I’m a bit of a sucker for a nice bit of screen-printing, which is why, of all the work on show at last week’s D&AD New Blood student showcase, Nicholas Saunders’ really caught my eye.
Saunders graduates this year from Nottingham Trent University. At New Blood, he exhibited a series of beautiful posters for a horror movie festival in Nottingham (one shown above, two more below).
“My love for screen-printing came with my love for rock posters and rock music – they kind of go hand in hand,” says Saunders. “The poster goes against all digital formats of advertising which are so impersonal. I really got involved with screen-printing towards the end of my second year and did my dissertation on screen-printed rock posters,” he continues.
“I did work experience at an eco-friendly screen printers based in Nottingham called I Dress Myself – they introduced me to the professional world of screen-printing and showed me that is was possible to be eco-consious yet still screen-print.” Saunders designed this promotional pack of goodies for the company:
At New Blood, Saunders also showed a charming book based on Edward Lear’s poems, printed using water-based inks on recycled paper:
“I would like to carry on in the direction I am going, although I still have alot to learn,” says Saunders. “I have taught my-self how to screen-print, book-bind and brown-nose, so I feel I have most of the skills I need.”
Creative Review will be featuring more graduate work in the coming months, including Build’s pick of the best at New Blood in the August issue and a Student Showcase in September.