Today, we held a bake off here in the Tigerprint Studio! All money that was raised will be donated to our two charities that we are supporting this year. These are Cancer Research and Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.
It was such a lovely evening which saw RebeccaDiggle from Nottingham Trent University crowned the UK finalist of the SDC annual international competition. Rebecca is a Decorative Arts student and will fly out to Mumbai later this year for the final of the competition.
In addition Jessica Wilde who was our Colour Competition winner earlier this year was presented with a goodie bag, certificate and beautiful flowers in a special presentation at the dinner. This was a wonderful end to the two week placement which Jessica completed here at Tigerprint.
Congratulations to both Jessica and Rebecca and we wish Rebecca the best of luck with the final in November.
Richard shares an insight with you into his role and what inspires him.
Tell us about you and your role at the SDC.
SDC Colour Experience manager which means that I’m responsible for the
coordination and delivery of the SDC’s educational programme.
involved in a typical day at the office?
no such thing as a typical day – I could be working with a visiting school
group exploring the science behind colour and light in our workshop and
gallery, or I could be visiting a nursery to read them a story about colours
and doing some colourful activities, or I could be delivering a lecture on
colour to design students at a university – or I could be catching up on emails
and planning in the office.
What is the most
rewarding part of your job? And the most challenging?
The most challenging
part is managing all the different educational activities that we offer. We work with such a wide audience that it’s
sometimes tricky to keep up to date with all the different curriculum areas
that colour is involved in.
Seeing the enjoyment that learning about colour can bring – whether it’s some
technical aspect of colour that I’ve managed to explain clearly or the wow
factor of some optical effect of colour or the delight of children in creating
a colourful piece of work.
Who is your
favourite designer/ artist?
I’d have to say
Sydney Harry. He was a local artist and
lecturer who experimented with colour effects.
He was influential on the work of Bridget Riley – Bridget attended one
of Syd’s lectures in the 1960s and started to move from monochrome to explore
colour – and he was also instrumental in setting up the SDC Colour Museum
(which became the SDC Colour Experience) in 1978
What inspires you?
The number of different areas that colour is involved in. From the science and technology behind
creating and seeing colours to the art and design of using colours. Everyone has favourite colours and opinions
on colours - it’s a great subject to be
What book are you currently reading?
I’ve just finished Terry Pratchett’s A Blink of the Screen. It’s
a collection of short stories and bits and pieces from throughout his writing
career. I really enjoy his writing and
have reread the Discworld series many times – he’s my default author when I’m
between other books!
What three things
would you want to have with you on a desert island?
I guess I’d go for
survival stuff – knife, rations, shelter – that sort of thing. If you’re thinking about luxury items then
it’d have to include a book (probably one of Terry’s), paper and pencils
(coloured!) and maybe a selection of cryptic crosswords would help while away
the time. Not very exciting I’m afraid!
Surprise us! A fun
fact about colour ...
The best colour
vision of any animal belongs to the mantis shrimp. Our vision works on three colours – the
mantis shrimp’s works on twelve, with another four thrown in for extra
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