You said you want a revolution? Рexhibition visit 

One of those days when it’s so hard to get out of the warm bed…. but I’m so happy I did and I went to Victoria and Albert museum to se exhibition called “You Said You Want A Revolution?”. 

It has been probably a first time when I just didn’t want to leave it! There’s so much I’d like to say about it, but the best I guess is just to go there and experience it yourself. 


After it I’ve went to the Design Museum, just because it was close to the V&A, but to be fair I left quite quickly, because it wasn’t that interesting. I guess I was still too emotional about the previous exhibition. 

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Core Workshop – Drawing – Day One

It was really interesting day with tutor Kieron Baroutchi.

Firstly we had a quick presentation about drawing and we’ve been shown few examples made by famous artists.

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After that we’ve headed straight to The Childhood Museum in Bethnal Green. There we’ve been given a task to sketch objects there. That was a really interesting experience for me because I don’t really do life drawing and I’m a bit scared of that. Anyway, I think I did not too bad, although I can’t compare mines and my classmates sketches, because they are so much better than mines!

I’m here to learn!

Crit Week – Zine – Day 1

Really slooooooow day.. I didn’t get to do or learn much, because quite a few people were not ready for todays critique day. Also as we were meant to make a book out of all zines, we couldn’t do that because we didn’t have enough time for that. Shame.

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Message to myself: LISTEN TO PODCASTS!

 

Core Workshop – Mark Making – Day 2

Thursday workshop was quite an interesting one! We have been making our own tools for making marks and drawing each others portraits. That is my tools:  It was really interesting to find out what effects each of the tool make and how different drawings could look like.

After this we had to make 10 different marks on 10 different pages, copy them in the library and make collages out of what we’ve got. I’ve never used that technique, but it looked like quite a fun thing to do. Theres collages I did:

In the end we’ve looked at each others work also as we’ve had a quick look through quite a few different artists work.

I’ve really liked the work of: Mark Hearld, Laurent Koller, Anthony Gerace, George Douglas, Hanna Hock and David Rudnick. Why did I like their work I’ll tell in other blog post.

Core Workshop – Mark Making – Day 1

So far it was the most interesting lecture for me!

We began with talking about portraits and people faces, how different they look from different distances and how you can transfer emotions.

To follow we started to make marks and I’ve never thought that it could be so easy to make some nice prints with just acrylic paint, roller, piece of plastic and some “drawing” tools. It is really interesting how different kind of tolls (nail, piece of paper, tissue, wooden stick…. it could be anything to be fair!) can work so well in mark making.

The actual process is really enjoyable as well. Firstly you have to roll acrylic paint on a piece of plastic and then you just use your imagination to create, in our situation, portraits.

Also I’ve got to find out about really interesting artists: Chuck Close, Ian O’Shea, Edgar Degas and more.

I’m sure if I wouldn’t study I would be stuck in the same circle of style and artists, but now I’ve got a great opportunity to find out more and try different kind of drawing techniques!

Core Workshop: CS Package – Day Two

Day No. 2.

The homework we I had was to make a new expressionist typeface using a theme – transport. That was quite fun, I did few letters.

In the class, after watching lots of tutorials, we went a bit deeper into Adobe Illustrator. This time we have been tracing letters and learning few more tricks in the program. I think I am slowly, but surely starting to understand how it works. I think I have to just crack it a bit and study Illustrator a bit more. I think I will have a great chance to do that while I will be working on my Calligram project.

 

Core Workshop: CS Package – Day One

Today I had a great lecture, learning how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Something I wanted to learn properly for a while. I really want to go deeper and learn how to design using those programs, but I guess I need more time and lessons.

 

Critical Design Thinking: 10 The Best Typography Practitioners

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  1. Sister Corita Kent

I’m so happy I’ve found her! Thank you Google! That lady is just generously amazing! You can’t really find that many artists nowadays who would work so hard and love it that much.

Anyway talking about Sisters Coritas style – it is just so optimistic. Every quote stands for a good reason: against war and discrimination, fighting for love and happiness etc.

Her screen prints are really colourful. And I really like how she uses different typography styles. It kind of looks messy, but messy in a really organised way. I really like that vibe of an old-school art also.

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2. Jenny Holzer

Another typography artist is Jenny Holzer – American neo-conceptual artist. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces. I see it really exiting. It is a really different way of expressing word and feeling. Compare to Sisters Coritas work, Jenny’s expressions are so much simpler and darker. But it doesn’t mean that is worse. I really like Jennys quotes in a really simple style and they all are really different: it begins from religion and finishes with love.

