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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    Now, there are some publications that can’t be whimsical in their copy, they must stick to the facts and be rationally straightforward. I’m talking about the science, financial and business magazine guys who have to communicate ideas in an orderly fashion so as not to end up making things up. Once in a while though they like to jazz those articles up a bit with some fun illustrations and here I usher in the work of Mitch Blunt who’s done a lot of this type of work for clients such as Bloomsburg Businessweek, Modus Magazine and FT Weekend as well as whole host of other publications both the factual and culturally creative.

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    When something looks like it’s been done on a computer but it’s actually been created by hand I’m instantly impressed and it’s even better when that work is actually really good (rather than just those weird painted replicas of Johnny Depp or David Beckham you see on the market sometimes).

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    If someone were to illustrate my life – and yes, someone may ask one day – then I’d want it to be done by Justin Mezzell who’s made me swoon with his nifty (but cool) illustrations. Creating numerous posters, infographics, and an array of editorial work his portfolio is a brilliant example of getting things right. The retro feel combined with grainy textures and warm colours come together in a melting pot of creative cheese fondue that I just want to dip my tiny fork into. Forget the celery and chunks of mystery meat I just want illustrative gruyère!

  4. Comet

    It’s hard isn’t it, when you’re having one of those days where you feel like you can’t do anything right and even though you’re surrounded by a sea of charismatic commuters you still can’t help but feel alone… And then you hear a song or something on TV and it makes you cry because it’s like, “ugh this is sooo my life!” No? Well even if you’re not having one of those days today you’ll still be able to identify with this sweet animation from George Shelbourn called Comet that tells the tale of a lost little comet, stuck on a strange planet and unable to fly away.

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    Generally I’ve always been a girly girl. I went through the tomboy phase of fluorescent Kappa popper joggers, but who didn’t really? One of my favourite places as a child was the aisle in Toys R Us where all the dolls, Barbies, Sindys, My Little Ponies and anything else ‘for girls’ sat there gleaming in all that glossy pink and purple packaging. It used to make me so happy, which is perhaps why I find myself smiling at the work of Spanish graphic designer Marta Cerda Alimbau, whose work is an array of well-executed, lovely looking design with a palette of proud lavenders and punchy magentas with sprinklings of pastels and green hues that can’t help but transport me back to that aisle.

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    Hanging clothes up is something I’m fairly bad at remembering to do. I try things on and in my excitement for the next item, my grip automatically loosens and the piece of clothing drops to the floor as I reach for another. It’s a bad habit but perhaps I’d be more encouraged to tidily hang things if my garments could look as beautiful as Hanna Sandin’s suspended installations of everyday objects.

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    Reading cereal packets used to be part of my morning ritual as a child and learning how to say ‘riboflavin’ was a definite landmark. But it wasn’t just the riveting vitamin content that I loved staring at, it was also the repeated ‘serving suggestion’ image and layout.

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    It sounds silly, but sometimes it’s too easy to forget or dismiss the work that goes into the visual elements of what we’re presented with everyday in various publications and books. But an excellent illustration is like a brilliant side-dish, enhancing the experience of the main course (text) and contributing to the overall effect, sometimes even rescuing the (metaphorical) meal.

    The V&A Illustration Awards help remind us of the incredible illustrations of the past 12 months and this year’s shortlist has just been announced. Recognising the potato dauphinoises of the illustration world, 14 artists have been chosen from over 1,000 submissions from UK illustrators. The awards have been categorised under Book Illustration, Book Cover and Jacket Illustration and Editorial publications, with a fourth category for Student work being judged by the winners of last year’s award. The winners will be announced on 11 June, and the shortlist is a gentle nod to all the beautiful work that’s been produced over the past year.

  9. Dom15

    It’s a bittersweet experience to come across a an artist whose work you love, only to find out that the work you have seen is their last. So it is with the works of Domenico Gnoli, a brilliant Italian-born, New York-based painter of the 1960s who sadly passed away at the young age of 36. And it really is a shame because his works are simply stunning. Up until recently his paintings have been kept hidden away in private collections, however now at the Luxembourg & Dayan gallery in New York rare works from 1964-1969 are being shown to their full beauty.

