Hi! My name is Kitty McEwan and I am a 16 year old illustrator and arts organiser in Plymouth, UK. I run Plymouth Zine Library and organise zine workshops, I am Creative Director for a group of young emerging artists, and I am SU Vice President for Pre-Degree at Plymouth College of Art.
My main interests as an organiser are in promoting local artists, supporting young artists, and encouraging as many people as possible to embrace DIY culture such as making zines and badges.
As an illustrator I work in multiple forms of media, including inks, gouache, watercolour and digital. I create my own zines, greetings cards and badges, and have experience in flyer and poster design, pattern design, portraits, and picture book illustration. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter and I am available for commissions.
This blog is a collection of my personal and professional work as well as my reviews and thoughts about the events and exhibitions I go to.
Current positions I hold:
Visual Arts Plymouth – I joined Visual Arts Plymouth in Summer 2017 as their first Young Activator.
Plymouth Art Weekender – I am a PAW Activator and an official blogger for the event.
Plymouth Zine Library – I curate the library and I organise monthly zine workshops. I also design new posters to promote each one.
YEA Plymouth – I am Creative Director for this group of young emerging artists. I am currently project manager for our PAW exhibition this September and editor for our zine YEA ’18.
Plymouth College of Art – I am Vice President of Pre-Degree 2018-19, and studying second year Graphics, Illustration and Game Art (GIGA).
Nowhere Illustration Fair – I am volunteering as assistant to the organiser of Nowhere Illustration Fair which will happen this October.
October 2018 – I will table at DevCon.
October 2018 – I will table at Nowhere Illustration Festival.
Sept 2017 to June 2018 – I served as Student Rep for my class at PCA GIGA.
2017-2018 – I have worked on multiple illustration and design commissions for individuals and small businesses.
September 2018 – I chaired the selection panel for artists for the YEA Plymouth exhibition.
Summer 2018 – I ran my own shop at The Clipper on Union Street selling my illustrations.
July 2018 – I tabled at Give Up Your Day Job at The Junction.
May 2018 – I was commissioned illustrator for a satirical picture book called Trumpy Bum Face.
April 2018 – I tabled at Tiny Mart at Boston Tea Party.
May 2018 – I served on the selection panel for Plymouth Art Weekender commissioned artists.
March 2018 – I tabled at Counter at Ocean Studios.
February – I ran my own project for the Tate Exchange 2018 collaborating with students and staff at Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts.
February 2018 – I tabled at Animangapop.
December 2017 – I served on the selection panel for Mayflower 400 arts project funding.
December 2017 – I tabled at Give Up Your Day Job at the Junction.
November 2017 – I tabled at Tiny Mart at Boston Tea Party.
Nov 2017 – I won a Tote Bag Design Competition held by The Art Side, Plymouth.
Nov 2017 – My zines were exhibited in an exhibition at Tate St. Ives by the Behave. collective.
Nov 2017 – I was project manager for YEA Plymouth (in collaboration with Plymouth Arts Centre and Horizon) to organise six free specialist skills workshops for young artists in Plymouth. I also worked as the designer for the promotional posters for the workshops.
Oct 2017 – I tabled at DevCon at Plymouth Guildhall.
Oct 2017 – I self-published my zine Gurt Noodle #1 and tabled at DevCon Plymouth.
Oct 2017 – I gave a zine workshop at Plymouth Central Library for Libraries Week.
Sept 2017 – I was an artist in the Plymouth Art Weekender 2017 as a member of YEA Plymouth. I edited and published our zine YEA ’17 and ran a table at The Athenaeum to promote local young artists. I also wrote about the whole Weekender on this blog!
Sept 2017 – I had an article published in Made In Plymouth magazine (click to download the full issue as a pdf).
Sept 2017 – I started at Plymouth College of Art studing Graphics, Illustration and Game Design.
Jul-Aug 2017 – I gave a lunchtime talk and tour of the Finding Fanon exhibition by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy at Plymouth Arts Centre to help launch PAC To The Future, PACs new initiative to “give the floor to young artists and curators of the future”. I also helped to install the Finding Fanon exhibition at PAC.
Jun 2017 – I co-founded YEA Plymouth.
Apr 2017 – I self-published my zine Gurt Noodle #0 to promote zine making in Plymouth. I have distributed more than 250 copies so far!