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.
This month we are pleased to showcase one of Manchester’s best illustrators in Stan Chow. We wanted to work with Stan for some time and he has been very patient waiting for his month!
Stan explains below:
This month’s Print and Paste is curated by me, Jim Ralley. Keen to showcase the work of local artists, I asked my pal Hannah to produce something for us. Check our some more of her work at http://hannahmosley.bigcartel.com
This is what she had to say:
“I’m am apprentice tattooist and illustrator.
‘(w)here is home(?)” was inspired by temporarily moving in with my brilliant Mum after 9 years living in various house and flat shares, and also reaching a point in life where thoughts about setting up a homestead with your lover start rearing their head. What is home? Is it something elusive, or is it wherever you make it? Can it really encompass and protect everyone? Can one home really provide for those footloose, bindle-toting wanderers, and also for those who are solidly rooted in what’s gone before?
Maybe some people have too much wanderlust to ever settle, and others are too stuck in one spot to meet their future halfway. But maybe you can put down the bindle - maybe you can use the axe.
On a less navel-gazing note, lots have people have noted that the flaming shell (which I thought made a nice little visual symbol for the safety and sacredness of home) actually looks pretty gynic. (Look it up). Whoops.
I probably ended up with more questions than I started with after drawing this, but it was a lot of fun. It’s fantastic to be a part of P&P, and to see artists’ work getting such good exposure and becoming a daily part of city centre life.”
This month we are pleased to present husband and wife team HITOTZUKI (Kami and Sasu). The couple, based in Tokyo, have been working on murals and installations since 1999. HITOTZUKI literally means ‘sun and moon’ in Japanese. Kami draws lines while Sasu makes symmetrical motifs directly by hand, depicting scenes relevant to their lives and emotions.
Having first seen their work via instagram I am pleased they have accepted my invitation to contribute their artwork to the streets of Manchester via our ‘Print and Paste’ billboard space near Oxford Road.
please visit www.hitotzuki.com to find out more
About the piece
Title: The Prestitute