With the pop-up event this Saturday fast approaching, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our art student sellers: Yulei Zhang, Kezia Hulse and Joana Pinto, all students at the Cambridge School of Art. They will be showcasing and selling their work at the pop-up, and here they will share a little bit about themselves and their work.
Where are you from?
Yulei: Wuhan, China
Kez: York, North Yorkshire
Joana: Porto, Portgual
What course are you studying?
Yulei: MA Children’s Book Illustration
Kez: BA Illustration
Joana: BA Illustration and Animation
How would you describe your work in a few words?
Yulei: Dreamlike, secret world, solitude
Kez: Lively, Fresh, Humorous
Joana: Playful and expressive
What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?
Yulei: I will bring some postcards and a tiny concertina booklet, the images are selected from two of my recent picturebook projects, The Attic and The night story. The Attic tells a story about a girl who has an adventure in her dream. The Night Story comes from my experience of sketching in the pubs of Cambridge, the story deals with the subject of loneliness.
Kez: I will be selling some limited edition screen prints which I printed for a final project; to illustrate T.S Eliot;s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I will also be selling postcards which are a mixture of recent drawings and designs.
Joana: I’ll be selling a collection of postcards inspired by Portuguese flora and caprine breeds, three prints and a collection of stickers. They all depict different animals, either explored in an aesthetically pleasing sense, particularly in the case of the prints, or simply created to display playful characters, especially with the stickers.
What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?
Yulei: For me the most interesting part is to try different kind of techniques and mediums, to find the best way to telling the story. During this process I usually get a better understanding of what really interests me most. The worst part is having limited time.
Kez: The best part is drawing and scribbling ideas down and being able to create images that put forward ideas or messages. The worst part is when you want to draw but you don’t have any ideas!
Joana: The best part is definitely sketching, playing with shapes and trying to figure out what kind of character will come out of the end of the pencil. I don’t usually think before I draw so the result always comes with a bit of a surprise that makes drawing all the more fun. As to the worst, well, that’d have to be colouring. Not that I hate it but it’s the longest part of the process and I consider myself a rather eager person when drawing, I just can’t wait to see how an illustration will look once it’s finished!
Where do you see your work taking you in the future?
Yulei: Well, I’d like to try to some more challenging image narratives, like graphic novel.
Kez: Possibly editorial illustration, creating images for magazine articles, or advertising or book covers. Or maybe designing sets for the theatre as I enjoy thinking about designs and ideas in 3D.
Joana: I definitely want to follow a career in animation, most likely at a small or medium sized British or American company, but I’d also love to create children’s books or even a graphic novel at some point. I’m pretty much open for anything that gives me the opportunity to tell a story.
To see more of their work, find them on social media:
Come and see their work for yourself this Saturday – find them in the new Eclectic Mix Student Art area!