Marc Aplin

Marc founded the award-winning website, which has been promoting and analysing books for the past six years. During that time, his passion for sharing the work of incredible authors has grown stronger. He has been nominated for awards by Goodreads, the British Fantasy Society, the World Fantasy Society, and has twice won the Reddit Best Website Award. He feels that he is now at the stage where he would like to expand his website from being a review and article-based site to a small press as well, helping good books and stories to be read. To do that, he needs to study editing and his Award will pay for an editing course at The Publishing Training Centre and an internship with a major publisher.

Fatima Banglawala

Fatima cannot remember a time when she did not want to write and she wants her writing to change the world. Now in her second year of a BA (Hons) Journalism at Leeds Beckett University, she wants to be the best journalist she can and be part of an industry where she can combine her love of literature, philosophy, politics, and arts.  She is working for Independent LeedsdeFUZE MagazineMilk Magazine(US), and The Tab to gain experience, and will complete an internship at TANK, an art and philosophy magazine. Fatima will use her Award to help her fulfil her potential as a journalist. This includes enrolling on a one-week fashion journalism course at Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design and achieving NCTJ accreditation.

Charlotte Baker

Charlotte, who is from Leeds, has a BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing and is now studying for an MA Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire, which she is funding by private tutoring. She is passionate about design and books and blogs about publishing. She has been committed to a career in publishing since she was an undergraduate and was thrilled to gain a place on her MA course, the only one in the North. Charlotte has entered a competition to design a cover for a best-selling author and is currently completing a six-week placement in design and content at Cambridge University Press. She will use her Award to fund her placement developing her design and publishing skills, and her MA studies.

Sarah Bissell

Sarah is an artist in residence at Edinburgh College of Art. She loves writing and illustrating books and worked as a screen printer and digital printer between her BA (Hons) Illustration and MA Illustration. She enjoys the diversity of graphic arts and publishing in the UK and would like to set up her own printing company in the future producing risograph and giclée prints, as well as binding services. Her plans include a publication to support emerging artists. She would also like to provide access to more eco-friendly processes, such as risograph and encourage more people to produce artists’ books, zines and prints. She plans to undertake risograph and bookbinding classes at Edinburgh Printmakers and Hato Press and would also like to intern at a risograph printers.

Paula Caffrey

Paula has a BDes (Hons) Illustration (First Class Honours) from Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She is an experienced printmaker, whose ambition is to work in the graphic arts industry and have her own design studio. To gain experience, she has taken unpaid work at the Scottish Gallery, the Polish Contemporary Art Organisation in Edinburgh, and as a night-time printmaking technician at DJCAD. Her Award will pay for a data visualization course at Central St Martins and a Japanese woodblock course in Edinburgh. A keen picture artist, Paula enjoys the art of storytelling. She has written and illustrated Pronouncing Poland, which received a rave review on Dundee University’s Review of the Arts website, and she is now looking for a publisher.

Blake Brooks

A marketing and publicity executive for an independent publishing house, Blake has a BA (Hons) English Studies and Film and Media Studies, and a Master of Letters (MLITT) with Merit, Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling. Her role includes InDesign work within templates and layout work using existing designs, such as book jackets. She is keen to start creating design files herself and start experimenting with jacket designs. She will use her Award to pay for courses in Illustrator and Photoshop and to buy the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. She loves studying and is ambitious to achieve her goals. After further work experience, her intention ultimately is to freelance in marketing, design, events, and publicity, as well as designing and creating campaigns and marketing material.

Louis Carden

Louis comes from a family of artists and has always been fascinated by design. He finds the process of creating his own designs fun and rewarding and likes spending time in the screen printing studio at Northumbria University where has completed the first year of his BA (Hons) Graphic Design. His degree course also covers the disciplines involved in publishing, which he enjoys, particularly printing, editorial design, and bookbinding. Louis is committed to developing and honing his creative skills. He will use his Award to pay for summer workshops on letterpress, screen and lithographic printing, and bookbinding at Northern Print in Newcastle. These skills will help him produce his portfolio. Once he has graduated, Louis is interested in working in the printing and editorial design sectors of the industry.

