Yinka Ilori is a London based designer. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story.
Yinka is passionately against the unnecessary waste he has seen in European and West African consumer cultures, driving him to reuse discarded furniture and other found objects. With each custom-made piece inspired by a parable, Yinka restores new life and purpose to reclaimed materials. His furniture takes on new meanings depending on how it is used or positioned.
Yinka is interested in playing with the relationship between function and form and his work sits between traditional divisions of art and design.
Louise was born in London and studied painting at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology before moving to Brighton to study printmaking at Brighton University. She has lived in Brighton ever since, helping to set up and run a group studio called Maze, and later joining Phoenix Brighton.
Louise is inspired by urban landscapes and enjoys witnessing the varied ways that humans make and build things in different cultures; the specificity of an Egyptian bus shelter compared to a German one; the idiosyncratic design of a Polish kiosk or the Art Nouveau façade of a Viennese apartment block.
A large part of what drives her interest in the built environment is how its design and form communicates the values of the society that made it. Eastern Europe and the Communist experience hold a particular fascination for Louise. This isn’t due to any biographical connection, other than that she grew up during the end of the cold war, and the conflict between East and West was part of her ‘psychic landscape’.
Based in the Peanut Factory in Hackney Wick, East London, Russell Bamber makes sculptures that flirt with function, cavort with scale and frolic with surface. He has an eloquence, confidence and originality with form, material and colour that teases, amuses and beguiles.
Within the complexity of colour, the simplicity of form acts as a vehicle that shouts of the hierarchy of sculpture but whispers of the utilitarian function. The viewer is enticed on a journey of questioning, unsure quite which discipline his sculptures occupy. Are they sculpture, painting, design or architecture?
Russell sees his work as sculptures. Form is primary, colour secondary and function . . . way down the list but crucial to his thinking. The absurdity of a decision is often his reason for that decision.
Russell's craftsmanship oozes care, seduces us and captivates us; his excitement and joy of materials is infectious.
Florence Blanchard is a French painter, muralist and screen-printer based in the UK. She began writing graffiti in the early 1990’s under the name Ema, and spent ten years based in New York where she graduated with a PhD from New York University in 2008.
Florence’s work is directly inspired by her past experience working as a scientist and writing graffiti and depicts abstracts molecular landscapes questioning our idea of visual perception.
For her ITV Creates proposal, Florence has produced an immersive and abstract 3D installation which shows the ITV logo only if the viewer is in a specific position. This played from Florence’s fascination with how reality may appear differently depending on the angle and the level of magnification of an artistic piece.
Emily Forgot is the appropriately curious moniker of London based Graphic Artist Emily Alston. Having been working in the creative industry since graduating from Liverpool school of Art & Design in 2004 she has amassed a diverse range of international clients, from cultural institutions, advertising, retail, publishing & editorial.
Along side commercial endeavours Emily produces personal work in the form of limited edition prints and ceramics. Her work has been exhibited both in London and abroad most notably in 2007 at the “Fragiles” show as part of the prestigious Miami Art Basel.
Embracing the odd, the everyday & the sometimes surreal, Emily's playful visual language and image making continues to innovate, evolve and surprise. With each new brief comes new ideas and fresh inspiration resulting in each client having a tailor made solution. Turning her hand to anything from illustration, retail display, print design and visual identity she prides herself on approaching all briefs with creative thought, originality, humour and beauty in mind, whether the work be a commissioned piece or a flight of her own fancy. Her enthusiasm, curiosity and eye for detail have stood her in good stead so far gaining recognition in publications such as the Creative Review, Vogue, ID, and Grafik magazine as one to watch.
Erin is a final year Fine Art student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her ITV ident represents Erin's first commission as an artist.
Ash enrolled on the MA Graphic Arts Course at UWE Bristol in September 2018. It has provided him with a great opportunity to experiment with his own visual practice.
Ash was born in Winchester as part of a military family, living in various parts of the country from Lancashire to Dorset. He was first introduced to Design at Duke of Yorks, a military boarding school in Dover, where he sat a GCSE in Product Design. Ash really enjoyed the branding design and layout aspect of the course so chose to study Graphic Design, Photography and English for his A Levels at Gillingham School in Dorset. On completion of his A levels he was presented with the WI Cup Award for excellence in art & design at the annual Prize giving ceremony.
After A levels Ash chose to study Graphic Design at Falmouth University in the year they opened their brand new Fox 4 building on Woodlane Campus. In addition to his studies he set-up and hosted an event called 'The Arty Pharty Art Fair' in a local bar in Falmouth; this was a space for himself and other students to exhibit and sell their artwork. Ash devised a few fun competitions to generate a buzz around the campus and it was so successful he was invited to organise two more events at the venue.
Ash spent his second year qualifying as a stand up paddle-board instructor under the direction of the successful entrepreneur Sean White, owner of the WeSUP Paddleboard Centre at Gylly Beach. Once qualified he spent most weekends and holidays of my final year teaching holiday makers and locals how to SUP. Ash loved the Cornish lifestyle so much that after graduating in 2017, he spent a further year instructing stand up paddle boarding as well as doing some freelance design work for WeSUP.
He managed to drag himself out of Cornwall in September 2018 to enrol on the MA Graphic Arts Course at UWE in Bristol, which has provided him with a great opportunity to experiment with his own visual practice.
Led by Course Leader Richard Waring, for the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree at the Arts University Bournemouth, this piece is a combined effort from students in his class.
Richard has an ongoing enthusiasm for education and for training artists, having worked at Cardiff School of Art and Plymouth College of Art prior to his current position at the Arts University Bournemouth.
After completing his MA at Chelsea School of Art, Richard emerged as a curator in London by initiating a new project and gallery space above the infamous nightclub, The Blue Note, in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch.
Richard has worked with artists such as Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, The Chapman Brothers and Gary Hume. He has exhibited and curated widely, including performance art events for the ICA, The Mall, London.
The students involved in this project are: Angelique Aimable-Antoine, Kelsey Fuss, Esme Monk, Niam Mchugh, Tilly Collins, Gemma Farrant, Harriet Westgarth, Molly Sherlaw-Fryer, with Annie Hill providing Technical Support.