Le Ha Thu
- Vietnam, United Kingdom
Hi, my name is Thu. I am three magpies in a raincoat from Hanoi, Vietnam, where no birds live. As an illustrator, I create settings in which illustrations and narratives are created through collaborative play. As an amateur miniaturist, I create and navigate empty, imaginary architectural landscapes to explore personal loss and a sense of displacement experienced in cultural assimilation.
Currently, I am interested in working with cultural archives and collections as I believe play, especially collaborative, can be used as an illustrative language to engage public audiences more effectively with materials than the traditional informative display methods. My short MA project ''Season's Greetings'' successfully tested this notion with the Laura Seddon Collection (MMU Special collection
Illustration with Animation at Manchester School of Art
2015 – 2018 Manchester
MA Design: Illustration at Manchester School of Art
2018 – Present Manchester, UK
Draw Fashion 2017 Finalist, London College of Fashion
My finalist work was exhibited at 18 Broadwick street during London Fashion Week 2017
Vice Chancellor Award for Academic Excellence, Manchester Metropolitan University
I receive this award as a grant upon entering MMU.
Unit X: Narrative Encounters
Manchester City Art Gallery Manchester, UK
As part of MSOA’s Unit X, 2 spreads from my illustration of a picture book was exhibited as part of Narrative Encounters unit.
Sir Kenneth Green Library hall student exhibtition Group
Sir Kenneth Green Library MMU’s All Saints Campus, Manchester, UK
My artist’s book depicting a childhood memory of looking down my grandmother’s microscope was exhibited alongside other works from the course.
DrawFashion 2017 Finalist Group
Soho, opposite CassArt London, UK London, UK
My entry was selected as Finalist in the Drawfashion2017 competition and exhibited during London Fashion Week
Hidden Spaces Group exhibition
Rogue Artists Studios United Kingdom
Hidden Spaces is an independent group exhibition organized within the Option Unit Festival for Postgraduate students and staff.
Degree Show Group exhibition
Benzie Building Manchester, UK
Third year degree show. Illustration with Animation.
MA SHOW Group
Benzie Building, Manchester School of Arts Manchester, UK