Dominic Cazaux

Since he was young, Dominic has been interested in sports. He would love to sit in the press box at an F1 race, a football match or any other sporting event and write about it. He realises, though, that the bar is set very high for sports reporters in the UK. Currently studying for a BA Journalism at Leeds Beckett University, he lives and breathes journalism and has chosen sports journalism as his elective module for his third year. The next step on his chosen career path is to complete the NCTJ Sports Journalism course at Newcastle. He has also applied for a BBC Sports placement at MediaCityUK. His Award will help pay for fees and accommodation for the NCTJ course and expenses for his summer placement.

Flora Carr

Best Young Writer at the Bradt/Independent on Sunday Travel Writing Contest 2014, winner of the Vogue Talent Contest 2014, The Telegraph’s Just Back Contest 2015, and Words by Women Student Journalist of the Year 2016 are just some of the accolades Flora has received while still studying for a BA English Literature at Exeter. Flora originally wanted to be a playwright before she discovered the power of the media, which she believes is at its best when uncovering social injustice. She is a Guardian student blogger and her first piece on spiking drinks led to a follow-up piece in the newspaper. She has had placements at GQVogue, and The Sunday Times, and will study for an MA Investigative Journalism at City University, which her Award will help fund.

Amy Crampton

Amy would like a career in the conservation of fine art prints, books, paper, posters, drawings, and pamphlets in UK museums. From previous volunteering experience, she has discovered that these pieces are unique because of the makers and are vulnerable due to the environment and handling. Having gained a BA Fine Art (Hons) from Winchester School of Art, she is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in the conservation of books and library materials, which her Award will help fund. She is also saving for the second year, which will give her a postgraduate degree. Her courses at West Dean College will help her develop her practical skills, as well as an understanding of the scientific aspects of pigments and paper.

Marina De Salis

Marina says that winning an Award ‘is a great way to kick-start my career as a graphic designer’. Studying graphic design at Shillington, she has found the graphic design community to be welcoming and supportive and is thrilled she will soon be working with other creatives as a graphic designer. She believes it is an exciting time to be joining the industry as there are so many new resources, facilities, and technology readily available. She cannot wait to begin working on a variety of design projects. She is keen to broaden her knowledge and will use her Award to pay for additional courses in screen printing, product and packaging design, and illustration, as well as essential materials and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Lisa Davies

Community-minded Lisa wants her career to combine her love of traditional printmaking and working in community arts. While working and studying part-time for an MA Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of West England, Lisa is setting up the Bristol Print Collective with two fellow students. This is a community-focused enterprise running workshops in local communities. She believes printmaking can play a vital role in encouraging local communities to be more creative. Plans for the Collective’s workshops include creating a theatrical experience by staging them in unusual environments, such as a laundrette and using a mangle as a printing press to promote printmaking. Her Award will help pay for her tuition fees, equipment and materials, such as a transportable table top etching press and printing rollers, for community workshops.

Myrto Dimitrakoulia

After studying journalism and media in Greece, Myrto graduated with an MA Publishing from City University and is working as a foreign rights assistant at Little Tiger Press. Her heart, however, has always been closer to graphic arts and she has enrolled on Shillington’s part-time graphic design course, which she has saved up to fund. She would like to work as a designer in the publishing industry and she feels that each step is taking her closer to that goal. She says the UK publishing industry is one of the most diverse and interesting industries and an amazing community to work in. Her Award will be invaluable in helping make the transition to graphic design in the industry and she will use it to upgrade her MAC.

Janneke Earl

Janneke is studying graphic design part-time at Shillington College, while working a 40-hour week at MadLab, a Manchester digital laboratory. With a Bachelor of Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, Janneke is now set on a career as a graphic designer in the publishing industry. Her Shillington course has introduced her to typesetting, layout, and digital publishing, as well as print. Personal projects have ranged from creating documentation for a students’ international design conference to signage for her current employer. Her interest in bespoke and small-run publishing lends itself to artists’ books, exhibition leaflets, and niche magazines, as well as collaborations with students, artists, industrial designers, and architects. She would like to interest more people in publishing by holding workshops.

