Ruta Computer - BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media
Ruta Computer studied BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication and graduated in 2012. During her time at LCC she formed a collaborative partnership with one of her classmates and has gone on to work on a series of animations for the NHS.
Where are you from in the world?
What are your fondest memories of LCC?
Staying late in the studio with others after having had a mind exploding tutorial with Stuart Varley. Screen printing non stop all day.
Library – oh the library. Too many books, too many photocopies – hours of sticking into my sketchbook, the big idea moments – always in the library – and thanks to its late opening hours.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm finishing an animation I did with Juliana Futter - BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, with whom I share our company "My Wife and i" – we are very close to finishing one of the series of animations on organ donation for the NHS organ donation trust, also partly funded by UAL.
We also just did an exhibition in December 2014, launching our creative marriage.
This video of "My Wife and i" puts our attitude and work in a nutshell.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
Other people who inspire me – friends, artists, teachers.
If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?
I am very lucky to have found Juliana - we have a perfect balance in our collaboration – mainly by being sensitive and open to each other. However, I am very keen to collaborate with as many people as possible, I love to test how my mind will react to a meeting of another as its always a more exiting route than working on my own.
Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:
Learning more. Either via taking up a Masters, or taking on projects that make me learn new things.
What drives you to succeed?
As long as I make people care, or inspire others, or just create some sort of a spark in someone with my work – I will want to continue.
What three words would you use to best describe LCC?
Spacious, experimental, challenging.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Make LCC your home. Come in early, leave late – and put all of you in it – that’s the best way to get the most out of it.
Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?
Wapping – my favourite London area. To see the river and walk the cobble streets.