The Department of Illustration

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.

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Shelter- House of cards

Posted in Collaborations, Local/Global, True Stories by The Department of Illustration on October 18, 2009

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This was a charity project getting artist’s involved in designing a deck of cards to go with their ‘house of card’ campaign. HoC_Amelias_magazine

Victorian Microscope Slides Collection

Posted in Decorative, Historical, True Stories by The Department of Illustration on September 26, 2009

flickr- the commons

Posted in Digital Culture, True Stories by The Department of Illustration on August 27, 2009

access to the world’s public photography archives

http://www.flickr.com/commons/

cave school

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on April 5, 2009

ycn blog

Posted in General, True Stories by The Department of Illustration on April 5, 2009

http://www.ycnonline.com/blog

d000742db535ffc642abc185e6414badHighlighlight- Simon Wild in Iceland documenting elves and mythological creatures

village of joy

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on April 4, 2009

chernobyl-today-a-creepy-story-told-in-pictures-prypyat-signAmazing photographs of Chernobyl today ‘a creepy story told in pictures’ at village of joy

post- apocalyptic, narrative images of a deserted city – this one by Pedro Moura Pinheiro

“Prypiat used to be proud for being home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. But something happened on 26 April 1986…It took three days before all permanent residents of Chernobyl and the Zone of alienation were evacuated due to unsafe levels of radioactivity. People from around the Soviet Union were forced to come and work here in order to liquidate the danger and evacuate the residents. Many of the workers died or had serious illness from radiation. My father was also recruited for this operation, but he bribed corrupt local officers with some good sausages which were rare and a valuable item at those times, so he’s fine an alive today.”

mythologies

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on March 27, 2009

myth6‘Evoking the uncanny and extraordinary, as seen in historic anthropological and archaeological collections such as the Pitt Rivers, Hunterian, Petrie, Horniman and Sir John Soane’s Museums, ‘Mythologies’ will trace a labyrinthine journey of discovery …’ 

Haunch of venison

House of Fairy Tales

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on March 19, 2009

house-of-fairy-taleshttp://www.houseoffairytales.org/

came across them at Port Eliot Literary Festival

They run workshops and creative events for children.

Set up by Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis. Lots of interesting people involved.

atomic nun

Posted in True Stories by The Department of Illustration on March 19, 2009

nunShell Film Unit

produced educational films about the uses of petroleum in the 1950’s and 60’s.