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20102019

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Biography

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, Royal College of Art

1 Sep 20071 Jul 2009

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

Bachelor, University of the Arts London

1 Sep 20041 Jul 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Bachelor, University College London

1 Sep 19991 Sep 2002

Award Date: 1 Sep 2002

External positions

Contributing editor, Varoom magazine

Jun 2014Jul 2020

Research Output

Open Access
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  • 'Beauty School Gave Me Brain Damage': Zoe Taylor explores the work of Seth Bogart: an explosively messy confection of punk, Pee-Wee Herman and products...

    Taylor, Z., 1 Mar 2018, Varoom! The Illustration Report, 37.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationEditorial

    Open Access
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  • Fashion: Zoe Taylor selects Marie Jacotey's Loveless bag collection for McQ

    Taylor, Z., 1 Oct 2017, Varoom! The Illustration Report, 35, p. 58 - 61 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationEditorial

    Open Access
    File
  • Girls' World: How the women of the 'Year Group 24' revolutionised girls' comics in Japan in the late 1970s

    Taylor, Z., 1 Mar 2016, Varoom! The Illustration Report, 33, p. 34-43 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationMagazine

    Open Access
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  • Illustration for ‘Be Mine: A Dialogue for Valentines by AM Homes’: The Guardian Review, 2016

    Taylor, Z. & Habershon, S., 13 Feb 2016

    Research output: Non-Textual OutputGraphic Design

    Activities

    Exploring Visual Narrative

    Zoe Taylor (Author)

    12 Jul 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

    Royal College of Art

    Zoe Taylor (Visiting researcher)

    20 Jul 2017

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

    University of the Arts London

    Zoe Taylor (Visiting researcher)

    1 Mar 2017

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

    Varoom magazine (External organisation)

    Zoe Taylor (Member)

    20162019

    Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of boardResearch

    Somerset House

    Zoe Taylor (Visiting researcher)

    Apr 2016May 2016

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPerformanceResearch

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    Angoulême International Comics Festival

    Zoe Taylor (Academic)

    Jan 2016

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachFestivalResearch

    File

    Somerset House

    Zoe Taylor (Visiting researcher)

    1 Apr 2015

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

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    Royal College of Art

    Zoe Taylor (Visiting researcher)

    25 Jun 2015

    Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    'Zoe Taylor's Joyride'

    Zoe Taylor & Rob Clough

    24/08/17

    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media

    'Review: Joyride by Zoë Taylor'

    Zoe Taylor

    23/01/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    Artless

    Zoe Taylor

    6/10/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    Paris Review: Summer Portfolio: feature

    Zoe Taylor

    2/06/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media

    Cinematic Drawing

    Zoe Taylor

    5/11/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media