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  • I am an educator and creative practitioner. I produce limited editional handmade artist's books (Damp Flat Books) and art zines (Future Fantasteek!). Many of the themes I enjoy working with are anxiety, humour and our uneasy relationship with techno...More

EXPERIENCE

  • University of Portsmouth
    • School of Art, Design & Performance
    • Course Leader MA Illustration
    • January 1995 to Present

    As a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth I have teaching and research responsibilities. I work with Illustration students at degree level, masters and PhD. My area of interest is social issues based visual communication and practice-based study. I work with zine and artists' books collections and independent presses.

  • University of Brighton
    • Art & Communication
    • Visiting Lecturer
    • 1994 to 2007

    Regular visiting tutor for MA Sequential Illustration / Editorial Design. As well as supporting student projects I lectured on zines and professional promotion for illustrators.

EDUCATION

  • University of Brighton
    • PhD (practice-based)
    • February 1997 to February 2003

    The Safe Cigarette: Visual Strategies of Reassurance in American Advertisements for Cigarettes - 1945-1964 This Practice-Based Ph.D. thesis is in two sections, the written element presented as a sequence of eight Fascicles, and the practical element presented as an inter-related set of nine Artist’s Books and Multiples. This thesis presents a series of Artist’s Books and Multiples of graphic expressions of anxiety, each informed by a comparative study presented as a sequence of Fascicles of the visual strategies used to advertise cigarettes in America in mass-circulation magazines between 1945 and 1964. The thesis is presented as a boxed object containing the eight Fascicles (each containing a Gatefold Image) and the nine Artist’s Books and Multiples. The thesis identifies specific design and illustration solutions in cigarette advertising such as considerations of artwork, photography, layout, typography, characterisation, and diagrammatic representation of process. The conclusions are then used as the basis for 9 books and multiples in which I explore, within my own artwork, the dynamics of visual instruction, and the devices for reassuring the anxious consumer using irony and humour throughout.

  • University of Brighton
    • BA (HONS) Illustration
    • 1993 to 1996

  • University of Brighton
    • MA Sequential Illustration / Editorial Design
    • 1992 to 1994

  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
    • Foundation Art and Design
    • 1991 to 1992

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