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Thursday 31 August 2017

Amy represents gender through illustrations

Amy Woodham, originally from Chichester, has just graduated with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Illustration.

We caught up with the 21-year-old to find out about her final major project, which focused on representing gender within patterns.

Tell us a bit about your final project.

The inspiration behind my final project was gender, particularly feminine men and masculine women. I've always wanted to bring new representations of people to my work in an effort to bring them into everyday conversation.

My project is focused around pattern making for fabrics and wallpapers, I have produced two books displaying them on paper and fabric, printed a variety of wallpapers, tailored a suit and upholstered a chair. I really enjoy patterns and applying my work to commercial and everyday items, and after spending a few years studying textiles I felt like I was ready to use what I know about both areas and bring them together in my own way.

Amy with her work

What have you enjoyed most about your time at Solent?

The print room! I've always enjoyed print making, but have not had the chance to use such a large, well-stocked and well-staffed facility in my previous schools or colleges. The extra bonus was that you didn't have to wait days or weeks to book time in there to work.

What’s next for you?

I've already moved to Brighton and am excited about the opportunities that I might find there. I plan to start applying and contacting various studios and companies in the fashion and interior design industry - I want to start doing new things as soon as possible.


What advice would you give to potential students?

The earlier you start using the equipment and facilities, the better your time will be. By third year, you'll feel comfortable and ready to do what you need to.

Find out more about our illustration courses here.