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Worcester Illustration Student Recognised in Awards

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A third year Illustration student at the University of Worcester has been awarded the accolade of ‘highly commended’ at the prestigious Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

The annual awards, which are internationally recognised, are now in their 6th year and are hosted at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Students are invited to submit entries and this year’s theme was: “Tales of Magical Objects” in which the Illustration genre was required to be narrative.

Cheryl Howard’s accolade came on top of submissions from hundreds of other students.

“I am so happy about my achievement at being highly commended from the Cheltenham Illustration awards,” she said. “I am also very excited and overwhelmed about viewing my illustration at the Pitt Rivers museum which is a great source of inspiration. It's just so rewarding to have recognition from the Cheltenham Illustration awards.”

Thirty-three-year-old Cheryl, from Worcester, added: “My series of illustrations is a feminist take on the tale of a contemporary woman’s charms and amulets as protection against her fear of rejection. I have been inspired by the ‘female’ presentations of charms and amulets: ribbons, bracelets, beautiful little objects and precious adornments. I regard photo-collage to be a powerful medium: benefitting from the ‘baggage’ the photographs bring to the new narrative.”

Illustration course leader Piet Grobler said: “Cheryl has distinguished herself as an experimental illustrator with a flair for strong composition, a good conceptual understanding of illustration and a confidently lyrical personal visual language. Her collages are surprising, elegant and slightly mysterious. We have high expectations of her as a professional illustrator after graduation.”