Oh, the Pratt Show . . . it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since all the momentous graduation-related events were happening to me! It was great to be on the other side of things last week… browsing new artists, sipping champagne and catching up with old classmates, without the stress of having my own work in the show.
This year’s class certainly didn’t disappoint in talent! I was so proud to see many familiar faces represented at the show, from Sarah Mimo‘s swoonworthy clocks, to new textile prints from Alexa MacFarlane and new comics from our former Putnam intern, Kris Mukai. I’m also jumping for joy to showcase Christee Curran‘s video storyboard project (above). How adorable is that kid at the beach?!
In addition to old friends, there were also a few new faces at the show. Here were my favorite kids’/book related discoveries:
1. Alexandria Marie Compo / I loved her quirky animal characters, and combination of digital and hand-crafted work. In fact, we were all so taken with her 3-D figures that they almost “walked” away with us! Very well suited for the pages of a trade hardcover picture book.
2. Michelle Lynch / Michelle’s range of work is crazy – I’ve honestly never seen a graduating student grasp the concept of licensing so well! Her style may be “simple”, but she captures a bright, cute and fun spirit with ease, and then translates it to a wide variety of products, books and character designs.
3. Erin Maala / Erin’s intricate paper-cutting skills had all of us Penguin employees drooling over her book jackets like Wuthering Heights and The Bell Jar. Another classic book series in the making, perhaps?
4. Zoe Norvell / With smart, sophisticated humor, Zoe designs books that are seriously attention-grabbing. I especially appreciated the wit and depth of information in her collections The Future Of The Book and OKCupid. Oh, and – how could I forget? – she redesigned Harry Potter, and we liked it. A lot.
5. Jane Mai / Her work might look like it could be for kids, but trust me . . . it’s grown-ups only. But her irreverent, freaking-hilarious style translates perfectly to comics, zines and more – so make sure to head on over to her site for the full experience!