Lindy Norton

Award-winning artist Lindy Norton specialises in hauntingly atmospheric dry-point etchings and joyously colourful illustration. An experienced educator and practitioner, both areas of practical expertise inform her Illustration teaching at Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD).

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She has 17 years’ commercial experience as a freelance illustrator in London, notably working on children’s books, greetings cards, wrapping paper and packaging. Her portfolio includes work for clients such as: World Wildlife Fund; Hamlyn; National Gallery Publications; Medici Society; Greenpeace; The Born Free Foundation; Boots; Marks And Spencers; and Random House. She does private commissions, and counts TV medic Dr Miriam Stoppard among her clients.

In recent years, she has shifted the focus of her personal practice towards fine art and exhibited her dry-point etching work in the Royal Academy in 2011. The following year, a large dry-point piece, Martin’s Room, won first prize in a competition at the Ropewalk gallery in Barton-upon-Humber, where she delivers regular workshops to beginners and experienced artists.

Visit www.the-ropewalk.co.uk for details of Lindy’s next dry-point printmaking workshop.

She also delivers workshops at Studio Eleven, in Humber Street, Hull, and is currently working towards a solo exhibition of drawings and etchings.

“My research is chiefly my own practice,” she says. “With my fine art dry-point work, I like the atmosphere of empty rooms and the quality of light coming through windows. You could say I’m exploring a sense of human presence without explicitly including the figures“.

Although Lindy says she loves to explore dry-point as a medium, she has not turned her back on her illustrative past.

“I still like the decorative qualities of the illustration work,” she says. “It’s more cheap and cheerful – in many ways, a happier piece of work than a dry-point.”

Lindy has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from HSAD and an MA in Printmaking from Chelsea School of Art. While working as a freelance illustrator in London, she taught at Stourbridge School of Art, and returned to HSAD, this time as a lecturer, in 2000.

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Some of her commercial illustration work can be seen HERE & HERE.

Caroline Miekina-Houseman

A freelance illustrator with more than 30 years’ experience, Caroline Miekina-Houseman has adapted her craft for use in the digital age.  After all this time she is still excited by the many different styles and applications of the genre. She prefers to think she is not typecast, and is fluid and adaptable, but concedes that her portfolio has a certain colourful, playful, upbeat consistency, which she hopes sums up her attitude to her life and her work.

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Having made the transition from traditional media to digital in the late 1990s, she now enjoys blending the “integrity” of the hand-drawn with the “excitement and freedom” of digital. She continues to use a range of media, from oils to vectors.

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Over the years, her illustrations have been used by clients including: Nestle UK in York for its seasonal packaging for Smarties and Milky Bar; advertising agencies producing educational, medical and architectural literature; and an impressive range of museums and galleries.

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“Some of my early influences were the greats of the Golden Age of Illustration,” says the Harrogate School of Art and Design (HSAD) media lecturer. She refers to the “flowering” of mass printing and publishing that occurred during the industrial revolution. These influences still underpin her professional practice and her current MA research draws upon parallels between that era and the present.

Caroline says:

“Arthur Rackham, one of my all-time heroes, is a very good example of a traditionally trained artist who was able to take advantage of the rapid progress of new technology and infrastructure in the late-Victorian epoch to share his phenomenal work with a worldwide audience. In a similar way, illustrators and creative people in general are now discovering that we can use evolving technology to share our work in new ways. We have to move along with current practice and be prepared to take advantage of all the new avenues that are available to us.”

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Caroline has lectured at HSAD on a part-time basis since 2002, and has found a niche teaching digital media. She specialises in illustration, graphics, retouching, photo manipulation, 3D visuals and spatial design.

She delivers modules on the FdA Visual Arts, Interior Architecture and BA Applied Creative Design courses, as well as running evening classes in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

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In 2009, she joined forces with museum designers JANVS Design, for whom Caroline has produced designs, 3D concepts, visuals and illustrations for clients such as: National Trust – Clumber Park Discovery Centre; London Transport Museum; National Coal Mining Museum; Waterford Viking Triangle; and the recently opened temporary exhibition ‘Strike a Pose’ at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Her illustrations have been commissioned for use in two recent temporary exhibitions in Mickelgate Bar, York commissioned by York Archaeological Trust; The Battle of Towton 2011-2012 and A Royal Gateway 2012-2013.

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Caroline’s current research interest is an MA in Image and Time-Based Media. She is linking sequential imagery and the story telling legacy that found favour during the golden age of illustration with research on the historical and academic aspects of an 18th-century North Yorkshire hero, Jack Metcalf, commonly known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough.

