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28 May 2009 | PR 09/59

‘Grow your own’ culture inspires student’s award-winning work

A striking piece of work by Sophie Naylor, a final year Illustration student from Loughborough University, has been awarded a Merit in an international art competition and is to be included in an esteemed annual produced by 3x3, a major New York-based magazine.

Sophie's workSophie (22) was one of just ten people from the UK to receive an award at the 3x3 International Journal of Illustration Student Show. Her work, entitled ‘Go Organic Plop n Grow’, is an automaton that depicts self-sufficiency, recycling, organic produce, global warming and the current economic situation within the setting of an allotment plot.

“When the automaton is activated the shed door swings open, revealing the allotment keeper reading The Financial Times while sitting on his composting toilet,” explains Sophie. “When he pulls on the toilet chain, it causes the carrots to grow vigorously out of the ground,” explains Sophie.

Sophie admits to being thrilled, and a little bit shocked, by her achievement. “To know that my work was one of so few to have been selected from thousands of entries and that it will now be in the annual and seen by people all over the world is just amazing,” she said.

3x3 are an internationally-recognised publisher of illustration. Each year they sponsor two competitions, one for students and one for professional illustrators. Both are judged by some of the top names in international illustration and design, with all winning work included in the influential annual.

The Student Show is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in universities, colleges and art schools around the world. “This year’s student competition attracted more than 6,000 entries and only a small percentage of those received a commendation,” said Andrew Selby, who is Programme Coordinator for Visual Communication at Loughborough’s School of Art and Design. “I’m delighted that Sophie’s work has got the recognition it deserves, given that it certainly challenges the notions of what illustration as a discipline is all about.”

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An image of Sophie’s award-winning work is pictured above.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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