Illustration by Gerald Rose
During the end of my first year the college changed it's name, merged and became the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Maidstone produced some prominent artists over the years, some of whom I have only just found out about. Tracy Emin famous, somewhat controversial was there when I was. She was down stairs in the fine art/printing department. Angela Barrett an illustrator that I admire greatly also went there a few years before me. Other notable artists include Karen Millen fashion designer, Tony Hart (do you remember Take Hart and Vision on?) and Martin Handford of 'Where's Wally' fame.
I enjoyed my years at Maidstone and have good memories. Thinking about them prompted me into digging out some old work...
I was recently reminded in a comment that I had promised to share a mask that I had made, so here it is...
At the time I was working on a project producing illustrations for a text of our choice. I chose a book called 'Lady into Fox' by David Garnet. I did a painting, but also decided to make a mask and do a series of photographs.
Remember these were made when photoshop was not the norm. I made the mask out of papier mache and added faux fur, took the photo's then hand coloured the prints with paint to get an old effect. My sister was the model as I took the photo's in half term. :)