Bedford College has an impressive range of alumni from its arts courses. Here are three who are currently succeeding.
Carli Pfurtscheller (formerly Hall) has seen her design for the Wells & Co Brewpoint on the A6 Bedford win a Platinum Award for the Best Unique Logo Design in the UK, and then take the GLOBAL prize for the same this month (May 2021).
The Craft Beer Marketing Awards (the Crushies) saw the best brewers marketing teams from across the world competing for prizes.
Wells & Co also picked up gold for the On Point Pale Ale can design by Carli, making it a hat trick of prizes.
In April 2021 Carli unveiled a commission of a 155ft vector illustration of St Neots, commissioned by Govia Thameslink Railway & Neotists.
The ‘building bridges’ artwork spans the walkway to the station from the local community.
Carli, who was a BA Graphic Communications student at Bedford College’s South Bank Arts Centre, had previously received an international Creative Conscience award for her final major design project ‘Refabric8’ – a branding concept based on the idea of up-cycling second-hand clothes to tackle the growing issue of ‘fast fashion’.
Carli’s entry, which won her a bronze award can be seen at: https://www.creative-conscience.org.uk/winners/carli-pfurtscheller/
Art at the Ark Sara Sayer is now producing a fantastic range of custom gifts such as drawings of your home, and tea towels featuring local pubs of Bedford.
Some of these are on sale at The Ark art shop and Gallery cafe under the Lurke Street car park (run by the Gillett family, long-time supporters of the arts).
Sara completed an HND with Bedford College in 2018 and, with a partner, won a national YCN art competition. www.sarahsayer.com
Talent spotted Hannah Underwood has been nominated for a Prestige Award as a Creative Design Service. Hannah is an alumni of Bedford College and her talent was spotted by the YCN and D&AD.
She now has her own agency and is offering opportunities for internships to BA students. Hannah was also highlighted in the National Westminster Women in Social Enterprise for her community art services during lockdown, enabling 1,000s of downloads by families struggling with home schooling. https://www.hjucreative.co.uk/