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Kingston University: Illustration and Animation Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review. Downstairs.

There was lots more talent to discover downstairs at Highs For Your Eyes. Meet some of the best: Soo Choi, Hannah Rowlands, Marin Matsuo, George Mein, Frances Ives and more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Hannah Rowlands zodiac
Zodiac by Hannah Rowlands.

Now for the downstairs section of the Kingston Illustration and Animation Highs For Your Eyes graduate exhibition.

Soo Choi Emotional Gym
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 soo choi
Soo Choi was one of the nominated student illustrators at the V&A Illustration Awards last week, and her installation was a lot of fun, featuring all sorts of explorations around the idea of an Emotional Gym.

george mein 12 tone
george mein 12 tone
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 review
George Mein plays with lines to create beautiful patterns. I’m not sure how he makes the marks but I particularly liked these monochrome pieces which look like drawings on a blackboard.

young ju lee warm tea
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 young ju lee
Young Ju Lee focussed her illustrations around the art of drinking tea. Her delicate work was very cute.

Marin Matsuo Bak the Dream Eater
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Marin Matsuo
Marin Matsuo had a pile of screenprints featuring Bak the Dream Eater, the star of her children’s book. And what a cutie he is!

Frances Ives FEAR
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Frances IvesKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Frances IvesKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Frances Ives
Frances Ives does beautiful things with watercolour washes. Her degree show pieces were focused on a dissection of fear, tracing the movements of emotion like lines on a map.

Kelly Tester Cat BoxKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Kelly tester
Kelly Tester showed some intriguing monster models known as Cat Boxes. These deliver dreams to humans.

Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 ka yiu laiKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 ka yiu lai
Ka Yiu Lai used sewn and embroidered techniques to create a bunch of cute bananas and strawberries with legs.

Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Emi HazlettKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Emi Hazlett
Emi Hazlett had produced a traditionally beautiful piece of papercut artwork.

Claire Benoit omer owlKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Claire Benoit Omer Owl
Claire Benoit chose the ever popular theme of owls for her degree show. Omer Owl is a particularly nice specimen don’t you think?

Lotte Beatrix tryptych
I don’t remember seeing Lotte Beatrix‘s degree show but I like her Triptych to Peter Grimes.

Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Hannah Rowlands geminiKingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Hannah Rowlands lion
Lastly Hannah Rowlands showed some gorgeous collaged 3D zodiacs. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from her lovely lion and so she accosted me, which was exactly what she should have done given that I spent so much time mooching around her stand… She recognised me from the talk that I gave at Kingston in 2009 when I remember urging them to use twitter, and it seems that finally many of them are online and starting to network. What excellent news.

Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 review
I liked this guy in the stairwell but I’m not sure who is responsible for him. Don’t forget to take a peek at the Kingston illustrators that I discovered upstairs too as well as the best animation!

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