Kristy draws on personal experience to create book

Kristy Barrett with her Ladybird-style book about joining Bradford School of Art

A student is helping to attract a new generation of learners to the art school.

A piece of work by Kristy Barrett so impressed bosses at Bradford School of Art that they have adopted it in their recruitment plans.

The 17-year-old wrote and illustrated a book called ‘Kristy Goes to Bradford School of Art’ inspired by the much-loved Ladybird Books for children.

Using the iconic Ladybird layout, the book tells the story of how Kristy went from Year 11 pupil at Trinity Academy to BTEC Art and Design student at Bradford School of Art, which is within Bradford College.

It details the process she went through from application to first day and has a happy ending, finishing with the words, ‘She knew that she had made the right decision and would be very happy at Bradford College’.

The book is now dropping through letterboxes across the region after the college’s marketing department decided to send copies to people interested in starting art courses this September.

“It is great to see my design be made into an actual book,” said Kristy who is starting a Graphic Design and Illustration degree later this year.

“We were asked to design something about Bradford College and inspired by a past student. I researched our famous alumni and discovered that Ladybird Book illustrator Ernest Aris studied here in 1900.

“I feel really proud that potential new students will be receiving my book. I hope they like it and I hope it encourages them to come to Bradford School of Art as it is a great place.

“I have had wonderful support and encouragement from my teachers and been very happy here.”

Nikki Sheen, course tutor for Level 3 Art and Design, said: “When I was assessing Kristy’s work I nearly cried as it made me so happy.

“She has written it herself and done all the illustrations herself. It is a beautiful piece of work and I think it is a great idea to show it to prospective new students as an example of the talent and creativity we encourage and develop here.”