This week I have mostly been designing a poster for the Just Yarn It project in Salisbury. Here’s the finished piece, inspired by the colour and composition of 1930s Russian book covers and propaganda. I also used a section of my ‘I want to leave the city’ screen printed book.
I’m sensing a knitting theme coming on (having recently completed the Gorilla’s Guide to Guerilla Knitting screen print), and may even start adorning some more railings and lamp posts and bike racks soon.
Earlier this week I discovered the bright designs of Saul Bass, having spotted his children’s book Henri’s Walk to Paris, recently republished by Rizzoli/Universe Books. Written by Leonore Klein, who penned only a handful of children’s books, the story is about a young boy who lives in a small French town and dreams of visiting Paris. I love the bold colours and typography which falls off the page, each spread looking like a retro film poster.
In other news, today I am officially becoming a member of the Printhaus, which means I will be continuing my growing screen printing habit for at least six months! It’ll be great to be among fellow printmakers and illustrators making stuff, and I’m planning to branch out into screen printed canvas bags and even crockery if I can get the right transfers.
Some places you’ll find me in April:
1. My Garden. Digging and raking and planting and watering fruits, herbs, vegetables… already the garlic, basil, coriander, lemon balm and raspberry canes are growing like mad, and I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil again over easter weekend!
2. Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre
Sunday 15 April, 11.00 – 6.00 pm
I’ve got a pitch at this! I will be showing and selling my prints, illustrations and books alongside running experimental book making, folding and drawing workshops throughout the day. Fingers crossed for sunny weather!
More details here: http://www.chapter.org/26527.html
3. Teaching another Letterpress Printmaking course, back by popular demand:
Cardiff School of Art and Design – Howard Gardens Campus
Saturday 21 April, 10.00 – 3.00 pm
Spend a day learning how to set and print type, using a range of smaller lead and larger wooden fonts. Great for creating birthday cards, business cards, postcards, artist books or type-inspired illustration, this course is suitable for all abilities.
Book your place & more information: http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/coas/courses/