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I'm an experimental illustrator, educator researcher from East Anglia. I have taught in other community and university education contexts before joining the Illustration Animation Team at Kingston. My own practice is interdisciplinary and collaborative, blurring with my background as a therapist and musician. I use objects, cameraless photography, moving image, collage and sound to explore traces of human endeavour from history, from heritage locations, traditional trades or in museum collections. Often undertaking projects or collaborations with small museums - in the past Bluetown Museum (Isle of Sheppey), Lowestoft Maritime Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life.
I design and facilitate collaborative fieldwork expeditions, workshops and experiences - most recently aboard a boat with Sail Britain for 'the life of islands'. My research interests include: expanded illustration methods / historic sites and their stories / the use of para-fiction / site specific and 'time' specific ways of working / creativity and wellbeing. I continue to explore alternative methods of pedagogy and mutual learning.
I worked with House of Illustration as illustrator in residence in 2021. My collaborator (Philip Crewe) and I created a para-fictional museum of artefacts related to working class Londoners linked to the New River, who's names and occupations we discovered in the archive. We also exhibited and curated prints made by the New River itself with the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration during London Design Festival 2022 and Open House London Festival.
Lecturer in Illustration Animation
I lead the Level 4 Presentation module which aims to support students to develop professional skills through collaboration and client facing live briefs.
Colouring in: The Past- cross college project with UAL Camberwell in collaboration with Recycle Archaeology and Dr Helen Wickstead, 2022
Life of Islands - Project leader with Sail Britain, 2022
New River Folk (Museum) - Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration x London Design Festival 2022
New River Immersions (exhibition) Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration x London Design Festival 2022
New River Folk – Translating The Past And Navigating Para-fiction – Transitus Conference. Falmouth University 2022
Time specific illustration: Drawing experience with light - Illustration Research Method Symposium, Kingston University 2021
Para-ficfion and the archive - Archives Symposium, UCA 2020
Copsey, Laura [Interviewee] and Crewe, Philip [Interviewee] (2022) Copsey and Crewe Narrative Extraction Services. Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration : Journal,
Copsey, Laura and Crewe, Philip (2022) New River folk (re-enactment as translation). In: 12th International Illustration Research Symposium : Transitus: Illustration as Crossing Ground; 15-16 Jul 2022, Falmouth, U.K. (Held online). (Unpublished)
Copsey, Laura [Curator], Taylor, Rachel Emily [Curator] and Wickstead, Helen [Curator] (2022) Illustration X Recycle Archaeology Student project (UAL & KSA). Colouring In : The Past : A Symposium. .
Copsey, Laura [Artist] and Crewe, Philip [Artist] (2022) New River Folk. .
Copsey, Laura [Artist] and Crewe, Philip [Artist] (2022) New River Immersions. .
Copsey, Laura [Artist] (2023) A New River Offering. (Print). 75 x 18 cm. Scanned chemigram photographic print on paper made from river water, oil, soap and garlic.