiles from Winchester School of Art after which I went on to study embroidery. It was this introduction to a more structural element in textiles which was to inspire me towards a combination of both two and three dimensional work. Building on the body of work I’ve created during my MA I’m looking forward to developing a range of projects that span printed, digital and theatrical performances of my original creations and stories.

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ALISON KING

ALISON KING www.alisonking.co.uk. alison@alisonking.co.uk 07775804495

I had a great childhood, with lots of friends and a happy family. I loved needlework and art but I regarded school as a social activity rather than anything academic. Consequently I left school as soon as I could with few qualifications but a great passion for life. I lived and worked in New York, Paris, Milan, Hamburg and London for 13 years. I then married Richard and moved to a thoroughbred stud in Newmarket, shortly after this I had three lovely boys. Before long I was rediscovering books from my childhood and becoming more aware of the beautiful illustrations. When I realised I could go to university to learn more I was really excited... I have loved being at Cambridge School of Art and I have relished all the opportunities I have been given. I have been able to explore all aspects of art. In particular I have loved painting, drawing and printmaking and looking at lovely picture books and making up stories. I now keep a sketchbook and a head full of ideas. I am an obsessive drawer and hope I never stop experimenting. I have loads of influences; and I aspire to being nearly as good as I am in my dreams.

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YITING LEE

YITING LEE yitinglee.blogspot.com doriiche@gmail.com 07713 127432

I come from Taiwan, born in May 1985. After studying advertising and public relations in Taiwan, I worked at an advertising company as an accounts executive. However two years ago, the yellow cover of the book “Play pen ” on the shelf of a bookshop attracted me, and it changed my life completely. After that, soon I decided to come here to pursue my dream of being an artist. This MA course enlightened me and turns my dream into a possible future. In my creations, I tend to catch some lovely and melting moments of feelings in life, and then turn those into pictures. Mostly I like to use simply loose lines to illustrate and a bit of bright colour to add. But I am still in the process of exploring, to discover the potential of my artwork. In my childhood memories, children’s books were always my best toys and friends. As an adult now, I still love them. Therefore, in the future, I wish to write and illustrate more and more cheerful stories for children the world over.

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ALISON LIMENTANI

ALISON LIMENTANI limentani.blogspot.com alisonlimentani@yahoo.co.uk

Originally I trained as an animal behaviourist and veterinary nurse, so I came to the MA course with very little formal Art training. Instead I came with an open mind and a desire to learn how to communicate my knowledge about animals to children. When I started the course I was interested in producing images that would teach children about dog behaviour to help prevent dog bites. As the course has continued, my enthusiasm for conservation and zoology has become more evident in my work. I have always been fascinated by animals and enjoy inspiring the same interest in others. My greatest discovery during the course has been my love of printmaking. I particularly enjoy relief printing and have been using mount-board collographs and vinyl to explore the use of colour and texture in my work. I feel printmaking is often overlooked in non-ďŹ ction illustration, but hope to prove that it can be equally as effective. In the future I would like to produce exciting educational images for children inspired by the work I do with animals. I also hope to develop my printmaking skills further.

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CLAIRE MCGINLEY

CLAIRE MCGINLEY c_e_mcginley@hotmail.com

I was born and brought up in Ely, the cathedral city in the Fens. Drawing and painting have always been part of my life. A fond early memory is sitting on my Father’s drawing board, learning it seemed, to make sense of the world through drawing with him and making up stories. Childhood books were and continue to be of great importance to me. Working as a primary school teacher for many years has enabled me to share my love of learning, particularly specialising in art. I have always found working with children inspiring. I see picture books as having a crucial role in education, so the exciting possibility of illustrating children’s books combines my interest in both art and education. A sense of place is important to me and I hope this can be seen in my work. It is almost as if a new visual language has evolved since completing the Children’s Book Illustration MA. I now always use my sketch book to record interesting observations wherever I am that may be used in a future image.

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GEMMA MERINO

GEMMA MERINO gm_ark@yahoo.com

A long time ago, in a far away land called Catalonia, I discovered I was good at reading maps. It was that notion of knowing I had a gift for understanding space by looking at two dimensional drawings that made me resolve I could be an architect. I graduated in architecture in Barcelona and worked at practices in Barcelona, Dublin, Tel Aviv, and now London. Not so long ago, after attending a couple of children’s book illustration evening courses in London, I discovered picture books were fascinating and I resolved to learn more about them. A year ago, while doing the MA at Cambridge School of Art, I discovered I enjoyed telling stories as much as illustrating them, and I resolved to take that challenge, so I made a picture book, The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water that won the Macmillan Prize, and will be published by Macmillan. The MA has given me the perfect environment to develop my own voice. I have learnt that observing the world as if I was looking at it for the first time is the way to get rid of borrowed images and a trigger for my creativity. I am now looking forward to finding my next discovery.