Jay Drennan

Jay started his career in engineering, but switched to print 18 months ago, attracted by the industry’s innovation. His print industry experience ranges from calibrating printing machines for an inkjet manufacturer in Italy to his current customer-facing role with Sun Chemical running a large offset packaging ink room on-site for a client in Northampton. Now relocating to Newport to run the largest packaging ink room in the UK and Ireland, he would like to develop his career. With Sun Chemical’s support, he is considering his career map, with a view to moving into a more technical printing role. He will be using his Award to pay for training courses to help him achieve his career aspirations and be an asset to the print industry.

Fran Gordon

Fran is studying for an MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and working as a receptionist at the Harbour Club and a gallery invigilator at CGP London, an artist-led gallery hosting contemporary art exhibitions. She is a dedicated and passionate printmaker who wants to continue learning her craft to the highest standard. She is fascinated by how print can exist within an increasingly digital world and continue to evolve. One of the most difficult aspects of continuing her education in print is the cost of materials, which she will use her Award to fund. This will enable her to continue experimenting and producing high quality screen and digital prints and lithographs, which she will exhibit in her MA show next year.

Gabriele Gudaityte

Gabriele has discovered a passion for printmaking while studying for a BA (Hons) Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Dundee, she says, has a very strong printmaking community with brilliant workshops and artists. While at college, she has won several printmaking awards and has built up a strong print-based portfolio. She has also been involved with the Dundee Print Collective and its project for the Impact Printmaking Conference in China. She would like to organise workshops and exhibitions herself promoting printmaking and art publishing. Gabriele will use her Award to pay for further printmaking and bookbinding workshops and materials. She also hopes to have a graduate residency, during which time she will create a body of work for her own exhibition.

Kennedy Grainger

Kennedy has always had a keen interest in fashion, celebrity and lifestyle journalism. She enjoys writing and wants to pursue a career in magazine journalism covering her favourite topics. Originally from County Durham, Kennedy is studying for a BA (Hons) Journalism at Leeds Beckett University. To help her achieve her aim of working in magazine journalism, she would like to gain work experience at a London-based magazine and she has applied for placements at HeatCloser, and Grazia.She says she would love the opportunity of metaphorically spreading her wings and experience working at her dream job in a vibrant city such as London.

Esmé Hager-Eichhorn

A student ambassador at Leeds Beckett University where she is studying journalism, Esmé’s love of writing stems from a young age, but it is only recently that she has discovered a passion for print journalism. Her degree has taught her not only how to write a good feature, but also how to use InDesign and Photoshop. Magazine production especially appeals and, with three other students, she produced a niche, satirical magazine for women. The magazine’s theme was her idea. She also writes for Leeds Hack, the university’s website. She would like to gain experience on a magazine, whether it is feature writing or behind the scenes designing pages. Her Award will help fund a placement in London and long-term she would like to launch her own magazine.

Vanessa Hindshaw

Vanessa has her own freelance design practice working with printmaking and textiles, which explores craft as a creative process and the physical processes involved inform her work’s aesthetic and conceptual context. Her work is influenced by the integration of Modernism within craft and design during the interwar and post-war periods. Her work is driven by a desire to explore print through which she communicates visual ideas. The ongoing theme is ‘inform and re-inform’. While her work predominantly explores the medium of printed textiles, she wishes to work across a spectrum of printed media. With a BDes (Hons) Textile Design (First Class Honours with Distinction) from the Glasgow School of Art, Vanessa will use her Award to help fund her MA Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Eric Hesselbo

As a student at the London College of Communication, Eric has had the chance to experience different aspects of printing, publishing, and graphic arts. He is excited about his career in the industry and has already co-founded a creative fashion company, EXYZEE. The company’s portfolio includes printed garments, photographic, and video projects. As well as artistic direction, the EXYZEE project has highlighted the importance to him of commercial planning and marketing strategy for artistic projects’ success. During his year in industry, while he completes his Diploma in Professional Studies, Eric will create a bi-monthly celebrating culture, fashion, and lifestyle, giving insights into talent across the globe. His Award will help fund essential materials, printing, and distribution costs for this project, including creating inserts using risograph and screen printing.

