Anglia Ruskin student delivers letter legacy

Published: 6 June 2013 at 09:40

Tom’s typography work to go on display as part of annual Degree Show in Cambridge

A groundbreaking project to save two languages from extinction is one of over 200 pieces of student work on display at Anglia Ruskin University’s annual Degree Show in Cambridge.

This year’s show, titled aMUSE, will run from 7-14 June in the Ruskin Gallery and surrounding studios on Anglia Ruskin’s East Road campus.  The Degree Show is seen as both a launch pad to help graduating students enter the creative industries as well as an opportunity for art lovers to acquire the work of talented young artists and designers.

Tom Sanalitro, who will be graduating with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, has been working with the World Oral Literature Project – a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Yale University – to help save two endangered languages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a mountainous region in south east Bangladesh.

Tom has worked with Jamie Kutner, a calligrapher from the Rhode Island School of Design, to digitalise two alphabets – Mro and Marma – and create typefaces and fonts to help preserve the languages for future generations.

Tom said:

“The Chittagong Hill Tracts is home to 13 separate, indigenous peoples, each with its own identity, history and cultural traditions.  Many have their own language and even their own script; all of these are endangered.
“As part of the World Oral Literature Project, Tim Brookes created the Endangered Alphabets Project to find a solution to save them.  With the help of an extraordinary, young, local man named Maung Nyeu, Brookes put together a team to help him achieve his goals.  I took on the role of developing those typefaces that are to be used in the books the project publishes.”

Jason Mitchell, who has been studying for a BA (Hons) in Computer Games & Visual Effects, will be displaying work from the Memento Project, a computer game concept he has developed over the last year. 

Jason, who is currently enjoying an internship at Guerrilla Cambridge, part of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said:

“My time at Anglia Ruskin has allowed me to improve my skills and learn new ones in the realm of game art and design, and has given me the opportunity to work with other students on some interesting game projects.
“I am currently doing an art internship for Guerrilla Cambridge, working on Killzone Mercenary.  Working on a project like this has been very insightful and is allowing me to work with a very talented group of people.  After the internship I hope to become a professional game artist as well as develop personal, independent game projects.”

Another student who has a busy schedule after graduating is Asia Prusinowska, who has been studying the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.  Asia has been invited to display work at a prestigious felt show in Amsterdam immediately after the Degree Show, and has secured sponsorship from Cambridge Style Week to help her set up in business and prepare to launch a new collection in February 2014.

“I am a conceptual fashion designer and textile artist, who designs to communicate and tell stories,”

said Asia, who specialises in making clothes out of felt. 

“My creations are one-of-a-kind wearable art, full of magic and fantasy; I aim to create an emotional connection that motivates and excites people.
“I’ve been dreaming about showing my work internationally, but didn’t expect it so soon – I’m over the moon!”

The annual Fashion Show takes place on Thursday, 13 June in the Academy in the Helmore Building.  The show starts at 6.30pm and tickets, which cost £3, can be purchased on the door or online at

Entry to the Degree Show is free and the exhibition is open from 10am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday