BA (Hons) Illustration student, Fay Troote has been shortlisted for the V&A 2018 Illustration Awards.

A prestigious event in the illustration world’s calendar, the V&A Illustration Awards recognises the cream of the crop in book, editorial and student illustration. The annual competition began back in 1972 and has included the likes of Helen Musselwhite, Posy Simmonds, Quentin Blake and Ralph Steadman amongst its previous winners.


Currently in her second year of the BA (Hons) Illustration course, Fay appears in the ‘2018 Student Illustrator of the Year’ category with her illustration for The Diving Pool, a book by Yoko Ogawa.

Each category winner will receive £3000 along with a trophy. The overall competition winner will collect an additional £5000 along with being honoured with the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize, named after the late former V&A Director of Design.


We caught up with Fay to find out how she’s feeling after the nomination, she said:

“I feel so grateful and excited to have been shortlisted for the V&A Student of the Year Awards. I am really looking forward to showcasing my work at the V&A to a wider audience. This is such a brilliant chance for me to showcase my work in an exhibition, encouraging me to gain more confidence in discussing my own work. This will widen my networks, giving me excellent opportunities to possibly meet future creative clients and employers.”


“The work I submitted was part of the Interpretation of Text Unit in which we had to produce a front cover and four interior illustrations for a set text. My chosen text was a collection of short stories titled ‘The Diving Pool’ by Yoko Ogawa.”


“My process led work focuses on capturing senses of atmosphere. The unpredictability of ink makes it one of my favourite materials to work with as there’s a lack of control; each image offers something completely unique. A minimal palette allows the marks and textures to speak for themselves, with no distraction of colour.

My work is definitely more suggestive then descriptive; revealing impressions of a person or place. Silhouettes were used to evoke feelings of isolation, resulting in ambiguous images. In this way, I encourage audiences to look deeper into these intricacies, marks, textures, interpreting each as they wish.”

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony inside the V&A on 15th May 2018. The winning works will then be displayed at the V&A from 16th May to 24th June 2018.

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