Here we interview and showcase the work and thoughts of soon to be graduate Harrison Edwards of Salford University here in the uk.
Who is Harrison Edwards?
I’m an illustrator based in Manchester and a student at Salford University. At least for a few more weeks I am. I am also one half of the screen printing team at The Treehouse Print Shop. We’ve just moved in to our new studio and we’re busy getting that going. I would say, Harrison Edwards is, busy.
Whats The Treehouse Print Shop?
Well my dear friend Danielle Lovett and I are trying to create something a little bit different, it’s still early days but we want to try and set up a print shop that is not only as eco friendly as possible, but, also does some good. Currently we’re working with kids in different programs around Greater Manchester in conjunction with Upper Space. They do some great community work and we’re trying to help them. We run small print work shops to help them learn in different ways. It’s been great so far.
How have you enjoyed your time at Salford University? What has been the best parts?
I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I’ve had the chance to meet with some of the greatest people and be taught by people that know what they’re doing. I don’t think they’ve ever let me second guess my self and I’ve appreciated that so much. These last three years have flown by it’s a scary thought to think that after 21 years of education it’s finally time to face the big bad world on my own. It’s a scary thought but at the same time I can not wait!
Would you recommend to others to study at Salford?
Definitely, the people there do a great deal of good. I don’t think I’d be as confident as I am now without their help. They’ve given me some tools that I plan to build my life around and they made me believe I can too.
How do you enjoy the creative scene in Manchester? Are you involved in the wider community groups?
I think Manchester is definitely continuing to make a name for it’s self within the creative realm. I’ve been lucky enough to befriend some amazing people and make do and see a lot of great things. Right now I’m working on a couple of projects with other people for the first time. I’m also getting involved with some community work with Upper Space who are based in Manchester, teaching kids in different part of Manchester how to print and explore being creative.
Which other Manchester based creatives work do you enjoy?
The people I enjoy around Manchester aren’t really the people that do the same kind of thing as me, but, those that have helped me develop by showing and teaching me new things like Savwo and Dr Me. They’ve had a big impact on my work. Manchester also has loads of great events like the Manchester Print Fair which is like an illustration and design porn fest. You get to meet some great people like Alex Frazer and Caroline Dowsett.
Then there are the people I go to uni with that are starting to do some pretty big things like the Generic Greeting peeps and some illustrators I’m sure are going to be doing some pretty big things in the coming years, such as: Phil Pittam, Sophie McStay, Joshua Brent, Lewis Loughman, Sam Davis, Becca Parkinson and Rickie Jones. I’m sure I’m forgetting some but with all the work I have to do before I finish uni my brain is fried.
You have a wide breadth of work, Do you have a favourite project?
I think the piece I’m most proud of is my ’100 Acre Mafia’ print, it was the first time I did that extra bit, added those extra details. I think working on that was i big moment for me. I started going in to a bit more detail and really pushing the work I was producing, now I’m trying to shake it up a bit and keep going in different directions to keep my self from getting bored and complacent.
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Away from the computer and working how else do you enjoy to spend your time and relax?
If I’m not watching films, listening to music, reading comic books or day dreaming about how I would fair in a zombie apocalypse. I love going on adventures weather it’s a good walk or a nice bike ride. After I finish uni next month I plan on having a lot of adventures.
What would be your favourite films and music to enjoy?
I’d love to think I was a huge film buff, I could probably double the word count in this interview if I had to talk about one tenth of my favourite films. If I had to choose just one I’d probably change my mind several times before telling you. I just like well written well made films, I love all of Wes Anderson’s Quentin Tarentino’s films. And films like Donnie Darko, Drive, Blue Valentine, Fight Club, Brick, Into The Wild, Back To The Future, so many, I think I best stop there before I can’t stop.
Music is the same as my love for films, I love everything from old folk stuff to hip hop. if I had to choose some it would be something like. Two Gallants, Bon Iver, Childish Gambino, La Dispute. I’m listening to Tom Waits at this very moment so I’d say he would definitely be up there too. Gotta love that voice.