NATALIE HAYES, HEAD OF LEVEL THREE, BA(HONS) ILLUSTRATION
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Natalie is an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience, working for a number of institutions across a range of creative courses. She graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design with a first-class degree in Graphic Design in 1989 having studied the Illustration Pathway.
Natalie currently in Head of Level 3, BA (Hons) Illustration course at Falmouth University.
With many years’ experience as an illustrator across a range of genres including advertising, editorial, publicity, music packaging, set design and countryside interpretation, her commercial work targeted companies whose ethical credentials aligned with her own. Clients include Survival International, Friends of the Earth, The Nuffield Theatre, Marshall Cavendish Publishing, Nursing Standard Magazine, Rank Xerox. An interest in environmental issues led to a series of countryside interpretation projects for a number of countryside organisations and she has worked as an illustrator for Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and Wokingham Borough Council. In 2012 she wrote the article ‘The Intoxication of the Pencil’ for ‘A’ Magazine, Curated by Stephen Jones.
In 2006 Natalie achieved a Distinction for her MA Illustration (Authorial Practice) from Falmouth University. Studying for her MA, she developed an interest in self-authored narrative and developed projects which ‘disrupted’ conventional storytelling practices. Interested in the potential for symbolism, metaphor and myth to transform personal stories into the universal, she developed narrative sequences which explored themes on psychological disorders and their impact on relationships.
Having worked on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Falmouth University since 2008, Natalie was previously the head of the second year where she developed the curriculum with projects which encouraged students to push the boundaries of the subject and to explore new territories for illustration.
As the head of the third year of the course, Natalie is keen to encourage collaborative projects which engage the local community, which are ethically aware and have a positive impact on society.
In addition to her employment at Falmouth University, Natalie also has many years’ experience leading and teaching on a range of creative courses across the country.
EXAMPLES OF PRACTICE
Rank Xerox, unpublished
Become adept at problem solving and creating your visual language on an illustration course renowned for its professional practice and industry connections. From day one you’ll have your own desk space, and be encouraged to embrace the studio culture of creative communities.