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Arts University Bournemouth Illustration Graduate Maisie Parkes

Maisie Parkes is a Staffordshire based image-maker with a passion for bold and simple design. An Illustration graduate from the Arts University in Bournemouth, there she developed her current simplistic style focusing heavily on locations and their sentimental value.

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‘Born and bred in Staffordshire, I was surrounded by the rural countryside from a young age which has been a continuous source of inspiration for me. I completed a Foundation course in Art and Design in Stafford before uprooting 4 hours south to Bournemouth to study Illustration.’

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‘The course has been a challenging and demanding experience, pushing me in ways I never thought possible to find my creative identity. For the past 5 months I have been working on my final self initiated project which was inspired by a childhood location very close to my heart. Within my work, I wish to portray the happy memories I have of the place while maintaining a visually striking style.’

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‘I love to draw, so my work nearly always begins with rough pencil sketches from memory which I then develop into more final images using black ink. I use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to sharpen up my work and add limited colour to finalise my images. I have always loved pattern design, so I also try to incorporate decorative elements into my work which gives it a playful feeling and a sense of nostalgia.

I am currently finalising my work to be exhibited at our grad show in London titled ‘The Observatory’ during July. As I near the end of my university bubble, establishing myself in the illustration world will be an exciting and terrifying journey but I feel positive for the future and ready for whatever is ahead.’

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