Colouring In is a collaborative research project by
Dr Stephanie Black
(Kingston School of Art) and
(Camberwell College of Art, UAL), through which we are examining the
impact of illustration on themes of critical importance to global
We are taking a cross-disciplinary approach to look specifically at
the intersection of illustration with other areas and disciplines, as
we focus on shared concerns such as the natural world, urbanism or
remembrance and identity construction.
We are interested in discovering more about the impact illustration
currently has in these areas and the possibilities of critical
illustration practice to make meaningful interventions.
The PDF publications on this website are working papers – an initial
insight into our research that we will develop into a more fully
realised publication at a later stage. We invite you to write to us
with your thoughts, feedback and references to innovative work that
might enrich these discussions.
Motifs derived from nature can often be found in commercial
illustration, adorning the surfaces of packaging, advertising
and clothing and visually enriching our everyday lives. However,
this isn't the only role that illustration can play in this
regard. So what else can illustration do, in addition to
providing visual pleasure and imparting a whiff of
'natural-ness' or 'wholesome-ness' to products? What other
possibilities are there for illustration to engage with the
natural world? How can illustration actually contribute to the
creation of knowledge in this area? What are the different types
of knowledge claims that illustration can make?
With Colouring In we are interested in exploring answers to
these questions, and are concerned with illustrative practices
that intervene within conversations concerning the natural