She is working on 12 finished images, based on an anonymous contemporary account of his life, The Life and Times of Jack Metcalf. These will be exhibited at Henshaw’s Arts and Craft centre for blind people in May 2014.

“It’s an extraordinary story about an extraordinary character. He had a series of very physical adventures, including taking part in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, marching with the king’s army and playing his fiddle … it’s hard to believe that Blind Jack had no peripheral vision at all, and it’s certainly an avenue I am investigating as part of my research. I’m trying to bring that story into a form that 15 to 18-year-olds would engage with, and bring to life the rollicking adventure story that it is.

“I know from my experiences teaching National Diploma Graphics and Multimedia that it can be quite a difficult audience to impress,” says Caroline, “it needs to be presented in a style or styles that will grab their attention and make them want to find out more.”

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In her spare time Caroline enjoys playing the violin and helping her husband to look after their flock of Zwartbles sheep – not necessarily at the same time.

Caroline has BA (Hons) in Art and Design from North Staffordshire Polytechnic and a PGCE from Huddersfield University.

Some examples of her work can be seen at www.miekinaillustration.co.uk and on her blog.

Some of the museum, gallery and visitor centre projects she has worked on can be seen HERE.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a graphic artist, lecturer, author and curator.

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He combines lecturing Illustration at Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) with freelance practice and the running of the Museum Of Club Culture (http://www.museumofclubculture.com) in Hull city centre’s cultural renaissance quarter, Humber Street. He is also on the board of the city’s annual festival of the arts, the Freedom Festival.

He has worked as a freelance graphic artist all over the world, including alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

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The Museum Of Club Culture is the world’s only exhibition space of its type. Mark, an alumnus of Hull School of Art and Design (1979-82), shows his own photographs, screenprints and illustrations, as well as work by students and guest artists. Guest speakers hosted by the museum include Sue Tilley, Lucien Freud’s muse

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Every cult and sub-cult falls under the museum’s spotlight. And Mark – also known as Mark Wigan, thanks to his love for the northern soul club nights at Wigan Casino – captured them for posterity in Warhol-esque Polaroids taken while working as a roving reporter and all-round sub-culture vulture for i-D magazine and the NME. His detailed paintings and drawings have defined club culture since the 1980s. His background also includes producing nightclubs, taking bands and DJs on clubbing tours and designing album sleeves for the bands he met on the circuit.

Recent exhibitions include Memorabilia: Part 2, which put Hull’s nightclubs in the spotlight to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Welly club.   http://www.giveitsomewelly.com/

“Our research and consultancy is vital for HSAD to move forward as an art school,” says Mark. “As are the links we create with enterprise. As a lecturer, it is very important for your students to see your work as current and public.”

Students work on collaborative projects with the Museum Of Club Culture, such as Text Me Up with artist Tracey Moberly. They also work with Hull’s museums service on exhibitions at the Ferens Art Gallery and with the University of Hull on its Far East Asia collection.

Mark’s current personal projects include an exhibition of his own illustrations for Diesel Jeans; art directing and set designing for a hip-hop puppetry play in Liverpool, Melody Loses Her Mojo, and writing.

He has written a series of five books the Basics Illustration Series (Ava Publishing), aimed at undergraduates featuring a global who’s who of illustrators and graphic artists. He is currently researching the sixth.

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He describes the series as “a contemporary graphic arts school in book form” and says work by HSAD students and members of staff is being considered for the sixth book.

“I’m re-evaluating the role of the arts curator and how that impacts on teaching in art schools,” he adds. “It’s a rethinking of the art school for the 21st century.”

The sixth book, a second edition of Basics Illustration: Thinking Visually is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

In the 1980s, Mark was commissioned by Andy Warhol. The pop artist had seen Mark’s work  – a four-storey high mural – in London’s Limelight Club and asked him to paint the New York venue of the same name. Warhol also introduced him to other influential artists, including Keith Haring. In the late 1980s, Mark’s work could be seen everywhere from nightclubs, to acid house record sleeves for the likes of A Guy Called Gerald and Frankie Bones, music video animations, T-shirts and flyers.

Mark then spent many years working as a freelance graphic artist in New York, London and Tokyo and can be seen in public and private collections in Tokyo and Madrid. Clients included NHK, Fuji TV, BBC, Panasonic, i-D magazine, Elle, New Musical Express, Deviant Records and Sony Music. In Japan, projects included set designs for shows and animated title sequences for television companies and music videos. A company he set up that licensed his designs for different products, such as futons and textiles, led to the opening of a chain of shops.

