began life as the son of a plumber, which meant that the bathroom was always on the change, this constant change was to signify the many years of family struggles and lies.
To escape these troubles he found the medium of photography to focus my thoughts, first I lived the life of the rock’n’roll photographer only to find the boredom of the everyday hindered my view. 1989 Staffordshire Polytechnic came into my life, which gave me a new focus of exhibiting photographer and educator. Twenty years down the line and many national/international exhibitions and two books (English Candies/Driving Blind) have been part of my achievements as a photographer. I am still is a photographer/educator and a dad.
Male sexual abuse/ male rape is widely denied by Society at large. National Surveys
suggest that 8% of the male population are sexually abused, but experts believe that
20% is a more credible figure, and it could be higher. UK Government/Police figures
evidence that only 1% of reported cases are taken to court.
In the mid-seventies the housing estate was a wonderland with clipped hedges and ashfelt drives which fuelled my 12-year-old imagination. Every place of refuge and expanse which surround these homes, felt like an unconquered playground, unknown, but somehow familiar and safe. This familiarity and security was pushed into the darkest regions of my yet undiscovered sexuality, when those spaces that were once uncharted land became soiled by someone’s idea of ‘fun’. ‘Alan’ explores my playland memories and creates the tension evoked when I now visit these so-called utopian/homely spaces. In this work I am looking to recapture a part of my childhood that has been left behind somewhere within these spaces.
At the invitation of Print and Paste, a group of five design students from Manchester Metropolitan University have been working with stroke survivors from the Stroke Association’s ambassadors programme, to create a poster for the space which represents the experience of a stroke survivor.
I love the incredible variety that we’ve had so far on the P&P billboard: from world-renowned graphic artists to 17-year-old photographers. This piece aims to spread that variety even further, through a collaboration with our local University and an amazing local charity.
Chris Larkin from the Stroke Association approached me to collaborate on something. After kicking some ideas around, we decided to invite some students to produce a piece of design that truly draws on the experience of the Stroke Survivors. I facilitated a sharing session at the glorious educational space at Hyper Island in the Northern Quarter. The survivors shared, and the designers listened. They took the insights from the session and worked up this clever design in a couple of weeks.
Katie Lea was one of the students: “After a four hour discussion with stroke survivors, we came away with a clear direction - life after stroke, particularly seeing things differently. We wanted to create an optical illusion, which draws people in and illustrates this shift in perspective. The poster wording ‘things were right, now they’re left’ also addresses the fact that a stroke in the left side of the brain can affect the right side of the body, and vice versa.”
Paul Edgerton is a stroke survivor and took part in the workshop: “It was enjoyable working with the students - we seemed to find a great respect for each other. They were in the dark about what a stroke is and we shared our experiences with them. We all came up with ideas for the poster, and I can’t wait for it to be in place for all to see.”
Professor David Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at MMU, said: “I’m very proud that our students are engaging with sensitive areas of social concern. It’s wonderful to see them grounding their practice in real issues that affect so many people.”
For me as part of Print and Paste this has been such a successful collaboration. The stroke survivors were amazingly open during the workshop, giving the students something honest and affecting to work with. The students did such a great job in turning these abstract ideas and concepts into a final piece that totally reflects the experiences of the survivors.
The poster is also being shown in conjunction with MMU’s Mortality: Death and the Imagination exhibition at the Holden Gallery, curated by Clive Parkinson of Arts for Health.
For those who know little about the condition, a stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. One person has a stroke every five minutes in he UK. For more information about stroke contact the helpline on 0303 30 33 100, or visit stroke.org.uk.
Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next…!
Jim (1/5 of Print and Paste)
RetroFuzzManchester based creative agency RetroFuzz has created this special image for Print and Paste to coincide with the first ever ArtCrank exhibition later this month in Manchester’s Norther Quarter.
"For this piece I wanted to work with the repetitive pedaling motion needed to propel a bike forwards, and how at some stage your brain keeps them revolutions going subconsciously.
Wanting to tie this in with Manchester, I began to think about the many revolutions that have come from Manchester – the industrial revolution, the first computer was invented here, the acid house revolution, and now of course, the British Cycling revolution is based here, so I really wanted ‘Revolution’ to be the key idea behind the piece.
Finally, I thought about Cinelli - who are one of favourite cycling brands for the way they have embraced artists and designers such as Keith Haring with the customized disc wheels he created for the Laser. That was the point where everything dropped into place as I have a Disc wheel sitting unused at home, which gave us the opportunity to create some artwork by pedaling the bike and painting directly onto the disc. True pedal-powered art!”
Matt Kendall (RetroFuzz)The show will open on Friday, July 12 at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, working with RetroFuzz, Lezyne, and Colorplan Papers to celebrate bikes and local artists whilst supporting Simply Cycling, a nonprofit organization that works to make cycling more accessible to people with disabilities.
ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Since it’s 2007 debut in Minneapolis, they’ve held shows in bike-lovin’ cities like Portland, San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and London, and now Manchester.
