A ‘creative well’ of memories
After a gap of nearly 40 years, it was a pleasure to welcome ex-Junior School pupil Kerry Whistlecroft (née Le Gray) back to GHS this year.
Kerry now runs a successful freelance graphic design agency and spends much of her spare time painting and crafting in various mediums.
Leaving the Junior School in 1980, Kerry went to study at St George’s College before completing her Art Foundation at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (now Camberwell College of Arts). Before starting a family, Kerry was Head of Design and Marketing for Hogg Robinson Group and founded Creative Well in 2010, providing graphic design and creative communication services to UK and global businesses.
Kerry was commissioned by GHS to create a painting of the school, a print of which our newest alumni would be able to cherish as part of their welcome packs. As many of you who have returned to visit the school over the years will realise, a key challenge for Kerry in painting this image was how to marry the myriad of architectural styles into one harmonious composition. Victorian chimney pots, 21st century glass atriums and 1960s classrooms all sit together on our site but provide something of a challenge aesthetically! Kerry worked from detailed photos of the school buildings to create several Photoshop montages, highlighting key features such as the clock tower, Morton House, the original Victorian buildings and of course, the wonderful Alice in Wonderland statue, installed in 2016 that takes pride of place in the courtyard. Once a preferred image was chosen, Kerry set to work replicating the design with watercolours, adding definition with pen and ink. The finished painting now hangs in pride of place in Mrs Fiona Boulton’s office and we are thrilled to be able to showcase the talents of our alumna.
It was important that I captured both the look and feel of GHS in my painting. The blue and lilac tones running through the image are important school colours and the mix of old and new buildings reflect the school’s ongoing evolution.
If you would like to find out more about Kerry’s work please visit her website: www.creativewell.co.uk.
Mrs Helen Moffat