Guest Tutors & Partners

Simon Parent is an entrepreneur and a strawberry farmer for more than 20 years. Simon is also a  traveler and passionate about the history of ancient civilizations. In 2014, he became co-owner of the Sanatorium Historique Lac-Édouard, which aims are to protect, enhance and sustainably develop the agricultural, cultural and natural heritage of the site, as well as protecting the Chimney Swift habitats. Since then, he has focused on restoring its unique heritage.

Susan Scott trained in Graphic Design in London, UK and worked at Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes (now Pentagram) before emigrating to Canada. She worked as a book designer at McClelland and Stewart in Toronto and later as designer and illustrator Gottschalk and Ash International in Montreal. While bringing up her children she was a full-time teacher in Dawson College’s Graphic Design programme. She loves teaching and although she retired in 2008 to set up Design514 she continues to teach a traditional techniques illustration course there.

Hugo Moura is a graphic designer, calligrapher, letterer and illustrator based in Porto, Portugal. After a BA in Communication Design at ESAD, he founded Xesta Studio, focusing on branding, calligraphy, lettering and typography. The studio collaborates with clients such as Ambar, Atelier Martino&Jaña, ESAD, Pyramyd Éditions, Shared Institute and NBC US. His work has been featured in books such as Le Grand Livre de la Calligraphie, Drawing Type – An Introduction to Letterforms (Rockport Publishers). He’s a resident member and collaborator at We Came From Space.

Matilde Seabra is a graduate of the School of Architecture of the University of Porto and co-founder of the architecture studio Poças Martins Seabra. She is part of the collective that edits the architecture fanzine Friendly Fire. Between 2009 and 2013 she was assistant tutor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto on the MA in Visual Arts and Artistic Technologies. Matilde is experienced in working with several cultural institutions such as the Serralves Foundation, José de Guimarães International Art Center and Douro Museum. Co-founder of Talkie Walkie.

Catarina Azevedo is a bookbinder and part-time graphic designer from Porto. After graduating from Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (FBAUP) in 2011, she established her own studio, Alfaiate do Livro, focusing on handcrafted bookbinding. The studio has worked with a variety of clients such as Uncanny Editions, ESAD Matosinhos, Non-Verbal Club and Livraria Lello. Since 2012, she runs bookbinding workshops and courses.

Alexandra Rafael is a printmaking artist based in Porto, Portugal. She holds an MA in Drawing and Printmaking from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, where she developed research about transfer processes to printmaking surfaces. Since then she has been participating in several exhibitions and artistic residencies around the country.

Alejandra Jaña is a graphic designer, art director and founder and researcher at We Came from Space. She was also co-founder of Atelier Martino & Jaña for many years, now re-named Non-verbale and worked with clients such as Nike (USA), NBC (USA), Serralves Museum and Guimarães, European Capital of Cultural, Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Porto City Hall, among others. In 2012 she founded WCFS with a collective of creators and researchers with the goal of creating a platform for sharing knowledge about graphic and experimentation.

Inês Neto dos Santos is a London-based artist. Her work moves between installation and performance, using food, people and spaces to question and propose new exchanges in the gallery space. Inês founded Mesa, a project that exists in the form of various eating experiences and supperclubs, which challenge our encounters with art and are designed as platforms for creative discussion and conversation. She has exhibited and held performances in London, Athens, Madrid and Porto. Inês has an MA in Visual Communication at Royal College of Art (2016) and a BA in Graphic and Media Design and Illustration at London College of Communication (2013).

Rui Vitorino Santos has a PhD in Art and Design, in the field of illustration. He is a professor of Communication Design and Illustration at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. Frequently develops curatorial projects and research in Illustration and also participates regularly in individual and group shows in illustration. Founding member of the association and gallery Dama Aflita, in Porto, dedicated to illustration and drawing.

Miguel Angel Valdivia is an Italian visual artist who graduated from a MA in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. He exhibited is work in England, France and Italy and has been a Visiting Lecturer in Visual Communication at the RCA and is the editor of the drawing publication Le Petit Nèant.

Júlio Dolbeth is an artist, illustrator and lecturer at the School of Arts of the University of Porto. He holds a BA in Communication Design, MA in Multimedia Art and a PhD in Art and Design in the field of illustration. He is the co-founder of the illustration gallery Dama Aflita in Porto, where he is also a curator. He has shown his work regularly in solo and group exhibitions.

Karen Lacroix is a Canadian illustrator, designer and publisher based in Porto, Portugal. She taught visual narratives from 2009 – 2014 at Richmond University (UK) and works for an eclectic range of clients such as Bright Ivy, English Touring Opera, Saffron Hall, Bishopsgate Institute, among others. After concluding an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, she founded Uncanny Editions, an illustration publisher and studio exploring different modes of publication practice, collaborating with institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and X Marks the Bökship . Her work is represented in collections such as MoMA (US), University College London, London College of Communication (UK), Serralves Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT), among others. She is the founder of the Illustration School, a nomadic pedagogical platform that investigates the expanded field of illustration and is co-director of the design research centre Shared Institute.

Emma Löfström is from Uppsala, Sweden, and is a visual artist based between Stockholm and London, graduated from the Royal College of Art (2009) and Central Saint Martins College of Art (2007). Emma Löfström creates works on paper, installations and moving image that focus on the relationship between natural and human history. Löfström’s work considers the structuring of nature, and investigates the systems of myth and meaning that shape our understanding of surrounding ecologies. With a particular interest in ecocriticism, biology and anthropology, Löfström is looking at representation and concepts of nature, rethinking the ways in which we regard non-human worlds. Whilst exploring drawing as a way of thinking beyond the word, her elaborately detailed and multi-layered images fluctuate between an indeterminate past and fictions of an inhabitable future, from the factual to the invented, from reason to the open-ended.

Filomena Vasconcelos is a professor of Literary Criticism and English Literature at the Arts and Humanities Faculty, U. Porto. Her research focuses on philosophy of language, comparative and translation studies. She is a critical essayist and translator of Shakespeare, integrating the FCT project Shakespeare for the 21st Century, and having already her translations of Richard II, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet published. At the U. Porto, she tutors the course of scriptwriting and is the editor of the digital periodical for children’s literature E-f@bulations.

Graciela Machado holds a BA in Painting from the School of Fine Arts of Porto, MA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art and a PhD in Drawing by the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country. Lecturer and researcher in drawing and printmaking at the School of Arts of the University of Porto. Coordinator of the research project Pure Print.

Isabel Quaresma is an artist working at the intersection between drawing and textiles. She has a BA in Painting and an MA in Drawing and Printing Techniques, both from the University of Porto. She has taught fashion design and exhibits regularly her work since 2002.

Annemarie Lesage leads Yu Centrik‘s team UX designers, while integrating collaborative design, co-creation to the ideation and innovation process. She holds a PhD done at the Design School of the University of Montreal, in Quebec, Canada, where she has focused on the peak experience, a dimension of user experience. Annemarie has taught design and drawing in different universities (Laval, Concordia, UQAM, Université de Montréal, NC State and Louisiana State).

Georgean and Paul Kyle grew up in Houston, Texas and married in 1969 at 19 years of age. Their eclectic life journey began when they moved to Hill Country northwest of Austin, Texas. There they hand-built their own home, and started a retail business where they designed and hand-crafted original wooden toys for more than 40 years. At the same time they researched, cared for and rehabilitated more than 2000 injured and orphaned wild birds. Their research led to the publication of two books by the Texas A&M University Press about Chimney Swifts – a species now listed as threatened in Canada. In 2006 they donated their home and surrounding property known as Chaetura Canyon to the Travis Audubon Society to be maintained as a Native Bird Sanctuary in perpetuity. They still live on the property and act as Sanctuary Stewards, Land Managers and Project Directors for the Chimney Swift Conservation Association.

Chloë King is a journalist and illustrator based in East Sussex. An RCA graduate and Guild of Food Writers member, Chloë writes regular magazine features, often on food and design, and runs a book club and events series entitled Cook the Books. As founding editor of the experimental art journal Monika, Chloë’s work is featured in two books from Gestalten. Her publication credits include Great British Chefs, Eye, The Pool, Metro, Buzzfeed and The Idler, and her broader portfolio includes print design, blogging, magazine editing, TV production and event management. Chloë is a visiting lecturer at universities including Northbrook College Sussex and Camberwell College of Art.

Isabel Moseley is a Manchester based artist and bookmaker working predominantly with ephemeral and fragile materials. Studying in London she found inspiration in architectural details and geometric forms. she translated these inspirations into her work using experimental printmaking and bookbinding techniques. She has exhibited in Greater Manchester; Ny Space Gallery, Bankley Gallery’s Open Call, Japan; Hall of Awa Paper Museum.

Francisco Lisboa studied management in UTAD university. For 14 year worked in the parcel delivery company where he was general manager. Since his “happy place” is around a table, with his friends and family, with good wine and better food, in 2013, he founded Wander Steps, a company that dedicates itself to organizing food and wine tours, around Portugal. 2016 brought a new project related with food. Armazém do Queijo was thought as a way to show, in Porto, that cheese has a lot of shapes.

Celestino Fonseca & Maria Teresa Almeida are chocolate lovers, makers, artists, designers, and founders of the chocolate brand chocolataria Equador.

André da Silva is a Biologist and founder of the organic farming project Bio em Casa.