It feels like an age since I have been able to blog without the nagging fear of time constraints hanging over me! But my internship at Dowling Jones Design has been going well since I last checked in. Aside from getting myself enrolled in the office corporate run around Battersea Park in a couple of weeks, my time has been mostly painless. Of course I say painless, but the last time I ran 5 kilometres was (near exactly) one year ago in July and I severely doubt my ability to this time around! Hopefully the weather will be reliable enough for some practice later on this weekend, and I shall make a special effort to shift myself in a respectable starting time.
So without further delay to my original intentions for this entry, I have uploaded some of my photographs from the UCA Maidstone, Graphic Design: VisCommunication Graduate Show at the Rag Factory in London. Although now a couple of weeks back, I thought it would be nice to still put up a fraction of the work on show… giving credit where credit is due, too!
The pieces I have included here are by (l to r approximately): Nejib Ben Ayed, Jenna Williams, Sarah Knight (x3), Caz Church (x2), Laura Kennard, Caz Church (2 images portrait), Charlie Michael Whitehouse, Amy Clipsham, Danielle Homer, Daniel Forni, Connor Hudson, Debbie Caplan, Soumbul Qureshi (x2), Jack Witcomb, Sasha Giles (x2), with Specturm flyers and GD:VisComm/Graphic Media course Publication.
While enjoying my last few days of mid-week freedom, I have become decidedly retrospective and nostalgic for this time last year, when I was finishing University. This has not the least been helped by the influx of End of Year shows that I have noticed popping up on Facebook through my UCA connections. Luckily, I have found help to relieve this itch in the form of the 2nd Year Illustration show in Stepping Stones Studio.
Placed in the middle of town, within a supremely funky cafe by day/bar by night, it is great to see an independent arty hub not only opening but succeeding in Maidstone- especially with the controlled decline of Maidstone UCA.
As my first time visiting there was much to take in, but what I did see was an assault of colour, style, texture and talent. Large group shows always provide a feast for the eyes and the illustrators here were no exception, with individual styles placed deliberately to contrast and harmonise. With delicate, understated advertising, exhibition catalogues, contact cards and display ephemera, the work on display definitely took centre stage in the space (in a way in which I felt was more successful than my graduation exhibition in Free Range). That is of course subjective, but the location was certainly well chosen and sympathetic to the feel of the exhibition.
Thought I’d post a quick update using the photographs of one of my bookworks pieces, sent to me by one of my tutors, Silke Dettmers. Ordinarily I’d post some pretty standard pictures but I have the pleasure of uploading ones of my work in an international collaborative exhibition involving UCA. The work was a brief exploration of the idea that by using the pink/red/purple colour swatch cards as indicators of love or passion, I would be able to censor the content of a romance novel. The few photographs I took of it for my project records (below) were taken on a phone and tucked away for later use.
However, the next photographs show the piece displayed in the Columbian leg of the 3 stop tour. It is still extremely strange to see an object made in a day for as a playful exercise and with limited materials, in a display case!