Three AUB Illustration students won awards at a prestigious international competition held at IBM’s HQ in London earlier this month
Jenni Saarenkyla, Megan Tadden and Dominic Culverwell were all winners at the Creative Conscience Awards 2018 where projects were selected from more than 1,000 entries from 65 countries.
Creative Conscience is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the communities in which we live and work and in turn help transform the wider world.
It seeks to inspire creatives to apply their talents to socially valuable projects, promoting sustainability, freedom, social health as well as well-being and these ambitions were certainly embraced by AUB’s successful entrants.
MA Illustration student, Jenni, received a Silver Award in the Illustration & Animation Category for her project ‘How to raise a feminist daughter’.
Speaking about her work, she said: “The aim of my project is to raise the issue of gender equality in family life.
“The focus was to create illustrations with a positive feminist message, which was done by responding to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions’.
“I chose engaging and relevant quotes, creating playful and buoyant images by drawing inspiration from day-to-day life at home and how I would like to raise my own daughter.”
Third-year BA (Hons) Illustration student, Megan, received a Highly Commended Award in the Illustration & Animation Category for her children’s book, ‘Glow’.
The book features Bertie, who sets out to rescue the moon.
His disability, which requires a prosthetic leg, is not mentioned within the text, nor specifically drawn attention to in the illustrations, it is simply part of him, treated equally just as any other character.
On why she felt the need to create the book for children, she said: “I firmly believe that introducing disability to children in a sensitive manner will positively impact their attitudes and mentality for life, whilst empowering those with disabilities.
“The diversity of our society must be reflected within fiction. The importance of inclusion is paramount.”
Dominic, who graduated from BA (Hons) Illustration in 2017, received a Bronze Award in the Illustration & Animation Category.
His successful project, called ‘Untold Comics’ is an intimate way of informing the public on issues that are still affecting people today, even if they took place years ago.
He said ‘Untold Comics’ aims to inform and encourage social action, showing the possibility for positive change.