Saturday, 18 June 2011

Ziggy Played Guitar

My final, redesigned sleeve.
(Click to enlarge!) 

My main aim in re-designing the sleeve was to strip back the bright and busy colours the sleeve originally had, and represent the extravagant 'Ziggy Stardust' in another way. The box idea was taken from the cardboard boxes on which David Bowie rests his foot in the original sleeve photo.

I looked in to the geometric pattern on the jumpsuit worn by David Bowie in the photo, as I thought could be an interesting thing to work with. Here is the jumpsuit again:

This same pattern was also used on his book - 'Moonage Daydream'.

I decided to create my own geometric pattern, similar to the fabric, but consisting of various things relating to Bowie. This includes the permanently mis-matched pupils sizes in his eyes, the famous lightning bolt, parts of the guitar he played, and platform boots. 

I also added emphasis to the words 'TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME' which feature in very small type at the bottom of the original sleeve's back cover.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Taxonomy Print Workshop

A one day workshop that involved us taking a part an object, arranging and printing. Lots of fun. I used a lovely old clock, (shown above) bought at Battersea car boot sale. Taking the clock apart proved more difficult/dangerous that I'd anticipated, it seemed to have a mind of its own and was springing all over the place. Nevertheless I enjoyed the process and the results. 

Some of my print experiments, not all successful but I really enjoyed the process of mark-making:

Bodoni Poster Print Workshop

A recent workshop involved the designing of a letter in the 'Bodoni Poster' typeface, using Adobe Illustrator. Each letter of the alphabet is soon to be laser cut and printed. I was happy to be assigned with the letter 'E'; above is the final design and below are a few trials I came up with. Decided to go with a slightly intricate, floral design.