Saturday, 20 October 2012

Foursight featured on Creative Review Blog

Wow guys, well done, work from Foursight feature on the Creative Review Blog!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Manchester Literature Festival 8 x 8

A wonderful and encouraging write up courtesy of the MLF Blog. Thanks so much!


Sweet sixteen

8x8 Anthology Launch, Saturday 14th October, 2pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Words and photograph by Sarah-Clare Conlon.

The 8x8 magazine project is a really interesting collaboration, which brings together eight writers and eight illustrators, all students. The authors are second and third years at MMU Cheshire, who submit their fiction coursework for consideration; the artists are from the second year of Stockport College’s 3D illustration degree, selected via a competition.

This is the fourth year the book has been put together, in this instance by Sarah Galloway, who is thanked by MMU tutor Robert Graham, with a cover design by Holly McLoughlin, thanked by Stockport College’s Jo Spicer. Robert and Jo take it in turns to introduce the contributors to the stage to answer questions about the creative and collaborative processes, and to read their stories in the case of the writers, or, in the case of the artists, to discuss their pieces, some of the workings-outs and roughs shown on screen behind them.

Up first is Tim Rands, whose story Long Time No See deals with Danny’s relationship with his parents, and is illustrated by Andrew Melville. Jamie Lawton reads from Ladies, then the illustrator Rachel Felstead describes how she worked with Jamie Walsh’s words (One For All), but was actually pipped to the post by fellow illustrator Cat Webb. The competition is strong! We listen to a reading by James Harker, who, not only is an Edge Hill Crime Writing Competition winner, he is also Writer On Attachment at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Another genre writer is Dan Peacock, with the sci-fi offering Entropy, and we also hear about the partnership by Jessica Redmond (author) and Emily Dennison (illustrator).

Jo Spicer explains how it’s “Great for the students to have a printed piece in their portfolio”, and we see the finished publication, with its glossy, bright cover. Jo asked Jadine Butler about how she set about the task of designing something to go with Laura Brown’s As It Was, and she explained how she “tried to pick the two most symbolic moments in the text”, which includes a half-eaten piece of toast, which, indeed is very representative. Robert says of Laura: “She’s very good at leaving it entirely to the reader to work it out, using the little tiny things to say a lot more.”

Finally, we have some flash fiction, from Louise M North (pictured). Her seven stories are called the Wings Collection, and each deals with a running theme, but using very different forms. She attributes her experimental approach to US writer Richard Brautigan, and thanks her partner illustrator for really getting to grips with her pieces.

Eight writers, eight illustrators: an awful lot of talent. 

Sarah-Clare Conlon is a freelance writer, editor and press officer. Her award-winning blog, Words & Fixtures, is about language, literature, arts and culture.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Anaglypta Competition Winner!

Year 3 Surface Design / Illustration student, Hannah Sumbland has won a competition (with a nice juicy cheque!)  to design a wallpaper for Anaglypta. It was a very open brief as the company were interested in new ideas. Hannah says, "I chose flowers and butterflies because that was what I was using for my 'Personal Passions' brief at the time and I work best in subjects to do with nature so I felt I could produce a strong design using these as a starting point. This project was a big challenge for me as I had never designed wallpaper before and there was a mathematical side to it which I found really difficult to get my head around, but I needed to understand it in order to put the design together for a screen print. It was also hard to keep it limited to two colours as I like to use a variety but the brief required us to use only two, and to show what the design would look like in white. After all the hard work I produced a design that I was happy with, it portrayed the delicate look I was aiming for and had the right sort of 'flow' that I thought would work well on a wall. I chose the colours navy and gold to create a sophisticated, decorative look. I handed the project in feeling happy that I had improved my drawing a little and had learnt a new skill, I never thought I would win so it was a lovely surprise when I was announced the winner! I'm really grateful for the opportunity I had to enter the competition and the confidence and skills it has provided for me!"

Salford Zine Library

Year 3 students have been working on creating their own zones since the start of term. Last week illustrator and owner of Salford Zine Library, Craig Barr, came to review their publications. He gave some stirling advice and feedback. It was nice to see the group present their work and feel proud of having a final artefact. Some changes need making but we hope to have an exhibition of this work in January.

Foursight VS. Launch Night

A brilliant night was hosted by graduates 'Foursight' to mark the launch of their exciting publication. They teamed up with established illustrators who have forged successful careers and created work based on opposites e.g war vs peace, fat vs thin. One piece of work was created by a heavyweight the other by a newly graduated lightweight. The theme of 'versus' was continued through the night with guests having their pictures taken wearing boxing gloves and an exciting draw - off!