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Circus of Illustration Committee Members
Katie is a clunky, messy, grainy, scrappy illustrator who loves texture and typography. She collates and refines her work digitally, a process which is heavily inspired by a love of printmaking found at university.
Katie has experience in art education since 2010 and teaches workshops to adults and children.
Kristina is an illustrator turned designer with a love of character and animation. Her work is primarily digital but she loves to experiment with new and inventive styles of drawing. Having worked freelance for several years, she’s now employed as a graphic designer for a local agency. However, she continues to nurture her passion for illustration through various freelance projects and her involvement with the Circus of Illustration.
Elly is an illustrator based in Bedford. Since graduating with a degree in Fine Art & Illustration from Coventry University, Elly has been creating artwork on a freelance basis. Working with brushpen and ink for a bold outline and fineliner pens for detail, Elly’s artwork shows many textures despite being predominantly monotone.
Marisa has been employed as an inhouse greeting cards designer since 2005. She specialises in cute, soft and cuddly characters as well as traditional floral and lifestyle scenes for Doodle Press Ltd, a design and illustration studio based in East Lancashire. Marisa sells folk style lino prints on Etsy. She has been seen playing the banjo.
About the Circus of Illustration
Individually, we are professional working illustrators based in the Bedfordshire area. Collectively as the Circus of Illustration we are working towards being the ‘ringmasters’ of some high-spirited illustration workshops, vibrantly themed exhibitions, some unconventional pop-up events and promoting illustration in all its many forms. We want our events to be animated lively spaces bustling with creativity within the community.
Working illustrators often have solitary lifestyles so we want to support and help each other professionally whilst forming friendships within the Circus. We want the group to grow in members by working with other professionals and new budding illustrators.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Circus of Illustration?
The Circus of Illustration was formed in 2011 and is an informal collective of Bedfordshire based artists that volunteer their time and efforts to promoting illustration locally. We aim to offer a range of opportunities for both professional and amateur artists to get involved. This might mean displaying work at one of our exhibitions, attending one of our informal drink and draws or bringing the kids along to one of our exciting children's workshops.
Who are the Circus of Illustration?
The Circus of Illustration is run by a committee of volunteers. The committee is made up of individuals who, over time, have shown themselves to be dedicated to, and expressed an interest in, furthering the Circus' goals and ideals. We meet monthly to plan upcoming events and discuss future opportunities to bring illustration to Bedfordshire.
How do I become a member?
Other than those on the committee, the Circus has no official membership. In essence the Circus is anyone who's ever come along and participated in one of our events. If you're eager to get more involved, simply come along and join in. If you're interested in joining our committee, show us you've got the right stuff and simply ask!
How do I find out about events?
The best way to keep up to date is by joining our mailing list. That way, you'll receive a monthly newsletter informing you of upcoming events and opportunities. Alternatively, follow our social media for news, photos, drawing challenges and all manner of other bits and pieces!
How are the Circus funded?
Predominantly the Circus is funded by the generosity of our committee, any contributions we receive at our drink and draws plus a few grants we've managed to find along the way. We have also been able to top-up our small kitty through the sale of our foldees and zines. All funds received go back into the Circus to pay for materials and the delivery of our workshops.