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Salford University Graduate Rachel Pegram

Rachael Pegram graduated in graphic design from Salford University in 2013. Since graduating she has decided to not pursue a career in graphics, instead she keeps in touch with the industry through her freelance writing.

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‘This project is called ‘Recut‘ and was originally my NMP in my last year at Salford. I enjoyed creating these collages so much that I have since continued creating new ones when I get spare time.

Each piece represents a well known or classic film in a slightly abstract way, therefore inviting the viewer to guess which film it is portraying. The name ‘Recut’ came from the fact that I was re-imagining these famous films in new ways, and also playing on the film directors popular line: ‘Cut!’. It also refers to the way in which I created the images – using cut and stick collage. I found the images mostly from old books and children’s annuals from the 1950’s which I scavenged for in second hand book shops!’

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‘I really like the ‘guessing game’ element in the series and I’ve always found that people I have shown them to really enjoy trying to guess what the film is.

Although this project is still in early stages, despite me starting it so long ago, I would really like to expand it someday if I can. I’d love to collaborate with other artists or even film makers in some way, though I’m not entirely sure how just yet. I’m still figuring that out!’

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‘The inspiration for the project mainly came from a combination of my love of film and the thousands of ‘guess the..’ game-based apps that were on the market at the time. A lot of them used emoji and other images and I thought to myself ‘how can I put a unique slant on this kind of game?’. And that is how ‘Recut’ was born.

As part of the project I began applying the collages to merchandise such as framed prints, t-shirts and tote bags. I also began designing a quiz-style app and a card game.’

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