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Artist Spotlight / Rosie Carmichael
I would consider myself a multi disciplinary visual communicator; I produce images communicating a specific idea, whilst also exploring broader, more thematic ideas through abstract moving image and installation. I’m really interested in pushing the boundaries of traditional illustration and adapting to new platforms.
I work using a combination of digital and manual processes, often exploring unconventional and lo fi ways of using digital technology. It’s an unpredictable way of generating images but produces some really interesting results.
I often collaborate with Daisy Mann Peet, a fellow illustrator under the pseudonym DOZY
My work often has a dystopian tone, exploring the dark side of our close relationship with technology in a kind of retro vision of sci-fi futurism. I’ve recently read and designed book covers for 1984 by George Orwell, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The ideas expressed in these novels have given me loads of ideas for imagery. I usually work from some kind of stimulatory text; the installation on 5 TV monitors is based on a poem, All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace, by Richard Braughtigan.
I see myself taking a more design-orientated route rather than exclusively free-lance illustration. I’d love to work with a team in either motion or book design, although I’d always be up for taking illustrative briefs that inspire me. At the moment I’m applying for internships and opportunities in different areas and waiting to see what comes out of it.