British artist Eleanor Stuart’s designs are simple tributes and re-imaginings of our collective visual memory over the past century. A form of graphic design which has been filtered and updated to make it suitable for the viewer today. The designer tells us that her preliminary research and information-gathering “is never reflected in the line”.

For collections such as the one dedicated to the surreal world of Alice in Wonderland, she documented her process thoroughly, knowing that her work would be closely examined by critics. The original drawings by John Tenniel were her source of inspiration, and characters such as the Cheshire Cat or the Queen of Hearts, all easily recognisable, were reinterpreted with new lines and new approaches to the idea of black and white drawings, with the addition of tiny touches of colour.

In her other pieces (Alphabet, Animals…), it’s clear to see how she tries to put a spin on silhouettes and signs, locating them in imaginary worlds or adding colours and graphics which give them a contemporary appearance. Eleanor uses all kinds of techniques for her drawings: pencil, pen, Indian ink and even computer-aided graphic design. The only thing she strives for above all else is to get people to pause when they see her work, and to get them to smile.

She uses all kinds of media on which to print her ideas, from ceramics to posters, stationery (wrapping paper, postcards, greeting cards) and textiles (aprons, napkins…), meaning that her work is easily recognisable.

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