ECA Degree Show 2015

'A Few Cocktails' by Andrea Popyordanova. (

‘A Few Cocktails’ by Andrea Popyordanova. (

I’m just back from a fleeting visit to Edinburgh for a meeting and while I was there I popped in to the degree show at the college of art. This year’s illustration graduates are a talented bunch and there was some great work on display. I think Sophie Powell-Hall  is a really versatile illustrator with a great knack for character. I especially loved some of the book covers she had on display. Ailsa Johnson has received ‘Highly Commended’ from the Macmillan Prize two years running for her lively children’s books and is another student whose work I enjoyed a great deal. Andrea Popyordanova’s screen prints are fantastic and her colour palette is just super. I was particularly taken with a book of cocktail recipes she’d made (see image above). Rachel Cocker’s work is great too, so full of fun. She’d made all sorts of household objects decorated with patterns in primary colours for a fictitious character called Herbert Green. I half expected them to jump up and start running around the room, they were so jolly. Here’s to 2015 – I’m sure it will be a great vintage.

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