Author Archive: Rebecca Fulleylove

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Rebecca joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Norwich University College of the Arts. She originally wrote for the site between March and June 2012 and returned in the summer of 2014 for a four-week freelance stint.

@BeccyFulleylove

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    Apparently Euro 2012 kicks off today with Greece and Poland running around the pitch first and while I’m evidently not the world’s biggest footy fan, I am totally into these Euro 2012 posters created by David Watson at Trebleseven. This is exactly what great graphic design should do – getting people’s attention regardless of the topic it’s presenting.

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    The camouflage look, outside of when it’s actually supposed be used (i.e. the army), rarely works. Memories of bad music videos in the early 2000s with gyrating army printed mini-skirts and bikinis camouflaging nothing at all have sullied the idea massively for me. But never have I seen camouflage as beautiful as this! These wonderful clothes made by Kiev-based designer Masha Reva are exquisite with flamboyant sleeves and slick cuts. They blend seamlessly against elaborate and impressive backgrounds of delicate florals, close-up insects and intricate polka dots, gracefully tip-toeing the line between fashion and art.

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    You don’t have to be a cool cat to enjoy jazz – well not the promotional posters for a jazz festival anyway. Designed by Atelier Martino&Jaña these posters for last year’s Guimarães Jazz in Portugal, bring together collaged animals crooning some sweet music and mismatched cut-out type to create a lovely, jumbled visual that mimics the erratic arrangement of notes heard in jazz. Teaming up with illustrator Alexsandra Niepsui they communicate everything perfectly in a way that avoids alienating those who perhaps aren’t as familiar with the genre. The rest of Atelier Martino&Jaña’s portfolio is a diverse mix encompassing a range of styles but it’s the posters that really blow our horns.

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    When you walk into someone else’s house for the first time it’s an odd experience. You notice how they do things differently (shoes off straightaway, no dishes left on the drying rack), and there’s an unnerving feeling that you’re intruding despite being invited in. This is the feeling I get from Sarah Girner’s The Transience of Things, a series of photographs that delves into the suburbs of Westchester County, New York glimpsing behind the closed curtains through the estate sale – the last time before the home becomes just a house again.

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    Typography has the wonderful ability to shape not only how we see text but also how we read it, it’s there to guide us through whatever visual experience it may be with ease. It’s a bit like the encouraging nudge you’d get from your mum to let you know that it’s okay to go and run around the playground wild with your hands flailing in the air.

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    Is it too early for fried food? How about some fried technology instead? Henry Hargreaves’ still-life photography both disgusts and amuses me which can only be a good thing. Featured on the site a few months ago for his Bacon Alphabet, his new series Deep Fried Gadgets does exactly what the title suggests in that he has literally deep fried some popular gadgets like an iPad, Gameboy, laptop and MP3 player.

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    Things has learnt something the hard way this week, and that is rotary fans can only do so much and air conditioning should be a legal requirement. But it’s cooling down now so while Things peels itself off of the white plastic lawn chair, like a melting Dali clock face, we have a Fruit Pastille lolly of wonderment, in five fruity layers of creativity. At the top we have a blackcurrenty tinged football-fixtures-laced newspaper, slurping our way down to an exhibition and paper catalogue both packed full of icy sweetness, a brief stop at a strawberry-filled children’s mag and ending the gastronomic process with a zesty flavoured film festival programme. And don’t forget to use the stick to point knowingly at everything you’ve just seen – now let’s get licking!

  8. Weekender-list

    The Weekender is staying at a friend’s house this week and what else do you do when you’re not at home? Eat junk food, stay up late and watch inappropriate (legal) movies. But with a four day weekend ahead what else can Weekender do? Jubilee-themed fun of course! I suggest trifle balancing on heads, asking everyone to carry you like a Queen (who didn’t do that in junior school?), shouting “off with his head!” to everyone that passes by because that will never get old and the traditional diamond hunt that may take more than the four days, but no matter, here’s some treats to get you in the mood…

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    Geometric, architectural and with as many angles as you please the work of Augustine Kofie is a pleasure to peruse. Composed from acrylics, inks, biro, pencil, gel transfers with some assemblage thrown in there too these compact boxes of mechanical lines and subdued colour palettes are reminiscent of the 1960s. I’s unusual but beautiful work like abstract stained glass windows – there’s a real precision to Augustine’s work that’s hard to not to admire.

