Saturday, 18 June 2016

A very special show

Today I visited the DeMontfort University Art and Design degree show in Leicester for two very special reasons.

One of those reasons was that Squidgeling T is getting a taste for product design, and we thought it would be a good idea to see what kind of things were being created by the class of 2016. We were very impressed with the portable camping pod, the motorbike leathers that lit up front and back with LED lights, and the entire interior design section.

The second - and most important reason - was that Laura, who illustrated Granny Rainbow for me, was exhibiting her work in the Graphic Design and Illustration section. Here she is...Laura, not Granny Rainbow!

Laura with her display

Laura's definitely developed a distinctive style, and she loves to draw animals. Here's one of her keepsake cards that you could take away; the bird's wing is latch-hooked with strips of plastic bags to 'Make Art not Litter'.

Laura had also written and illustrated a children's story, called What Do You Want To Do? It's a lovely story about not listening to others tell you what you can and can't do, but to live your dream. To go with the book was a story bag; a rucsac filled with activity sheets, question cards, an audio version (read by Jane, Laura's sister) and three handmade stuffed toys based on the animals in the book. Gorgeous!

Then there was her stationery range; eco-friendly and based again on animals.

And then there were more latch hooked cards; a squirrel with a bushy red-brown tail, a seagull with black and grey wing, and a turtle with a woven plastic strip shell. So clever!

I can't believe that Laura's degree is finished - it only feels like a few minutes since she started on the course. You can see more about her and her work HERE on her website. And if her degree exhibition is anything to go by, I'm sure she'll be heading for a bright future in illustration.

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