Last week Linda Scott and Julie Ann Monks travelled up to Bristol with a group of Year 2 Illustration students for the first study trip for 2 years. Working closely with our co-ordinator and Falmouth Alumni Dave Bain, who graduated in 2005, our students participated in studio visits to Hamilton House in Stokes Croft, Dove St and Centre Space studios. Successful practising illustrators including Harriet Lee Merrion, who recently illustrated a Folio Society publication of Margaret Attwood’s ‘Oryx and Crake’, Children’s book illustrator Paula Bowles and others spoke with enthusiasm to students about their journey from graduation to the present day, with excellent advice regarding their process. Presentations from other illustrators included Dave Bain’s forays into designing and painting murals at hospitals and public spaces in the city, Paula Bowles’ stylistic transition over the years and the refreshing work of Molly Fairhurst, very much a rising star in the world of illustration who also delivered an inspiring animation workshop.
The week culminated in a pop- up exhibition in the Hotwells area of Bristol , with most students exhibiting for the first time , on the timely theme of ‘Liberation’ . A showreel of animations from Molly’s workshop, was also projected onto the walls of the gallery.