  10. Things-list

    Things is giddy because it’s the weekend so Things is feeling very playful indeed. It’s running madly through a field with a kite of dreams and tripping over long grasses of creativity along the way. Lighthearted, colourful publications, cheeky cards and even a children’s book are Things’ playmates this week and they’re all ready to get you in a footloose and fancy-free mood. And look, Things has just tagged you “It” so get chasing (reading), they’re waiting!

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    I wish I was the type of person who handled multitasking well. Don’t get me wrong I’ll do everything I’m supposed to do but it will be completed with a crumpled brow, frazzled hair and a lingering sense of panic. A cool approach is what’s needed – that or eight arms.

  12. Nb

    Squashing your face against a window or glass has always been a hilarious snippet of comedy gold (and an excellent ice-breaker) but in photography it isn’t always done as smoothly as it should be. Crass photocopier jobbys, with tight crops of faces (or worse boobs and butts) just doesn’t cut it for me. So I welcome Neil Bedford’s series of images (styled by Simon Mann) for clothing label Neighborhood’s latest lookbook, recently featured in Inventory Magazine.

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    When making a salad I often become greedy over the choice of ingredients on offer. The multitude of leaves, the bounty of fruit and veg (with the option of meat too) and don’t even get me started on dressings. The problem is I pile everything into a bowl and it’s a clash of tastes and colours ruining my healthy choice. While this clearly doesn’t work with food, there is a skill in doing it in artwork.

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    While we can get overawed by the wealth of established talent in the creative industries, it’s important to support those who are either just starting out or still climbing that competitive tree of success. Like flowers they need watering, feeding but above all nurturing to continue becoming the best flowers (creative professionals) they can. This is why the Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme is such an excellent opportunity in recognising new and emerging talent.

  15. Jem-goulding

    It’s never encouraged to objectify people. It’s degrading, it’s sexist (normally) and we forget about the important things in life like personality and good manners. But with Jem Goulding’s photographs of beautiful men, I can’t help but stare and linger. It’s shameful yes, but Jem’s photographs are genuinely very good images.

  16. Dan-hillier

    I remember one time when my nan showed me a load of old family photos and I mean really old, as in before the days when “Say cheese!” was even uttered. Everyone had the same glacial expressions with eyes that managed to follow you wherever you stood. It was creepy but these photos still physically exist so watch out.

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    To actually peer inside someone else’s subconscious would be a wonderful thing. Obviously you’d have to be careful to not become mentally scarred by what you saw but on the whole it would be fascinating. I feel like I’m doing that with Jaime Brett Treadwell’s paintings. Surreal, chock full of detail with groovy colours too, it’s like being enveloped by a carousel of psychedelic merriment –which is no bad thing.

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    Now I don’t often use this phrase, but Stefan Glerum’s illustrations are “the bomb.” That’s right, the bomb. Featured back in 2010, he’s so good we had to revisit his site and see what he’s been up to since, and we weren’t disappointed with everything being a little more slick and even better than we remembered.

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    We all know that the happiest place on earth is supposed to be Disneyland. Who knows whether this can actually be measured but it’s definitely a place where an obscene amount of money is spent, tempers are shredded and adults wander around in garish costumes, damp from the drool of children’s sugar and schmaltz comas. What’s distressing about these kinds of ‘utopias’ is that replicas have been attempted. An example of this is captured in Catherine Hyland’s photographic series of the the abandoned theme park, Wonderland in China that remains half finished and deserted.

    First started in 1998 with the intention of creating the biggest theme park in Asia set to cover 120 acres, building stopped when agreements over land ownerships could not be met and funding was cut. The half-built structures across vacant cornfields serve as a reminder of what could’ve been, creating this ghostly, fairy-tale world. Catherine’s images which can be seen at new gallery Flat C later this month, are so brilliantly jarring with the artificial turrets and towers against the dusty, concreted reality of where it actually is.

  20. Kswiss-list

    Sometimes experts in a field aren’t always the top dogs in the big, corporate offices. They’re the ones who have been quietly grafting in their own businesses but don’t always get given a voice. That’s is why this four-part series from director Jake Davis teaming up with K-Swiss Japan really floats my boat. Talking about what classic style is, an eclectic mix of people have been interviewed from an eyewear boutique owner, a world-renowned barista and a DJ/record shop owner. It’s the personal experiences that have informed the opinions of these people that’s really lovely as their passion is so clearly genuine. Not only this, it’s a glimpse into what people the other side of the world are up to and with the fourth video still to be posted by Jake, I can’t wait to see who features in the last one.

