Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Up in neon lights

It's no secret that i love words, typography and a splash of colour. So it shouldn't be any surprise to you that when I stumbled across the work of Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci I felt an instant connection. I'm a little surprised I haven't come across his work earlier - his work would have been the perfect reference for a graphic design student studying in the mid 1990s.  The above 'idea' installation would have been a great reference point to start with for our first year project to design a logo from your initials (i still shudder at the the thought). Pity the internet wasn't round to make the introduction!

What I really love is that Nannucci's career has taken him from studying fine art in Florence and Berlin in the 1960s to working as a set designer for experimental theatre, exploring the connection between language, typography and image and then introducing sound to his installations. His first Neon Lights installation was exhibited in 1967. He then founded publishing house Exempla. And then in the 1990s he again began exploring his interest in typography, architecture and the urban landscape. His work is held in some of the best museums world wide. 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Has it really been five years?

Since I heard your voice. Asked your opinion. Laughed with you. Hugged you. Told you I loved you. Some days it feels like forever ago. Some days like yesterday. 

These are some of my favourite images of my dad. They sum up his passions and quirky character perfectly. I love these as a series of five (in honour of five years). Taken from transparencies I've just applied a paint daub effect to varying degrees using photoshop. I love the colour and the slightly abstract, other wordly feel to them - a kind of ageless, timeless series of images. Just like those forever embedded in my memory.

Monday, 10 October 2011

A keen eye for detail

Well, hello there. I've been a little absent of late. Not sure where the last (almost) month has gone. Well, actually, it's been gobbled up by a heap of freelance work that has left me so screen tired I just haven't been able to stomach the thought of sitting in front of my computer any longer than absolutely necessary! But in my absence, I've had lovely comments from readers wondering where I've gone, so thank you. 
I've also discovered that the internet has a keen eye for detail. Well, maybe not it, but those who use it - especially one miss meisha, whose hawk-eyes picked up that i've been flaunting around a blog with a major typo in the masthead for four months now. I'm rather ashamed to admit I didn't pick it up myself...but thank you meisha for sharing your keen eye for detail!
I'd better make up for my blunder with some high quality posts this week...stay tuned. x