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Before returning to his artistic roots at Queens Gardens, Mark lectured at Tokyo University, Camberwell College of Art and Salford University. Other academic work includes a role as external examiner at Birmingham City University, the University of Derby and international courses in Thailand, Hong Kong and India.

“I worked for 13-14 years before going into teaching,” he says. “It’s good for educating your students because you have links with people in the business. Here in Hull, graduates from HSAD’S Illustration course are now illustrating for Vogue, Observer, Penguin and Dorling-Kindersley. Our graduates are getting a good reputation with employers. I teach them about copyright, how to promote themselves and online portfolios. I try to challenge and inspire my students, encouraging them to follow their own paths, develop a personal visual language and build the confidence and abilities necessary for professional life.”

So armed, the most talented and adaptable Illustration graduates can play a vital role in the global cultural landscape, says Mark:

“Illustration is constantly evolving. It is not graphic design nor fine art, it sits between the two and operates between disciplines, this always makes it difficult to classify”.

“Often described as graphic art or commercial art, it is a powerful and direct contemporary form of visual communication. Illustration illuminates all kinds of subject matter and makes sense of the world by conveying messages through a myriad of visual languages and contexts.”

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To see examples of Mark’s work or to find out more, visit: http://www.wigansworld.com

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…or follow him on Twitter

Heidi Donohoe

Lifelong learning and a passion for books is pivotal to Heidi’s approach to her teaching, research and practice.

Heidi has a BA (Hons) in Illustration from Falmouth School of Art and Design; and an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins; completed at the same time as a PGCE from the University of Greenwich. She has completed a second MA in Design Practice, which forms part of her current PhD study.

Heidi’s research interests have developed from a background in artistic practice to explore themes with a narrative focus. These include: conceptual narrative; culture and communication; hermeneutics and narrative; narrative and interpretation; narrative methods; narrative theory; representation theory; visual communication; and visual perception.

Currently studying a PhD in Design Practice with Northumbria University, Looking at Conceptual Narratives, Heidi is developing her background as an illustrator by exploring relevant theories.

She says:

I love the concept of storytelling through image and text. In recent years, I have been inspired by the Show Studio exhibitions (showstudio.com), which showed creative processes such as fine art, fashion and photography through film and visual learning platforms. I like that platform but wanted to develop it into theory.”

Subsequently, Heidi writes scholastic papers and abstracts for research conferences. For example, she submitted an early stage of her PhD research on virtual platforms to the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference at Bournemouth University in 2011.

“It was a useful way of getting feedback on my research from students and academics at an early stage,” she says. “It has helped to shape the work I am producing now.”

She is a member of the Design Research Society, and is invited to attend conferences in the UK and overseas.

Domanic Li

Domanic Li is an illustrator whose practice includes research projects, private and commercial commissions.

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At the heart of all of our Illustration and Animation lecturer’s varied work is a genuine love for drawing.

Drawing is what got me into art and design in the first place,” says Domanic.

And his lectures at Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD), where he has taught since 1997 are, he says, informed by this passion and by his own experience as an Illustration student on an experimental course.

“It was a real-eye-opener,” he says. “I still refer to it now – it was a course with an open approach. Students were encouraged to dip into other fields, such as model-making, or graphics.”

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This interdisciplinary approach to illustration practice has characterised Domanic’s work ever since.

After graduation, he moved straight into industry, via the New Designers exhibition. http://www.newdesigners.com/

“I picked up my first commission on the day of the exhibition,” he says. “The following day, I landed an agency, The Organisation, http://www.organisart.co.uk/ which I am still with for commercial work.”

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Initially working with paint and print, Domanic’s professional career took off with editorial work, later moving into digital illustration at a time when technology was little used by illustrators. His work was selected for publication in industry magazines, such as Computer Arts, Computer Active and, notably, Image, the Association of Illustrators’ annual publication. Freelance commissions followed.

“I was quick to realise, freelance work is not just about the work, it’s about giving people the confidence to trust you and give you work in the first place,” he says.

Having embraced the digital technology that was emerging in the 1990s, Domanic says:

“You can make things as easy or a difficult as possible, you just have to commit. My attitude was if I could learn the digital packages, then I could concentrate more on applying it to help me produce and develop work. I could see the potential of it.”

