Finding Vintage Typography on Location
As I began thinking about the experience I’m trying to communicate of the the second hand shop, it dawned on me to perhaps use the written experiences I made after my derives and maybe play with actually using the text itself rather than focusing on the objects in the direct way I have. Before even beginning to play with any kind of text, I decided to go on a typography hunt within the shop itself and to my surprise, I stumbled across a lot of old type. I was however drawn to the intriguing collection of 100 year old postcards on display in a box for sale.
Reflecting and Refining my Idea
Looking back at my lino prints, despite having come up with a concept of a continuous print that reflects the continuous view of objects within the second hand shop, I felt a disconnection between what I had printed and what the objectives of the brief are- to explore the relationship between location and experience. Thus I decided it appropriate to go back and do another derive at my chosen location.
My Experience at a Hato Press Workshop
I love having access to the Riso printer for the sake of current projects but at uni, colours are limited. So I took it upon myself to book a two colour Riso print workshop at Hato Press where I had access to print with a range of colours, including fluorescent ones, as opposed to the limitation of five.
Interning with Cacti and Succulents at PRICK
When thinking about where to intern to cover the 60 hours necessary for the Design Competition module, I decided it would be best for me to be somewhere I can fully engage on a level that’s interesting to me, perhaps thinking beyond Illustration and graphic design alone. So after my visit to the RHS Urban Garden Show, I approached Gynelle Leon, owner of cacti and succulent shop, PRICK, having met her at the event. And she was more than happy to let me intern
Visit to the Geffrye Museum
Our first exhibition visit was to the Geffrye Museum which we hoped would inform our design concept proposal. The one thing that struck me most about this visit was how well considered the signage was, which would be key in directing and curating a successful exhibition.
Looking for Typography in the Surrounding Environment
Although drawing on location and recording the elements I’m drawn to was part of the two location drawing exercises at Brick Lane/Fournier Street and Liverpool Street Station the exercise also involved collecting examples of locally sourced letterforms and typography.
Drifting Down Brick Lane
Last Tuesday was an introduction to the new studio brief that focuses on the role of the reporter and looks at the inter-relationship between location and experience. In order to to this, exploring geographical locations and recording experiential narrative is necessary as a starting point. Using Debord’s theory of the Derive, I drifted down Brick Lane and began documenting.
Nature Drawing Session at the Barbican Conservatory
As today is a Sunday, and therefore the only day of the week the Barbican Conservatory is open, I decided to go along and practice my observational drawing as well as documenting the nature space as inspiration for my FMP.
My focus on nature is usually centred around botany. However I seized the opportunity to observe a new type of nature for the sake of documenting a place or activity before starting the new studio project. Thus, I ventured to the Natural History Museum to find out about animals. As there is so much to see there, I chose to focus on the preserved zoology collection displayed at the Darwin Centre.