Saturday Spotlight: Elisha Ralls

We are always excited to see art and design inspired by the Brunel family or the museum itself. We have therefore decided to spotlight some of the wonderful work that we get sent by the community we are proud to be a part of.

If you are interested in your works (or those of your child) being our spotlight article, please message us via our social media accounts or send an email to hello@thebrunelmuseum.com titled Saturday Spotlight with a picture (or several), a brief introduction to the artist, and an overview of the piece (or pieces) pictured. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

Today our spotlight shines on Elisha Ralls, who now lives in London but grew up in Cornwall (so thanks Brunel for their passage across the country!).

Elisha is studying a Graphic Design degree at UAL. In her practice she aims to transform traditional techniques into a contemporary style. Elisha loves to use hands on materials and gains inspiration from nature and the world around her.

A typface inspired by the Thames Tunnel

A typeset titled ‘The Tunnel’ was inspired by the constant circular form I saw at the Brunel museum, and in his notebooks from the Brunel University archives. I think I also tried to think from his point of view and drew these with the same instruments he might have used as an engineer – just a compass and ruler.

 

A typeface inspired by the Thames Tunnel

The ‘Brunel’ typeface was created from parts of the museum I had photographed. When visiting I was drawn to the textures and shapes of materials and how Brunel had used these in innovative way to create
the first underwater tunnel. The structural elements inspired me to create something that reflected the beauty of his structures.

 

Poster with poem using Brunel typeface

Following from my Brunel Typeface this poster was done using the materials I’d taken inspiration from at the museum.   (Materials used: clay, copper, wood, water-colour, and ink block relief.) This is an excerpt of a poem by John Betjeman (found on The Telegraph website – Article Here).

A digital version of the Brunel typeface

A digital version of the Brunel typeface.

 

John Betjeman poem

A letter press print, I wanted to try a similar printing technique used in the 19th century. This is an excerpt of a poem by John Betjeman (found on The Telegraph website – Article Here).

 

Mock ups of poster ideas, in watercolour and pencil.

Mock ups of poster ideas, in watercolour and pencil.

 

Brunel Museum Poster

Inspired by the beautiful photograph of the tunnel inside the museum. (In Charcoal on graphite paper.)

 

If you’d like to see more from Elisha, check out @elishasrt on Instagram. 

Remember: If you are interested in your works (or those of your child) being our spotlight article, please message us via our social media accounts or send an email to hello@thebrunelmuseum.com titled Saturday Spotlight with a picture (or several), a brief introduction to the artist, and an overview of the piece (or pieces) pictured. Sending an entry will count as permission for us to put what you send on our website and social media channels. We may edit any associated text. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

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