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Defining Constructivism – Part Two

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So I actually made it down to London to see this exhibition and was not let down. The work on display was really beautiful and it was so interesting to see how the constructivist style was applied not only in graphic design but to architecture, interiors and textiles. One of my favourite pieces was this sketch for a cup and saucer, which was brought to life and available to buy in the gift shop. I didn’t fancy its chances on an Easyjet flight back to Edinburgh, but I think I may have to purchase it online.

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Scottish Design Awards Nominations Exhibition

12_oh-eightposterI was through in Glasgow at this exhibition last night. My favourite piece was the only nomination in the poster category for Telford College’s Student photography exhibition, created by Glenn Garriock. Such  clever but simple idea really well executed – I wish I’d thought of it!

It’s a shame the graphics section of the exhibition was in a space with such poor lighting – it was really hard to get a proper look at the stuff on display without straining your eyes!

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London exhibitions

 

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One of the reasons I sometimes really wish I lived in London…

I was down visiting my cousin at the beginning of the month so took the opportunity to visit the Design Museum again. I love this place! And not just for the amazing gift shop and the beautiful building. The featured exhibition was fashion designer Hussein Chalayan (who I admit I had never heard of before going) and I found it really interesting. Some of the fashions were really off the wall but I spent at least an hour just watching the videos of his catwalk shows.

 

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I had been hoping to catch the British Insurance Designer of the Year 2009 again (I saw it last year when I was in London briefly with work), but I missed it by a week. At least they have a photographic record of everything here.

Defining Constructivism

And while I’m at it, the Tate Modern’s has just opened Rodchenko and Popova – Defining Constructivism. I’m really drawn to the constructivist style of graphic design with it’s abstract collages and striking typography. Last year I went to Foto – Modernity in Central Europe 1918 to 1945 at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh and found it particularly inspiring.

Anyway, I think I’ll need to find an excuse for another trip down there before the end of May.

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Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2008 Illustration

I really look forward to the ECA Degree show each year, in particularly the illustration as I’m always left in awe of how talented many of them are. Here are my favourites from this year’s show.

This book sculpture was created by Lucy Roscoe. It’s so intricate – I can’t even begin to imagine how long it must have taken to create. Really gorgeous stuff.

I also badly wanted to buy this Lovebird print of Lucy’s but unfortunately it’s not pay day until next week.

Sophie Elm’s show was centred around her “Impossibly perfect garden party”. She works under the pseudonym of Jeff Josephine Designs and has an array of gorgeous illustrated items on her site available to buy. The symmetry of her designs is illustrations.

Emily Sutton created a collection of fabric songbird’s which are absolutely beautiful.

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Vanity Fair Cover Exhibition

On Thursday night I went to the Vanity Fair Cover Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. One of my favourite photographs was this one of Julianne Moore portrayed as Ingres’s ‘Grand Odalisque’ by Michael Thompson – an absolutely stunning piece of photography. It was fascinating to see all the cultural icons which have graced their cover over the past century.

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