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Posted 16.02.16

Illustration students design banners celebrating Chinese New Year

By Sarah Packer

From left to right: Lai-Yin Wong, Briony Difford, Anita Yip, Cosmo Lloyd and Chaz Singh

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Plymouth are illustrations designed by our BA (Hons) Illustration students depicting the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

Students were given the brief by Plymouth councillor Chaz Singh and local Chinese food entrepreneur Lai-Yin Wong and was a great opportunity for the students to develop their professional practice and learn about Chinese culture.

The illustrations chosen to be printed onto four large banners were by student's Anita Yip, Briony Difford, Cosmo Lloyd and BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Dom Tsoi.

From left to right: Dom Tsoi, Anita Yip, Briony Difford, Cosmo Lloyd.

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate Dom Tsoi commented on the brief, “I was really excited when given this brief because it gave me the opportunity to focus on illustrating my experience and understanding of Chinese culture.

“From studying in Plymouth for my degree I would say it is definitely a city full of students, and full of international students, especially from Asia.

“Having many young people from China coming over to the UK makes a big cultural difference, which is why Chinese New Year is so important to Plymouth, because it shows respect and their understanding of the celebration.”

Local councillor and project organiser Chaz Singh said, “I felt that Chinese New Year hadn’t been explored as much as it could be for our city. We are all about embracing diversity, so this was a great chance for a collaboration between Plymouth College of Art, myself, Lai-Yin Wong, the students and everyone else who made this possible.”

“From studying in Plymouth for my degree I would say it is definitely a city full of students, and full of international students, especially from Asia." — Dom Tsoi, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

Displaying in the windows of our Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops – which offer passersby a view into the studios where our students work throughout the day – the banners will be up for the whole month of February.

Speaking of the project, Lai-Yin Wong commented, “I’m proud to be part of this new project, it has been a great opportunity for the students to find out more about Chinese culture and then express what they have learnt through their art. It’s lovely to see the designs on the banners, they really help to represent Plymouth as a city of diversity.”

Delegates from China have a go at glassblowing in our Glass Workshops.

As an institution we are constantly developing and building upon our international links – last year, delegates from China visited our studios and took part in a glass-blowing workshop led by our glass technical demonstrator Lawrence West.

In October 2014 the college was invited to present a ‘travel version’ of Making Futures to the Beijing Design Week in China – a unique city-wide festival celebrating creativity and innovation in design now in its fourth year.

And most recently, students on our BA (Hons) Animation programme visited Kortrijk, Belgium, to take part in the Creative Europe programme EU-funded project ‘Euranim’. Hosted by the centre for Digital Arts and Entertainment at Howest, the week long residency workshop brought together students from across Europe to learn the process of projection/video mapping.

The banners were printed in house in The Print Lab – a professional printing service open to all students here at the college, along with public and college alumni access. Find out more about the services they offer here.

You can also see the illustrations on the Piazza screens in the city centre throughout the month.