Now, in addition to his ongoing freelance practice, Domanic’s work can be seen advertising cultural events around the city of Hull, at conferences, on various online platforms and, increasingly, in progress, as he creates live drawings or paintings, either to accompany events, or for his own Urban Sketching research project.

Urban Sketching began as a personal challenge,” he says. “I had students telling me they couldn’t manage to fill their sketchbooks with work, that they had difficulties with location drawing. So, I realised it had been a while since I had done purely observational work and went out on the streets one summer to sketch.”

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Leading by example in this way was not only highly satisfying. It also inspired others. Domanic was soon joined on the project by Illustration, Animation and Games Design lecturer Gareth Sleightholme. Gradually, HSAD students, fellow academics and other creatives in and around Hull also began to stop, look around them and document the sights of the city, adding their own scribblings to an online urban sketchbook.

And, with each individual uploading their work to a website, Domanic’s germ of an idea has grown into a vibrant research project.

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Domanic’s live painting projects include work has been seen at arts and music event Something Entirely Different, also at Fruit, at the two-day gaming conference Platform Expos and at the city centre’s Humber Street Sesh music festival.

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He also designs posters for Cult Cinema Sunday at Fruit, in Hull’s cultural quarter, Humber Street, as well as for Fudge café/restaurant’s Fudge Film Night.

You can see some of Domanic’s varied illustration work at his various online Sketchbooks and blogs, [1], [2], [3] as well as keeping up with his current work on Twitter.

Staff Profiles – Harrogate School of Art and Design

In Alphabetical Order:
SURNAME, FORENAME   –   DEPARTMENT/ROLE

NAOMI BOLSER –  Photography, CATS

DAVID DIGBY – Photography, Creative Futures

HEIDI DONOHOEFine Art

HELEN GRAHAM – Fine Art, CATS

CAROLINE MIEKINA-HOUSMAN – Illustration, Creative Futures

JULIE KINSEY – Fashion

LOUISE LUMSDEN – Interior Design

Ana Perez – Fashion

EMMA SMETHAMInterior Design

ANNABEL SMITHFashion

Fraser Wright – Photography, Creative Futures

EDWARD WEBSTER – Photography

Staff Profiles – Hull School of Art and Design

In Alphabetical Order:
SURNAME, FORENAME   –   DEPARTMENT/ROLE

SALLY FIRBY – Web and Digital Design

LYNN BENSON – Fashion

IAN CARMICHAEL – Fine Art

DIANE CHATTERTON,  – Printmaking

CLAIRE DAY  Textiles

CHRIS DIMMACK – Architecture, Graphic Design

DAVE ECCLES  – Graphic Design, New Media, etc

ALISON FIELD  – Photography

JACKIE GOODMAN  Associate Dean – Arts Faculty, Digital Media Journalism

BRIDGET HANSFORD – Architecture

ANTHONY HATFIELD – Fine Art

GARY HORNSBY  –  Architecture

JILL HOWITT – Critical & Theoretical Studies

SARAH HUMPHREYS  Dean, Arts Faculty, RAGE Research Project

JULIE HUSBAND  Graphic Design

SARAH JOHNSON  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

JAYNE JONES  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

ANNA KIRK SMITH  Creative Futures, Fine Art

VINAYAN KODOTH  – Filmmaking & Creative Media Production

DOMANIC LI  – Illustration, Graphic Design

GINNY LINDENBAUM – Critical & Theoretical Studies, MA Coordinator

LUCY MARKHAM Fashion

NEIL McCONACHIE Filmmaking and Creative Media Production

STEVE MOORE – 3D Workshop

GLYNIS NELSON – Photography

LINDY NORTON – Illustration, Printmaking Foundation Studies tutor

KAREN OUTRAM – Fashion

NATHAN PIDD  – Photography, Digital Print

NANCY PLIENER – Ceramics

ALEX RABONEGraphic Design

JO RAY – Fine Art

JOE SARGIESON Filmmaking and Creative Media Production

GARETH SLEIGHTHOLME –  Games Design, RAGE Research Project

PAUL STARKEY – Games Design

MARK TERRY – Photography

ANNEMARIE TICKLE – Textiles

KEVIN WHITTAKER – New Media, Web Design

MARK WILLIAMS  – Illustration

STEVE WOODFORDCritical & Theoretical Studies

ELLIE WYNN  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

BEN WADE – Video, Moving Image

See sidebar for staff profiles divided by: Subject Cluster, Research Cluster, Campus etc.