I really liked alex trochuts work because it contrasted with artists that I had previously looked at. I really liked the intricate and detailed designs that he created. they caused me to look and figure out what the words really said. just some of his clients include Coca-Cola and Nike. furthermore, although his work is intricate and detailed it still maintains a very flowing feel to it, by using the concept of materials such as squeezed liquids such as creams, sauces and ink.
as our new project was typography I began by researching artists that caught my attention and inspired me. christopher wools work struck me because of the scale of his work entwined with the clever use of words. He will remove some letters and disjoint the sentence making it difficult to figure out at a first glance. for example, one that in particular caught my attention was the quote "they harder you look, the harder you look". this made me think that is it not only the letters in typography themselves that can be played with, but also the art work as a whole, including sentence structure and scale.
I found it interesting how mesh can be used for architecture. For example Van Eijk and Van der Lubbe created a hand knotted fibre glass construction which can be customized for specific uses. It is clever how they have turned the lamp shade into the light itself, as they have used fiberglass as their material. As their inspiration they used the various geometrical forms surrounding them, and gave the lampshade a glowing effect by breaking it in areas I order to let light seep out.
Jonathan Saunders, a British fashion designers, graduated from the Textile Pattern course at Central St. Martins in the nineties, having previously attended Glasgow School of art. He quoted that director of MA fashion at CSM, Louise Wilson, made him identify with who he was as a designer. "After all, it’s our points of difference as designers that make us relevant."
Only 48 hours after his graduation show, he was commissioned by Alexander McQueen to design a pattern for his 2003 show. it was this that led to the iconic Bird of paradise print to which used silk screening techniques. Jonathan came back to this design in 2008, consequently leading to his design being one of the most iconic designs of the decade. Clashing incongruous colours is something which is also distinguishable of the artist.
Andrea is an artist who uses the process of layering to create three dimensional objects from layering repeatedly two dimensional surfaces such as wool and wood. Throughout her work she uses a range of medium such as paper, fibre and textiles so create interesting sculptures and forms, with depth and variation. In an interview, Andrea states that obtains her inspiration from exploring painting and colour, by opening up the boundaries of painting by extracting the formal qualities usually entailed. I was drawn to the way that her work looked as though it was natural forms, and the way the layering mimicked the natural environment.
Stefan sagmeister is an Austrian, new York based graphic designer known well for his album covers and evocative work. I was drawn to sagmeister work 'trying to look good limits my life'. this is because it reminded of the work that we did in one of our workshops, by using the environment to compliment the typography. Sagmeister has used the sentence 'trying to look good limits my life' and disjointed it in 5 separate pictures. he has used both natural and industrial material to create this quote. what I love about these pictures is the contrasting environment that has been used in each picture, and the way that each material used is in correlation with the background.
Cadaval and Sola Morales also looked at Mesh however used paper instead as their material, in order to make fragile honeycomb shaped areas.
In an interview, Jonathan declares that environment is key for him when taking inspiration, this includes Italian interior from the 1980's, something to which surprised me. He also believes that focusing on the details is highly important when it comes to the process of designing, and he also finds that he prefers refined elegance, with less colour. this is evident in his work, and correlates with the fact that he took inspiration from the actress Michelle Pfeiffer, in Scarface. He also took inspiration from the Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clarke, by taking the idea of contradictions which were seen in both his work and costumes. This links into the theme of duality, to which can be seen shown through his garments where they can be worn differently from both the front and the back. This same concept can also be seen in his contrasting use of materials such as Matt and Shine. Jonathan also said in the interview that he is considerate of what people are buying from his previous ranges, as he then manipulates these.
Mark uses collaging and painting to create his artwork. He has an organic quality to his work, which has been created by using lightly textured typography. By layering and collaging, he has managed to capture the feel of a landscape such as a city, by using gestures and mark making. I love the way he has used collage to create an almost industrial feel, which reminds me of inner cities and architecture.