At this year’s Camberwell College of Arts degree show I started in the Graphic Design rooms and worked my way through Illustration, Photography and more…
Oliver Heard had the idea for his On The Bench project when he visited a glazier’s only to find that they were, like him, Crystal Palace FC fans. “It was only on the way home that I realised their trade matched Crystal Palace’s old nickname: The Glaziers.” Heard set about investigating old football team nicknames to find several that corresponded with a particular trade or profession, from the Tractor Boys of Ipswich Town, to the Hatters of Luton and the Glovers of Yeovil Town.
This is Keith Hill, lifelong Sheffield United fan and cutler – as shot by Heard in his quest to track down football fans who still practice the crafts that their team’s nickname used to profess. See more at oliverheard.co.uk
With their This, That and the Other project Maria Carrasco and Miglena Minkova set out to create a book that displays information in an unusual yet rigidly systematic way described in the foreword below:
The result is quite overwhelming to begin with, but definitely an interesting approach to creating a rich editorial experience.
More info about the project at thisthatandtheother.org.uk
Rafael Camisassa‘s London: Paris newsprint travel journal (cover shown above) was far less taxing to peruse:
See more of Camisassa’s work at rafaelcamisassa.com
Sandra Berghianu showcased three pencil drawings each based on the pigment cells in black, white, and asian skin. The drawings are delicately beautiful, and Berghianu printed one of the images on a silk scarf to sell in the degree show shop:
Caleb Fahey produced this pencil drawing of Gary Oldman in his George Smiley role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as part of his response to a D&AD brief set by Little White Lies magazine to create a cover illustration
These two untitled digital collage prints are by Christopher Wayne.
This delicate lasercut MDF structure, entitled Architectural Poetry is by Maria Carrasco
Moving up to the Illustration rooms, I found a lot I liked the look of, but the work of Charlie Cameron was probably my favourite find in the whole show:
His drawings were mainly done while on a European tour in April this year with bands The Man Hands and Sky:Lark. I particularly like his black and white drawings of graffiti-covered walls. Here’s a few more images:
See more of Cameron’s work at cargocollective.com/charliecameron
Harriet Alana Shephard displayed pages from her self-made skateboard-focused zine, Brash:
See more of her work at alanasartwork.blogspot.co.uk
As well as studying illustration, Alina Agadzhanova is a trainee tatooist. She created a set of ‘hand burnt on wood’ images of extinct animals such as the one above.
Libbi King ‘s series of pencil drawings entitled Through All The Windows I See Only Infinity (some of them shown above) were great. She also displayed a series of images created in collaboration with photographer Vicki King that explored her love of set making:
See more at libbiking.com
I liked Tim Cockburn’s large scale pen and ink drawing showing a Godzilla-like beast running amok through a city, detail below:
Apparently it’s based on “the terribly over exaggerated and slightly weird version of events that took place during the flooding of Bangkok in 2011.” See more of Tim’s work at timcockburn.com
I also liked Hannah Cousins linocut print knitting stories and illustrations.
See more at hannahcousins.com
I next found myself in the photography section of the show and loved this series (above) of Rapid Cycling wooden portraits created by Jonathan Maguire who explains that the work came about by way of “investigations which included fax machines, slow-scan television transmission, ham radio hardware, and scanners to disassemble two-dimensional images into lines of code. These codes were given a colour and intesnsity value that could be reassembled using 3D modelling software. This code was then used as a set of instructions for a computer-controlled drill that could recreate the image by carving it into a chosen material.”
Jonathan doesn’t seem to have a website, though I did find a short film about this project on vimeo at vimeo.com/43044323
This image doesn’t quite get over the scale of these two large digital c-type prints by Joao Carvalhowhich together took up almost two and a half metres of wall space. See more at joaopaulocarvalho.com
I also loved this image of a watery reflection of a row of houses (is that Amsterdam?) by Gioia de Bruijn
And finally, as I wandered around the maze of Camberwell corridors, I took this shot of three painted works (Charlie, Connor, Alex) by Tristan Pigott
There’s a heck of a lot of work to see (I took over 90 photographs in total) at the Camberwell show as it ecompasses not only Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and Painting – but also Sculpture, 3D Design and Ceramics. It runs until June 23 at the Peckham Road site. Full details can be found at camberwell.arts.ac.uk/newsandevents/bashow2012