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ILLUSTRATION

I L A R I A ANTOLINI


CONTENTS


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ABOUT ME

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THE MOVING BIT ANIMATION

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INSIDE THE SOUL, THE SOUL INSIDE CARDS GAME

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BEULAH LONDON LOGO AND SHOP

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UNCONTROLLABLE HAIR HANDMADE BOOK

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THE TWINS TIPS MAGAZINE

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ADRIAN MOLE BOOK COVER


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ABOUT ME I am an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in London. I studied Interior Design at the Polytechnic of Milan, and I completed a Master in Communication Design: Illustration at Kingston University, London. I am currently undertaking a graphic design internship at the luxury fashion brand Beulah London, where I am gaining experience working collaboratively with the marketing team in the realisation of advertising campaigns, promotional materials and brand design. I am also improving my abilities by assisting the fashion designer in the creation of the new scarves collection, and the interior designer in the realisation of a new store bringing ideas and producing illustrations. I have grown as an illustrator and a visual storyteller by being a part of The Storybox Collective, a London-based group of designers exploring the potential of archival research through collaborative making. The academic experience consolidated my ability in the creation of research-driven projects; I have developed skills to excel in the formulation of strong concept designs that take audiences into significant consideration. The working experience has given me strong capabilities to work in a team as well as to develop time management skills, the ability to work to deadlines and to remain professional and positive under pressure. I am a very dedicated person full of new ideas, and I always work with passion and enthusiasm. It is vital for me to let my thoughts and imagination fly while working on projects and I am focused on the exploration of new production processes since I firmly believe that improvement is based on experimentation.

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THE MOVING BIT ANIMATION This is a project realised for ‘Storybox: Tale of Absence, ‘What ifs’ and ‘Salvation’ an exhibition of new works inspired by the archives of Wilton’s Music Hall.

The Wilton’s collection contains hints and clues to not just the history of the building and its environment, but even to the many fascinating people who walked the hallways of the world’s oldest grand music hall. Having found some photographies in Wilton’s archive inspired me in the creation of ‘The Moving Bit’ animation. The Wilton’s Auditorium, the Danish Set girl, and The Great Belzoni made me remember the sensations and the adrenaline I was feeling on the stage when I use to be a dancer. These records helped me to bring to my mind my dream: be a choreographer. So why don’t stage performance at Wilton’s Music Hall?

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To do that I needed some dancers, I so created them combining small bits using the collage technique. They are Mikal, Tisha, Mariah, Koba and Max: the performers of the Moving Bit crew. By animating them, I finally could realise my wish and create a choreography at Wilton’s Music Hall.

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INSIDE THE SOUL THE SOUL INSIDE

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A CARDS GAME Inside the Soul, the Soul Inside is a project that has the aim to answer the questions ‘What is the soul? ’ and ‘How do we discover and take care of it? ’ It is a card-based game, that takes the player on a journey to discover the soul. Moreover, it is an opportunity to have a rest from the frenzy of everyday life, contemplate and find oneself. The elements created to play the game are three: a box, a deck made by illustrated cards and a deck made of transparent cards. The illustrated deck contains 16 cards that, at the front, have illustrated ideas of the soul which I collected from the research I had done. While, at the back, the cards have an illustration of my concept of the soul that can be seen only by connecting them. The second deck contains transparent cards with elements that I have used in the creation of the front of the illustrated cards.

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How to play this game? First Step: What is the soul? Look at the front of the illustrated cards and reflect upon it. What do the cards represent? Have you ever thought about the soul before? How could it be represented?


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Every illustrated card has a title that expresses and summarise different ideas about the soul.

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Second Step: Turn the illustrated cards over and connect them. This is “The Queen of Life�: my soul. Thanks to research and deep reflection, I managed to represent what is the soul to me.

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Third Step: Now is time to create your soul! Choose some of the transparent cards, use them to create your composition, when you are happy with the result close the box. This is your soul! Repeat this meditational activity as much as you like, and you will see if your idea of the soul changes, or remains the same.

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BEULAH LONDON LOGO AND SHOP This is a project realised for Beulah London, a luxury fashion boutique and brand that showcases feminine aesthetics and timeless style, with an aim to empower women.

The idea for the floral decoration of the logo comes after having observed and examined the aesthetic of the brand. The elegance, the sophistication and the delicate lines of the clothes inspired me in the creation of this design. The shop has been designed and illustrated with the aim of creating a cosy luxury fashion boutique where the client can feel welcomed.

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UNCONTROLLABLE HAIR HANDMADE BOOK This handmade book has been created using the linocut printing technique. It tells a story about two little girls, Ilaria and Ashleigh, a magic gold comb and uncontrollable hair. What inspired Ilaria in the creation of this book are the traditions of an African tribe called Himba and a real event that happened to her hair.

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The narrative of the book There was a comb, a magic gold comb that loves taking care of hair and it was made by a little African girl named Ashleigh. This little girl lived in a tribe were the inhabitants, during their life, changed their hairstyles to identify their age and

their state. Ashleigh having created her comb kept it as a precious object and always used it to create fabulous hairstyles. When Ashleigh was a child wore two amazing braids that were turned into a particular hairstyle made by mud, goat hair and butter by using the magic gold comb when she becomes a teenager. When Ashleigh had a baby, put on top of her head a ladder hairdresser, but because of the new life with the little creature, she forgot to use the comb, that gets lost. In this way, the hair, without the gold magic comb became crazy and strangled Ashleigh that died. The only thing that remained was the evil spirit if the hair.

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The lost comb travelled from Africa to Europe and was sold to a little girl named Ilaria. She loved this object, and she used it every day. Because of the unique magic of it, her hair grew a lot and became long, beautiful and strong. Ilaria felt happy and satisfied, but one day she broke the comb so she could not use it anymore. The hair without the comb became mad and strangled Ilaria. The only thing that remained even in this case was the evil spirit of the hair. 71


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THE TWINS TIPS MAGAZINE Illustration made for the article entitled Bilingual written by Lisa Stallinger for Tips magazine

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ADRIAN MOLE BOOK COVER Submission for the Penguin Random House Student Awards 2017, Sue Townsend ‘Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4’ Book Cover The design of the cover is mainly inspired by the first poem written by the protagonist of the story: Adrian Mole, who believes to be an intellectual. The poem is entitled ‘The Tap’, but as he said it is not really about the tap, it is very deep, it is about life. The Tap by Adrian Mole The tap drips and keeps me awake, In the morning there will be a lake. For the want of a washer, the carpet will spoil, Then for another, my father will toil. My father could snuff it while he is at work. Dad, fit a washer don’t be a burk! In my design, the intrigue pipe symbolises the complicated life of the protagonist who tries to find an exit way from his teenage existence coming out like water from the tube.

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