‘Chick ‘n’ Chips’ – a colorful perspective of the chicken shops in London that we are all quite familiar with, another piece of personal work.
Seeing as this year’s graduates are about to showcase their final collections and leave behind the comfort of university, we’ve caught up with the graduates of 2014. They discuss their experiences, achievements, hopes and losses since graduating with us.
Kingston – Illustration – stephanieunger.tumblr.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
Primarily an illustrator, who’s dabbled in prop making, Illustration graduate Stephanie Unger has set her self the task of drawing everything in a museum. She’s also passionate about tea.
Illustration for ‘Follow me around the Room’ exhibition. I wanted to capture the moment of getting caught when being followed.
Volt Café: Sum up what you do in one sentence
Stephanie Unger: I’m an illustrator who likes dipping my toes into other things occasionally
VC: At university you had access to lots of different printing techniques (e.g. screen printing, etching). Do you try to combine your knowledge of printing and your illustrating abilities to create a unique effect?
SU: I’ve always enjoyed putting manual labour into my work so to me it was a good way to take my illustrations that one step further. It’s always better to see a physical copy of your work rather than only seeing it on a screen.
VC: How did you come to work with Blink productions?
SU:I really loved the ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ series (if you haven’t seen it, watch it!) and always thought it would be really fun to work on it. So after leaving university I got in contact with the directors, Becky & Joe, and was really lucky to get asked in to help prop-make for the film. From this I was able to work on other films represented by Blink.
VC: Had you always been interested in prop making?
SU:I did quite a few live action films at uni that involved making sets and puppet’s, which I always really enjoyed! So yeah, I did.
These are a series of supporting illustrations for my ‘Best of a Bad Situaton’ project.
VC: Some of your work is being displayed at the ‘Follow Me Around The Room’ at the London Print Studio. How did you become involved in the exhibition?
SU: Eve Lloyd Knight who curated the exhibition saw my work at my degree show and emailed me asking if I’d be interested, of course I said yes!
VC: You’ve set yourself the task of drawing everything in one museum – specifically the Natural History Museum. Why was this so important to you?
SU: This was actually a project in my first year of university. It was a reportage project and we were free to draw wherever we wanted. Natural History museum has always been one of my favourites and I wanted to create something that encapsulated the experience into a portable format. This got me excited to create catalogue of everything displayed in Natural History Museum.
VC: Is nature and its importance to the planet something that you consciously think of incorporating into your work?
SU: I don’t consciously incorporate it into my work but I have always really appreciated nature. I grew up in The Alton Estate in Roehampton, London, which is the strangest estate. It has these huge industrial blocks inspired by Le Corbusier’s vision of a park city. It’s also right on the doorstep of Richmond Park where I spent a huge amount of time in growing up. So I reckon it probably has something to do with that.
‘Best of a Bad Situation’ – A pair of teacups and saucers to remind people that even in the most nightmarish situations, there is time for a cup of tea.
VC: We really liked your ‘Make The Best Of A Bad Situation’ ceramics. Is there always time for a cup of tea?
SU: ALWAYS! I need to remind myself that. Sometimes you can find yourself running around like a headless chicken trying to get stuff done. Give yourself 10 minutes with a cup of tea to de-stress and it will do you a world of good.
Word by Annie Lunnon and Danielle Westwood
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