Zoe Taylor

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Personal profile


I am interested in exploring visual narrative through drawing. My comic, Joyride was published by Breakdown Press in 2016 and I have contributed to experimental anthologies by presses such as Landfill Editions, Otto Press and Lagon. These works have exhibited at a number of international expos including Angouleme International Comics Festival and the New York Art Book Fair.

In 2015 I was invited to make new work for Pick Me Up, a graphic arts festival at Somerset House, London and I used the opportunity to explore fragmented storytelling through a series of drawings.

As an illustrator I have regularly worked in the area of fashion, collaborating with brands such as Chanel, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Luella and publications such as AnOthermag.com. These drawings are represented by the Fashion Illustration Gallery in London and my fashion work was exhibited at the International Design House Pavilion as part of World Design Capital Taipei in 2016.

I have also produced editorial illustrations for The Guardian, the New York Times, the Poetry Society and other publications.

I have been a contributing editor of the illustration magazine, Varoom since 2014, writing on fashion related illustration and experimental manga.

I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009. Before that, I studied Illustration at University of the Arts London and Ancient History and Archaeology at University College London. 

I have been lecturing at the University of Northampton since 2013 and have also been a visitng lecturer at the Royal College of Art.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

Drawing and visual narrative

'Cinematic' drawing

The potential and meaning of 'lo-fi', 'botched' and 'amateurish' visual appraoches in graphic art

Narrative in fashion representation and marketing

Adaptation and appropriation

Wonder as an experience and critical concept

Myth, Romanticism and the sublime

The continuing potential of the printed book format

The migration of icons between 'avant-garde', 'pop' and other visual cultures


Education/Academic qualification

Master, Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art

1 Sept 20071 Jul 2009

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

Bachelor, Illustration, University of the Arts London

1 Sept 20041 Jul 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Bachelor, Ancient History and Archaeology, University College London

1 Sept 19991 Sept 2002

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

External positions

Contributing editor, Varoom magazine

Jun 2014Jul 2020