Gabby Walker is a recent Norwich University of the Arts first class BA Hons in Illustration graduate. She specialises in collage using mixed media, taking inspiration from literature with a focus on book design and publishing.
‘I have always, as far back as I can remember, been obsessed with drawing, making and reading, so Illustrating came naturally to me. There has never been anything else I have wanted to do. I started to realise that Illustration was the route I would take when I was studying a National Diploma in Art and Design in Cambridge Long Road Sixth form, where we studied across all the Arts. I then went on to study Illustration at NUA.’
‘When I started University I loved working using ink and paper cuts, I think using collage was a natural progression from working using paper cut. I first discovered collage when working on ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dhal; it was the perfect solution for creating a 50’s feel to the imagery. Collaging then became my new obsession and I started collecting old ephemera.
Ever since I have been working on projects based on literature, my main aim being to give justice to the meanings throughout the novels rather than illustrating exactly what’s happening. In my third year my main project was based on ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck, in which I created a book which explored how the format of a book and how it can influence the way interpret words. The illustrations were used throughout the novel as subtle clues to the eventual downfall of the characters. Since graduating NUA I am now working on freelancing and working on personal self-initiated projects.’