What better way to celebrate the talent of our student base than to spotlight their creativity on a limited edition merch run? Thus, the Collarts Merch Design Competition was born, with Animation & VFX student Pearl Baillieu triumphing as its winner! Her hand-drawn design melding every Collarts course together is bound to resonate with everyone, and it'll reflect in the prize, where she will pick up all profits from each sale.
But a design always comes from a nugget-sized idea you can't get out of your head. So Pearl has given us a tour through the behind-the-scenes of her winning entry below.
How did you come up with this concept?
I came up with the concept of the final artwork as soon as I thought about what it’s like being at Collarts. I liked the idea of showing the diversity of each cohort, and the interconnecting world we are all a part of. Instead of just labelling us as an ‘arts’ school, I wanted to label us as a big group of multi-talented people with lots of available pathways to take.
What was your design process like?
My design process has always been chaotic. I tend to draw in lots of different styles, depending on where my head's at, at the time, or who’s inspiring me. The work of Daniele Turturici has been on my mind lately so I wanted to try something similar. I usually find I have to complete these within a certain time frame, before creatively moving on.
Your design embodies collaboration. Why are community and collaboration important to you?
I think community and collaboration are really important for us all, especially for students studying remotely. With these current and past COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been difficult to realise how many like-minded people there are around you when there’s no physical, on-campus contact. It’s important to remember there are plenty of creatives working alongside you, who aren’t studying the same subject but have very similar ideas in creativity.
How did you feel when you found out you'd taken the crown?
I was thrilled! I was not confident with my design at all when I entered, but I’ve always found it hard to appreciate my own work. I feel really lucky to be chosen, and I can’t wait to see how everyone else interpreted the challenge!
Finally, what has your Collarts journey taught you so far?
My Collarts journey is slowly teaching me to be more confident in myself. I’m not a weathered professional in anything, but I’ve got a decent head on my shoulders to be doing the things I'm doing right now. I have learned to trust my own judgment more and to keep doing the things that make me happy.
The Pearl Baillieu Limited Edition Tee will be on sale via the Collarts merch store from Monday 21st June till Tuesday 20th July.