Katie Ponder started her journey into illustration at UAL, Camberwell, doing the foundation course. It was there that Katie quickly realised illustration was the one for her.
‘Since then, I have spent the last three years studying at Falmouth University, where under the guidance of some amazing and inspirational tutors, I have been experimenting and making a lot of mess but hopefully at last getting to a good place with my visual language.
I work with collage and mixed media, creating my own textures and using old found imagery along with self-made marks to create my work. I love the playfulness that working with collage gives: cutting out shapes and moving them around until something clicks and the image pulls together. With in my work I like to explore quite deep and sometimes emotional themes. I have enjoyed re-illustrating old articles from Therapy Today, and books about human psychology.’
‘Recently I have been very interested in ballet. I would love for my illustrations to be a conceptual starting point for a big scale theatrical ballet production somewhere like the Royal Opera House. I think that ballet and dance is a magnificent and powerful story telling media which I have been really inspired by. At the start of this year I did a project in response to Stravinsky’s music from the ballet The Rite of Spring. I created an audio book to go with the musical score, and reimagined the story from the ballet to work as a visual novel. This series of work is my own angle on how I might visually direct a ballet production.
Currently I am working on a project designing 3-d sets for another ballet –Les Sylphides. When I graduate this summer and move home to London, I hope to continue working on theatrical and music inspired projects and to work as an illustrator for magazines and adult books. It would be a dream, to one-day work in collaboration with musicians and theatre companies.’