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REBECCA MERRY

REBECCA MERRY www.rebeccamerry.co.uk rebeccamerry@hotmail.com 07887 753479 I originally trained in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic and gained an MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the Royal College of Art in 1991. Having spent five years working in museum education at the Victoria and Albert Museum, I started painting as my primary occupation and now show regularly in galleries in Cambridge, Norwich and London. I work primarily in the traditional medium of egg tempera, which I find I love for its intensity of colour and clarity of line. My painting has always had a strong narrative content, and this was an important factor in applying to study on this MA. My main influences come from book art such as Indian Miniatures and Medieval manuscripts but whilst on the course I have also had the opportunity to explore paper theatre, animation and relief printmaking. I have gained inspiration from 20th century illustrators such as John Minton and Kay Nielsen. I am interested in folktales and myths from around the world and also write my own stories, drawing on traditional sources for inspiration. I hope to illustrate both picture books and storybooks and ultimately to have one of my own illustrated stories published.

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RUCHI MHASANE

RUCHI MHASANE ruchimhasane.blogspot.com ruchimhasane@gmail.com

Before this MA, the form of the picture book, to me, was well known but hardly explored. Having come from India, where I’ve spent almost all my life, most books for children were meant to teach, few to entertain, but even fewer which did it through pictures. The reason for joining the MA was the hope to change that. My BFA in Applied Art allowed me a tiny glimpse into children’s illustration, but I felt I wanted to delve deeper. I have always drawn pictures, but only recently have I begun to use them in a narrative. Visual narratives are a form that I enjoy immensely, and I am becoming very comfortable expressing myself through them. I love drawing figures, especially children, and I enjoy capturing their movements and gestures. My work tends to be dreamy or have hints of fantasy, or contain metaphors. I am drawn to working with meaningful and enriching content, and hope to create books that delight and inspire.

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KATIE MOUNTFORD www.creativekt.com kmountford@gmail.com

KATIE MOUNTFORD

My love for drawing began with picture books. I can vividly remember trying to imitate my favorite illustrators after each visit to our local library. This passion evolved into a BFA from the University of Notre Dame where I pursued studies in both product and graphic design. Unfortunately however, I slowly lost contact with my pencil during the next four years I spent living in Chicago. As I began to crave a more fulfilling career, I knew I wanted to get back into drawing. At first I considered pursuing my interest in medical illustration. Yet, after my best friend sent me a children’s book which she asked me to illustrate, I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I feel incredibly honored to have been accepted into this MA program as it has been an invaluable part of my education. It has allowed me to step out of my ‘design’ shoes and explore more elements of illustration, as well as develop my passion for humorous stories and characters. My goal is to continue producing stories which provide as much laughter and smiles to readers of all ages, as they do for me.

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HARRIET MUNCASTER

HARRIET MUNCASTER www.victoriastitch.blogspot.com harrietmuncaster@hotmail.com 07766107925 When I was young I spent my time writing fairy letters and making tiny clothes and houses. I have always had a fascination with miniature things. Recently I have begun to combine this fascination with my love for drawing and writing. I have spent the last year creating sets from paper and fabrics and photographing them to make illustrations. When I am not creating illustrations in 3D I like to create them in 2D using pen and ink or paint. My work often incorporates a fantasy or whimsical element. I also have a great interest in young ďŹ ction and last summer I wrote and illustrated a novel aimed at older children. I would love to get it published in the not too distant future! Before doing the MA in Cambridge I studied a BA in illustration at Norwich University College of the Arts.

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EDWARD OLIVER

EDWARD OLIVER www.edwardarthuroliver.com edgeartoliver@btopenworld.com My name is Edward Oliver and I am a 25-year-old artist from Cambridge, where I have lived all my life. I have a BA in Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and want nothing more than to follow my dream and become a writer and illustrator of children’s books. My work is often steeped in magic and adventure and I am particularly excited by stories that have a moral, a hidden message or a deeper meaning. My work covers a wide age-range of children’s fiction. I am passionate about everything from picture books, right up to stories for older children.

