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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 S – T

Sara de Bondt (b. 1977) taught on the Graphic Design BA course at CSM from 2006 to 2008. Establishing her own studio in 2004, Sara's practice combines work for clients such as the V&A Museum, Wiels Art Centre and the Tate, with editing and designing books for Occasional Papers, the publishing company she co-founded in 2008 with Antony Hudek. Sara curated the conferences The Form of the Book (2009), and Graphic Design: History in the Making (2011) at St Bride Library.

For the A+ show Sara lent a bench designed for the Barbican exhibition Radical Nature (2009), made from recycled wood from a previous exhibition. Two books published by Occasional Papers are also included, The Form of the Book Book (first edition 2009) which Sara co-edited with Fraser Muggeridge; and Graphic Design, History in the Writing (2012) co-edited by Sara and Catherine de Smet.

http://www.eyemagazine.com/opinion/article/sara-de-bondt
http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/a-certain-smile

Scarlet Evans (b. 1991) graduated from BA Graphic Design at CSM in 2014. She won the Sony World Photography Organisation Student Focus award in her final year and went on to have the winning photo series exhibited at Somerset House. Scarlet is the co-creator and designer of the magazine Ladybeard, included in the A+ exhibition. She currently works at London studio MadeThought.
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/ladybeard-magazine-the-sex-issue
http://magculture.com/ladybeard-1/

See Red Women's Workshop (1974 – 1990)

See Red Women's Workshop was a feminist silk-screen poster collective in London who made posters for the women's liberation movement and community groups. Posters were designed collectively, skills and knowledge were shared. See Red posters have been exhibited widely in recent years: at the Chaumont Poster festival in 2015; at the radical poster exhibition 'A World to Win' at the V&A museum, 2014; Four Corners Books, 2014; and at the ICA in 2013. The poster shown in the A+ exhibition, "Right on, right on Jane" is a parody of the Ladybird Peter & Jane reading scheme books, pointing out the gender inequality in the lives of Peter and Jane. Their work is held in the permenant collection of the V&A Museum.

"Right on, right on Jane" See Red Women's Workshop (c.1976), on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

https://seeredwomensworkshop.wordpress.com/
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O102638/a-womans-work-is-never-poster-see-red-womens/
http://www.afterall.org/online/radical.printmaking#.VsiU2HSLT-k
http://transpont.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/see-red-womens-workshop-feminist.html

Sheena Calvert (b.1959) studied at the Central School of Arts and Design between 1983 and 1986, and is currently an Associate Lecturer on the Graphic Communication Design programme at CSM. Sheena remembers studying at CSM gave her the confidence to 'explore far and wide in search of questions and inspirations', and to 'never take as given what you set out to prove (J. Golding)'. Sheena 'aspires to open the same "space" for students that was once opened for me'. Alongside teaching graphics at CSM and co-ordinating Contextual Studies at Camberwell College of Arts, Sheena maintains her own letterpress studio, the .918 press. Here Sheena produces experimental work concerning 'materialanguage', for example the process-led artist's workbook 'The Cruelty of the Classical Canon'. The 3d printed books shown in the A+ show are the result of a collaboration which further investigates 'materialanguage', with Shaun Borstrock, Mark Bloomfield and Pete Brownhill; produced by the 3d Hacklab at the University of Hertfordshire. 3d printing a book in the traditional form suggests that 'in order for 3D printing technology to rewrite the book, the very essence of "book" needs to be re-imagined, re-engineered and re-written'.