Rose Howie

Rose believes publishing is fundamentally important to society and that publishers create resources with the power to educate and inspire. She has spent the last four years building up her career in publishing and is enthusiastic about creating engaging print and digital products. As Development Editor at Bright Red Publishing, she works closely with authors and suppliers. The next step in her career is to become a commissioning editor and commission and manage her own list. To achieve that, she will use her Award to pay for an industry standard, four-day training course in commissioning and list management at The Publishing Training Centre. Rose has an MSc Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University and was the Co-Chair of the Society of Young Publishers Scotland for two years.

Annika Jones

“Print should remain the gold standard of publishing,” Annika says, “but this can only be maintained if it is embraced by younger generations. Through creativity, imagination, and high quality product, we can show the true value of physical media and its enduring strength in a digital world.” Studying for a BA (Hons) Journalism at Leeds Beckett University, Annika would like to expand her skills beyond those taught on her course. Photojournalism is a medium she has long admired, as she believes images can be particularly powerful in print, in a way that is sometimes lost on the screen. She will use her Award to buy a DSLR camera and pay for short courses in photography at Leeds College of Art for a career in photojournalism.

James Jessiman

Since graduating from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation (First Class Honours) four years ago, James has been working as a print studio manager and an assistant lithography printmaker in London. He wants to pass on his craft to young, disadvantaged people. He has developed a creative teaching programme, Studio-K, a £20,000 outreach project with Kingston University, teaching printmaking and animation to pupils in secondary schools in Hackney and Kingston upon Thames. He also had a two-month residency at Cornwall College teaching in disadvantaged areas of Cornwall. This has been a life-changing year for him made possible by a number of charities, including The Printing Charity. As well as sharing his expertise, he is studying for an MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art.

Szandra Kovacs

Szandra has a BA Communication and Media from the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts and has completed an animation drawing course at Pannonia Film Studio, the largest animation studio in Hungary. She is now studying graphic design at Shillington College and her Award will help with course fees and living expenses. She says her ambition has always been to work in the creative arts and she has experimented with different sectors, such as television production and filming. Since she discovered and started her graphic design course, she realises this was exactly what she was looking for. She is fascinated by illustrations, colours, and the creativity that surrounds her. She would like to be part of this creative landscape and produce amazing designs that will inspire people.

Raonaid Levesley

After graduating with a BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion from the University of Central Lancashire, Raonaid feels she has finally found her calling as a graphic designer and has never been happier. She believes it is important to have a career doing something that you love and since she started her art foundation course in 2007, she has always felt that she should work in the creative industries. She is currently working part-time as a sales assistant and member of the visual merchandising team, while she studies graphic design part-time at Shillington College. She lives and works in Lancashire 50 miles from Manchester, a trip she will need to make twice-weekly for nine months while studying, so will use her Award to pay her travel expenses.

Naomi Lambert

A production administrator at Windsor Print in Tonbridge, Kent, Naomi enjoys working in the industry, because it is creative and she likes seeing ideas being turned into a physical piece of work. She is looking to further her career in print, particularly the health and safety aspect of print. She is dedicated to this aspect of her job and would like to develop her expertise in this area of the print industry. Naomi will use her Award to pay for an occupational health and safety course, which will give her an accredited international health and safety qualification from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Zara Markland

A producer for Dorling Kindersley, Zara loves being involved in the project side of book printing, binding, and distribution. She says that publishing is an important sector that entertains, educates and influences people’s lives. After graduating with a BA English Literature, Zara undertook work placements at Manchester University Press and magazines, before successfully applying for a grant to complete an MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Further placements followed at Wiley-Blackwell, OUP, Phoenix Comics and Touchpress. She is the Chair of the Society of Young Publishers and mentors future publishers on the Manchester Gold Mentor Programme. She is conscious that publishing has to adapt to the changes digital technology presents and will use her Award to pay for a PRINCE2® course to develop her project management skills.

