BA (Hons) Illustration third year graduates have seen success in both Creative Conscience and The Macmillan Prize 2016.

Catherine Hood has been selected as a finalist in the Creative Conscience Awards for her illustrated guide to mindfulness.

She tells us more about her entry:

“My entry for the Creative Conscience Awards was an illustrated guide to mindfulness. Mindfulness is a type of therapy which teaches you to take a moment out of worrying for the future or past and to just be aware of the present.

This leads to a more considered, calm approach to everyday difficulties and stresses, and therefore leads to be a better quality of life. 

I am very passionate about raising awareness for mental health, to erase the stigma attached to it, and for mental health to be treated as equal to physical health.

I believe that an individual’s mental wellbeing should be as well considered and cared for as their physical fitness, and in this guide I wished to give the reader an easy and helpful way to fit mindfulness into their everyday lives.

Whilst I think mental health is a subject which should be taken and treated seriously, I didn’t want to run the risk of alienating my audience.

It is important to me that whilst my work looks at serious and worthwhile subjects that I am passionate about, I treat the subject matter playfully and positively, in a manner which invites and welcomes the audience.”

See Catherine’s website for more of her work.

Catherine was also highly commended in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2016, alongside fellow Illustration graduate, Oliver John.

Ollie tells us about his work:

“I entered my recently completed final major project to Macmillan – Coughs and Sneezes, Spread Diseases.  

It is a children’s picture book that explores biological process in the human body at a cellular level. The common cold is a virus that is considered one of the most infectious viral diseases for humans and Coughs and Sneezes, Spread Diseases simplistically presents the process of this viral infection; specifically the method of replication and transmission – as it spreads from human to human.

“For my Major Project I was interested in exploring storytelling with regards to human biology. I wanted to produce a picture book that would focus on the education of one subject for young children. I wanted to allow children the opportunity to become exposed to an understanding of their body and health at an early age. 

By characterising cells and molecules I hoped to convey scientific ideas and concepts surrounding illness with ease – rather than confusing excessive textual explanations. I believe that is is fundamental that children are educated on their body.

That they understand the complexity of the systems within us – how illness and unhealthy lifestyles can have implications on the functions of our bodies throughout life.”

See Ollie’s website for more.

The winning and highly commended work will be exhibited at Folyes, Charing Cross.