Curated by graphic designer Becky Chilcott, the event sets out to discuss what illustration actually is. Chilcott says, ‘It’s taking a starting point of “what is illustration”. The boundaries of what’s seen as illustration are so blurred, so we tried to get as many speakers with different backgrounds as possible.’
She adds, ‘There are people with typographic backgrounds to keep the [St Brides] regulars happy while bringing in something new as well.’
The speakers will be showing how initial work and ideas are translated into final projects, showing initial works and sketchbooks to reveal ‘how they process ideas behind the scenes’, according to Chilcott.
The event’s illustrator in residence Mike Nicholson of Ensixteen Editions will also be documenting the day – through illustration, naturally – and has created a promotional illustration (pictured.) This will be used across the bespoke conference sketchbooks which are being created with Fenner Paper.
All the speakers are giving their time free of charge, meaning that any money raised at the conference is channelled straight back into the library.
Illustration: Making Pictures will take place on 19 June at Bridewell Hall, St Bride Library, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y. For more information visit www.stbride.org/events/illustration