Helena McNish

Books and stories have always been important to Helena, so once she graduates from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) History, she will study for an MA Publishing at University College London. She aspires to have a career with the opportunity to think creatively, learn new skills, and interact with a wide range of people. That is why she would like to work in publishing, which provides a dynamic vehicle for storytelling. She has been writing since she was 15 and has taken unpaid placements with publishing companies during her time at university. She is keen to gain as much experience as possible through further internships and, as these will be unpaid, her Award will help pay her living costs in London.

Gavin McHugh

Gavin is enjoying his graphic design course at Shillington College in Manchester and is focused on developing his work place skills in this area. His dream job is to work in graphic design and publishing and he wants to achieve that ambition as soon as possible. His long-term plans include setting up his own business. Two of his favourite subjects at school were art and design, and information and communications technology. As well as talking to people working in the sector, his favourite subjects inspired him to consider further training in printing and publishing. He is unable to work while studying intensively for three months at Shillington, so he will use his Award to help pay for his course fees.

Aniesa Mirreh

English and creative writing have always been Aniesa’s passions. She has a BA Joint Honours in Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Worcester and will start the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism in September at Highbury College in Portsmouth, which her Award will help fund. She believes a journalist’s role is to tell the truth and would like to push the boundaries to unearth stories that should have a voice. Choosing journalism as a career has also inspired her to launch her own blog, which is self-funded and self-written. Blogging has given her experience of social media and working for accountants has given her an interest in finance and being a business journalist. She is looking forward to a career in journalism.

Caoimhe Mulgrew

Once she has completed her Level 5 HND Graphic Design, Caoimhe will start a BA (Hons) Creative Imaging at Southern Regional College, Lurgan in County Armagh, where she is also studying Level 1 British Sign Language. She has always loved working in a creative field and is always doing something creative, whether in her spare time or as part of her coursework. Branding is the area of graphic design that appeals to her most as a career. Caoimhe looks forward to learning something new about graphic design every day. She says that the last two years have been very intensive, but she has enjoyed the coursework. She will use her Award to help with fees and buying equipment for her course.

Keir Mucklestone-Barnett

Keir, who is working full-time at Manchester Metropolitan University, while also studying graphic design part-time at Shillington College, says he is inspired by Manchester’s print and graphic design scene. Building on his background in the creative arts, he is developing his skills in graphic design, including illustrative creative design, and is particularly interested in independent publications and poster prints. He has exhibited work at Manchester School of Art’s Islington Mill and in the Manchester International Festival. The Award will help him pay for printing his Shillington portfolio and launch his website. Extra courses in screen printing, letterpress and risograph at local studios are also planned. His ambition, after gaining experience through internships and in studios, is to work freelance and set up his own studio.

Clare Mullooly

Clare’s journalism portfolio of writing for The Ripple, the University of Leicester’s newspaper, The Birmingham Sun, a local community newspaper, DESIblitz, an award-winning online magazine, and her own online magazine, has helped her gain a place on City University’s MA Magazine Journalism course. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) History from the University of Leicester, Clare has never given up her dream of becoming a magazine journalist. She would like to use her writing and investigative skills to publicise important issues affecting disadvantaged communities in society. Clare will have to relocate to London from Birmingham where she has been working in customer services. She will use her Award to help pay for accommodation in London and expenses associated with work placements as part of her studies.

Michael O’Grady

With a BA Illustration (First Class Honours), Michael intends studying for an MA Visual Communication, but wants to gain more experience in the industry and is working as a part-time assistant for the artist, Julian Opie. Michael is particularly keen to explore the impact of modern technologies on the culture of more traditional printmaking methods. He would like to focus on screen printing as his chosen medium and design that can be achieved with printmaking influenced by computer programming and sensory inks. He plans to exhibit his large-scale printed artworks later this year. He will use his Award to help fund a part-time computer coding and programming course at Decoded, a screen printing course to sharpen his skills, and membership of Luma Print Studio.

Alberto Negro

Alberto is in the third year of his BSc (Hons) Product Design at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design in Dundee. He has already shown his entrepreneurial skills by launching an online lifestyle magazine, 5 STYLE, promoting emerging artists in the design and luxury fashion industries. He describes it as opening the door to a global vision of fashion, design, and travel through a minimalist point of view. Alberto’s online magazine has an audience of 100K+ followers. It was shortlisted in The Herald Digital Business Awards 2015 and has won a Silver Award for website and web design. He now plans to launch a print edition and will use his Award for an editing and publishing course to kick off his career in the publishing industry.

