Sunday, 26 April 2015

Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2015 part 2

Welcome to the second part of my favourite things from Pick Me Up festival 2015.

I watched a lecture by Robert Sollis, co- fonder of Europa on how they developed this year's identity for the festival. The studio developed several different variations of their typeface to create a dynamic visual identity which I think looks appropriate to the event, which is about innovation, the handmade and unique.
Pick me up Who What Where
Examples of the typefaces
The promotional posters for the event were hand screen-printed in three colours, and those that were too big were painstakingly hand painted (such as the large sign right outside the venue). I love the overprinting on the spotty words.

Pick me up Screen printed poster 
Screen printed poster
The wall inside the Pick Me Up platform room was covered in these posters, with keywords about the event.
Pick me up Screen printed posters
Screen-printed keywords (borrowed from PMU Facebook page)

One of the most interesting things to me about the identity was the way that they used the colour separations from the screen-printed posters to inspire some cut out large installations for inside of the festival. I always think it's really cool how you can sometimes still make sense of an image/ text even when not all of the colour separations are present (when screen-printing). You can see on the image below what I'm on about (sorry it is a bit dark!)

Pick me up installation
Installation with parts of the typeface visible

Back to some of my favourite works.
I had a go at using a printing machine with Sope Studio. They had prepared a series of background patterns, which you could choose from and then choose a second tile to be printed on the top, creating some really cool bits of art (they're all featured on a special Instagram page). Here's mine:

Sope Studio tiles
Sope Studio tiles
The guys also had some great work for sale, some was again based on geology and rocks (a bit of a theme going on!) such as this one by Lydia Shirreff, and some more of their lino printed tile designs.

Finally I bought a print by LaTigre, a graphic design studio based in Milan, directed by the designers Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni. I really liked the geometry and simplicity of this screen print, but it also has texture when you look closely.

There were lots of other amazing artists but I can't write about them all, so I advise that you visit immediately! The exhibition is on until 4th May at Somerset House. 

I realised that I had totally forgotten to mention the marvellous stand that was Ohh Deer! They were extremely nice and let me make a lovely Deer themed greetings card by sticking lots of stuff and scribbles together and then they had a postbox to post it to a friend.
I bought some coasters from them to brighten up my desk.

Glam rock coaster Gemma Correll
Glam rock coaster Gemma Correll

Elephant by Sophie Corrigan
Elephant by Sophie Corrigan

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2015 part 1

A couple of days ago I went to Somerset House in London to visit Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2015. I have been twice previously and always found it really inspiring!

Here are some of my favourite pieces/collectives/artists from the show.

One of the artists that really caught my eye even before I went was Hattie Newman. Her images are created by making actual 3D models out of paper/card, as part of the exhibition was an actual piece in a cabinet which showed her creative process, so fiddly but looks awesome!

Hattie Newman for Kiehls
Hattie's Earth Day piece for Kiehl's

Hattie is represented by Blink Art, who had a section exhibiting work from their other artists, as well as an activity creating scratch art! here is my lame attempt...

My scratch art
Blink art
This is what the professional's looks like!

Another artist from Blink Art is Essy May, I don't think her work was displayed but I found it on their website, and I love it! Most of her work is both dark and colouful. Here is one of my favourite peices:

Save The Bees Bee Now Here by Essy May
Save The Bees Bee Now Here by Essy May

The third artist from this group that caught my eye was Ryan Hopkinson, a photographer and director who creates amazing compositions for a variety of clients such as Adidas, Sony & Creative Review.

The Odyssey by Ryan Hopkinson
The Odyssey

Another collective who were offering a chance to take part in some creative stuff were Studio Fludd. They have a really interesting approach to ideas generation, and they really like Gelato. Their brief was to pick 2 adjectives (by choosing from a selection of cards, unfortunately not ones chosen yourself!) and them use them to create an ice cream (Gelato) image representing those words using loads of lovely materials. My words were Militant and Fusion, very random! This is my creation:

There's loads more info on their process and images of their work on the website. I especially like their science-based imagery on gemstones, risograph printed and made into a book.

Ephemera & Miscellanea book by Studio Fludd
Ephemera & Miscellanea book

There's lots more that I liked, coming soon in another post :)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Making a Traditional Lampshade

Today I did a workshop in the lovely Makery in Bath, learning how to make a traditional scallop-edged lampshade, here are some pics of the process! I used some vintage Liberty Lawn fabric which I got from the Flea market a couple of weeks ago, and some pale mint bobble trim.

Traditional Lampshade

Traditional Lampshade frame

Vintage Liberty Fabric

Traditional Lampshade close up