Sian Cook (b. 1962) studied and taught at CSM from 1984 to 1993. Starting off her career designing for the music industry with Peter Saville and Me.Company, Sian opened her own studio in 1994 and has worked with clients such as The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts and The Showroom Gallery. Sian combines her own practice with her current roles of Senior Lecturer in Graphic & Media Design at LCC; working as Co-Director of the Women's Design and Research Unit, and as volunteer designer for the National Aids trust and GMFA (the gay men's health charity, where she is also a board member). A recent campaign for the National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership was shortlisted for a 2015 European Diversity Award. As well as contributing work from Women's Design and Research Unit to the A+ show, Sian allowed us to reproduce a recent press campaign she designed for GMFA to raise awareness for HIV Testing Week in 2013. 
http://nostarpro.tumblr.com/

Sinem Erkas graduated from CSM in 2008 and works as a freelance designer, illustrator and art director. Publishing clients include Bloomsbury, Hachette and Wide Eye Editions. Sinem also makes animations for clients such as design association AIGI, Michael Palin and SHOWstudio. Sinems work has been included in London exhibitions, and the Venice Biennale (2009); her graduate work won the 'best in show' award at the CSM degree show; and she won an ABCD award for series design in 2014.
http://www.sinemerkas.com/news/interviewed-by-paraic-odonnell/
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/sinem-erkas

Sisterhood (2015 – present) 
Marina Viktorsson (b.1989), Rebecca Thomson (b.1993) and  Rachita Saraogi (b.1992) is on a mission to raise awareness of the lack of sisterhood amongst women and to address this issue through self reflection by hosting a lecture series and inviting people to arrange their own lectures. 'Sisterhood is a promise to to ourselves that we will be the best possible version of ourselves, to embrace our flaws and our goodness, to realise and accept those of our fellow sisters. It stands for the glance we exchange with another woman, both knowing that we are in this together'.

Sophie Thomas (b. 1973)

After studying graphic design at CSM from 1992 to 1995, Sophie took her MA at the RCA. After working for a year at the Body Shop, she founded Thomas Matthews with Kristine Matthews, designing commercial, but sustainably responsible projects for clients including The National Maritime Museum, The British Council and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Sophie has a longstanding interest in sustainability: in 2007 she co-founded 'Three Trees Don't Make a Forest'; in 2012 she launched the RSA's 'Great Recovery' project and in 2015 became the the RSA's Director of Circular Economy. Last year Sophie was nominated for Industry Leader of the Year, CIWM Sustainability and Resource awards, and selected as a CABE Built Environment Expert.

Sophie lent the letterpress poster 'Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean' for the A+ show. Combining waste ink and Hawaiian sand samples with plastic from the Kamilo beach, the poster accompanies talks and exhibitions by Sophie about her trip to Hawaii in 2014 where she experienced first hand the plight of the 'plastic beach' first hand.

Sophie Thomas 'Never turn your back on the ocean' (2014), displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Sophie Thomas 'Never turn your back on the ocean' (2014), displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

http://thomasmatthews.com/
http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/about-us/sounding-board/sophie-thomas

Sroop Sunar (b.1986) graduated from BA Graphic Design at CSM in 2009, and recalls that 'my time at CSM was crucial in my development as an illustrator. I discovered the wonders of printmaking and spent countless hours exploring ideas and honing my craft. CSM opened up so many doors for me towards a career that is incredibly tough to break into as a newbie'.
Esquire Magazine, Time Out, the New York Times and Wired have commissioned Sroop's work, and she has illustrated books for publishers Random House and Penguin. Other achievements include two D&AD awards, and exhibitions in London and Berlin. Part of an exploration into Sroop's dual nationality, 'The Golden Glassy' print was inspired by an Asian-run pub in Wolverhampton of the same name. 'Glassy' is an Anglo-Indian term for glass, while 'Golden' is a typical prefix in the English pub-name lexicon.
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/sroop-sunar

Stefanie Posavec (b. 1981)

Stefanie moved from the US to London to join the MA Communication Design course at CSM in 2004. After graduating Stefanie worked as a designer at Penguin Books and Information is Beautiful before setting up her own art and design practice. Well known for data visualisation and book design work, projects have also included the Stephen Fry 'MyFry' app; OK Go album artwork; and an artist in residence period at Facebook. Stefanie's work has been exhibited internationally, including at the V&A Museum in London (2013) and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2009). Stefanie speaks regularly about her work in Europe and the US, and has spoken about data visualisation on BBC Newsnight. With Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie won two Kantar Information is Beautiful gold awards in 2015 for the project Dear Data, which was exhibited as part of the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House, London in 2016. This project was acquired by Particular Books (part of Penguin) to be published in book format in 2016.

