Northumbria University illustration students drawn to charity's push to raise £40,000 for survivors of abuse

In September 2017, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN), in collaboration with the illustration pathway on BA(Hons) Graphic Design degree at Northumbria University, challenged 2nd year illustration students to come up with designs for new saleable merchandise to help the North-East charity towards its ambitious target of raising £40,000 in its 40th anniversary year.

RCTN set the illustration students three key words to interpret into the merchandise; three important words that most women use to describe how RCTN makes them feel after their counselling… HOPE, SOLIDARITY, and LIBERATION.

The exhibition of work by the students opened on Friday 12 October at the Globe Gallery on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, running until Monday 22 October, with an evening reception on Thursday 18 October between 5pm and 8pm that is open to the general public.

The students each chose a merchandise category from the list of

Greetings cards, postcards, stationery sets, art prints

T-shirts, scarves, tote bags

Ceramics, cups, plates, mugs

and then they each created six illustrations. In the exhibition, each illustrator has at least two of those illustrations displayed. Each framed illustration is for sale with the student donating 33% of its sale to RCTN, but 100% of the proceeds from the merchandise will go to the charity.

The illustration students exhibiting in this exhibition are:

* Josh Aitken

* Hung-Ling Chen

* Asa Hindarto

* Flora Marriott

* Sarah Montgomery

* Kyle Mooney

* Calum Scott

Josh Aitken’s illustrations were chosen by RCTN to go forward as the design for all the merchandise and will be available to purchase from Globe Gallery,

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland opened on 17 November 1978, making it one of the oldest Rape Crisis centres in England and Wales.

Initially known as Tyneside Rape Crisis; the charity expanded over the years and now offers services not only in Newcastle but also in Northumberland, where it is known as Grace Rape Crisis Centre.

Rape Crisis centres are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space. Some also provide separate spaces and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor.





Wacom and Magic Leap Team Up

For over 20 years, Wacom has converged traditional styles of art into digital workflows for the Desktop PC, Mobile Tablet, Smart Phone and now Spatial computing.

Today, Wacom and Magic Leap will announce its exclusive partnership at the L.E.A.P (Learn, Engage, Accelerate, Program) Conference in Los Angeles, California.

The partnership is aimed at delivering spatial computing and pen input solutions, for content creators seeking hyper-realistic, collaborative, 2D and 3D work environments – all without the need for a screen. It will transform the way people see, interact and build content in the creative space, via games, movies, photos and products.

During the keynote presentations at L.E.A.P, Nobutaka Ide, CEO of Wacom, will present an overview of the exclusive partnership with Magic Leap and the creative solution the two companies have been working on over the last two years.

“Wacom and Magic Leap are collaborating to define the future of digital design workflows together,” says Mr Ide. “Our goal is to provide the best instruments for creative expression and our unique solution, combining precision pen input with spatial computing, will allow creators of all disciplines including animators, industrial designers, game developers and educators to create and collaborate in ways few dreamed possible.”


Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Creative Business added, “together, Wacom and Magic Leap are staying ahead of the technology curve by creating innovative products for artists and designers of the future. We look forward to continuing being the indispensable partner for the creative professional community of today and tomorrow.”

Wacom and Magic Leap’s prototype demonstration will simulate a four-person collaborative design review meeting, where the participants will each be wearing a Magic Leap headset linked to Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablets. The end result will be a work session that allows the design team to view, scale, move, sketch and annotate 3D content in a vivid, realistic environment.

“Magic Leap and Wacom believe that the computing experience should be completely natural and intuitive,” says Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap. “The solutions we’re developing together will define how the next generation of creatives will work tomorrow.”

Moving forward, Wacom and Magic Leap will continue to validate their prototype by working closely with the entertainment and design communities and fostering a 3D application ecosystem through relationships with creative software developers.

The L.E.A.P. Conference is Magic Leap’s first developer conference and will host creators, developers and technology partners from around the world. The conference will include keynote addresses, workshops, product demonstrations and networking opportunities.

For more information on Wacom and the L.E.A.P. Conference, please visit: and

Picture Your Name Proudly Presents the Signature Collection of Original Home Décor Featuring Creative Photographic Art Framed With Reclaimed Barn Wood

Dawn DeCourcey, artistic director and owner of the Fredericksburg, Virginia home decor company, Picture Your Name, releases her Signature Collection of photographic art with recycled barn wood frames. The unique concept of “alphabetography,” the art of photographing everyday items that appear to form a letter of the alphabet or number, is featured in this signature product line of custom-made home decor signs.