Doris Panholzer

Currently studying art and photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Doris’s internship with My Bookcase has introduced her to Glasgow’s art scene, where she would like to work as a designer. As in intern, she has designed a publication as part of a collaboration between My Bookcase and the Glasgow Women’s Library. Her current project is another collaboration with the Glasgow Women’s Library, designing postcards and stickers for their GWL-Hears-Me project. Her Award will help her finance materials and printing costs for this voluntary project, as well as further internships. Doris is interested in different printing techniques and feels that printed material is a great way to connect people and share information. She says that nothing can replace the feel and smell of print.

Natasha Pilling

Natasha has fond memories from an early age of her grandmother reading her poetry, which led to the two of them writing light-hearted poetry together. Her grandmother also encouraged her to write to build her confidence. She says writing has played an important role in shaping who she is today and seeing her work published fills her with pride. She wants to inspire other young people to be more ambitious about their futures. As well as managing her own YouTube channel, writing for local newspapers and her photography blog, Natasha has developed her broadcasting skills by producing a documentary on refugees during her BA (Hons) Journalism at Leeds Beckett University. She would like to use her skills writing and producing content as a multimedia, investigative journalist.

Daniel Pelly

Prior to commencing his apprenticeship at De La Rue, Daniel had no idea how big the printing industry is, nor how much it is relied on and used in everyday life. He says it is an ever-expanding industry that is diversifying and adapting to new technologies. He was aware of the graphic arts industry through studying graphic communication at college, but he had never realised the variety and range of sectors in the industry. He would like to pursue a career in the UK print industry, because he believes it is an industry that will continue to evolve and grow. Once he has completed his apprenticeship, he would like to work towards a managerial role and his Award will help him further his career.

Sophie Raoufi

Sophie is a marketing and library relations intern at Open Book Publishers, an open access academic book publisher and a non-profit social enterprise. Having graduated with an LLB (Hons) Law from Bristol University, Sophie is pursuing a career in the UK publishing industry. She is an avid reader of all genres and is fascinated by the written word and the ideas it communicates. Having been involved in publishing projects from start to finish, she enjoys all aspects from editorial and marketing to distribution. She particularly enjoys the industry’s collaborative nature and encouragement of new ideas and wants to contribute to the innovations necessary to reach new readers. It is an exciting environment to work in and her Award will fund internships to gain more experience.

Pietro Sandri

Pietro studied the theory of printing processes at college and is now applying the theory as part of his BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication. He loves pushing the boundaries of a technique to see its limits and explore how things can be done differently. This year he has been researching how to create screens larger than A3. He is using halftone software to create images for screen printing and different colour separations to create master films and print with different screen printing inks. His research reveals that he needs a large format printer and a special film. He will use the Award to buy software and a printer for the four colour printing process and photorealistic reproduction of images.

Damion Robinson

Damion has built up an impressive portfolio of freelance work during the last five years to fund his BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication. He loves creating design for print and believes that something printed beautifully is a work of art. He is drawn to generative design, using coding to construct hierarchy and clarity in printing and interactive design through virtual platforms. Having graduated this year, he is now keen to develop his coding skills and will be using his Award to pay for a course in HTML, CSS and JavaScript this summer before he starts work as a print and digital designer. He would like to set up his own design studio within the next three years.

Herwig Scherabon

Data visualization sums up Herwig’s journey from urban planning and architecture to graphic design. He is interested in the intersection of digitally produced data sets published in printed media. Originally from Vienna, Herwig enjoys Glasgow’s vibrant design scene and is in his final year of an MDes Graphics at the Glasgow School of Art. He already has a BSc in Architecture from the University of Technology in Vienna and has completed graphic design courses at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Estonian Academy of Arts. He is producing a printed Atlas of Gentrification of maps and infographics, as well as large-scale prints of diagrammatic cityscapes for his graduation show, which his Award will help fund and internships for three months.

