Wednesday, 22 December 2010

pdp list.


Paper & Cloth

The Edge Gallery, Lancaster LA1 1JY 01524 66029

Emma Langley, Phoenix Yard, 65 Kings Cross Road London WC1X 9LW

Walker Books, 87 Vauxhall Walk London SW1V 2SA

Red Fox Books

Hutchinson Books

Faber & Faber Ltd, Bloomsbury House, Great Russell St. London.

The White Gallery, Bollington, Macclesfield. Fiona Bayley

The Drawing Room Gallery.

20 New Wharf Rd London, N19RR, Tel 0207 014 6000.

Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA

Lucy Schofield, artist, bookbinder.

Firecatcher Books.

Hot Bed Press

Scholastic Childrens Books, Euston House, 24 Eversholt St. London NW1 1DB

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

pdp products

Canvas Messenger Bag Design 1


Purse with my design

Canvas Messenger Bag Design 2

Limited edition pink hoody

Porcelain Mug

Black Hoody

Red Limited Edition T-shirt

Black Limited Edition T-Shirt


I had some badges made from one of my drawings, just to see what it would look like. I think they have turned out quite well.

cristina sitja rubio

I have written to Cristina Sitja Rubio to ask her questions about her practice, and she has replied to say she will be writing, but so far I have not heard. I sent her details of my blog so she could see my work. I like her work, which I hope she won't mind my taking off her blog, just for the purposes of the set pdp brief. Anyway, I hope to hear from her soon.

Carnival by Janet Kershaw

Collaborative animation work

This was a collaborative work between myself, Oriana Jane, and Bev Gartside, to illustrate and animate a short story by Angie Holden, a student on the MMU Creative Writing degree course, and Manchester Literature Festival.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Outsider by Albert Camus/Folio Society Competition

The above two illustrations are about the character Salamano, in The Outsider, and his dog.

Negotiated Personal Project

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Still playing ... this time at setting up 3d with 2d images.

Playing ... at museums in transit, I think.

Bear Animation Projection.

This is the working process for the animation and filmed projection into the static bear that I made. I decided to do this, as so much of the "Preservation" story by Hannah Tinti was about how humans project their emotions onto animals, so actually using projecting as a means to portray this intrinsically within the medium seemed a good choice. I did lots of pencil drawings of a bear in movement and projected this onto the static bear as a contrast, I wanted to make it come to life, to come alive and move around, as it does in the story, and I think it has achieved this, really.

Olaf Hajek and Martin Haake studio visit, Berlin.

We were very fortunate to visit the studio of Olaf Hajek and Martin Haake whilst in Berlin. Olaf studied graphic design in Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and then settled in Berlin. His inspiration, amongst other things, comes from travelling to New York a few times a year, and also to Africa. 1960's Cuban poster art, South American imagery, Frida Kahlo, American Folk Art painting, and in particular, the American Folk Museum in New York could be counted amongst his influences on his work. A champion of the haptic sensibilities of actual paint, and paper and brushes, his work, which I think is beautiful, holds it's ground in the commercial market amongst all the digital art that is out there, and in effect, as he stated in conversation to us, "it is his brand", in a way. He discussed the pro's and con's with us of how he works with art directors in the industry, in that, his work cannot be easily changed, as is the case with digital work, so this is something to be understood when working with him. His lovely work is in high demand across the board of the art industry, extending from book covers for Taschen, to exhibiting in fine art galleries across the world.

Martin Haake was kind enough to show us his general working process, where he starts with drawings and paints, and cutting out and sticking, collage etc. building up his images digitally from his extensive image library of hand drawn and found imagery.

It's Raining Elephants! Studio visit, Berlin.

Whilst in Berlin I visited the studio of Evelyne Laube and Nina Wehrle of It's Raining Elephants illustration duo, and friends, all of whom occupy a lovely old building in east Berlin called The Heikonaut. The Heikonaut is also studio space to other artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, and illustrators. It used to be a former children's nursery, the present nursery has moved next door, and so The Heikonaut comes with lots of room, and outdoor garden space in which to grow vegetables, and to either work or play in, as well.

I was given a warm welcome by Evelyne, I had missed Nina the day before as she had to leave for Amsterdam, and immediately we got talking and found we had lots to talk about. I had brought portfolio samples of the work I have done in college so far, and she was really interested to see it, and liked it a lot. Evelyne has done many beautiful etchings, and she told me about a lovely print studio in Berlin called Bethanie. They have a print studio in the basement at the Heikonaut, where they can do proper hands-on printmaking, silkscreening etc. Evelyne and Nina take on many different types of projects, and seem to approach them all open-mindedly, so that their work is exciting and varied and vibrant, you can see their work here. Evelyne and Nina studied together in Lucerne, and they both did a year of exchange study in Prague and Leipzig respectively, before deciding to work together and open up a studio together. Now they work between Lucerne and Berlin. I loved the animation that they have done, Der Kleinere Raum, in collaboration with Cristobal Leon, which I think was shown at Illustrative 09 exhibition in Berlin. I was introduced to other artists as Evelyne showed me around, and she was kind enough to invite me for lunch, a friendly communal event in their cosy kitchen, which was lovely. It was all in all a good experience for me, so three cheers for It's Raining Elephants!