For the A+ exhibition Stefanie loaned the data visualisation project 'Touching Air' (produced in collaboration with Miriam Quick) which asks 'what if we could see and feel the burden that air pollution causes on our bodies?' The outcome was a series of three necklaces, with each bead showing how polluted the air was in Sheffield on consecutive evenings before, during and after Bonfire Night. The smoother and smaller the bead, the better the air quality. The spikiest, largest bead represents Bonfire Night when the air was most polluted. Stefanie's work can also be seen in the Graphic Design & book 'Graphic Designers Surveyed', which was also included in the A+ exhibition. 

'Touching Air' by Stefanie Posavec with Miriam Quick (2014) on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

'Touching Air' by Stefanie Posavec with Miriam Quick (2014) on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

www.stefanieposavec.co.uk 
http://www.dear-data.com/

Sunny Park (b. 1988) graduated from BA Graphics at CSM in 2010, and worked in independent London design studios before moving to the US to join the MFA Graphic Design at Yale. In the US, Sunny has worked for Yale and MTV, and is currently working at 2 x 4 in New York. Sunny's work in the A+ show is a poster from her Yale Thesis printed using the risographic print process.
http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/sunny-parks

Syd Hausman (b. 1969) graduated from BA Graphics at CSM in 2005. Prior to setting up her own design practice, Syd worked at Johnson Banks, Macmillan Publishing and Glock, with clients such as Bacardi, Burt's Bees, Tracey Emin and Tate Modern. Syd was one of the original directors of dining experience Gingerline, creating its visual identity and bespoke branded materials for each event. Syd now creates graphics for events, charities and bands. Projects include branding for Poker Stars' pop-up restaurant in Bristol, the All-in Kitchen;  a visual identity for charity Generating Genius, and EP and album artwork for The Sleeping Years. Syds work in the A+ exhibition was part of a project series exploring the body and vulnerability in the city, made whilst a student at CSM. 
www.sydhausmann.co.uk

Tanya Brennand-Roper (b.1982)

After gaining a BA in Graphic Design (2005) and MA in Communication Design at CSM (2007), Tanya now works as Creative Content Producer and Audio Editor for book publisher HarperCollins, managing their children’s audio list. At CSM Tanya specialized in illustration, exploring ways of combining image making with sound. Working at HarperCollins with authors such as Judith Kerr, David Baddiel and Sir Michael Bond, Tanya’s production for David Walliam’s ‘Awful Auntie’ won the National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year in 2014. Tanya maintains her own illustration practice, combining commercial projects with work for the fashion, food and travel sectors, and has recently collaborated with Guardian and Time Out food critic Max Brearley. 

'The Invitation' Tanya Brennand Roper (2016) displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins, 2016

'The Invitation' Tanya Brennand Roper (2016) displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins, 2016

Tina Tsang's 'Wash Away All My Sins" soap dispenser, displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins, 2016.

Tina Tsang's 'Wash Away All My Sins" soap dispenser, displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins, 2016.

 

Specialising in illustration and animation on the BA Graphics course at Central Saint Martins, after graduating in 2005, Tina continued to work in an interdisciplinary way, in areas as diverse as film, painting, animation, photography, costume, fashion design and trend forecasting. The soap dispenser displayed in the A+ exhibition is a hand made object from her London based studio Undergrowth Design, which produces hand made tableware and other items which have been featured in numerous exhibitions and magazines since the studio began in 2007. 

http://undergrowthdesign.com/shop/