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    This year’s Pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery has gained much attention and rightly so because this sub-erranean structure designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron is a cool and sophisticated addition to the Serpentine.

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    Long gone are the days where ceramics meant those terrible grey figurines that cost an obscene amount of money so beloved of certain family members. It’s time to make way for a new kind of porcelain wonder, so welcome CadCam Tableware from product designers Minale-Maeda.

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    The power of a good show is to make visitors of all levels of expertise feel as though they’ve gained a secret drip of knowledgeable nectar or nugget of understanding. That’s exactly what happens at the Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary exhibition on at the V&A now, which gives us wonderfully detailed access to Thomas Heatherwick’s workshop and all the wisdom that dances inside.

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    We all say we’ll do these little side projects we conjure up in our heads but usually it just ends in us saying things like: “I’ll build that table when I’ve finished this drawing of it” or “I just don’t know what wool to use” or “It’s still raining, I want to paint blue skies!” Marius Roosendaal is perhaps a little more productive though, setting out to “make something cool everyday” and while he may not have done it everyday, I’m willing to glaze over this because the posters he has produced are beautifully designed. Geometric shapes with wonderful hushed hues of purply-reds and blue-greens, there’s a simple sophistication to these that will continue to distract me from crocheting that pair of slippers I started in January.

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    The words “magical”, “crazy” and “manic” conjure up images of some sort of sorcerer in a Disney film, but it’s merely a brief description of the wonderful portfolio from illustrator and graphic designer, Zansky. Based in São Paulo, his work makes you dive head first into a world full of bright and lively scribbled animals, sweeps of colour and detailed patterns that have a folksy air about them. Using printing processes such as silkscreen, letterpress and engraving, it’s also the craft and handmade feel in Zansky’s work that shines through and draws you in even more.

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    Like a fruit salad of clothing I am really digging these images from clothing brand Agi&Sam, formed of Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton. Banana brights, plum hazes and apple greens form the basis of many of their collections with a retro 1990s streetwear/hip hop vibe combined with tapered trousers and soft tailoring. They’ve achieved the difficult balance of being wearable, but being unique enough to get people’s attention so everything works and clashes brilliantly. Agi&Sam’s lookbook emulates the sense of fun their clothes have with an eclectic mix of models, that eschew the “blue steel” look with a firm hand, combined with a clean set of block colours and minimal props. This is menswear with a smile on its face and I for one welcome it.

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    As a teenager the mother daughter relationship can be an intense one. At times you wish she got your humour more, “I’m not being rude –it’s funny!” and understood that most of the time when you say you’re fine, obviously it means the world is ending. But then there’s times when you’re on the same side and need guidance from her, like assistance in predicaments such as: “Can you sneak me out so Dad doesn’t see how short my skirt is?”

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    There’s only so many places that can get away with creating a cat calendar and make it better than the ones you see shimmying into your eyeline when panic buying for Christmas and that place is Studio Lin (studio of Alex Lin). Featured way back in 2009, they’ve not only designed the best feline calendar I’ve come across but also their much enlarged portfolio showcases a wealth of clean, typographical-based design that oozes style, clarity and care for the people they do work for.

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    It’s a wonderful feeling when you find out something new about this crazy place we call earth. The existence of ferrofluid is today’s new thing for me – a magnetic solution with a similar viscosity to motor oil. This doesn’t sound that interesting, but when watercolours are added to this unusual substance and placed into a magnetic field the reaction is beautiful.

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    If no one can find anything about you on the internet, then you’re pretty much a nobody. It’s so easy to get on it – just join Facebook, start a Tumblr or write a Harry Potter fanfiction and there you are, gleaming in bold type on the Google results page. But there are exceptions to this rule as street artist Faif demonstrates by having great, insightful work but very little about him in cyberspace which, when writing about him makes it very difficult. We know he’s male and from Barcelona, his works are mainly on the street and that’s about it.

