Yesterday I went to Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland. It is a massive second hand book store set in an old railway station which also sells rare vintage books. The set of Golliwogg books above are all first editions. We spent a good forty minutes in there but after much procrastination over a 1980s packaging book and a brick of a book on type and layout, I left with nothing but a memory card of photographs. Definitely a place to go if you're ever in the North. The vintage children's books have great covers to admire.
Loving the White Mischief spread in May Vogue. This is probably my favourite image. Agyness Deyn photographed by Tim Walker in Kolmanskop in the Namib desert. The town was abandoned in 1954 leaving buildings to become slowly hidden in the sand.
A drawing inspired by a design for a bookplate by Annie French for Ruth Mary Hedderwick. Am currently reading about the Glasgow Girls and Mackintosh architecture. I feel that, despite the posters hanging on my bedroom walls at home, I don't know quite enough about it all. And, as a Glaswegian design student, I should know more. After all, I did play some blues on the white piano in his House For An Art Lover as a child.
Dart. My favourite dog. She's not mine though. Seem to have encountered a number of pet's of late which I have enjoyed photographing and drawing.
New Languages brief to 'take on or invent a new form of experimental practice or design
tool and develop a way for this to be used, received and understood by the public.'
I wanted to create a new way of printing in a kind of graffiti style. I would involve using an aerosol/spray paint, magnets, iron powder and a surface, paper, to print on. The sketch above hopefully demonstrates the idea in theory.
There were a lot of draw backs to this method and I found it impossible to find a successful method before it was time to present my work. The only real outcome I got was a by using monoprinting style. However, it was difficult to remove the iron powder from the paper as it had dried in with the gouache paint.