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LIZA SMITH

I was born in Brighton and was lucky enough to have a happy childhood, during which I mostly flopped around wearing a Snoopy t-shirt and flared dungarees, with my nose in a book. The flares have long gone but I never grew out of children’s books. I studied illustration at Brighton University and Creative Writing at Sussex University, and spent eight happy years working in a children’s bookshop. The MA at Cambridge School of Art has been a wonderful opportunity to develop my work, and it has been inspiring and exciting to be part of a group of new illustrators. As well as drawing and printmaking, I love to work in three-dimensions. This has progressed from earlier studies in embroidery to my current work of model and puppet-making. My tutors have encouraged and supported this interest, and on the course I have been able to dip my toe into the waters of Children’s Theatre. I hope that in the future I can take the plunge!

LIZA SMITH www.lizajsmith.blogspot.com minniemin@hotmail.co.uk 07967648055

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LACY SNARR

LACY SNARR lacysnarr.blogspot.com lacysnarr@gmail.com

I am from Lincoln, Arkansas, United States. I’ve been drawing my whole life. I studied observational drawing as a child. Later, I studied Fine Art and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration before coming to study at Cambridge School of Art. Children’s book illustration combines two of my life long passions- books and art. I enjoy reading and collecting illustrated books. I like the storytelling aspect of illustration, how it can transcend the text and add another dimension to the story. In my work, I prefer using traditional materials. I enjoy observational drawing; I appreciate how it enables me to slow down and see the world from a new perspective. I create art as a way to express myself and to find myself through my work.

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BECKY PALMER

BECKY PALMER bepalmer.blogspot.com becky.l.palmer@gmail.com

I love books. I have always loved books: I got hooked very young, and would read while brushing my teeth, while tying my laces, and under the table at mealtimes (if I could get away with it). As an adult, I know children whose reading is just as avid and absorbed. I’m fascinated by the power books can have to swallow a child whole. I also love pictures. On discovering pictures I like, an immediate itchy eagerness sets in to go home and try it myself – the clearest sign I know of that this is what I am meant to do. My passion for books and pictures took me through a BA in History of Art and English Literature, and eventually brought me to the Cambridge School of Art, where the MA Children’s Book Illustration course has helped me to fulfil a lifetime’s wish to make pictures and stories of my own. During my time on the course, I have become very enthusiastic about the potential of the comic book or graphic novel. My highest aspiration is to make books that future children can disappear themselves into.

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SUNG HO PARK

SUNG HO PARK www.toybomb.net orangcore@naver.com

I majored in architecture at Ajou University in Korea. After graduation, a character company asked me to work with them after they had seen some of my work on my personal website. They loved my characters and illustration work on the website. In the company I had the opportunity to gain various experience from the initial concept of animated characters through to book illustration. That was the start of my career as illustrator. I also made storyboards of cartoon projects and found that I was particularly skilled in making stories. I have been interested in picture books since I first saw modern picture books from foreign countries. I particularly admire humorous writers like William Steig, Tomi Ungerer and John Burningham. I didn’t see these types of books when I was a child, because they only began importing them to Korea in the 1990s. This naturally made me want to broaden my experience in the country where many great picture book artists have originated. I have been really happy when others found my stories amusing and entertaining, and that is the biggest reason I pursue working and studying in picture books.

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SINÉAD PRIOR

SINÉAD PRIOR sineadpriorillustration.blogspot.com sinead.prior@yahoo.com

I was born in Dublin, Ireland and grew up constantly reading and drawing. I particularly loved creating weird and wonderful characters with my twin sister, who is also an artist. Between us we produced many illustrated magazines, letters and stories. These imaginative childhood collaborations formed perhaps the strongest influence on who I am as an artist, especially on the humorous personality in much of my work. Upon leaving school, I studied Visual Communication in Athlone Institute of Technology. It was there, due to a particularly supportive tutor, that I realised that I could actually illustrate for a wider audience to enjoy. After graduating with a BA(hons) in Visual Communication, I decided to move to Cambridge to study as an illustrator in the MA Children’s Book Illustration course. My time studying in the Cambridge School of Art has been the most creatively enriching, inspiring and challenging period in my life as an artist. The course has fueled my passion and ambition to work in the children’s book industry. The experience and confidence that I have gained have been valuable to my freelance work, most recently the illustration of two Environmental Awareness books commissioned for primary school children in Ireland.

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ZACK ROCK

ZACK ROCK www.zackrock.com zack@zackrock.com

Born in Iowa, a square amongst squares. Enjoyed all the corn, but popped out of there To winey Napa, then Canada, and now Caffeinated Seattle is my new hometown. I’ve doodled around in all sorts of illustration But most left me feeling immense consternation. The ‘zines and newspapers were too flat and grey, And video game gigs are anything but play. For none brought me nearer to my soul’s sole intention: To create picture books (with a hint of pretension). And now that I’ve finished this tough MA course, Which left my poor artistic voice almost hoarse, My lifelong longing is almost fulfilled! So suffice it to say that I’m thoroughly thrilled To see to this dream that I had as a boy. Now check out my drawings! I hope you enjoy.

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ROSEMARY SHOJAIE

ROSEMARY SHOJAIE asailasail.blogspot.com rshojaie@gmail.com

I grew up in upstate New York in the United States. After receiving a degree in biology and a minor in Latin from the University of Rochester, I decided to change paths entirely to pursue a career I had always dreamt of. Initially, I had mainly been interested in illustrating stories for older children and adults. The characters and settings found in classic literature, drama and musical theatre had captivated my imagination throughout my childhood. It has been an invaluable opportunity for me - and for the development of my work - to live in England and travel around Europe. I have realized just how vital ďŹ rsthand experience is when attempting to adapt historically rooted stories in a faithful way. I have also been able to broaden my horizons by working on story ideas for younger children. The process of creating characters and writing text has been both new and refreshing for me. I hope to incorporate all I have learned on this course by bringing a level of sensitivity and atmosphere to my future work.

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SARAH SMITH

SARAH SMITH sarah-liana@hotmail.com 07947111625 After a Foundation course at Central Saint Martins, where I focused on performance design, I achieved a BA First Class Honours in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University. During my BA I specialised in book illustration and realised I wanted to be a children’s book illustrator. The MA course at Cambridge School of Art has reinforced my aspiration towards this profession and strengthened my passion for storytelling. I was born in London but spent my childhood in Rome, and my best memories are of playing outdoors; these have influenced my work as my stories revolve around playing and adventure. In my latest project I have used colour and decorative patterns, most obviously in the costumes that are designed to be theatrical. I would like to explore these techniques further. At the end of my MA I intend to pursue my vocation and see what other adventures I can create.

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ANNA CONSTANCE TODD

ANNA CONSTANCE TODD www.annatoddbooks.webeden.co.uk constancetodd@googlemail.com 07779 670334 At the tender age of eight I had my first book published. When I say ‘published’ I mean that my Grandfather, who was County Librarian of Cambridge at the time, had my short illustrated novella “The Haunted House” put through the photocopier and onto the display stand in his library. Whilst of course teaching me the value of nepotism, this experience also introduced me to the sheer magical thrill of making books which the wider world may actually want to read. Since then, even though I have graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Oxford University and have worked as a portrait painter, as a lecturer and as an artist-inresidence in schools, hospitals and even a maximum security prison, I have always been drawn back to my passion for illustration. The MA course has provided me with a deeper understanding of the publishing industry and the necessary specialist skills and insights needed for me to pursue my illustration projects and, most importantly, the course has reminded me of that profound and wonderful excitement of my early foray into the publishing world. It ran to three copies, by the way, and is now, sadly, out of print.

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NARISA TOGO

NARISA TOGO (a.k.a. Ting) http://pub.ne.jp/KuinaSoi17/ ting.kuina917@gmail.com

I was born and raised in Japan. Ever since childhood, I have had a passion for drawing and painting, but have also loved outdoor activities, especially bird watching. I received my bachelor’s degree in ecology at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and spent four years doing field research on wildlife and plants. I began to realise that I interacted with nature not only by writing scientific papers, but also by faithfully keeping sketchbooks in which I recorded the wildlife and scenery I observed. Documentation has always been the basis for my illustration ideas and stories. By pursuing a career in children’s book illustration, I hope to introduce the natural world to children in a way that is both educational and fun. Above all I want to combine my images with narratives yet still remain true to nature. I am also very interested in making environmental textbooks. This course has given me a fresh new perspective on how to rediscover nature in a child-friendly way.

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JOANNE YOUNG

JOANNE YOUNG www.joanneyoungillustration.co.uk mail@joanneyoungillustration.co.uk 07828622486

I strive to create artwork that has energy, movement and a sense of environment. Imagination is key to my work. Throughout the course I have tried to explore and develop different ways of creating worlds for my characters to exist in. This usually begins with a dramatic use of light and scale. Themes are often inspired by topics that I am passionate about, such as issues surrounding the environment. In 2009, I graduated from the Norwich University College of the Arts with a 1st Class BA (Hons.) in Graphic Design (Illustration). My work for the degree show won the ‘Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society’s’ best in show and my illustrations have also appeared twice in the AOI’s ‘Images’ competition, in annuals 34 and 35. The course has given me the chance to understand and develop my own visual language within the area of narrative illustration, I feel like I have gone on a real journey and learnt a lot about what sort of artist I want to be. I now look forward to starting my career in Children’s Book Illustration and seeing where my illustration takes me.

