A BPP Professional Education Creative Artworker who lived in the Northern Quarter has been rewarded in a global competition to promote the iconic Channel 4 series This Is England.
Amber Engle was one of three UK artists to be Highly Commended in a Channel 4 and Talenthouse interactive marketing campaign which tasked applicants to ‘Design a 90s Rave’ poster and capture the UK club culture during the early 1990s.
Amber, 32, will receive £500 and have her work showcased across Channel 4’s digital and social channels to promote the upcoming This Is England ’90 series.
“I am absolutely overjoyed to have been Highly Commended. There were a lot of really good submissions, so it came as a real shock,” said Amber, who works in marketing at BPP Professional Education, Manchester.
“I am a massive fan of the This is England series from the storylines to the fashion and the music. So when I saw the opportunity to design something for it, I jumped at the chance.
“I used be a part of the rave scene when I was younger and still have a collection of original flyers from back in the day, so it really was a perfect competition to enter.”
Her piece centres around the early ’90s rave scene and took around six hours to research and complete.
Amber, who lives in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, said: “I tried to take the more hand-rendered, simple approach that many would have done back then without access to what we have now in terms of graphic design technology.
“I took geometric shapes and altered them to create a slightly ‘trippy’, optical illusion effect, whilst using basic style fonts that were popular at the time, and keeping it simple with just two colours.”
San Francisco-born Amber, who has previously been shortlisted for an MPA Roses Student Creativity Award, is planning to use her competition money to help pay for a visit to her homeland.
The Channel 4 competition, in creative collaboration with art networking site Talenthouse, was held to celebrate Shane Meadows’ hard-hitting series This Is England.
This Is England 90, the latest four-part series, returns to television screens this autumn.