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Vanessa Marr

  • Graphic Design Courses
  • Illustration Courses

I wanted a career that would be creative and varied. Graphic design and illustration have so much potential scope to explore, they can never become boring. For me teaching makes them even more exciting!

My background in graphic design is quite varied; my first job as a Junior Designer straight out of University was in a marketing environment and I then went on the Freelance as both an illustrator and designer. Next I worked for Dorling Kindersley, part of Penguin books as an Art Editor in London, which I loved. Books have always been a big passion of mine.

Most recently I ran my own graphic design business with my partner for eight years, within which we employed several staff and offered design for print, screen and motion graphics to a range of clients, many of whom were charities and not-for-profit environmentally concerned organisations. It was very rewarding.

I started teaching eight years ago but continue to design and illustrate, as well as create my own artwork as part of my practice based research.

About my work

Promises & Expectations (image 1)

A collection of embroidered dusters exploring fairy tales and domestic expectations of women, which inspired my on-going research project “Women & Domesticity – What’s you perspective?” More info on this project.

Poetry Books (image 2)

A collection of hand-bound poetry books, authored and made by myself.

Book Design (image 3)

A selection of the books I designed whilst employed by DK.

My greatest achievement

Studying for and achieving all my degrees (BA, PGCE, MA with Distinction) whilst being Mother to four children.

My inspiration

People who are passionate about what they do inspire me. Visually I am drawn to designs or artwork that have a tactile quality, this is still possible even if it is digital.