LUISE VORMITTAG (Go back)

I am an illustrator, designer, researcher, writer and educator based in London,UK.
I work as a senior lecturer on MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, UAL.
I am studying towards a practice-based PhD at London College of Communication, UAL.
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My ongoing PhD research initially arose from problems I encountered in my practice as an illustrator working with members of a local community on a commission for a large property developer. The questions and contradictions arising from this situation were numerous, and the framework of a commercial client and brief were not suited to formulating an adequate response. As part of my practice-led research, I am now developing a more theoretically grounded understanding of what is at stake when illustrators work in a participatory way. The main question I am pursuing is: How does illustration bring to light the concerns and challenges of (a) community? This question offers a number of possible emphasis: How does illustration draw out a specific set of concerns and challenges from a community? How does it represent these to the community itself as well as external publics? And how can illustration help us think through notions of community and conditions of sociability in general?
You can read more about my research here.

Another strand of my practice is to deliver creative projects in healthcare environments, often working with patient and community groups. I have an ongoing working relationship with Vital Arts, the arts organization for Barts Health NHS Trust, but have also completed projects for Oxford Health and St Pancras Hospital. I am currently working on a long-term project with Vital Arts and Kidney Care UK developing a community dialysis cookery book.

From 2002-2014 I practiced as a commercial illustrator and designer under the name Container in various collaborative constellations, completing a broad range of commissions for national and international clients.

Updated November 2019