Per Englund (1981) lives in Stockholm and works internationally in photography, publishing and print production. Published photobooks by Englund include Passenger Seat, Risk, Rocks, Life Geos On and The Beautiful Struggle.
The photograph shown on the Print&Paste billboard was taken in my Stockholm apartment in 2008. It depicts a plastic bag with cans of cheap Swedish beer and our traditional sausage “Falukorv” stacked on top. Nick Chaffe came up with the the brilliant idea of adding the famous ice cream clown “Clovve” and painted it onto the image.
I’m not sure where I discovered Per’s work, but his fruit sculptures photographed like film stars grabbed my attention first. Check out more of his work and you can see his ideas and ability to capture such a contemporary look are outstanding.
Per sent me a batch of photographs yet to be published, as I had suggested the possibly of collaborating together. It was very difficult for me to add my illustration as I love the pure starkness of the shot we used. I am half Swedish myself, so for me I understood the beers in the “Systembolaget” (the government owned and only place you can buy strong alcohol in Sweden) bag and uniquely Swedish “Falukorv”. But the smile in the sausage eventually said to me GB Glace clown! The clown I have seen every time I visit Sweden in the summer. You can read about the history of the clown here: http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&u=http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/GB-gubben&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgb%2Bgubben%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den
Self Portrait 1 (2013)
Plaster cast, expanding foam, duct tape, photocopied mono-prints.
Taking advantage of the public platform, a piece was created that would actively engage with passers by. With a heavy emphasis on process, the sculptural elements combined with the hand made marks of the mono prints appear seductively tactile, yet out of reach. Devoid of text, the abstracted lines swallowing the figure are left open to interpretation.
Thanks to Sophie Farrar, David Atkinson, Nick Chaffe and Daniel Jones for their tremendous help.
Jon Bland is a designer, artist and curator working at Manchester studio, Music. Since joining Music in 2012, Jon has worked for London Fashion Week, Leeds Print Festival, the British Fashion Awards, London Collections, Manchester City FC and ‘The office is dead’ for Property Alliance. Jon is currently curating the self initiated project ‘No Fly Posters’, which he plans to culminate in a retrospective book.
Si Scott - A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Si has been illustrating his beautiful craft for some time now. I remember his work from a couple of years ago. Si hosted an exhibition of limited edition posters created for local charity Forever Manchester.
Each print used a line from a long list of Manchester bands including The Buzzcocks, Elbow, Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Fall, Doves and Joy Division. The typeface of the series was specifically created by Si for the series. His distinctive and ornate, hand drawn, illustrated typography is what drew me to find out more.
Since being established in 2006 Si Scott has built himself a solid reputation, providing unique creative concepts and imagery for a prestigious and ever growing client list. Widely inspired by his love of music, his flowing designs combine a clever mix of intuitive rush and calculated precision, where minimalism meets complexity in a timeless, yet contemporary fashion.
Si Scott’s original hand-drawn designs have been in great demand all around the world for a wide array of projects in an ongoing visual adventure: Ad campaigns, branding, publishing, editorial, products, interior design, album covers. Multidisciplinary, Si touches everything from type to illustration, graphic design, and three-dimensional creation. His thirst for continuously bringing his art to new levels, and for making design breathe in different ways have led him to an incursion into the worlds of paper cutting and tattooing.
Si Scott’s work stretches across art direction and creative consultation, to lectures and exhibitions; with global recognition from creative industries and institutions.
His work has been regularly awarded and featured in numerous publications, including being listed in the Best 200 Design Moments Ever by Computer Arts Magazine, and honoured twice in Luerzer’s Archive - The Best 200 Illustrators In The World
Si Scott Studio Ltd
Anywhere and Everywhere
This month we are pleased to welcome Michael Place from Build as our March Print and Paste contributor. I (Dave Sedgwick) first contacted Michael a few months back and asked if he would be interested in participating in P&P. His reaction was ‘Great, why not!’ - which is the perfect way to respond.
Having been a big admirer of Build’s and Michael’s work for a number of years, I was particularily interested to see what they would come up with, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Iconic, memorable and graphical striking. The poster is sure to raise a few smiles as well as hopefully bring back one or two memories for people.
Thanks Michael and thank you also for being enthusiastic and interested. It’s extremely appreciated.
'Sunrise over Manchester' combines two things I associate Manchester with, good music (Second Summer of Love era in particular '88-'89) and Factory Records.
I wanted to do something simple, bold and graphic. The factory (as well as Factory Records) represents the industrial heritage of the area, coupled with the iconic smiley face rising behind.
When I was in college in Newcastle we used to buy all the records that came out in that amazing time. Madchester, The Haçienda (and the rave scene) were the words on everybody’s lips, the world’s attention was focussed securely on the North-west.
The Second Summer of Love was an exciting period in musical culture, with so much good ground-breaking music being made, I wanted to capture a small part of that in this piece…and what better place than Manchester itself for it to sit in.