Impression Studio: Anthology Project Final Outcome

When it came for the final hand in of the individual response for the the Anthology project I had made an A1 size screen printed poster and 20 risograph printed booklets of Acid romance. I am quite happy with how they turned out I think the booklet ended becoming a very good addition to the poster and it was fortunate because I wasn’t pleased with most of the others I made and decided to submit the one I liked the most. Continue reading Impression Studio: Anthology Project Final Outcome

Impression Studio: Anthology Project Further development

After I had gathered enough research and had looked into different places to take the project I decided it was time to create a finished design so I began by creating a rough sketch of the design I thought would work well with a quote from the reading I ended up choosing “I am here in the middle of the swirling twirl” after sketching it out I re-created it in photoshop and illustrator to give it a very smooth and fluid appearance. Continue reading Impression Studio: Anthology Project Further development

Impression Studio: Anthology Project, Researching and Testing Distorted Typography 2

I also looked into the artist and typographer Gemma Obrien who makes alot of large scale typographic pieces with swirling patterns around and within the letter forms in a way that appears to form them.

Work by Gemma Obrien

I really like her work and wanted to try and create some pattern like hers but couldn’t really see how they could be used in my work.

At this point in the project each studio member was able to have an individual crit with our tutors who recommended looking at art from the psychedelic movement of the 60/70’s era. I looked into a few different artists including Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso and Wes Wilson who’s work also ended up being very influential on my final design.

Work by Rick Griffin

Work by Victor Moscoso

Work by Wes Wilson

Impression Studio: Anthology Project, Researching and Testing Distorted Typography 1

At this point of my research I started looking at makers of distorted typography I found the work in the zine Chicago by Sofia Clausse very interesting.

Work by Sofia Clausse

After looking at her work Sofia had come to give a hothouse talk at the university so I asked her about how she achieved this effect here and she told me it was by moving a page of text around as it was scanned by a photocopier so i decided I would give this a try.

Unfortunately my experiments with the photocopier were unsuccessful as you can see the effect I achieved in the copier was not much like Sofias and didn’t have as strong distortion so I decided to begin looking at other methods.

I looked abit into large scale typographic pieces and found 2 interesting images. The first is a large exhibition installation that I thought was a create example of how distorted type can be displayed in an interesting way and the second is of a poster I assume is A1 size that looked as if it was made with brush and ink.

After looking at these I made some sketches to see how my response could span over multiple pages with the idea is could be a very impressive exhibition piece but I decided against it due to the printed outcomes being required to come in editions of 5 I didn’t think something like that would be possible in the form of editions.

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Impression Studio: Anthology Project, Overlapping multi-colour text

After screen printing made some rough drawings of how words could be overlapped in different colours but I decided to stay with the anaglyph idea as it would be much easier to print only 2 colours rather than multiple colours.

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Impression Studio: Anthology Project, Mood boards and further research

I continued to read through Acid Romance and kept picking out phrases I also made up some mood boards of images corresponding with themes in the reading. The themes I identified in the reading and from the writers influence was illusion, distortion, graffiti, drug effect and unity in anonymity. Continue reading Impression Studio: Anthology Project, Mood boards and further research

Impression Studio Anthology Project, Looking at paper

Before I thought about how I could print my edition I looked at possibly print onto blotting paper (usually used for LSD) and also perforated a sheet of paper in the same way as an acid sheet. I also had a look at possibly having a hidden phrase when paper is folded correctly but I decided this idea was to complex and may not be possible in the time frame.

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After doing this however it seemed that the paper was quite fragile and the process of the perforation was quite inaccurate so it doesn’t seem like this would be a good idea.

Impression Studio: Anthology Project Initial Ideas and Reseach

To start the Anthology project I began by reading through my assigned reading Acid Romance by Jack Houston a creative writing piece that will be part of the anthology. As I read through Acid Romance a story of an anonymous group hosting underground rave parties and drug culture. I began by picking out parts that I thought would have a good corresponding image. Continue reading Impression Studio: Anthology Project Initial Ideas and Reseach

Studio Impression: Project 3 Anthology, Letter Press WorkShop

The latest workshop for the impression studio has been in the use of letter press and digitising letterpress to start off we put together some simple layouts of the alphabet in a font of our choice to get back into the letterpress groove. Continue reading Studio Impression: Project 3 Anthology, Letter Press WorkShop