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    Rarely the most exiting thing you’ll ever be given, the pamphlet has built a bad rep for itself – even the name has an underwhelming ring. But you haven’t seen these bad boys designed by Hey, a studio based in Barcelona that’s definitely more than a casual greeting.

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    The sun casts a mysterious shadow on this week’s Things as colour-wise it’s not so much a tropical parrot, more a curious magpie. Fear not though because Things has become the lens to a wonderful, insightful camera with visuals reigning supreme and text taking a mini-break – it’s far too hot to actually read anyway. We’ve got photography, a lovely print, a compact little zine and even a map of our fine capital, so point and click at this beautiful array of Things. And if your eyes have had enough, give your ears a treat by downloading the third Studio Audience podcast.

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    The Olympics is only a few months away and you can already feel the growing testiness from commuters, their rush hour veins pulsing with dread and fear. With the ensuing craziness hitting the capital, an influx of promotional material and olympic tributes are sure to engulf us. So to remind us how this kind of design can be done (to perfection) is Otl Aicher; pioneer of graphic design during the 20th Century and creator of the visual identity for the 1972 Munich Olympics – which, luckily for us, has been collated by seemingly anonymous gatherers.

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    Black and white is still cool; as much as yellow is happy, blue is chilled out and purple? Well purple’s up for anything. This classic pairing still does it for me, even more so in photographs. But what about paintings that look like black and white photographs I hear you ask? I like them too, having been convinced by David Lyle’s excellent reproductions of old photographs with a twist of modern playfulness popped in there.

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    Girls just wanna have fun right? Well apparently furniture designers want the same, or at least Dutch designer Lucas Maasen does. He has a range of projects that flirt with the boundaries of the way we perceive objects, playing with how they’re presented to us or the way they’re created – he personifies the beloved if overused phrase, “thinking outside the box.”

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    Embroidery is pretty hot right now. Knitting is in knots and crochet is unravelling at how cool embroidery’s gotten. But wait, it’s just got a little bit slicker with the help of Sydney-based, twin sister studio Maricor/Maricar who have taken their embroidery skills and applied it to the equally glamorous world of typography to create wonderfully textured works of bright, swooping letters and even some pattern work too. There’s more than just needlework going on here though with real considered design and composition making it all the more impressive.

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    We admire anyone who can actually make things but it gets more interesting when these inventions do something even cleverer than make our lives easier, like using external elements around us and employing them into the process. Take Mischer’Traxler, a Vienna-based studio made up of Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler who develop and design products, furniture and installations (among other things) that push concepts and innovative thinking to the limit. As a result their projects are experimental, with an emphasis on the physical process and combine both craft and technology together in the wonderfully simple but refined mix.

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    David Benjamin Sherry’s photographs from his new project Astral first remind me of Rainbow Dust, the hideously delicious sour sugar crystals that came in a long tube mixed with Solero lollies. More beautiful of course, he’s created colourful, monochromatic topographical landscapes that crumble in a spectrum of rocky fluorescents.

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    When big disasters happen not only in far-flung climes but closer to home too, it bridges the distance that’s often been felt when we think of people from other cultures. This is exactly what Gideon Mendel’s photographs do in his series Drowning World which are currently showing at Somerset House.

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    Paper-cutting gets a lot of attention these days but it’s Bianca Chang’s work isthe first in a long time to actually make me say “oooh.” Uniform, slick and crisp white, she plays with shadows and letterforms in a beautifully striking way by somehow creating contrasts out of nothing more than changing how the paper is cut. Like a warm knife slicing cleanly through a vanilla cheesecake (only a lot more sophisticated), these paper sculptures are elegant and wonderful. It’s the small details in her work that really demonstrate her skill as well with a hoard of precise layers and smooth lines.

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    With only a week left to submit to The Graduates 2012 feature, we thought it might be good to give you the lowdown on the graduate shows happening across the UK this summer. We can almost smell the white emulsion, sticky fixers and sweaty brows quivering in anticipation so make sure check out the exciting work these bright young things have getting up to. Also, if you’d like to submit an undergraduate show for inclusion please send the name of your university, name of the exhibition, dates and location, as well as any relevant links (including Twitter and Facebook), to thegraduates@itsnicethat.com, using the term “listings” in the subject title.

