‘Always taken by visuals, never words’ – London based Graphic and Moving Image Designer Rose Pilkington graduated from Central Saint Martins and has since continued to excite the visual senses through a collision of colours which burst forward, stimulating the mind and making it impossible for you to forget. Fascinated by themes of optical illusion and visual perception stemming from her research on the psychological effect of colour, Rose has more recently pushed her digital multi-dimensional designs and GIFs into the physical realm of print. Initially producing her images digitally she then transfers them onto large format screen prints which offer a different viewing experience, although not stepping too far away from her digital work, Rose says ‘these images just move in a different kind of way.’
Rose’s pleasure and appreciation for colour spiralled from an early university project which involved her pouring bleach over old photographs, ‘as soon as the bleach hit the ink, every single colour imaginable started to appear like magic in nebula formations, then would slowly deteriorate and drip away altogether.’ She filmed the reaction process with her dad’s Handycam on maximum zoom. Her understanding of the psychological effect of colour developed during her research thesis while she explored the subject on a deeper level through her own visuals. ‘By staring at each image for ten seconds the brain absorbs the colour of it. When it changes suddenly to a more monochrome version, the brain momentarily retains and reproduces an imprint of that colour – the illusion of an actual image that was once there.’ She has gone onto work for clients which include MTV, Computer Arts Magazine, Just So, Lowe Counsel, Ministry of Sound, Studio Moross, Maya Jane Coles & GAPS and Jamie xx.
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