Also Jenny Holzen prints quotes and phrases on packs of condoms such as : ‘Men don’t protect you anymore’. It is quite a strong thing to say on condom packet! I really like how she combines places or things and phrases.

I would totally would love to see her work live!

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3. Stefan Sagmeister

The thing I really like about this artist is that he makes incredible typography and optical illusions on bodies and faces. The interesting thing is that he uses different kind of techniques. The letters are made of hay, grass, banana peels, watermelon some of them even made of octopus tentacles or meat! His art gives me really different emotions. Some of his art pieces are really pleasing to look at while some of them looks disgusting.

This is what art is for and in my opinion good artist is the one that gan give you different kind of emotions.

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4. Lakwena

I saw this lady’s art piece that says: ‘Be bad until you’re good, and good until you’re great’ for the first time in Shoreditch a year ago and I really loved it! Not even a quote but the presentation is amazing! The lines in her work are incredibly symmetric and neat (I really love symmetrical things), while colours are really bright and African looking. In my opinion she’s really talented woman who has her own unique style. The phrases she includes with her bright and really optimistic work are really inspiring as well. She’s just one of these artists that can make people feel positive with her art.

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5. Milton Glaser

This guy is just a legend. Who doesn’t know logo that says ‘I (heart) NY’? And that’s not everything! Milton had made lots of other iconic logos such as: DC Shoes, IBM, Brooklyn Brewery, abc, UPS etc.

Commercial logos are not the only thing he does. Glaser does a lot of political, musical and social illustrations.I really like the colours he uses because they’re really bright and solid, maybe that’s why some of his work looks a bit feminine.

Milton’s Glaser’s work looks so simple, but it’s so good and pleasant to looks it!

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6. Anthony Burrill

Simple, bright, meaningful.

In my opinion all of Anthony’s work is just so simple looking, but it’s so well made. Most of his work is really inspiring. I could imagine most of the prints are hanging in schools or offices. They just make you feel positive.

His illustrations again are really colourful and peaceful!

Anthony’s ideas I think are really simple, but incredible well presented.

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7. Ralph Steadman

One of my most favourite artists, ladies and gentlemen – Ralph Steadman!

His illustrations are just unbelievably well – presented. Ralph’s black and red work is always on point. It jus has everything: some intense horror, that’s quite disturbing to look at, irony, some fun. His technique of splashing ink is something I really would love to learn.

Steadman did a lot of great illustrations, including Alice In Worderland and Fair And Loathing In Las Vegas books, Breaking Bad characters, beer labels for Flying Dog brewery etc.

I was lucky enough to see his Breaking Bad characters exhibition and that was just mind – blowing. His perfectly messy typography, ink splashing and always weird-looking creatures in his work makes Ralph Steadman so unique and different.

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8. Jamie Reid

Jamie’s work is soaked in punk worldview. He did so many nice illustrations, that are quite provoking and disturbing, for example his God Save The Queen or Fuck Forever pieces are really riot. Jamies art is based on politics and society, that I think is really interesting theme to talk about. He’s got really similar point of view as I do as well, so I think that’s one of the main things why I like Reid’s art.

Also I work in the bar in Shoreditch (Strongroom Bar), that has been designed by Jamie Reid. Knowing his art better gave me a bigger passion for punk culture.

Other thing, colours in his art, again, are really bright and solid, and that’s a strong criteria for me most of the times.

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9. Marion Deuchars

What I like about Marion is how she plays with letters and illustrations. Even though her typography style looks really not professional at some points, it actually is really strong and organised. I really like how she uses different shadings, colours and designs or letters and make a really playful pieces. She express lots of inspiring ideas as well!

Deuchars work is just really positive!

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10. Bob and Roberta Smith

Last, but not the least is Mr. Patrick Brill (Bob and Roberta Smith). Interesting fact is that artist is a professor at The Cass.

Talking about his typography style, it is pretty simple looking, but strong. He mostly uses the same style of lettering, but changes their colour and size. I could see his work somewhere in children books, even though he’s talking a lot about politics and human rights. I guess it is easier to react more optimistic, when you see serious things written in colourful and cheeky letters!

Critical Design Thinking Day 2

Fanzines! I fell in love with them! They are all weird or funny in the certain way, also as deep and meaningful. I am really exited to sit down on a weekend and start drawing or maybe collage fanzines!

I am a big nature and animals lover so I think I will stick to a pollution and climate change theme for my fanzine! That is a big problem in society and I would love to express it on the paper.