Final thing to mention that play an important part in setting up the summer show is fundraising and promoting the show. For this, we brainstormed a few ideas in the group, starting by creating our target audience and molding our suggestions around her (a creative woman in her 20’s that likes vintage shops). I find it really difficult to think of fundraising because it isn’t something I have ever had to do. We talked a lot about the connections we had and what we could get for free or at a discounted price but as I really don’t know anyone with any special skills relevant to this I couldn’t contribute much. Our final ideas landed on two main things though; a rooftop party event with a raffle selling posters and prints made by students, and a workshop in screenprinting which I think is a great idea because that is something we have available here and also something we can charge a bit more for as it’s not available in many places.
This workshop was about collecting research and recording a place quickly through a number of different mediums such as drawing, writing, listening and photographing things and people. Fast paced and quite intense. With this collected research the objective was then to combine all the information and display it somehow visually. My group decided to go to Spitalfields market and on our way there kind of divided tasks between us (with some overlapping) which meant that when we got there we just kind of split up, wandered around and sometimes connected again to see what we had done.
More gifs! This one is based on an image made by me and Oliver taking turns to draw on a long sheet of paper, creating an abstract cityscape.
I don’t very much enjoy making posters. I think it’s because I feel like the one I do has to be AMAZING and represent the subject perfectly and in a fun and creative way and still be able to extract information from it. Way too much pressure in just one artwork ha.
Over two sessions I’ve been experimenting with making quick analogue posters by drawing with different tools and then overlaying that with cut out text and photocopying it to make it all come together as a flat piece. The drawing/markmaking I really enjoyed as it was all about creating marks quick and not having the time to worry about what line you were going to draw next. The motif I chose was a painting of Andy Warhol by Basquiat that I saw at the exhibition at the Barbican last week so lots of faces on my outcomes.
Gifs! Gifs are pretty fun because you can turn a quick drawing into something that looks like it was way more complicated to create. I have made gifs before but today I was introduced to another, more easy way of doing it on a workshop held by Russell Weekes.
Starting of creating simple movement with a round sticker confined to a drawn square and thinking about how the sticker needs to be placed for the movement to feel smooth from one frame to the next we later advanced to creating our own drawings or trying to make a gif stand still.
Screenprinting! Starting to create my design for this I took inspiration from these two sketches I quickly did a couple of days ago in a sudden rush of inspiration where I tried to make the Zero expression more contemporary in a way, or pop-y but still keeping the zero vibe.
Zero poster sketches, by Lisa
My first attempt seen below too the right worked okay, I imitated one of my letterpress results from a previous workshop, but it didn’t vibrate enough so second attempt seen to the left was an experiment in creating more fluid lines that more resemble some of the tests I created with my blue and black Klein experiments. Way better results! More alive and with more movement so that’s what I went for, for the final print in two colours.
Ideas for screenprint, by Lisa
Experiments with letterpress to generate some ideas that reflect my movement. Started out with the word zero and then thought about the countdown to zero as well so I incorporated numerals too. The most ideal typeface to use for this had been Futura but as that wasn’t available, the closest I could get was Gill Sans which because of the super round O works pretty well (although the fancy R annoys me somewhat).
Sketchbook, by Lisa
Then I started thinking about using the letters as shapes instead and made patterns with o and i which turned out pretty interesting. I really like the zero123 but also the red lines below and the pattern to the left of it. The countdown reflects the movement very well and the launching of a new way to look at and create art so using numbers in this way is something I could develop and refine to make it work better. Using Futura might make all the difference.
So far, I’ve only thought about the contents of my book and how I will create the layout. The cover, to me, wasn’t something I gave any time considering. But after the markmaking workshop I had this week it’s definitely something I am going to think about more. The cover is in a way how the book introduces itself and similar to how you reflexively smile to a person you’ve just met while shaking their hand, I want my book to smile at you and for you to smile back. The cover also sets the tone for how the rest of the book will be and it has to be interesting and want to draw you in. For example, when I buy books the cover plays a huge part. If the cover is too ugly I’m probably not even going to pick the book up. Basically, the cover is important.
Some outcomes from the workshop
Last workshop was about type, more precisely looking at how letters are constructed and how we can manipulate them. Through drawing, painting, cutting and photocopying I spent a day immersed in creating different variations of t, y, ! and ?. Y quickly became my favorite to work with, whereas the exclamation mark didn’t inspire me at all. An intensely fun day that gave me lots of ideas on how you can work more with letters to create interesting and beautiful results. Below are some of my outcomes.
First- scanned letters (that I moved around whilst scanning) and then continued working on in Photoshop to create these images:
Type experiments by Lisa
Second- folded and cut out letters assembled in different ways, photographed and edited in Photoshop.
Type experiments by Lisa
A poem for the Riso
You look like something taken out of a sci-fi film from the eighties
bulky, beige, pink and mint.
Spitting out paper faster than I can blink pausing your rhythmic drumming
only when it is time to change the ink.
Colouring my fingers blue
Riso printer I want to love you
but right now
I’m finding it very hard to.