Dan Mather is a screen printer and graphic designer based in London. Mather is a graphic designer who has pushed past the boundary between computer graphic design and hand-made screen printing. Dan is an artist who don’t afraid of try new an experiment, he is pushing he’s skills to limits. He’s works can be colourful or black and white, Dan breaks stereotypes, he’s prints can be on t-shirts, bags or even on a blankets. Mather has a great attention to detail and you can see even though screen printing may seem messy his prints are very accurate and precise. It’s very intriguing how Dan doing he’s job and he’s still loyal to what Dan loves to do, as nowadays almost everything is done digital. Surfing he’s instagram I couldn’t believe that some of he’s work were printed! as I did some screen printing and I know how hard it is to achieve what you want, I was shocked in good way. Applause to Dan wish him good luck and success. Inspiring Dan’s instagram https://www.instagram.com/danielmather/?hl=en and he’s web page http://danmatherscreenprint.tumblr.com
Julie Chen known book artist and book art educator. Her press focuses on the design and production of limited edition artists’ books with an emphasis on three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing. Work from the press Is known for combining meticulous attention to craft, intricate structural design, and inspired artistic vision.
Julie use the crafts of letterpress printing and hand bookbinding, combined with more modern technologies such as photopolymer plates and laser cutting, to create work that is often designed digitally, but produced with an intense attention to the materiality of the resulting piece.
Julia states, that the physical manifestation of the book is often of equal importance to the visual and textual ideas expressed within the pages in conveying meaning and in affecting the experience of the reader. This experience begins with the initial perception of the container for a piece, and continues through the process of reading and through the manipulation of the piece’s structure and materials.
She strive to present the reader with an object that challenges preconceived ideas of what a book is, while at the same time providing a deeply engaging and meaningful experience through the presentation of her own text and imagery in a purposefully structured format. Often the reader must engage in unexpected physical actions such as the unfolding or sliding of pages, the turning of a wheel, or the tilting of a box in order to fully read a piece.
Julia says her creative process starts with a deep investigation of her understanding of and response to a chosen topic or concept through a combination of research, personal observation and inquiry, and intensive exploration in the studio of various ways to express her ideas through writing and image-making in purposeful combination with the physical form of the book.
Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator based in London. She was born and spent her early life in Calcutta, India, then studied illustration at Central Saint Martin’s College and The Royal College of Art, London. Her detailed and decorative work is often concerned with collections and the composition of objects. She works using Rotring pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, ink and the computer. She enjoys using different technologies and mediums and collaborating with others when the opportunity arises.
Her interest in hand-drawn type comes from growing up in India and seeing it everywhere. Nina used to collect stamps whilst living in India and it was an early introduction to graphic design, seeing how art and text could fit together on these tiny, perfectly designed pieces of paper. Nina loves line drawing, usually in black ink and also she love’s to play with colour too. She writes her own text and enjoy hand-drawn typography. Ninas style is fluid.
“Experiment, but always stay true to your own vision and style.”
She is an illustrator and her latest publication “Space”, is an amalgamation of “hope, spirit and modernism” decorated in the red and black-hued pages of a printed zine. At a time of social and political change, the illustrations inside draw upon the “architecture of social housing, interiors and public environments constructed in London” and the capital’s surrounding areas.
At a very general level Cat interested in the connection between architecture, design and social democracy. Cat explains: Regarding her drawing practice more specifically, she is interested in the notion of allegory in the work of early modernist painters such as Courbet and Manet and, in particular, their picturing of private and public space.
Dalmatians, open spaces overloaded with plants, a Black Flag record and rows of rooms built upon one another; Cat’s intricate and illustrative detailing interprets social housing and London’s architecture as a whole, through a celebration of fine-printed risograph.
Visiting France I had a list “must visit places in Paris”, and guess what was the first place to visit? Nope not Eiffel tower, the first place in my list was Pompidou Centre (museum). After a long trip and short sleep I headed to Pompidou. You either love or hate the exterior of this building is certainly is unique. Most Parisians have warmed to the industrial, Lego-like exterior that caused a scandal when it opened in 1977. The architects’ claim to fame was putting the building’s guts on the outside and “color-coding” them: water pipes are green, air ducts are blue, electrics are yellow, and things like elevators and escalators are red. Art from the 20th century to the present day is what you can find inside.
Modern Art Museum, entrance on Level 4 occupies the top two levels. Level 5 is devoted to modern art from 1905 to 1960, including major works by Matisse, Modigliani, Marcel Duchamp, and Picasso. Level 4 is dedicated to contemporary art from the ’60s on, including video installations. Children’s Gallery on the mezzanine level has interactive exhibits designed to keep the kids busy.
As i was travelling not alone, unfortunately I had limited time to be in museum, but any way i knew where I need to go. My aim was to visit exhibition called “KOLLEKTSIA! CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE URSS AND RUSSIA 1950–2000. A MAJOR DONATION” A collection of Russian art of the second half of the 20th century.
What i liked most in this exhibition is how Dmitri Prigov manipulate typography, for instance column of words which is in the middle starting to break, or in massive text somewhere between lines there is hidden word, sentence or even a message. And it really exciting and interesting to search them, theres is always something in he’s typographic poster, it’s kind of playing crossword. Also there was paradoxical poster which caught my eye, written in red colour in the middle “ВЫХОДА НЕТ” ( NO EXIT ) and on a sides in star wars style like text is stretching in blue colour “ВЫХОД” ( EXIT ). Effect is just mind blowing, because all he’s uses is just letters and spacing, it’s just “WOW”
And there was other piece which have attracted my attention Paul-Armand Gette’s sculpture made of letters, and not just letters but letters from letter press, they are wooden I’ve checked them! I have to say It’s quite big and heavy installation in all meanings, it’s like telling us that words they can be big and heavy, and the do mean something.
Unfortunately my trip ended there and I had to go, but I will definitely come back to explore whole museum and its beauties, because what I have seen so far was amazing.
Recently I’ve been visiting my relatives in Riga, and being at home i could not, not to visit local exhibitions. So this time in my favorite museum “Mākslas muzejs RĪGAS BIRŽA” there was exhibition of Nicholas Roerich paintings, and I was over excited, I couldn’t wait to go there. I’ve heard of Roerich along time ago from my friend, he told me a lot about him, how good he is, how strong he’s paintings and so on. Nicholas was a painter, writer and philosopher, explorer born in Russia but spent half of he’s life in India, you can se it by he’s paintings.
When we went to the exhibition and saw he’s painting, we were amazed, the experience was unforgettable, he’s painting truly are stunning, rich of vivid colours, textures, beauty, vibrance and emotions. On the first look he’s paintings looks simple and a bit abstractive, but as soon as you take a deep look in then you will understand and feel how live they are. For instance he’s painting could deliver you a filling that you are standing at the same place or spot where Roerich painted them, It’s like if you take a picture of nice view with good camera but it won’t be the same as your eyes see. But Roerich could deliver this view with he’s painting. Definitely it is he’s ability to meld colours, shapes and shades together to create harmonious painting. You can see it by he’s vibrant and vivid works. When you are looking at he’s paintings you can feel like he’s expressing he’s mood and philosophy through he’s painting, and I must say it is stunning. You can not compare or equate Roerich with Picasso, Rembrandt or with classic, modern style of painting, it won’t work! because he created he’s own style of painting! He was more then just a painter he was an artist. I appreciate that we had opportunity to witness he’s works, hope to see them again!
Slovakia-born animator Michaela Mihalyiová has created Food, a stop-motion animation that interprets meal times through a handful of sweet visual jokes, connected by one character. Inspired by cut-out illustrations Michaela wanted to add movement to the style and spent about a week hand-making the puppets and sets.
“The actual shooting of the film happened in a school atelier in Prague and it took all of the Harry Potter audiobooks, around 25 New Yorker podcasts and a few TED talk recordings to get it finished, all in all it was about two weeks,” says Michaela who’s currently studying animation at FAMU in Prague.
The idea came to Michaela while she was having coffee and imagined a naked person taking a bath in her espresso. The film is simple and well-executed.
Michaela Mihalyiová: Food (still)
Making of animation