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I am an Associate Professor at Kingston school of Art with teaching roles for BA, MA and PhD research students, Design School Exchange coordinator and a Faculty role as chair of PG Course Leader forum. I established the Illustration Animation Department at Kingston after 10 years as BA Course Director and was Head of Department for 4 years.
Previously BA Illustration Programme Leader at Middlesex University for 12 years, I have been a subject and educational consultant at BA and MA External Examiner and validation roles at many U.K. Art Colleges and Universities including Edinburgh, Leeds, Brighton, Bath, Derby, Worcester, Camberwell, Bristol and Dundee.
As co-founder of ‘Mokita', an illustration critical forum (since 2010), I have campaigned for the greater recognition of the cultural value of Illustration as a discipline and practice that has an important role beyond its commercial applications, as a creative tool for identity formation and societal change.
Associate Professor Illustration Animation Department
I have led the Department's taught provision and teach across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervise illustration practice-based PhD students. The understanding and recognition of Illustration as a reflective practice that has value not determined by industry, has underpinned my approach in teaching and building the Department and team of staff at Kingston.
I am co-founder of the cross institutional Illustration subject group critical forum ‘Mokita' and have organised and contributed to a number of subject events and conferences in the UK and internationally.
The strength of the discipline within education and the subjects ability to prototype effective and innovative forms of social communication forms the basis of the Departmental strategy of discipline identity, audience finding, and new models of practice in a sustainable outward-engaged future.
My Research and supervisory interests cover illustration and the emergence of new approaches to the discipline as a practice and pedagogic subject. In particular, new ways of articulating the central tenet of Illustration as a discipline of translation and representation.
Since 2014 I have supervised ten PhD students, four as a lead supervisor. They share the common ground of using Illustration Practice as a tool to examine such diverse areas as archive, place, education, interpretation and choreography:
Leah Fusco - Imag(in)ing Northeye: the visual reclamation of a shifting landscape through memory, experience and speculation.
Mireille Fauchon - Parallel Narratives; Interpreting Vernacular Histories through Participatory Illustration Practice.
Hannah Rollings - From Screen to Green: Reconnecting Children to Nature through Picturing Trees in the Narrative Non-Fiction Picture Book
Yeni Kim - Representing lived experience through illustration practice
Matthew Richardson - Para-Illustration: Gaps, fragments and spaces of the literary imagination
Nic Clark - In/Visible Dances: Commuters Choreographies as Social Cartography.
Fei Tang - Social anxiety in the post-Covid-19 era: The therapeutic effects of biography comics on Chinese and Taiwanese students abroad
Jihao Ji - Reframing metaphors for experience remodelling: Can the co-creation of graphic narrative and visual metaphor support people's self-perception and mental healthcare?
Jane Webster - How can choice and confidence be instilled in the experience of birthing Mothers through Illustration Animation practice?
Yuning Wu - A graphic document: Storying the predicament of Chinese women (27-35) in marriage and love
my own PhD enquiry is titled: Illustrating Absence: pre-verbal separation trauma and formulating selfhood.
As an Illustration Animation Department we welcome new PhD proposals and are committed to build across disciplinary divides and develop new opportunities for collaborative enablement and new knowledge.
I am a practicing Illustrator and particularly interested in exploring the dialogue between materials and the design problem through iteration. I use the illustration methodology of translation to originate visual forms drawn from subject content, acknowledging the period when the work was authored and audience. I have worked for major international publishers, design agencies and newspapers producing images for book series, film editions and narrative environments and artefacts.