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Student illustrates talent in award winning design competition


A University of Wolverhampton student received top marks for designing bespoke awards at a prestigious business ceremony recently.

Cat Mirley created ten bespoke, hand-rendered illustrations for each of the winners at the Institute of Directors (IoD) West Midlands Awards held at the Warwickshire County Cricket Ground recently. Students from the Illustration and Visual Communication degree course have been designing awards for the IoD for six years running.

The IoD West Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, as well as the urban areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country and is made up of over 1,800 directors and senior decision makers.

Cat, a second year student studying for an Illustration degree at the Wolverhampton School of Art, personally designed each award based around the achievements and successes of the winners’ individual business.

Sue Hurrell of the Iod said: “We are committed to supporting our young people and our relationship with the University of Wolverhampton Art School is an extremely rewarding one. This year we commissioned 10 beautiful unique trophies which thrilled the room of over 260 senior business leaders at the Director of the Year Awards. Our winners were bowled-over by the quality of their stunning bespoke artwork and join us in thanking Cat Mirley and John Clementson for all their hard work.” 

Cat, who has a lifelong enthusiasm for drawing and creating, said:  “I was very happy to be able to work on the IoD award trophies this year. It was a privilege to be asked. I found it to be a challenging yet rewarding task and the lessons I learned whilst working on a job of this size will be invaluable moving forward.”

One of the winners, Phil Neale Chief Executive Officer and founder of Snoozle, said: "Winning the iOD Director of the Year Award was made even more special by the personal and creative nature of the award itself. The personalised sketch with artistic inclusions that tie me as an entrepreneur to the business I have created is something I’ll keep forever.”

John Clementson, Senior Lecturer at the University, said: “Working with the Institute of Directors offers our students a tremendous challenge and unbelievable opportunity to engage with ‘real-world’ practices. This year’s illustrations are a credit to Cat Mirley and we welcome continuing our relationship with the Institute into a seventh year.”

Anyone interested in studying Illustration or Visual Communication at the University should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 18th August 2018.



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