For all of you who did come, did you see us? And for all those who didn’t check this out!
Thought Bubble is one of the biggest events in the UK and this weekend we were in Leeds. The weekend was filled with comics, cosplay’s and lots of purchases of cute postcards.
We made a neat set up on our table and took it in shifts throughout the day so we had the chance to have a go at selling items and then have a look round other stalls and talk to a few of the artists there.
We had all sorts on our table with a combination of postcards, colouring books, zines, prints, bookmarks and origami. These were made by the York St John Illustration students and we have been in progress making these items since we started in September last year. Though our modules and projects we do in our own time, we had a range of items to show people with themes such as children’s stories like Peter Rabbit and Wind in the willows alongside original stories like Rabbit and Bear. Some of these items took on a sci-fi theme with the idea of Terra Two which is a planet humans must move to with earth being inhabitable, from this idea we have created colouring books and character postcards and bookmarks.
Artists from all around were there which really gave the event a bit of variety as to what kind of work you were interested in seeing.
The amount you could see was amazing and the different styles were so widespread you could find something for everyone’s interests. Not to mention some of the cosplay’s people turned up in which was like an art all on its own and really was a great event for the cosplay competition.
Don’t they look great!
Check more of this out on our twitter and Instagram!
The weekend as a whole was a busy time with the event that is the Thought Bubble Festival. For anyone that doesn’t know this event is a chance for artists from all background to have a chance at getting their works out there and sell items.
All sorts can be made from comics and postcards to bookmarks and felt objects. Just a bit of everything.
Look at this determination!!!
A small army of cranes.
For those of you who did see us this is just a small insight to the amount of time and preparation we did leading up to the weekend. We also have an Instagram and a Twitter page if you want to check that out I have put the links below.
We’ve been working on a collaborative project with the School of Humanities, Religion and Theology at York St John. The project is led by Dr Liesl King, who specialises in women’s Science Fiction. Students had to come up with a visual narrative that explored the idea that when (not if) we have to move off planet to Terra Two because we’ve made such a mess of the earth, what would we take with us? And how can we prioritise the arts and humanities?
The Terra Two brief included entry into a competition with a prize of vouchers for Travelling Man comics shop in York for the entry judged to best meet the brief and develop illustration to a high standard. The entries were phenomenal and we had to give a joint first prize in the end. Images below.
For more information about the Terra Two project and to see more images from the illustration students visit the Terra Two site.
On 3rd November 2016 we were delighted to welcome well-known comics creator Alison Sampson into the studio to help us make a zine in a day. We worked up a story in rough, scribbled it up into a little 16 page zine and went out onto the streets of York to hand it to the public.
From 26th to 29th October 2016, 1st year Illustration BA (Hons) students at York St John University made pop-up pavement art outside the Fine Art Phoenix building.
Their drawings were based on character designs they had developed for a project brief. We were very lucky with the weather, the drawings lasted the whole week and beyond and were very popular with visitors of all ages.