Final Year Illustration Student Amy Louise Congalton

Amy Louise Congalton is in her final year studying illustration BA (Hons) at the University for the Creative Arts.

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‘I am in love with pattern design and machine embroidery, as it infuses my love of drawing with my love of textiles. I never realized how much I loved textiles until I returned to sixth form in my 20’s. I took on four art a-levels; graphic design, textiles, photography, and fine art. It was wonderful to be able to create within so many art styles it gave me a sense of what different materials I could use with my style of drawing. I chose illustration as my degree because I loved the idea of being able to show you can draw with a sewing machine in a detailed manner, or use fabric to make a drawing come to life with touchable textures.

Since starting my degree at UCA I have learnt how important it is to market yourself and allow people to see your work and get to know you through social media and websites. I have also strengthened my finishing techniques and learnt there are multiple ways to print something!’

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I have a few major influences in my life, one example being Gemma Correll. I used to live in Norfolk and one day I was in Norwich and I came across one of her zines that she was in with a collective of people. I was inspired so much about how she had created imagery within the art world that it drove me to go back into education. People that influence my style are Charley Harper and William Morris. Both have mastered the art of simple yet really detailed imagery. I hope one day I can inspire people as much as these three people have inspired me.’

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‘My current and final project at university is called ‘A View of India’. I’m creating a western view of one of the most cultural and majestic countries in the world. I’m using vivid, bold colours and other key features from India to create patterns that express my own take on the Indian culture. My final pieces will be a collection of fabrics, you can see on my website where I will be exhibiting over the next year.’

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