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A history of women in graphics in Britain

Short biographies of the designers in the A+ show, W – Z

Wendy Chapple (b.1968) studied on the MA Communication Design course at CSM from 1999 to 2000, afterwards working as Artist in Residence in the Graphic Communication Design screenprinting studio at CSM. Wendy now combines teaching printmaking on the GCD programme at CSM with her own printmaking practice. Wendy's print in the A+ exhibition is called "Tying the knot" and is one of a series of prints exploring the theme of gender and marriage.

Women's Design + Research Unit (1994 – present)

WD+RU was founded by Liz McQuiston (b.1952), Sian Cook (b.1962) and Professor Teal Triggs (b.1957) to raise awareness about women working in visual communication and design education. Over the years their collaborations with students and design professionals have broadened out from the initial focus on women's issues to the wider subject of social responsibility. Sian and Teal continue as Co-Directors of the organisation, and WD+RU work has recently been featured by Grafik magazine and in an exhibition by the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation course students at CSM. For the A+ exhibition, WD+RU have lent a copy of a poster from 1994 showcasing their experimental typeface 'Pussy Galore'. This typeface was designed for inclusion in experimental typography publication Fuse, precipitated by attending a typography conference where all the speakers were men. The Pussy Galore typeface was included in the 2009 "Elles@centrepompidou" exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and in "No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism" by Rick Poynor.

Pussy Galore poster, WD+RU for Fuse magazine, 1994. On display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Pussy Galore poster, WD+RU for Fuse magazine, 1994. On display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016