Simina Popescu

I’m a 22-year old illustrator and very occasional designer, interested in the impact of visual storytelling in our current socio-political context.

My work is narrative- and emotion-driven and ranges from politically-charged comics and allegorical picture books to vulnerable visual journals.

I grew up in post-communist Romania and moved to London when I was 18 – I feel like my practice is equally influenced by the cultural differences of the two societies. I want to create honest illustrated stories that build empathy and have an emotional impact, that make the audience feel understood.

I’ve been freelancing for the past 5 years in parallel with my studies, on all sorts of projects, which helped me gain some range and figure out the best applications for my work.

Most recently, I did a series of backgrounds to be projected as the scenography of a feminist theatre play, put together a picture book for a ballet studio in my hometown and have been delving into a lot more editorial work for various magazines.

I love editorial illustration because it keeps me on my toes, especially those articles you get given that first make you think, ‘how the hell am I supposed to visualise this?’

Harriet Gillett

I’m Harriet, an artist, illustrator and writer from East Yorkshire, currently based in London.

As an artist I’m self-taught, and as my background is quite multi-discliplinary I enjoy quite a range of freelance work. I studied Literature at Uni, and so currently juggle work as a copywriter, researcher and tutor amongst more artistic ventures.

I’m a massive book nerd and I think that my love of narrative informs a lot of my visual practice. Colour is also a really important way through which I express emotion and feeling.

I’m interested in the dialogue that arises from mixing traditional artforms with the digital, and how that can reflect identity, and it’s exciting that people are on board with using my more traditional techniques in their branding.

I’ve been working on some digital campaigns at The Jago in Dalston, and I’ve also been making artwork to reflect the narratives of local musicians.

More than just drawings, this includes set design; I’m currently designing the set for an upcoming Shackle Free gig in Camden, which will involve some life-size sculpture installations to contribute to their pirate circus vibe.

Drawing animals was what initially got me into making art, and I’m passionate about their conservation.

I often use my art as a means to raise money for charity, and in a recent commission, facilitate children’s learning about local wildlife.

I’ve got some exciting projects on the horizon, which include art-directing a music video and a group exhibition at the end of July.

I am also working towards releasing a clothing and home-ware brand, which will print witty illustrations onto ethically sourced, British-made products. I’m excited to see where the next year takes me!

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