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Carnovsky RGB wallpaper

Posted in Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on November 24, 2010

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Supergraphics: Adrian Shaunessey

Posted in Decorative, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on November 18, 2010

Latest book, about graphics for architectural spaces

Supergraphics – Transforming Space: Graphic Design for Walls, Buildings & Spaces chronicles the early days of Supergraphics and looks at work by leading contemporary practitioners – a significant number of whom are women. It concludes with a glimpse into the future by analysing the work of a new generation of digital artists and tech-savvy architects who are de-materializing buildings with the aid of computer technology, and in so doing, albeit unwittingly, keeping alive the original utopian intentions of the pioneers of Supergraphics.

Supergraphics was the name of an architectural movement in the 1960s and 70s that saw architects attempt to ‘remove solidity, gravity, even history’ by the simple act of applying paint and graphics to the interior and exterior surfaces of buildings.”

 

Lost Skills Project

Posted in Collaborations, Handmade, Historical, Local/Global, People, photography, Site Specific, True Stories by The Department of Illustration on August 8, 2010

This is gathering pace and getting to be a really fun and rewarding project. The council have given us the FREE use of a stall in the market to demonstrate and encourage an exchange of skills to be passed on in short workshops.  So far we have had zine making, pinhole camera, and crochet flowers…and rag rugs, fly fishing lures and traditional signwriting are in the pipeline.

Bex has also set up her fantastic ‘Community Quilt’ project within the stall, asking for participants to embroider their memories of Wrexham into a collaborative quilt, which we will show at Wrexham History Festival next February.

If you would like to get involved, the fb page is here and the blog is here

Look out for the September issue of a-n as there is a little article about the project by Emily Speed.

I will be talking about the project and learning how to extend and improve it at a conference on ‘Sustainability in Design Now!’ in Bangalore at the end of September.

Artichoke

Posted in Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on November 22, 2009

http://www.artichoke.uk.com/

the people that did the spider in Liverpool have created a four day festival of light in Durham recently

Lost in Paris

Posted in Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on October 17, 2009

lostin61“In a world filled with conceptual environmental architect, Lost in Paris, designed by R&Sie Architects for a so-called ‘urban witch’, is the definition of innovation and resourcefulness. The 1400 square foot home is engulfed by 1200 ferns and 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients are fed to the pods, which in turn feed the ferns, drop by drop, during the year. And because the home is entirely covered with the plants, it is protected from outside weather and the interior temperature is regulated without use of traditional methods.” from lost at e minor

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Letterpool

Posted in Collaborations, Documentary, photography, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on October 15, 2009

switch media just won an award for this site link inviting people to submit photos of liverpool typography.

Saddam’s Palaces

Posted in Historical, photography, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on October 14, 2009

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3545789713_06ed236d84_o“The most interesting thing about the whole endeavor for me was the very fact that the U.S. had chosen to occupy Saddam’s palaces in the first place. If you’re trying to convince a population that you have liberated them from a terrible dictator, why would you then sit in his throne?”

Elbow-Toe

Posted in Children's, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on October 14, 2009

http://www.good.is/post/childrens-books-come-to-life-on-the-citys-streets/

younevercleanupafteryourself2_smElbow-Toe turns children’s literature into urban art.

Elbow-Toe is an active New York City street artist who places large linocuts across lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Often these pieces are one-of-a-kind works that draw from literary sources and interact with the environment in which they’re placed. Elbow-Toe walks the city identifying special places for his “people” to live, resulting in images that are powerful and as emotionally torn as their surrounding neighborhoods.”

Santiago Morilla

Posted in General, Site Specific by The Department of Illustration on October 13, 2009

Neal Fox

Posted in Handmade, Site Specific, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on October 3, 2009

Works in b+w and draws LARGE  – recent work includes ten metre long piece based on “Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, William Burroughs and Francis Bacon in ancient Egypt and the death of sixties dreams at Satan’s Ball in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Moscow, all seen through the acid scrambled eyeballs of the Rolling Stones Brian Jones.” link