Twists & Loops: Illustrating Ecologically

Mills, Jamie ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Twists & Loops: Illustrating Ecologically. [Artefact]


The output is an artefact by Mills, which aims to seek a more ecological, tentacular view of illustration practice, situating relationships and interactions between things at the centre. Research Process: using an ecological and interdependent view of the world around us, the research process drew from Haraway's (2016) notion of Staying with the Trouble to explore potential modes of accessing natural phenomena. Through intensive, empathetic study of a small patch of ground, the research aimed to notice the interactions and illuminate their significance through drawing and printmaking. Illustration, as a communicative practice, emphasises the importance of getting a point across, to make things clear, to illuminate. Illustrators can be defined as communicators who see the world through a lens of intense detail (Moloney, 2015). Research Insights: This research highlighted potential strategies and methods for illustrators to communicate complex, messy, interconnected and seemingly chaotic ecologies in a non-reductive manner. The methods utilised, both practical and theoretical, help to embed traits of curiosity, wonder and specificity into the environment of illustration-education. Dissemination: the research was disseminated on the 11 February 2021 in the form of a research poster at the 11th Illustration Research Symposium at Kingston University.

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