The smell of print

My Advertiser friend has just moved to London and to celebrate, Lucy and her flatmates were having a house warming party so I popped to the capital for the weekend.

It just so happened that some great exhibitions had just opened, so pre-partying I met up with Soofiya to check them out. Soofiya is a fellow graduate of Graphic Design (from Ravensbourne) who I’ve been following on twitter since the beginning of 3rd year. I didn’t want to go to the exhibitions on my own so I tweeted to see if anyone else wanted to meet up and go with me. This was the first time I had met Soofiya/anyone from twitter so I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading her blog and tweets (we both did our dissertations on Women in Graphic Design) I knew we would get on well, and we did! (Just for the record, I wouldn’t have met her if there was any doubt in my mind she was a weirdo.)

First stop was the Anthony Burrill exhibition at KK Outlet:

Anthony has just released a book; ‘I like it. What is it?’ and in conjunction with this, for two days Anthony and People of Print had set up a print workshop at the back of the shop:

It was Soofiya’s first go at screen printing…

… and then it was my turn! Anthony, living up to his name as ‘the nicest man in Graphic Design‘, was on hand to sign our prints…

… and pose for cheesy photos:

We left KK Outlet two happy girls – thanks Anthony and People of Print! The exhibition runs until 27th November 2013, but you’ve missed out on all of the printing fun unfortunately!

Next stop was the Chelsea College of Art & Design for the Hatch Show Print exhibition at the Chelsea Space:

Many years ago (almost 4 now), I wrote a J’adore post about Hatch Show Print and I said ‘I wish I could go to Nashville’. Well, I didn’t need to go to Nashville because they came to me(well, London) and I was SO excited!

The exhibition was full to the brim with amazing print work of all shapes, sizes and colours:

Inside the main exhibition space we found a wall covered in posters:

Slightly overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful posters, Soofiya and I sat down for a while to try and pick our favourite poster. We tried the process of elimination column by column, but found it very hard to whittle it down to just one because they were all amazing in their own ways:

The exhibition runs until 14th December 2013, so you should go and have a look for yourself!

I had a great time with Soofiya – she’s a good laugh, we have a lot in common and it was lovely to have someone to geek out about typography with at the exhibitions. Hopefully this won’t be the last time you see her on my blog!

I spent the rest of the weekend with Lucy and her friends. I was filming bits and bobs through out so once I’ve edited it, I’ll upload that for you to have a laugh at!

 

1 Comment

  1. smilingsticks@gmail.com' 22/11/2013 / 2:20 am

    So neat that you got to make your own prints! Looks like a couple of lovely shows!!! Nice post.

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