Alison Milner
Alison Milner

When I teach photoshop I like to introduce one idea at a time in a very logical way in order to give students a foundation of skills that they can then carry on developing into a personal style. I have found this works very well.

Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

My approach to photoshop is slightly unusual as I teach it as an applied art and help the students to see how they can use it in unusual and inventive ways rather than just to enhance their photographs. I like to use a variety of source material as well as photographs for example scanned drawings, found objects or textures.

What inspires your own work?

I trained as a furniture designer at the Royal College of Art. Since then my work has developed and broadened and now includes ceramics, digital imaging, exhibitions and installation. I like to work at the intersection of art, craft and design. I am very interested in different materials and processes and especially using digital imagery and technology as a tool for craft.
Clients have included Royal Doulton and Habitat.

Where can students see examples of your work?

Have a look at my website for more examples of work and forthcoming exhibitions and shops that stock the ceramics.

Where did you gain your training/experience?

I have a BA (first) from Middlesex Polytechnic in 3D design and a MA from the Royal College of Art in Furniture design. I have taught myself photoshop and have used it constantly for the past 12 years.

What teaching experience have you had?

I taught part time at Art Colleges for over 18 years. More specifically I taught photoshop to Interior design and 3D students at NorthbrookCollege for 5 years plus some individual tuition to practising designers and for the past four years at West Dean.

Have you written any books/had articles published?

My book “Inspirational Objects – a visual dictionary of simple elegant objects” was published in 2005 by A&C Black (UK) and Haupt (Switzerland).

Do you belong to any professional groups/societies?

I belong to Design Nation, Crafts Central, RCA Alumni and the Touring Exhibition Group.