George Taylor

Through We Do Print, a printing social enterprise in Gloucester, George has been trained as a print finisher and production operative, with an in-depth knowledge of dye-sublimation and large format technique. The experience has led to paid design work for We Do Print’s commercial customers, helping build his confidence and develop his graphic design skills on the No Limits programme through peer mentoring. He is also being mentored by a professional designer. We Do Print has offered George space to work as a freelance graphic designer and helped him build up a client base, but he needs equipment so he can work independently at work and home. He will use his Award to pay for a laptop and design software, a desktop printer, and back-up drive.

Henry Seeley

In his second year of a BA Graphic and Media Design, Henry has developed an interest in the print facilities on offer at the London College of Communication. He had been more comfortable using digital software for his graphic design, but is now enjoying experimenting with screen printing, letterpress, and bookbinding. During his year in industry, he will undertake two projects. One will help fund a volunteer placement in a school, where he will set up a design and print workshop to encourage students to create their own designs and introduce them to print. He believes his Award should benefit others as well. His second project is a trip to Berlin, where he will photograph the city’s creative culture and design and print a book of his photographs.

Daniel Weatheritt

Daniel is a graphic designer and illustrator running his own business, Daniel J Weatheritt Design & Illustration, in Northumberland. He wants to keep print alive by showing his clients that print can work in harmony with digital. He also works with schools and museums across the North East, delivering creative workshops. His latest project, Airship Nelson, is designed to teach young people about the illustration, graphic design, and bookmaking industries through participatory workshops and channel their creativity into printed books. To help develop his community’s creative infrastructure, Daniel wants to run Airship Nelson sessions in libraries to forge new links between libraries, schools, and pupils. His Award will fund further professional training and investment in new illustration and bookmaking equipment for use by young people in the sessions.

Shalyn Wilkins

Shalyn disagrees that print is dying out. She says ‘technology will never replace the touch of nice paper or the smell of a freshly opened book’. She interned at Dorling Kindersley and found it strengthened her appreciation of books and paper craft. Currently taking a year out in industry as part of her BA Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication, she is looking for internships with publishers, branding agencies, and printers. She is illustrating a small book, Life is Like a Bus, which she plans to screen print and hand bind. Its pull out tabs and pop-up elements provide a special interaction with the viewer, which does not work digitally. Her Award will help fund production of her book and internships.

Katy Welsh

Studying printed textiles and surface pattern design at the Leeds College of Art, Katy has channelled her interest in art and design through printing, particularly screen printing. Its expressive imperfections shape her work. Her Award will enable her to experiment with paper types currently beyond her budget, buy her own screens for her personal use, and help fund her first small-scale, Leeds-based exhibition promoting her work as a textile printer. She says she represents a marginalised type of printmaker to whom traditional methods hold as much, if not more value as digital technologies do. In her view, shifting the focus back to more traditional printmaking versus large-scale automated production helps to highlight the importance of good design, as opposed to disposable design.

Rebecca Willmott

Rebecca is a campaigner for environmental, human and animal rights, which influence her art work. Printmaking enables her to combine her interest in sustainability and working with other artists to run community workshops. She feels printmaking is a uniting, collaborative, fun medium and she is passionate about preserving traditional printmaking processes, while combining them with other mediums such as collage, paint and digital. She regularly submits illustrations combining lino print and collage to the Edinburgh-based Peace and Justice News. With an MA Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art, Rebecca now intends enrolling on The Complete Printmaker course at Hot Bed Press in Salford. It will help her understand how to combine printmaking mediums to make them more sustainable. Her Award will also help hire studio space.

Loi Xuan Ly

Loi says that during his BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course at the London College of Communication, he has learnt that graphic design is as much about design development as it is about production. His course has encouraged him to delve more deeply into print design. He enjoys the production side, searching for the right paper stock to use, for example, while the letterpress workshop has given him the opportunity to work with artists like Alan Kitching and Dylan Kendle. While studying, he has been producing one-off books and prints. The next step is working with a larger scale production using litho printing. His Award will fund materials and printing costs for his book project, which is a photographic series shot on his bicycle commute.

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