Building on from previous work and thinking about the broader concept of play and what it means to me. Here are some things I have been working on.
I would like to get my posters out into the public, here are some mock ups of how they could look.
So the plan is to get my posters out into the urban environment and document them in situ.
More pictures from the letterpress room, I am feeling super confident about setting type now, so I am experimenting with colour and letter placement. I also folded the paper before putting it through the press. I am interested in the way the letters sit on the folds, much like the way I have wrapped letters around the corner of the wall of the studio.
Some pictures from a recent print session, trying to experiment with layers and colour and placement of type.
Keeping the prints flowing, I have lots of ideas I want to take into letterpress. During this session I wanted to experiment with the placement of text and make it playful. I also had ideas around layering and printing other texts over the top.
Back in the letterpress print room. Setting type to make some large colourful posters to spark conversation and act as invitations to play.
I wanted to do a separate post about my finished ping pong paddle. I had previously designed a collage from a letterpress print and some coloured paper. I shared a picture of the proposed paddle design and i was super happy when the finished product arrived. I felt the design was playful and fun and lent itself well to a ping pong paddle. Maybe if the paddle looks interesting it would encourage someone to pick it up and have a go.
I came up with the idea of creating ping pong paddles after being inspired by a project called Ping, which aims to bring table tennis to unexpected places on the streets of England. Ping is an ongoing project and table tennis tables and equipment, popped up in Bristol shopping centres libraries and other community hubs to encourage everyone to take part. As part of its legacy there are permanent tables around Bristol. I’ve said it before and I will say it again I like the idea of taking projects to the community and making them accessible. I would like to plan some kind of art/play event for the public where I could potentially incorporate table tennis and get people playing with print.
To play is to connect with yourself. Something that has resonated a lot with me recently, especially as the boundaries between work and home become more blurred. More sketchbook ideas/thinking.
Let’s talk about play and the act of playing. I have so many thoughts and ideas I want to share. My working background in community health and early years education has made me passionate about allowing ourselves the opportunity for playful intervention. It’s all in the process, there doesn’t need to be an end product. The benefits to health/well being/communication and social connections out weigh any material outcome.
Here are some ideas from my sketchbook.
Lots of thoughts and notes but also colour. I’m always thinking about what I can take into letterpress. Some of these ideas may not make it as I tend to sit with them for a while, then maybe disregard for fear of being to cliche or loaded with toxic positivity. But the ideas are always meaningful.
I was taking some photos of my work from the letterpress collective workshop. I really like this particular type (the name escapes me) as it’s just the outline of the letter. I then decided to make a digital collage with it.
More patterns that in my mind I would like to take elements of and turn into murals.