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Susannah Edwards

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Visiting Research Fellow - Design
Pathway leader and senior lecturer, MA Graphic Design course on the MA Design Suite

RAE Outcomes

Creative approaches to effective visual communication in the context of design; the utilisation of craft based and digital media in teaching practice; a multidisciplinary approach to design practice inside and outside of subject area.

Research interests
Shifts and developments in technology and how these affect the way work is produced; the introduction of computers to the mainstream in the 1980’s, and the ways in which this has affected art and design practice; the extent to which craft has been relegated to a hobby; what the relevance and necessity of craft is today, and how contemporary artists and designers incorporate craft in their work; how developments in technology have augmented shifts in the visual world, across disciplines; psychogeography; Art/Science platforms for research; multidisciplinary collaborative research in the realms of Science and Literature.

Professional practice

Currently artist in residence at the Science Museum, London

2004 - 2006

ISTD - Invited by the ISTD and Grafik Magazine to be a judge for the 2004/05 ISTD awards work included in the ISTD awards catalogue

Coco De Mer - Promotional and installation artwork for Salons held at Soho House, instore shelf talkers and signage utilising antique medical mechanisms for display

Tatty Devine Fashion Designers - Fake Tatty Rag Newspaper front & back, letterpress and hand drawn and silk screen printed onto their new collection for sept. 2004 and 2005

2001 - 2003

Codex - Art direction for website

Vintage Publishers - Bookjacket illustration for numerous publications

Live Love Learn London, London Higher Education Consortium. Documentary written, directed and produced with Martin McGrath

Selected exhibitions

2001 - 2003

The Book Corner, British council. Group exhibition of contemporary British publication design

2004 - 2006

Public Address System, Henry Peacock Gallery and Grafik Magazine - 40 Typographic interpretations of speeches

Estuarial Lives, GE Club, Great Eastern Hotel, London. An exhibition of signage inspired by writer Iain Sinclair's documentary fiction Estuarial Lives, including talk by Iain Sinclair and Susanna Edwards

Lost To View, Tate Britain and talk at Museum of London. Multimedia installation by Susanna Edwards, Katharina Koall and Martin McGrath presenting a form of visual navigation through Iain Sinclair’s book London: City of Disappearances (2006)

Selected conferences and papers

2001 - 2003

Material Things, British Museum - facilitator of two day conference looking at the role of craft within contemporary culture and speaker at a Salon on the theme of Speed held at Blacks in Soho

Codex - paper presented at Twentieth Century Graphic Communication conference, St Bride Printing Library

Untold, ICA. Speaker at conference

Selected publications

2004 - 2006

Rotovision - Review of working and teaching practise in publication on the theme of new innovate uses of letterpress written and designed by David Jury

Zembla magazine - Review of Iain Sinclair Estuarial Lives, September 2004 anniversary issue

Grafik Magazine [formerly Graphics International]
Issue 108 - written review of Cindy Sherman exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery
September 2004 - Review of Daisy De Villeneuve exhibition at The Fashion & textiles Museum
November 2005 - Viewpoint - what book is on my bedside table?
March 2006 - Art Attack article written to debate the role of designer as artist

Exit Magazine - Photographic fashion double spread, photograms of Boudicca hankerchief autumn/winter 04/05

Codex, Typographics Magazine, Issue 60 - full paper published

For Tom & Val (ed. Miles Champion), Pressed Wafer, Boston. Series of letterpress printed texts for artists' publication. Produced with Ian Sinclair

Marinade XII, Circle Press. Limited edition artists publication. Written by Iain Sinclair and designed by Susanna Edwards

2001 - 2003

Under Your Skin Inside Your Head, London Arts and Moti Roti - fanzine exploring the experiences of 2nd generation asian youth in London

Coco de Mer - Limited edition artwork in the form of books, letterpress prints and photograms sold at London’s erotic emporium. Commissioned by Sam Roddick

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