Nat Cook's abstract, collage flags brighten up a corner of Bournemouth this summer

All images courtesy of Nat Cook

All images courtesy of Nat Cook

Visual artist and designer Nat Cook has created a series of flags to celebrate Boscombe in Bournemouth, as part of the city's annual arts festival. The abstract graphic pieces began as a series of collages, inspired by the seaside and bursting with bold colours.

Considered to be one of the more deprived areas of Bournemouth, the project for Boscombe supports its regeneration and hopes to bring new life and energy to its high street, particularly following a very challenging year. "As we emerge from the Covid -19 pandemic it feels more important than ever to rebuild our communities," Nat tells Creative Boom. "Design can play a pivotal role in bringing hope to people and after a year of isolation, now is the time to come together with compassion, love, and unity."

The flags will remain in place during Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, right through to July. Nat's work is something that the Fringe's Director Carol Maund says has a "direct impact on nurturing our communities" and "restoring our environments".

Original collages

Original collages

Original collages

Original collages

This latest project for Bournemouth is typical of Nat's work. She is motivated by design that supports communities and social change and she carries the mantra, "community first, designer second". Multi-disciplined, she works across print and physical spaces due to her background as a windows designer and creative lead for Lush Cosmetics. Since then, she has gone on to work on both print and large-scale design.

A mixed heritage of Brazilian/British means often explores identity, belonging, and home. This is also carried through to the colour palettes and bold graphics she uses within her work. Something that can clearly be seen here. Find out more at heynatcook.com.

Nat Cook in her studio

Nat Cook in her studio