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SHICONG ZHOU

SHICONG ZHOU cissychouchina@gmail.com 07411299820

For the last year I have been studying Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. I finished my BA in China—LuXun Academy of Fine Arts 2010. During this time I have been able to explore different ways of creating pictures. Firstly, I was not good at making children’s books. It always confused me - what does a child like? What’s the best color and shape for the characters? My studies at Cambridge School of Art have helped me find a new field I did not notice before. It is a new and wonderful world. In the future I hope I can publish my own book.

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AMANDA JOYCE BISHOP www.ajbmtk.com amandabishop@gmail.com

CHARLIZE YUTING CHENG charlize-illustration-studio.blogspot.com charlize.yuting.cheng@gmail.com

JO EMPSON www.joempson.co.uk joempson.blogspot.com joempson@yahoo.co.uk

KATIE MAY GREEN www.katiemaygreen.co.uk katiemaygreen@hotmail.com 07789966995

YITING LEE yitinglee.blogspot.com doriiche@gmail.com 07713 127432

REBECCA MERRY www.rebeccamerry.co.uk rebeccamerry@hotmail.com 07887 753479

NATALIE BLOFIELD www.naraloo.moonfruit.com naraloo@hotmail.co.uk

AMY CHIPPING amychippingillustration.blogspot.com amychipping@hotmail.co.uk 07793836631

KARIN EKLUND www.keeart.co.uk k@keeart.co.uk

MARIA HERBERT-LIEW www.mariaherbert-liew.com maria.herbertliew@gmail.com

ALISON LIMENTANI limentani.blogspot.com alisonlimentani@yahoo.co.uk

RUCHI MHASANE ruchimhasane.blogspot.com ruchimhasane@gmail.com

SARAH BROWN www.sarahbrownillustration.co.uk sarahbrownillustration@yahoo.com

HEIDI DEEDMAN www.heidideedman.com 07930 573 955

TRUDI ESBERGER www.trudiesberger.com trudiesberger.blogspot.com trudi@trudiesberger.com 07940119663

CATHERINA VON ISENBURG www.catherinavonisenburg.com info@catherinavonisenburg.com 07719101698

CLAIRE MCGINLEY c_e_mcginley@hotmail.com

KATIE MOUNTFORD www.creativekt.com kmountford@gmail.com

ROSIE BYRNE rosieprint@hotmail.com

MANDY DOYLE mandy.jane.doyle@gmail.com

MARY FUNK-BUTTERWORTH maryfunkb@hotmail.com +44 (0) 7720 373 697 +44 (0) 208 780 0508

ALISON KING www.alisonking.co.uk. alison@alisonking.co.uk 07775804495

GEMMA MERINO gm_ark@yahoo.com

HARRIET MUNCASTER www.victoriastitch.blogspot.com harrietmuncaster@hotmail.com 07766107925

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EDWARD OLIVER www.edwardarthuroliver.com edgeartoliver@btopenworld.com

SUNG HO PARK www.toybomb.net orangcore@naver.com

SARAH SMITH sarah-liana@hotmail.com 07947111625

LIZA SMITH www.lizajsmith.blogspot.com minniemin@hotmail.co.uk 07967648055

SINÉAD PRIOR sineadpriorillustration.blogspot.com sinead.prior@yahoo.com

ANNA CONSTANCE TODD www.annatoddbooks.webeden.co.uk constancetodd@googlemail.com 07779 670334

LACY SNARR lacysnarr.blogspot.com lacysnarr@gmail.com

ZACK ROCK www.zackrock.com zack@zackrock.com

NARISA TOGO (a.k.a. Ting) http://pub.ne.jp/KuinaSoi17/ ting.kuina917@gmail.com

BECKY PALMER bepalmer.blogspot.com becky.l.palmer@gmail.com

ROSEMARY SHOJAIE asailasail.blogspot.com rshojaie@gmail.com

JOANNE YOUNG www.joanneyoungillustration.co.uk mail@joanneyoungillustration.co.uk 07828622486

SHICONG ZHOU cissychouchina@gmail.com 07411299820

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MA Children's Book Illustration Graduation Show 2012 brochure  

Brochure for the MA Children's Book Illustration Graduation Show 2012 at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.