Our student success stories: Kazuno Kohara, Japan
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Our student success stories: Kazuno Kohara, Japan

MA Children’s Book Illustration, MA Printmaking

Kazuno’s first book ‘The Haunted House’ appeared in the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books List in 2008.

“I studied at Anglia Ruskin University from 2005 to 2008, and received MA Children’s Book Illustration and MA Printmaking.

The Children’s Book Illustration course was structured proficiently, and despite the fact that I had never been to an art school previous to that, I was able to learn and develop the skill and gain knowledge effectively.

There was warm support and encouragement from the tutors and classmates. We had a crit every week, where we gathered and presented our week’s progress and ideas for the project, and criticised each others’ work; other work was always very inspiring.

Lectures were always interesting. Authors and illustrators were invited, as well as editors from publishers, which helped me to understand their relationship and how things work in the field of children’s bookd. A series of joint lectures with Homerton College, Cambridge University gave me an opportunity to look into children’s books from a different aspect.

At the end of the course, there was a graduation exhibition in London. Editors from many children’s book publishers were invited, and that was where I was contacted by the publisher now I work with. My first book, published in 2008, was based on one of the books I created for the master’s project.

I got interested in printmaking when I was studying the Children’s Book Illustration course, and took a Printmaking course from 2007 to 2008. Anglia Ruskin University has a printmaking studio which is professionally equipped. There were students who came from various artistic backgrounds, whose destinations were also diverse, and their advice helped me to look at my work objectively. Tutors and staff worked in the same studio out of teaching hours, and their works were always extremely inspiring.

What I learnt from the course had a significant influence on my work, both internally and externally.”

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