Meet Macroy Eccleston Smith

Macroy Eccleston Smith, the director and founder of the vibrant Print Isn’t Dead magazine which is perceived to be a showcase of outstanding illustration and design work demonstrating and pursuing the boundaries of print in all forms.

People of Print is a daily source of inspiration for creatives who use print in their work. It is also a global community of artisans whose clients include V&A Museum, Levi’s and Pick Me Up along with other charities.

Now as someone who adores print – especially print in more forms than one, my ears definitely perked up during this talk. The companies online has been thriving since its birth in 2008, and serves as a library showing various designers, printer and illustrators, all who create work with ‘the purpose of educating and inspiring’ others. People of Print magazine which they self-publish followed later on in May 2013.

The growing success of the company however cannot be accredited to Macroy alone, the company have a solid group of printmakers, illustrators, graphic designers, art directors, developers and project managers that are housed not only in their London office but around the world as well. All of which he is very proud of.

For those who may be lost and without direction in their print journeys fear not; you’ll be pleased to know they have a consultation service for those in need of advice or assistance in bespoke screen prints for t-shirts and art prints alike.

All in all they’ve managed to create a vibrant and colourful community of creatives that work alongside brands, other companies and institutions to promote, network and put on events. All of this gives them a wealth of knowledge and for the work Smith showed us in his presentation along with the work on their website they definitely know what they’re doing.

After his talk there was a question and answer session supported by a free bag incentive to those brave enough to throw out challenging questions. He had me at free bag which I now wear with pride. All in all it was a good industry talk, I learnt quite a bit about the skill behind the art form though quite a few technical terms flew over my head on occasion.

Feel free to check out their website: http://www.peopleofprint.com/

 

This talk was delivered at the University of Bedfordshire

Meet Noel Douglas

This talk was delivered by someone much closer to home. Noel Douglas, is a tutor at the University of Bedfordshire, an artist, graphic designer and political activist. Quite the repertoire. The lecture unravelled much of his personal work; ranging from media with his main interesting settling in politics and the creative use of graphics and art in social movements. Quite a mouthful. But an educative one at that.

As the talk went on, we were introduced to topics such as Neoliberalism and Culture jamming. Neoliberalism has five rules two of which involve privatisation and cutting of public services. The topic as a whole is a discussion of a set of economical polices that have become widespread over the last 25 years or so. Culture jamming involves the subversion of corporate symbols and essentially just telling the truth about them.

An interesting take on art and design was that it gives you the platform to mock politics and in turn the government. A notion I can agree with, having seen some particularly humorous, artistic, interpretations of certain political antics that happened regarding the Scottish independence vote. Of course David Cameron’s dramatic yet emotional plea for them to not divorce, has nothing to do with it.

But anyway, to finish off we looked at a concept titled Ethical Spectacle. Ethical Spectacle gives artists and designers a platform to create some form of spectacle that shows how the world really works.

All in all it was a very educating talk, which definitely has sparked more interest and curiosity to explore more around the topic. One book I will definitely be hunting down is Tansy E. Hoskins ‘Stitched up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Counterfire). A review of the book by the Guardian quotes ‘she is good on the question of ‘size zero’, on advertising and on racism, too. Is Fashion Racist? Asks one chapter heading. Of course it is.’ Sounds like an interesting read.

He also suggested we see the exhibition: Disobedient Objects at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition will be from the 26th July 2014 – 1st February 2015.

This exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

Demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

On display are arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change:

The exhibition celebrates the most unlikely protest objects, for example:

  • Tea cups stamped with what looks like a counterfeit star bucks logo – actually feature the emblem of the women’s social and political union. The emblem was designed by Sylvia Pankhurst and deployed as a way of bringing the suffragette campaign into the genteel heart of Edwardian drawing rooms.
  • Mosaic covered Tiki Love Truck driven in protest against the death penalty. It was also made British artist Carrie Reichardt, a friend of John Joe ‘Ash’ Amador, originally for the 2007 Art Car Parade in Manchester, to commemorate Amador who was executed by the State of Texas in 2007, features his death mash on the front.

An indirect mosaic transfer was used so that the tiles were temporarily fixed to the brown paper design, before being transferred to the Tiki truck itself with a more durable adhesive. The truck took a team of artists three months to complete.

Whilst in the process of making the truck artist Carrie received news of Amador’s execution. She travelled to Texas with her friend and collaborator Nick Reynolds. After bearing witness to his execution Carrie and Nick Reynolds went with his body to a cabin in the local woods where Nick cast his death mask.

Definitely an exhibition to research.

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This talk was delivered at the University of Bedfordshire