Keryn Bibby, Head of Illustration at Falmouth, has collaborated with Illustration courses teams, students and industry partners to create a cabinet of illustrative curiosities: Wunderkammer. Made to put student talent on the radar of industry partners, the online magazine features a plethora of student work alongside alumni case studies, notable student commissions, the latest industry news and top tips from industry workers.
This year, Keryn decided that the focus of her research should be creating an online platform that celebrates the work of students studying the BA(Hons) Illustration, MA Authorial Practice and MA Illustration Online courses. As Keryn tells us, “with reduced opportunities to work face-to-face with our industry partners, I wanted to create a resource that would both highlight the exceptional work of our students and act as an interface between graduating students and companies that we partner with.”
“For final year students, Wunderkammer is briefed and run like a live commission.
"Staff play the role of art directors and the working collaboration with students emulates that of an art director/illustrator relationship. It provides students with insight and experience for when they graduate. For many students, it will be their first published illustration.”
An example of this working collaboration currently sits on the website, with final year BA(Hons) Illustration students asked to respond to the theme of ‘Wunderkammer’ to coincide with the publication’s online launch. The incredible variety of works speaks to the freedom students are given to pursue their own interests. As Acting Course Leader Nick Mott notes, “throughout the course students are introduced to the range of contexts within which illustration operates. Each project is designed to allow a wide range of individual options and possibilities, affording lots of potential for personal creative development.”