Jo Davies & Derek Brazell
As a freelance illustrator Jo Davies has worked since the late 1980s for major clients across advertising and design as well as for publishers such as Barefoot Books, Scholastic, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, Heinemann and Macmillan. She is a published author who has exhibited her artwork internationally in the USA and Europe, receiving awards from Korea and Italy. She has many times been included in Images- The Best of British Illustration. Her ongoing interest and practice in drawing involved her in a major research project, which culminated in the publication of the book Drawing –The Process (Intellect, 2004) which she co-edited alongside the curation of a major touring exhibition.
Her career as writer and illustrator has been combined with work in education at all levels and she is currently Associate Professor in Illustration at the University of Plymouth and represents the AOI on several national committees in education.
Jo continues to be experimental in her work, curious about the world of illustration and determined to assert the value of illustration as an important cultural force.
Derek Brazell is known for a successful series of illustrated children’s books, including Cleversticks for Harper Collins. Other clients include Liber, Mantra, Post Office and Scholastic. He works for the Association of Illustrators, and has edited and written for their publications, including Varoom. He lectures on illustration in the UK and at the major European book fairs, and campaigns for illustrators’ rights.
Derek has closely supported illustrators in all areas of their careers through his Project Manager role at the Association of Illustrators, has spoken on illustrators rights at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and campaigned for creators rights through his work with the Pro-Action visual artists group and the European Illustrators Forum. He was invited to join the Creator’s Council of the Design and Artists Copyright Society in 2007 and was Director for Visual Arts on the British Copyright Council Board 2009 – 2012.