Grace Holliday is a London based Illustrator / Mark-Maker, and recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, where she gained a Masters Degree in Visual Communication. Her extensive art education began with a Foundation Diploma at London’s Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in 2008, before undertaking her Bachelors Degree at the historic Winchester School of Art in Hampshire, England from 2009-2012. It was whilst studying in the idyllic setting of rural Winchester that Grace really began to develop and hone her attachment to heritage making, taking a particular interest in domestic installation and textile art as a source of inspiration for her heavily material involved, mixed-media illustrations.
Her current practice has continued this making approach by exploring detailed drawing techniques to create hand-made works of either archival or narrative quality. With a particular emphasis on process and pens, the way that she makes is intensive, often playing with a tension between chance and perseverance to construct marks that leave
behind a physical trace of the tools application, and an emotional thread of atmosphere. Visual rhythms, sense of place and ephemeral existence are all regular themes found within Grace’s personal, as well as commercial projects. Predominantly, such collections of surfaces, patterns and form are made for print, textiles and installation, but Grace is always experimenting and searching for other platforms to explore within the emerging realms of contemporary craft.
Grace’s creative ethos that: beauty emerges from basic materials controlled by complicated hands, was originally founded to challenge her own approach in making pictures of technical depth, but now, through her additional role as an Educator and Workshop Leader, also encourages others to adopt non-conventional treatments of drawing materials, whilst taking the time to utilise their aesthetic and physical potential.