I have finally framed my twelve vintage Stork cookery books, all dating from around the 1960's and 70's. I am really pleased with how the framing turned out. I'm glad I opted for a two sided glass frame as you can see the great backs as well as the front cover. Also the books haven't been compromised when mounting. The frame was from the Habitat sale and was a snip, the books were an Christmas present from the OK Corral online store. Click here to see what they have on offer. The next job now is to hang this monster of a frame and I feel it may be my first foray into D.I.Y...
I only came across this range of Jamie Oliver food recently when in a small town on the south coast. It immediately caught my attention. Not because it was by Jamie Oliver, quite the opposite. The typography, colours and illustrations that have been used seem to create a fresh branding approach. Of corse the handmade graphics/ witty approach has been done before, but this range seems to have something special about it. With each different product there was a different graphic response. Whether it was lemon curd or tartar sauce, they were all treated individually, but still as a whole. I found myself wanting to stand there for hours looking at the different jars, packets and bottle and I definitely wanted to take them all home. They were all designed by Pearlfisher London, an agency that I hadn't previously heard of, but they seem to be big players in the branding industry.
I had a jolly jaunt to London the other day to undertake all things cultural. I firstly visited the V&A museum for some third year essay research. This didn't really work out... but I saw some nice things all the same. The illustration awards were the most interesting, and I really like these etching prints by Hannah Simpson.
Over at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal College of art, there was a massive variety of work on offer. I found it slightly confusing as there seemed to be art from both students and established artists. All the same it was nice to look around something a bit different for a change. In the end I think everything new of different you see ends up influencing you in some way. I think I came away wanting to try more painting and drawing over the summer. It was something that I once was good at and I really want to rediscover as I think it would benefit my work. One of my favourite artists work was the collages David Mach. They were very cleverly done and I could have looked at them for ages!
The New Blood exhibition was also good, the standard of work was high, as usual. It scares me that will be in a year's time; out in the real world, trying to find a job like hundreds of other graduates!