CIP: Collection: Thought of the week and Alan Fletcher.

Alan Fletcher. A graphic designer, who’s iconically known for his use of type with image.

You may be able to easily spot any of his works, and also, I recalled having one of his books… or the book with the front cover that he designed, It was one of many of my fond reads as a young child and I also remember being very fond of many of the contents with in that book, and the thing that attracted to me it was the front cover.

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Moving on from that, his more iconic works, in the way that he can manipulate type and position it in such a way is very intruiging. Not only that, but clever.

You have to have a very broad sense to be able to understand some of his concepts. In terms of layout, during the video, he gave a talk on how his intention for the book that he had designed was to look at things sideways and to be always thinking outside of the box.

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A:R: Lino cuts

Developing from the illustrations based on my observations at Brick Lane, I followed on from the task I missed last week by cutting the drawings in to lino.

Each one took between 10-30 mnutes to cut, but the reason I chose these images in particular is becuse I noticed a pattern during my experiences, and that was mainly linked in to the people of Brick Lane. They don’t ever seem to face or look where they’re going. They’re usually on their phones or looking down. It’s quite unnerving and frustrating, but from this, I also tried to pick out a drawing that had some sort of direct link to the place as well. Something that anyone who has ever visited the place would be able to say, ‘Oh, yeah. I know where that is’ and I chose the drawing with the Vintage Market sign in it.

What I found interesting about this task in particular, is that you have to figure out while you’re drawing your image in to the lino, where you want the printing ink show up or not. It was a hard decision when it came to having to think about it at first, but gradually, I found myself forgetting about the worry of that and proceeded to look more in to where the shades, or curves of the expressions or faces would be instead.

A:R: Second Brick Lane visit- Friday 27th Jan.

It wasn’t at all  good day. It was freezing and there was a strong draft of wind runng all the way through out the city. I wanted to capture more experience and note down any of the changes made to the city in comparrison to the last trip.

The song I was listening to was ‘My way’ sung by Seth McFarlane, but the song was sun in the film, which I absolutely adored called ‘Sing’. This helped to brighten the mood, as I was passing through.

 

I did over hear some conversations, even with my headphones in, but they were faint. As if the people were trying their best to keep it more private, and with that, I noticed that a few of the shops were completely shut down. Even for early morning at that time, it wasn’t very busy. It was kind of odd, but I could smell this strong stench of curry from the resturants as I moved on.

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Artist/designer of the week: Ingrid Bartel-karsten

Found this gem among my searches for pencil marks; I was left in such awe over how considerate she is with her use of marks. They’re so delicate in some areas and in other parts of the image, they’re rough. While this is the case, this may be due to what the image in the painting/drawing could be? or what I would like to think, is that she’s using the marks as a way to communicate the circumstances with in the picture.

Here’s an example of one of her drawings to the right, there appears to be at least three people occupying the image. One of them looks quite dominant and the other, submissive?  this is quite hard to make out, but there’s tension approaching between them. The colours add a very, fine hint in to what mood could be being portrayed. Other than that, her paintings leave me very intrigued to know what they could be about.

There’s another one, which left me pondering what’s going on.

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While the artist has tagged the following with ‘woman’, ’emotion’, ‘society’ and ‘struggle’. There’s quite a struggle, indeed. This woman here struggling to find out what’s going on in this drawing. Speaking on terms of this, it’s called ‘Die Schlaufe’ which Google has translated this as ‘The loop’.