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A history of women in graphics in Britain

Information about the designers in the A+ show at Central Saint Martins, 2016, names beginning with J

Jennie Maizels (b 1970) 

Jennie studied graphic design at CSM between 1990 and 1993, and after graduation began work making window displays for Harvey Nichols, The Body Shop and Dillons bookshop. A meeting with the late children's author Kate Petty led to a 16-year creative partnership producing eight children's books which sold over a million copies worldwide. More recently Jennie has developed a range of iron-on patches, mugs, and stationery sold in museum and gallery shops and high street stockists such as John Lewis. Jennie's latest venture is a franchise of her Sketchbook Club. For the A+ show, Jennie loaned her pop-up book "New York" which won the SLA (School Library Association) information book prize in 2015.

"New York" pop-up book by Jennie Maizels (2011) on display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

"New York" pop-up book by Jennie Maizels (2011) on display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

http://www.jenniemaizels.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X9ZChcBcEc

Jo Brocklehurst (1935–2006) was a student at St Martins in the 1950s, and later taught illustration in the Fashion Department. Although Jo worked as a fashion illustrator, she is better known for her drawings depicting the 1980's club scene. A first solo show in Amsterdam in 1969 was followed by inclusion in the ICA group show Women's Images of Men (1980), which later toured the UK. Further shows took place in London and New York. Jo was well-known in Germany and Poland, drawing at arts festivals and supplying reportage-style illustrations for newspapers. Rumour has it Jo had some involvement with feminist art collective The Guerrilla Girls. The Victoria and Albert Museum have collected Jo's work for their archive. Jo's piece in the A+ show is her 1982 portrait of Barbie Wilde, kindly lent by Blondes Fine Art
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2006/mar/06/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/jo-brocklehurst-465992.html
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/jo-brocklehurst-anarcho-punk-artist-284

Joanna Harrison (b 1955)

Joanna Harrison studied at Saint Martins from 1972 -1973 and remembers it as a place that “opened my eyes to all possible avenues that one could take in the world of Art", studying etching, sculpture, photography and illustration amongst other subjects. A chance viewing at college of George Dunning's animated short The Flying Man sowed the seed of an ambition to work with animation. Two years later, Joanna’s first job was assisting George Dunning at TVC cartoons in Charlotte Street, where as a story board artist and animator, she was part of the team that created the Snowman in 1982. In 2012, Joanna co-wrote the script for ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ – the follow-up to the Snowman. Joanna is the author and illustrator of a number of children’s books published by Harper Collins, Ladybird and Picture Lions. 
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-12-24/the-secrets-of-the-snowman-and-the-snowdog
http://www.jacketflap.com/joanna-harrison/75877

Judith Kerr OBE (b 1923) 

Judith studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945, after her family moved to England from Germany to escape Nazi Europe. Well known for her books for young children, including The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the long-running Mog series, Judith has also written novels for children telling the story of the rise of the Nazis in the 1930s from a child's perspective. Judith was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature and Holocaust education, and the German/English bilingual school Judith Kerr Primary in South East London is named in her honour. In 2013 the BBC made an hour-long documentary on her life as part of their "Imagine" series. Still making work today, Judith's latest Mog book topped the UK children's Christmas 2015 best seller chart, and was brought to life in the Sainsbury's Christmas advert, with Judith herself taking a cameo role in the film.   

Mog's Christmas Calamity by Judith Kerr (2015) displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050z2vc
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/nov/29/judith-kerr-tiger-came-tea
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-kerr-idUKKCN0RV46M20151001
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuRn2S7iPNU
 

Julia Woollams (b. 1979) studied graphic design at CSM from 1998 to 2001. On graduation Julia began working at Johnson Banks along with her creative partner Kath Tudball, where Julia has worked for clients such as Anthony Nolan, the Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, the Science Museum, the University of Cambridge, Unicef UK and the V&A. Julia remembers CSM as 'both a collaborative and independent environment. It nurtured ideas as the core of graphic design, as well as letting each of us follow our individual creative paths. We formed a close network of friends and peers who took routes in varying design specialisms – who we often collaborate with today.' Julia has lectured at Central Saint Martins, taken part in D&AD juries, panels and portfolio surgeries, and is an awarded member of D&AD, acted as External Assessor for BA Graphics at CSM, lectured at St Brides Library. Her work regularly appears in articles in Creative Review, Design Week, Designboom, Eye Magazine and Ultrabold. Her work has been exhibited in the British Library, The German Gymnasium, The London Design Festival and the Protein Gallery.  For the A+ exhibition, Julia has selected a 2015 Brighton Festival poster showing the visual identity for the Festival which she developed with Johnson Banks' Creative Director Michael Johnson.
http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/character-studies
http://typetastingnews.com/2013/09/08/magic-by-julia-woollams