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    Kaleidoscopes. Not only a brilliant word, but also some of the best fun in a tube you can have, apart from eating Pringles of course. As a child I’d spend ages looking into them sometimes even two at a time, which is probably why my eyesight is so bad. As a result, I have been unashamedly drawn to Andy Gilmore’s geometric grids of wonderment.

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    If I really like a piece of writing I get an uneasy dip in stomach, not just because it’s moved me but out of annoyance because I didn’t think to write it first. It’s admiration more than anything, that’s what I tell myself anyway. With the classics I can’t really begrudge the ghost of an author, but I can clench my fists at their ability to get their writing to stand the test of time. Charles Dickens being one of them of course, who incidentally celebrates the bicentenary of his birth this year.

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    What to do this weekend? Pay your bills on time, flame-throw the weeds in the garden, write letters of complaint to your favourite brands for freebies maybe… Instead of ticking everything off on your to-do list with smug proactivity how about doing nothing but indulging in the comfort of our own home this Bank Holiday weekend? Of course Things will be there to gently guide us into gluttony with food, babes and comics all comfortably slouching next to us on the sofa this week. So come on, put your pajamas back on, say “brb” to every human you know and relaaaaax…

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    When I think of public interaction instantly images of embarrassed people or worse, over-enthusiastic people are conjured up, standing in a circle passing a “thought ball” around. It doesn’t have to be this way though and Luna Maurer with her design practice, Poly-luna are demonstrating why with their many exciting projects.

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    Ambiguity is something a lot of us aspire to. We want to be cooly distant, mysterious, like those groups of people that wear sunglasses and power walk everywhere because (we assume) they’re so important. While it’s difficult to achieve this in real life – what with our other desire to be liked scurrying our aloof plans – in art work it’s a lot easier.

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    Sometimes I like the idea of being in business, I’d definitely dress a lot smarter in their no-nonsense, no-denim environment and I’d probably feel a lot more efficient and proactive. But alas the pressures would get to me, the competition, the glass ceiling and the restriction on music playing in the office would get too much.

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    Appreciating the beauty of an egg box, powder blue crockery and a bathroom sink is Eugenie Marais in her series of paintings titled, Inside. They’re intriguing because of the importance she’s given these everyday objects, making them surreal and ambiguous with a tense stillness filling each image. Simply created with oils on canvas, there’s a familiarity to her work but it’s the shadows hiding under the porcelain plates that I enjoy most – expectantly waiting for something to happen but it never does.

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    They say to never judge a book by its cover, but all of us definitely do – both literally and metaphorically. It’s not our fault though, it’s in our genes to like nice things so I feel no guilt when I gaze upon the book covers of John Gall who’s recently got himself a shiny new website. As the art director for Vintage and Anchor books it’s no surprise he makes good stuff but it’s the variety that’s impressive. Combining the modern with traditional approaches to cover design, he sources images, creates his own, carefully considers composition and uses type to enhance the cover but not overload it. John manages to encapsulate the tone of each book so exceedingly well that it doesn’t even make me feel shallow (well maybe a bit).

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    Doing things just for fun becomes harder as you get older. No one appreciates Carol from Human Resources bringing in the worst butterfly cakes imaginable or Steve in Finance creating pie charts about everyone’s lunches. But there are some people who get personal work right like graphic designer Stewart Scott-Curran whose posters inspired by music from his past and album covers of his dad are exactly how doing things for fun should be realised.

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    Being photographed is never a pleasant experience for me, the best you’ll get is a begrudging smile with flushed cheeks, the worst is an unsuspecting relative being thrown into flash as I dive behind them. It’s not big or clever, but I just don’t like it. This makes me admire the subjects of creative duo Nerhol’s latest project involving time lapse photography and paper cutting. Taking multiple portraits over a three minute period, Ryuta Iida and Yoshihisa Tanaka asked the subject to try and stay as motionless as possible (worst nightmare). The stack of images are then sliced through to create a graduated crater effect, showing the passage of time like the rings of a tree.

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    As child I used to draw pages and pages of patterns filled with different shapes spiralling out from the middle and somehow tessellating together. At one time hearts and stars were heavily interspersed as I’d just learnt how to do them really well. What I liked about doing these patterns was even though they were just a jumble of shapes and meanings, they all fitted together as one piece.

