Sunday, 30 September 2012

About Jasmine

And so for the next installment of our "Getting to know you" posts, introducing the excellent Jasmine Fung!

Jasmine Hei Wah Fung is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Hong Kong. She graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005 and became a member of Hong Kong Society of Illustrators. 
She has recently gained a postgraduate degree in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts and joined Hurdy Gurdy this year.

Jasmine presents her appreciation and love to people and the surroundings with her illustrations, which could be seen on her collaboration with Swatch on Love Collection in 2011 and 2012. 
She expressed her concern on friendship with her creations at By My Side Jasmine Fung 1st Manuscript Exhibition in 2010.

Her clients include Yellow Pages, MTR Club, YMCA, BeLLE, Chinese Estates Group and Two Girls Brand. She was a comic artist with her works published regularly on Singtao Daily in Hong Kong.

You can see more of her work at:

Saturday, 29 September 2012

About Hannah

Hannah Radenkova grew up in Norfolk, England (the really, really flat part), before moving to Carlisle for her Foundation in Art and Design, where she discovered hills and just how much she wanted to be an illustrator.

Although she never goes anywhere without her trusty HB pencil, Hannah's illustrations are created with pen and ink and either goache or digitally captured textures. 
Hannah graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 with an MA in Illustration, from Kingston University in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration and Animation, and has been represented by the Bright Agency since 2010.
Since starting work on her humourous alphabet book, ‘The Alphabet of (In)Humanity’, for her masters degree she has done work for clients such as Pentacor, Edco, Oxford Designers and Illustrators, and Oxford University Press and she has now joined the illustrious ranks of Hurdy Gurdy.

When she is not illustrating, Hannah spends her time baking, dancing round her flat and collecting clockwork toys.
She has lost count of the hours she has spent trying to convince people Norfolk is as flat as she says it is.

To see more of Hannah's work go to:

or follow her blog at:

Friday, 28 September 2012

About Alessandra

Alessandra Genualdo is an Italian Illustrator living and working in London.
She has studied in Italy, France and the UK before completing her Masters Degree at Camberwell College of Arts in London. 

She uses a limited palette to create dynamic print based images with humour and a balance between delicacy and graphic shapes.

To see more of Alessandra's work, visit her website at:

Alessandra also films her weeks, to find out more visit:

Thursday, 27 September 2012

About Alix

Hurdy Gurdy are privileged to present... ALIX JEAMBRUN_BIGOIS

Alix Jeambrun-Bigois studied graphic design before getting passionate about illustration and pattern design. 
She has been recognised as a ‘Talent’ by D&AD and has been a presenter at The Enquiry Desk in Session at Pick Me Up, London. To create her amazing illustrations she uses a unique technique: combining different pieces of textiles with screen-printing. She gets her inspiration from her childhood, memories, Dada and the old toile de jouy’s illustrative technique. She is passionate about what she does and loves to interpret facts, stories and events, turning them into illustration. As a textile/pattern designer and illustrator, she takes the opportunity to create visual dialogues between people, objects and places. She loves to combine found pictures and Victorian elements with bright coloured cut out shapes, making her work look both retro and contemporary.

Alix is currently working on a series of textile pattern designs illustrating well-known fairytales. Her designs are made for home interior applications such as bed linens, cushions, tea towels and wallpapers.

You can find out more about Alix, and see a greater selection of her work at: 

Or you can follow her on twitter: 


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

About Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy is an international group of illustrators that offer illustration and art based workshops and events around the world. The members come from places such as India, Poland, Iran, Ireland, the UK and China. This diversity allows for a more rounded approach to the arts and we are able to take things from our own culture and skill set to contribute to the group (and those working with us) as a whole.

The members met in 2011 while completing their masters degrees at Camberwell College of Arts, London, and felt connected by their love of story telling and illustration.


We are illustrators, storytellers, memory collectors, visionaries
we teach, we listen, we talk , we share, we observe, 
we record the past, we entertain
We see beauty in every day and in every day objects
We have passion for what we do
We want to inspire that passion in those we work with

The Edith Stein Society

Our project will take place in very special house. The Edith Stein House in Wrocław is currently a centre of intercultural dialogue. It is also place of residence of Edith Stein Society.  

Here few more information about the objectives and mission of Edith Stein Society

We are inspired by the diversity of Edith Stein to create a space for cooperation, dialogue and development that shapes an active and responsible society.
Our main values are:
-        humanism, openness towards people’s values and culture
-        respecting cultural and historical heritage
-        intercultural dialogue
-        social responsibility and utility
-        education, upbringing, development
We follow main goals of the Society among which are:
-        propagating of Edith Stein’s legacy
-        Judeo-Christian understanding
-        Polish-German understanding
-        promoting development of the civil society

Monday, 24 September 2012

The project

What is connecting 84 year old nun from Ireland with a hairdresser who has nine brothers and six sister, Tuli - the young waitress and Daniel - the doctor assistant? These are only few of the participants of the international illustration workshops organised by Edith Stein Society in Wroclaw. The project under the name 'I will tell you a story' is a joined idea of young illustrator Marta Wawryszuk who is from Wroclaw and currently is living in Great Britain and the Edith Stein Society. 

The main subject of the workshop is narrative illustration and telling stories. 14 participants will travel from across Europe i.e. Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Turkey and Italy. The workshops were created by Hurdy Gurdy group which is formed by graduates from MA Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts, University of Arts London. 

Workshop will run from 5th to 9th October and participants will have chance to learn different techniques of illustration, from traditional Chinese ink drawing, collage to personal techniques which are based on using fabrics. The time spend with young artists is meant to inspire participants to archive their life and memories in form of illustrated diaries for the next generations as  well as help to see beauty in everyday life. 

The international character of the workshops will create the space for the participants to meet with different cultures and stories coming from different countries. As half of the participants is over 50 years old and the rest are young people there will be also a chance for an exchange of experiences and stories that will connect not only different cultures but also different generations.  During the run of workshops there will be also exhibition of works by graduates from Camberwell College of Arts - including the Hurdy Gurdy Group (the opening will take place on the 5th October at 8 pm in Edith Stein Society ul. Nowowiejska 38 in Wroclaw). 

"I always wanted to invite to Wroclaw my friends from Great Britain so they can see how many interesting and inspiring places is in my home town and that it is a meting place for many cultures" - Marta Wawryszuk

Looking for place where the exhibition of graduates from Camberwell College of Arts could be organised, Marta develop relationship with Edith Stein Society. They liked the idea and they prepared project together with Hurdy Gurdy group that won the grant from European Union. The 'I will tell you a story" project is a part of program Grundvig "Lifelong Learning Programme".