The Little Door Collective have just released their first zine. ‘Apollo 11’ explores man’s biggest step through a series of beautifully illustrated spreads and includes work by several graduates and students from our course.
One of the founding members, Dawn Williams, sat down to tell us a little more about the project.
Why did you start the collective?
The idea of starting the collective definitely came from a feeling that as illustrators it can be difficult to get yourself and your work out there on your own, and can sometimes get a little lonely. The collective alleviates some of these problems for our members, as a group we are able to pull together and make opportunities for ourselves we may not have otherwise had – plus its always nice to be a part of something exciting! It was Maya Pletscher and myself (Dawn Williams) who originally thought it would be a good thing to do on graduating, so we invited a few of our peers who’s work we admired and thought would be excited by the prospect, and the rest is history! We currently have ten lovely and talented members, but who knows what will happen in the future?
What are your goals?
At the moment we are playing it by ear, we have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had so far and are excited to see where it goes! We have already released our first zine, and have more things planned for the not-so-distant future. I suppose our goals are to continue to grow a following and to continue to make beautiful work! In this industry you never know what kinds of opportunities are around the corner waiting to jump out on you and we want to stay ready for whatever might come our way.
What inspired you to pick the Moon Landings as the theme for the zine?
We wanted something people could really get their teeth into. Picking themes for illustrators can be difficult and we wanted something challenging. We were thinking of different historical events, based on the success of the exhibition the Illustration course at Middlesex put on the last year based on WW1 (War Stories). The wealth of different stories and imagery that came out in people’s work for that show was so excellent, we wanted something which inspired us in the same way. With all the conspiracy surrounding the event and all the wonderful potential imagery of space, we felt the Moon Landings were a good choice.
What are you doing next?
We are super excited to be well underway with planning our first exhibition! The show will be called ‘Destination Unknown’ and will take place at a gallery in the heart of Holborn (12 Stukeley St, London). It will be open to the public from the 25th March to the 1st April. We are all producing entirely original work for this exhibition, and its looking set to be a fantastic show. We will also be running a stall at the exhibition selling smaller prints and zines so pop in and pick up a print!