Collaboration With Passion
I did enquire a few years after leaving but cannot remember the outcome.
One of the projects entailed sitting outside, in the winter, drawing Cambridge train station for a week.
My fellow student sitting in the cold was Juliet Stanwell-Smith (Juliet was one of the students in my year and is featured on the photo taken By Terence Cripps).
The other missing project was a reportage of a family run garage in Longstanton, Cambridge.
I would love to know where these drawings ended up as I know I was proud of them, and totally remember all the other students showing their holiday projects too.
We also made a short film with a film-maker called Mike Fash and directed by fellow student Terence Cripps.
This film was made in Cambridge in the Multi-story car park and we used a Bolex Camera.
The actors were my good friend Peter Welford, one other student, and myself.
I would like to know more about this film as it will contain the only footage of us students in the early 70's.
We also tried to make stop-frame cartoons with the Bolex again, using drawings similar to Captain Pugwash style.
I remember the Subjects were Henry VIII and a bicycling aviator.
I still wonder where all this work has gone, and it would be good to see it again, if it still exists!
During the last year I applied to The Royal College Of Art in London for a place on the illustration course.
I duly sent off my portfolio and waited! I was successful, gaining an interview, but failed to get a place.
In 1974 I tried again, this time as a mature student, for a place on the graphics course. Again I received an interview, but failed to gain a place.
Perhaps I should have tried a third time!
In 1972 I passed the assessment of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers. I began to look for a position in the illustration and graphics world.
This would entail many expensive trips to London, to see agents and Art editors etc.