The photographer and designer, DeCourcey herself, combines her creatively captured photographs of numbers and letters into custom names and dates, which are framed as special gifts to commemorate a wedding date, arrival of a new baby, birthday, graduation or other occasion.

After forming the artistic photographic letters into custom designed phrases including names or dates specified by the customer, the designer frames each individual letter and number in a rustic-style picture frame made of reclaimed barn wood.

As a unique way to display a baby name, wedding date, or other special occasion, each item in the Signature Collection will be custom made to order as a conversation piece for those who love to decorate their homes, create family memories, and celebrate the proud moments in life.

Picture Your Name carries the slogan, “Create the Unexpected” as an answer to the “call of the wall,” a catchy phrase referring to the search for tasteful home décor items to display on a wall, shelf or fireplace mantel. A custom-made photographic name or date sign from the Signature Collection adds a personal touch to a living room, kitchen, bedroom or baby nursery.

A custom framed wedding date with the names of the bride and groom is perfect as a personalized gift for the happy couple, or as a fun and eye-catching piece of art to be displayed on a table at the wedding reception. A set of artistically photographed letters that spell out a soon-to-be-born baby’s name is a creative idea for a unique baby shower gift.

The Signature Collection includes a selection of Picture Your Name’s most popular wedding date signs, family name signs, and individual photographic letters and numbers which can be formed into phrases of up to ten characters per frame. Each custom-made sign, framed with rustic reclaimed barn wood, showcases a one-of-a-kind design which will be treasured as an heirloom and proudly passed down to the next generation.

The photographic prints of alphabetic letters and numbers in the Signature Collection are available in black & white, sepia, or colour photography. The neutral tones of black and white or sepia photography lend themselves beautifully to a wide variety of home decor settings, and the rustic barn wood frames fit perfectly with today’s design trends.

In addition to individually framed photographic letters, numbers and custom phrases, Picture Your Name also offers printed greeting cards and ready-made signs featuring popular words and phrases about the celebration of life’s memorable events and the joy of family togetherness.

The Signature Collection ranges in price from $3.99 to $185.00 and will be released on Sept. 1, 2018, online at

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For more information about the Signature Collection or to contact the owner/designer of Picture Your Name, please email Dawn DeCourcey at [email protected].

Innovative Art School Opens in Evanston

One River School of Art + Design Announces June 2 and 3 Grand Opening Weekend Event

With a mission to develop what the New York Times called “the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols,” the innovative One River School of Art + Design is hosting its Grand Opening weekend event on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1033 Davis St. in Evanston. Kids, teens and adults can participate in free art and design workshops, tour the studios and art gallery, as well as meet the instructors and other prospective students. Refreshments and registration discounts will be available throughout the grand opening weekend.

“One River School is transforming art education across America,” said the director of One River School in Evanston, Cristina Willard. “We are delighted to bring our unique membership-based concept to this central location in Evanston. One River School, with our two hands-on art-making studios and a state-of-the-art digital studio, looks forward to soon be buzzing with students of all ages and experience levels making and creating together.”

We want to provide kids with the best local place where they can express their creativity, stretch their pure potential and have fun. At the same time, One River is a destination for adults looking for new opportunities for personal growth.



Established in 2012 in Englewood, New Jersey, One River School of Art + Design provides communities with creative, project-based learning experiences that are typically only available within major cities. The curriculum was created by One River’s team of experienced art educators who have developed an expanding program of teaching modules based on art practices of the best contemporary artists working today. The result is revolutionizing the teaching, learning and practice of art. Also in our beautiful gallery space, One River School Evanston will present exhibitions of emerging and established artists who make work that’s current, relevant and inspiring to our students.

“We want to provide kids with the best local place where they can express their creativity, stretch their pure potential and have fun,” explains One River School founder Matt Ross. “At the same time, One River is a destination for adults looking for new opportunities for personal growth. We serve those who seek the return to an activity they loved as a kid, as well as those who want to realize their dream of learning to draw, paint or design using the newest digital techniques.”

One River School celebrates its Grand Opening weekend on June 2 and 3, 2018 featuring free art classes, enrollment discounts, refreshments and a gallery exhibition.