Nicki McNaney

Position: Senior Lecturer

Subject area: Illustration

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About

I teach Illustration to all levels of the BA Hons Illustration programme. I lead the Directed Projects in Illustration and Sequential Illustration module for Level 5 and I will also teach into Negotiated Study in Illustration, Specialist Practice in Illustration, and the Destinations module for Level 6 on the BA Hons Illustration course.

I have worked at the University for a number years in different design roles and in my present capacity as third year coordinator for Illustration, Graphics and Animation, I work with the visual communication team to assist final year students in their transition into further education or the professional arena.

Teaching responsibilities

At UG level I teach on Visual Communication BA (Hons) programmes in, Illustration, Graphic Design and Animation within the Design area.

 

Professional interests

I exhibited work ‘Scent of a Woman” at the KBAC Gallery, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA as part of the Illustrated Accordion Show May 2014.The gallery has retained the publication submitted for exhibition in their private collection.

I have contributed to “ The International Postcard Show’ 2014 my two screen-printed postcards Postcard 1- ‘Vaynol A6245, Winneyhill Farm’ Postcard 2- ‘Bullenbeisser A6731, Tinkerley Farm’ exhibited at the surface gallery, Nottingham.

I have exhibited a screen-print, ‘Woolf V’ at ‘Type Writing symposium’ Birmingham City University, 2012

 

 

Research interests

My research is inspired by my interest in everyday objects, collections and multiples using printmaking, drawing and photography to create a personal response to my findings.

I have always had a fascination with collections, and cataloging that goes back to my student years when I collected 1950’s printed anoraks, hats, buttons and more recently, animals on wheels, tin robots, vintage washboards, hand whisks and glass baubles.

I was inspired to start my own collection of German glass baubles blown from original vintage moulds when someone bought me one twenty years ago. I now have a collection of over two hundred and these often feature in my photographic and drawn work, especially for the collaborative publications “ Vermillion and Tangerine” published by the Observatory.

One of the publications for ‘The Wooden Dog Press” was a pictorial record of my kitchen cupboards, the multiples of cups, plates and kitchen paraphernalia illustrated and captured in there organised and formal manner.

Assembling items into categories and applying order to my selection forms the basis for refining my illustrations and creating a number of publications and printed works. I prefer to work in silkscreen and monoprint, as the processes offers the opportunity to create textures, mark making and layering of colour that I require to enhance the uniqueness and individuality of the publications and the final prints.

My research outcomes are a series of personal and collaborative printmaking projects investigating the various aspects of traditional printmaking processes and book formats to present contemporary and published hand printed outcomes.

I created an illustration for the new creative competition, formulated by the Publications and Conference Committee of the Brontë Society exhibited and published by the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire 2014. The photogravure was a submission for the illustration section, a new visual strand, of the competition where the society was looking for black-and-white illustrations of a specific scene, as described in one of the novels. The illustration was awarded first prize.

'In her winning entry Nicki McNaney brings a contemporary feel to the imagery of the 19th century novel. To create an image of Jane Eyre herself is a daunting task for any artist. McNaney's Jane immediately appealed to me: in her direct gaze and upright stance we sense the passionate and independent spirit behind the controlled and conventional exterior'. Victoria Brookland

Illustrations have been hand-printed ‘Night Circus ‘Derby, Nov 2013: published by Wooden Dog Press and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

Illustrations have been hand-printed ‘Scent of a Woman ‘Derby, Nov 2013: published by Wooden Dog Press and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

Collaborative Illustrations have been produced by Stage 3 Illustration Students, hand-printed by Nicki McNaney & Richard Levesley. ‘Lost and Found ‘Derby, Oct 2012: published by Wooden Dog Press Exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London and the Derby City Museum and Art Gallery Derby. 

Screen-prints exhibited ‘Type Writing ‘Woolf V’ Birmingham City University, 2012

Collaborative Illustrations have been produced by Stage 3 Illustration Students, ‘Noir ‘Derby, Oct 2011: published and hand-printed by the Wooden Dog Press and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London and the Quad Derby.

Illustrations have been hand-printed and published, ‘Hats ‘ Derby, Oct 2011, published by Wooden Dog Press and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

Photographic Illustrations have been produced and published in ‘The Observatory ‘ Issue three Tangerine Derby, March 2011 and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London.

Illustrations have been hand-printed and published ‘The Cupboard ‘Derby, Oct 2010: published by Wooden Dog Press and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

Photographic Illustrations have been produced and published in: ‘The Observatory ‘ Issue two Vermillion Derby, Oct 2010 and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

Illustrations have been produced and published in: ‘The Observatory ‘ Issue one Beige. Derby, Sept 2009 and exhibited at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London. 

 

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Qualifications

PG Diploma in Learning and Teaching, University of Derby

Undergraduate qualifications
BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Leeds Metropolitan University

 

Recent conferences

I attended the Design Experience conference, New York, Cheltenham Illustration Awards, and the Format International Photography Festival Photo Cinema Conference.

 

Additional interests and activities

Assistant curator of the AOI Images 35 Best of British Illustration touring exhibition, exhibited at Markeaton street.

 

In the media

I have exhibited work at Birmingham City University, the symposium was entitled 'Type Writing', which explored the link between the typographer and the writer of words.  In collaboration with a colleague I interpreted the historical and contemporary context of this link through a series of silkscreen prints and our findings were published in the Eye magazine (www.eyemagazine.com) and more recently exhibited the work at the staff exhibition at the University of Derby.

In Nov 2012 in collaboration with the student body and Derby Museum, I produced a publication to celebrate the museums latest exhibition and this was highlighted in part of the press release written by Andrea Hadley-Johnson for the Derby Telegraph, BBC Derby, Capital FM and Gem FM.

  “ Derby Museum’s latest exhibition “1001 Objects to Inspire” is the inspiration behind a new hand screen printed book of illustrations.  The limited edition book is the result of a unique collaboration between the University of Derby and Derby Museum.  Students have used the exhibition as a primary source of inspiration for a project titled ‘lost and found’.  Andrea Hadley-Johnson, curator of the exhibition worked with Senior Lecturer Nicki McNaney to captivate the student’s imagination about the objects from the museum’s collection. 

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