March 2009: For my final major project for my Art Foundation course, i chose to do an illustration/printmaking project based on and inspired by Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy of fantasy novels. I completed five individual designs based on different areas and themes within the books, and this was my first design. It is an etching print of Lyra's Oxford, the city she grew up in with all its majesty and splendour:"The spires and towers of Oxford stood around them, level but no higher; the green woods of Chateau-Vert and White Ham rose on either side to the east and the west. Rooks were cawing somewhere, and bells were ringing, and from the Oxpens the steady beat of a gas engine announced the ascent of the evening Royal Mail zeppelin for London...... This was her world. She wanted it to stay the same for ever and ever, but it was changing around her"