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.
Westminster – Illustration – –
Animating short films and loops is relatively new to Illustration graduate Diyala Muir, but now that she’s doing her MA in Animation at RCA, her short films about loneliness and female sexuality are artwork in themselves.
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Volt Café: Sum up what you do in a sentence
Diyala Muir: I make animated films and loops surrounding the human cycles of loneliness, female sexuality, and desire.
VC: Did your time at Westminster inspire you to go to do an MA in Animation at Royal College of Art, or was that always the plan?
DM: I decided I wanted to go to the RCA for Animation during the summer before my second year at Westminster, so I used the next two years to work towards applying and getting in there. I had only done a really short stop motion animation at that point so I had a long way to go!
VC: What drew you to animation?
DM: Animation held a huge appeal to me due to its ability to communicate extremely personal yet universal feelings through visual metaphor. I feel like an audience can project themselves and engage very deeply with an animated film because there’s more room for interpretation.
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VC: What do you find interesting about printmaking?
DM: I was interested to try combining printmaking and animation due to the similarities I saw in the two mediums, both being laborious, repetitive processes in which you produce many variants of the same drawing. I also love the colours one can achieve with screen print.
VC: How does observational drawing help you in your development process?
DM: Observational drawing is so important for me, it’s like practicing an instrument if you’re a musician; you have to be fluid if you want to improvise and channel the really beautiful stuff! I also find it inspiring to be out looking at the world, I get a lot of ideas from watching people or noticing colours and compositions.
VC: You animated a music video for Op Sa! Balkan Band. How did you start working with them?
DM: The leader of the band is my best friend from high school and a very talented and inspiring musician. He asked if I could do some posters for them at the beginning of my third year and the collaboration sort of snowballed from there.
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VC: What music artists do you think have the biggest impact on the fashion industry in terms of style and artistic inspiration?
DM: I feel like Die Antwoord just keep getting bigger and bigger and they have such a bold, current aesthetic. I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought out a line in collaboration with a designer some time soon.
VC: If you had to pick one designer to wear for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
DM: Meadham Kirchhoff for sure! I adore their use of colour; every day would be so fun if I was wearing their clothes.
Words by Annie Lunnon and Danielle Westwood


Animation, Annie Lunnon, Die Antwoord, Diyala Muir, Drawings, female sexuality, Illustration, loneliness, Meadham Kirchhoff, Op Sa!, RCA, Volt Graduates, Westminster,