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    I’ve found the taste of avocado a difficult one to master. The weird fatty fruit with buttery, soap-like texture forms a strange the consistency in my mouth that I’m not sure I’m okay with, yet I find myself always returning for more. It’s an intriguing, exotic and odd thing that I want to be a part of, so I think deep down I have a love for the avocado – it just isn’t a conventional one.

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    In the morning if I’m having toast, I pop the bread in the toaster and then race to get the plate, knife, butter plus other topping of choice and arrange them beautifully next to the toaster. There is absolutely no point in me doing this, not at such speed anyway – but I continue to do so. This is sort of how I feel about hyperreal painting. It’s a strange notion to want to reproduce things we see everyday in 2D form but in immaculate detail because really there’s no real reason.

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    The word ‘magnum’ is such a loaded and powerful word, I think it’s even been used as a team name in The Apprentice (UK version) although to less impressive effect. The word is also synonymous (partly because it uses it in its name) with Magnum the photographic agency that’s a world famous heavyweight in the biz and has been since 1947.

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    Things is unintentionally feeling a bit British this week, acting like a tall glass of Pimm’s on a sunny afternoon. We’ve got the new issue of Granta giving it that infamous reddish tea stain colour, an illustrator providing the sprig of mint, and two creative newspapers giving that spicy gin-based zing. And not forgetting an exotic appearance from a Brazillian studio that becomes the juicy, tropical fruits that dress our heavenly cocktail of innovative imagination. So come on, it’s time to put down that milky cup of tea and take a big (responsible) swig of delicious Things!

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    There’s a regulated format for a lot of things in life where there’s little room to experiment. For instance ties go around your neck, not on your head, queueing is the only way to get anywhere and a five-day weekend with a two-day work week will never catch on. The same goes for most gig/music posters, many of which are formulaic and literally just the communication of information to a lot of people. But Minneapolis-based Landland (the studio so nice, they named it twice), have been cranking some great looking gig posters for various artists and bands with a signature style that I can’t help be fond of. With a line drawn style and nostalgic colours, their work feels really homegrown and with definite personality and clear care for what they’re actually creating.

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    When you’re younger you never want to be called “weird,” you want to blend in, laughing at the right jokes, talking about the right TV shows and liking very ordinary things. Now we’ve left our uniform, Nokia 3210 days behind us, the weird and the wonderful couldn’t be more encouraged. Normal is out man so bring on the madness.

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    Like a moth to a rainbow flame, I’m drawn to anything brightly coloured. I only flirt with colour though, compliment it, give furtive glances, have gentle brushes with it, because I’m not ready to fully commit to a colour-drenched life. As a result my day-to-day life remains fairly grey and beige.

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    Tribal and robotic, are rarely two words that go hand-in-hand but somehow illustrator Raymond Lemstra manages to succeed in fusing the traditional with the futuristic in his mask and character designs. Soft, dulled colours blend with rounded squares and fine angles, these illustrations are subtle and steer clear of becoming paraodies of tiki wood carvings or totem poles rather they breathe new life into them. Throughout his work there’s a real sense of personality to each of his designs even when it’s a completely symmetrical, unmoving mask. It’s the detail and composition that enables Raymond to give them quirks and character, strengthening his pieces and making you dig that line work even more.

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    Trucks are great, but they can be awfully clunky and ungraceful. If only someone were to completely alter their structure and make them delicate works of art… Oh wait, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has done just that and completely blown my mind in the process.

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    The Cannes Film Festival seems like the most glamorous event on the film calendar – you pretty much have to be either super-cool or super-rich to go, and as I am neither (yet) I instead try to recreate the feeling of being there at home. I tan-up, wear white (for some riviera chic) and surround myself with popcorn and croissants (gotta keep it French) while re-watching the trailers again and again. The novelty wears off after about nine and a half minutes, because I’m in my living room not the south of France but still.