Chatting with 2021’s ABDA Awards Shortlister, Celia Mance
We have once again put our support behind the Australian Book Design Awards this year sponsoring the Best Student Design Awards—Series. With the finalists to be announced in late June we wanted to have a chat with each of the talented designer’s that were chosen as finalists in this category including Frances Peck, Kespa Katsuk, Celia Mance, Angela Huang and Daphne Kok.
Now we have Celia Mance!
Tell us a little bit about who you are
My name is Celia Mance, I am 20 years old and I’m a third year Communication Design student at RMIT University. Outside of my studies, I love going to gigs, visiting galleries with friends, reading, and travelling (when possible).
How did you get into design?
I have always been drawn to art and design throughout my childhood and into my schooling. This led me to undertake predominantly art and design VCE subjects and of course continue this interest through to my tertiary studies. Design for me, is the perfect amalgamation of practicality and creativity, and nuance and overall aesthetics. It took all the parts I loved from photography, theatrical design, and fine art.
What made you start getting into book design?
I have been an avid reader my whole life, so book design, especially covers, was always fascinating to me. Despite being told not to, I have always been one to judge a book by its cover, so it was really a natural progression of my interests that led me here! My university studies of course helped this affinity – I took a publication design module in my first year of study I was immediately drawn towards the detail-oriented approach to the work. Then, at the start of my second year, I selected the studio ‘Book Cover Design’ led by Jenny Grigg – where I produced these covers. I learnt a lot more about book design during this time, especially about how to sublimate a message through your visual language.
What was the inspiration and thought process behind your book cover?
After reading Anni Albers’ writing and researching her practice, I decided that focusing on material elements was fundamental to my design approach. Anni Albers had an extensive multidisciplinary career but is predominantly known for her woven works. Her intimate knowledge of textiles instilled an importance of material selection and material quality in her work. These elements can immensely impact the practicality and outcome of an artwork, so I intended to translate this idea into my work. The way I worked with the tissue paper was consistent with Anni’s respect for materials. I didn’t use computer cuts but instead cut out the geometric shapes and edges of the sheet by hand. I also elected to use simple geometric shapes drawn from the structural, grid-like features of her work, iconic in the Bauhaus school.
What’s been happening in design for you since you entered?
Since I entered, I have been undertaking my third year of tertiary study graduating with a bachelor’s at the end of this year. This semester I have also been completing a studio called ‘Making Pages’ led by Stuart Geddes which involves learning various approaches to book making, both practically and conceptually. I have really been enjoying broadening my knowledge of book design.
You can view more of Celia's work on Instagram @celiamancedesign