Saturday, 26 March 2011

Pick Me Up graphic arts fair

Myself, James, Doug and Hayley went to the Pick Me Up Graphics Art Fair on Thursday to see a talk by Anthony Burrill and to have a butchers around the fair itself.

There was a huge amount of lovely stuff to look at, I think if we all had enough money, we would have walked away with armfuls of poster tubes. It was also massively busy, which is a little annoying when you want to wander around and take your time looking at the beautiful work, but it's great that contemporary work and the artists that create it have an event to display and sell their work. This is the second year of the fair and I can only presume that next year it will be even bigger... as will the facial hair and the gaps between shoes and trouser bottoms of the visitors.

Some stand out artists for me were:

Stefanie Posavec - Some beautiful and intricate data visualisations using literature
Jessica Hische - Awesome typography, paricularly the letterpress alphabet
Kate Moross - The gorgeous pixelated diamond
Nigel Peake - Some delicate, beautiful and colourful illustrations
Anthony Burrill - His talk was brilliant and his work is even better. The owl and 'I like it. What is it' are still my favourites
James Graham - Some awesome infographics and pictograms
Zara Wood - I couldn't take my eyes off her Top Hat Tinker print
Jez Burrows - Found in the Evening Tweed room with the Gocco prints. He has an illustrative style which mixes bold infographics and icons with nostalgic methods of production... and I'm all over that.

There was also some really nice pictograms pointing me towards the toilets so I thought I'd give them a bit of attention as well.

Anyway, please excuse the poor/out of focus/pink photography. My phone, as I'm constantly being told at work, is not as good as an iPhone...

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Beyond Pattern Exhibition

While at the University of Herts, screenprinting, I stumbled upon the Beyond Pattern exhibition. It's full of some fantastic work that are bold, bright, intriguing, and demanding of a closer look. A couple of the pieces that caught my eye were Nisha Duggal's Wherever you are in the world you take up the same volume of space which from afar attracted me because of the use of pixels to create an image. Upon closer inspection you realise that each pixel is carefully constructed in ink by hand. Amazing.

The other piece was 'Blue Stockings' by Catherine Bertola. Which again featured intricacy at a level I would never be able to replicate in my own work. From afar they look like pieces of lace or in this case stockings but when close to the image you see that each thread of lace has been drawn to create the pattern in the fabric.

Beyond Pattern is on until 30th April at the University so I recommend a visit if you can make it

Ghost typography and the awesomeness of nature... in Telford

On a recent weekend back in Telford I discovered these little gems on a quick trip to the cash point.

Said cash point was on Madeley High Street which is going through a fair bit of regeneration at the minute. A massive new Tesco has moved in and 'improved' the top of the high street. (aesthetically it looks a lot better and me mother loves having a Tesco down the road but I've yet to hear the effect the regeneration is having on the community and more importantly rental prices). Anyway, I've passed the house with the typography on the side more times than I can remember but never taken a photo of it. With all this re-generation in the area and with the prescence of Tesco I thought I'd take the opprtunity to record it. And what a lovely piece it is as well.

The other snaps are of some recently 'pruned' hedges round the back of the bank. The tree has obviously grown through the railings and either the workman couldn't be bothered to get rid of it completely or nature just showed them who's boss. Either way it made me smile...

Friday, 11 March 2011

'A Parliament of Owls' Screenprint

I was down the University of Hertfordshire again last night doing some screenprinting so these are the results of that visit along with an attraction to collective nouns and an owl illustration I'm quite pleased with.

I had a spot of bother with them last night as I wasn't really concentrating on the first 'flood' I performed on the screen and didn't press hard enough. This then gives you a rubbish print and pretty much ruins the rest of the run. It also meant I had to wash the screen out and start again but I guess it's good to make these mistakes in the long run. I may have said it before but it is amazing how small a time you spend actually printing when screenprinting but it's well worth the effort and the satisfaction when you're finished.

They're hand pulled on 300gsm Somerset Cream paper and can be yours for a mere £15(inc postage) so email me at chris@oneafternine if you're interested. I'm on PayPal so it's well easy to transfer the funds.

Hope you like them!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Helmo - Pronomade(s)

I discovered these images on the It's Nice That blog and like them so much I thought I would share them with you. They're by a French creative duo called Helmo. Their other, more graphical work is, is also well worth a look.

I think what appeals to me with these Pronomade(s) images is that it's such a simple concept which creates a fantastic result; by distorting of a section of the image the characters/monsters are highlighted spectacularly well. I love looking at them and they kind of remind me of the bit when Arnie first sees the Predator, which is never a bad thing





Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Chicken Drumsticks Chair

Found this chair on the train that was decorated with chicken drumsticks. Brilliant.

Vernacular Typography

I found these bits of nostalgia and lettering on my travels. The first is a post-box in Hertford and the second is some lettering on a building in Shoreditch. I love finding little pieces of a different time when I'm walking round and it's even better when it's typography