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Falmouth University Illustration Graduate Bridie Cheeseman

Bridie Cheeseman recently finished her BA in Illustration at Falmouth University.

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‘I was on the foundation course at Falmouth too, so reaching the end of these 4 years feels pretty strange. It was a great place to be, and so good to be around so many other creative people! It’s really inspiring to work around other people and I find it motivating too, so I hope this is something I will be able to continue now that I’ve graduated.

I like to work with thick and colourful gouache. I try to paint images of imaginary places that are full of interesting ideas and characters. Narratives are something I am interested in and they play a big part in my work. Every illustration is based on some kind of story I have been inspired by or something that is happening in my head. My paintings are often full, bright and lively, and they sometimes have a hint of mystery or darkness to them. I use characters in my work to create different feelings or atmospheres.’

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‘Recently I’ve been working on a funny children’s book about a wrinkly elephant, and another little book called ‘Wunderkammer’ or Cabinet of Curiosities. This was created for an exhibition and was a really fun project to experiment with working in a book form. I’ve got some more exciting projects coming up that I’m looking forward to starting on! I’m also part of a collaborative with 8 other illustration graduates called Fold. It’s a publication we produce every 2-3 months where each person’s image is inspired by the illustration on the previous page with the aim to make a story. We started it in our second year as a way of playing around with different ideas and working together on something. We are now planning for our tenth issue, which is really exciting!’

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