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    Other countries’ currency always seems more exciting than our own – it’s so colourful! Heck even Australia’s polymer banknotes are waterproof for all those surfer dudes. But as long as we’ve got a monarchy the design of our money will remain fairly standard – no offence Queen Liz. So how often does a country actually re-design their currency? Not very, is the answer. But when Sweden’s Sveriges Riksbank (the world’s oldest central bank) recently announced the winner of the competition they held to design Sweden’s new kronor banknotes our cartoon dollar sign eyes were all agog at the designs.

  33. Loungesohlist

    When a graphic design company embark on interior design, eyebrows are sometimes raised, but only if they try to emulate the stylings of Laura Ashley – which thankfully the ever evolving Hyperkit definitely haven’t done in their newest venture. Taking on the interior of unisex salon The Lounge Soho, the studio have created a new visual identity, designing bespoke flooring, wall cladding, chairs, coat rails, basically everything to create a space that builds upon the established repuatation of the creative-led salon.

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    The small things from childhood that we forget easily – like your granddad ruffling your hair or your favourite cup to drink out of – are what Japanese studio Nendo want us to cling on to and they’re realising this themselves through collecting the everyday into concrete, easily understood design. This year alone they’ve produced a huge amount of compact projects of joy that are both playful but well-executed.

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    When the contents of a cookbook looks good enough to eat and it really can be eaten, it’s one of life’s (baked until) golden moments. A project for a publishing house saw German design agency Korefe produce this deliciously edible and readable cookbook. Made with 100% fresh pasta it can be opened, filled with ingredients and finally cooked to make the Italian classic, lasagne. Now, I’m not even a fan of this tomato-based pasta dish but even I can’t deny the power of well-designed, informative pasta. Korefe have a portfolio filled to the cheesy pasta crust of fun, inventive food packaging design so be sure to check them out after you’ve indulged in The Real Cookbook.

  36. Things-list

    Rain, rain go away and come again at sensible intervals so we can get out of this drought. But it’s Saturday now so it’s time to wash away the week with Things Shampoo, a squidge of revitalising goodness that will rid commuter grime and tame your tangled tresses of creativity. This week features several news-printed delights, a beautiful journal full of beautiful people with a sprinkling of Portuguese flavour to top it off. So lean back in that hairdresser’s chair of yours and lather, rinse, repeat (if you really must). And don’t forget to condition afterwards with our brand new podcast, Studio Audience posted earlier this week.

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    Recently my dad has got worse at locating where he’s parked his car in various supermarket car parks. Still in sound health, he blames it on the fact everything looks the same but different. While his explanation for his Saturday morning panic may be flawed, more and more we’ve become interested in having familiar elements in unfamiliar settings. Take Lauren Marsolier’s work for instance, her Transition series, completely blurs boundaries by creating artificial worlds through layering images taken at different times.

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    Everyday I get jealous of the people sitting in the First Class section on the train, lounging in their comfortable seats with enough space they can pop their bags next to them, while I stand, irritated and squashed between perspex and a middle-aged woman’s backside. This is only a small gripe about the distribution of wealth, but it’s clear there are still some issues in regards to class distinction however much we want equality. Frustrated by people still clinging to these archaic social structures and biased histories of aristocrats, Kim Alsbrooks decided to stick it to the man on a can through her ongoing White Trash Series, started back in 2004 when living in the southern states of America.

  39. Lisst

    Because of my fear of heights and vertical inclines, I’ve never been adventurous enough to try indoor climbing – I do accept though it looks safer than doing it outside, mainly because there’s roof. Whether this is true or not, it seems clear that we get a kick out of having outdoor representations in a constructed space rather than the real thing and vice versa like indoor skiing, alfresco eating and other conflicting indoor/outdoor activities.

  40. Mroiz

    Trippy, oddball Mr Oizo has given us a mid-week treat with an array of goodies on his new website that was launched last night. We’re given a teaser for his new EP Stade 3 (above) that features our fave puppet, Flat Eric and actor William Fichtner playing a riveting game of chess. But that’s not even the best part as today he’s even letting us download the whole EP for free – is he crazy or what?! Probably, but it definitely got people’s attention as the site crashed last night from everyone’s excitement. Fear not though as it’s up and running again and definitely worth checking out the other gems on the homepage, like an old school MPC where you can pretend you’re a funky electro musician. Or maybe just make some lame Eastenders credit drum beats.