This is a Riso-printed alphabet picture book; it takes the readers, young and old, on a walk which starts at the Barbican and continues East along the Regent’s Canal, Haggerston, Mile End, Whitechapel and their surroundings, spotting giant letters amongst buildings.
Supported by Hato Press, The Big Letter Hunt is a very local project: it was devised and designed in and around Regent Studios on Andrews Road E8, printed and bound on Scawfell Street E2, and we are now launching the second edition on Sunday 26/10 from 3pm at L’Entrepôt on Dalston Lane, E8, as part of Hackney with a Twist.
There will be a workshop (booking essential), books and limited edition prints at a reduced price, and great wine.
This week I’ve received the first issue of The T, a Type and Typography Korean magazine published by Typography Seoul with a long feature on Erik Spiekermann.
There are also a few spreads on my Body Type work.
On the 29th of March, WWF Deutschland organised a performance by the Brandenburg Gate using the Letterform for the Ephemeral to mark Earth Hour. Over 7,000 cities in 150 countries joined the movement to raise awareness about climate change.
I’m honoured that my work was selected by Curators Dr Glenn Adamson, of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Priya Khanchandani as a winner of the Word Art Collective digital competition. Below is the exhibited work.
30s exposure photograph + 30s Video
The french expression “avoir un poil dans la main” means to be lazy, or literally to have a hair growing in your hand.
Because us French people tend not to pronounce the letter H, it becomes To ‘ave R (air) in your hand when translated in English.
Dancing is playing with air. The photograph exposed is a 30s exposure of a choreography very slowly drawing a R with my hand.
The video shows a random-looking dance, so slow that it’s hardly recognisable as a letter until we see the photograph next to it.
A really nice alchemy ran through that Summer School workshop on sunday; by the time I picked up my camera, I went back outside to find people who didn’t know each other performing words and letters, and brainstorming on possible messages involving alternative post-Olympic messages and the Pussy Riot.
The Free Pussy Riot one, below, has since been very broadly shared by Amnesty International UK, amongst others, on Twitter.
The workshop was curated by George Vasey;
Summer School was curated by Rosie Cooper a& realised by Fay Nicolson.
Want to protest? Tell a story? We are looking for between 10-15 volunteers to join us for a performative typographic workshop at the Gerald Moore gallery on Sunday August the 12th. Working with the body’s potential to form new words through movement and gesture, it will be your chance to take part in a living work of art.
I will be leading a three hour workshop and participants will be invited to work together to create a collaborative public performance on the day.
Sunday 12th August 2012
Workshop, 12th of August 2012
We want people to bring ideas along and work together as a group. It will be a fun day, and we will provide lunch and refreshments as well as a souvenir.
The workshop curated by George Vasey
Summer School is curated by Rosie Cooper and realised by Fay Nicolson
This picture of human arabic typography, reading تضاريس/Relief/Tadariss, was taken on the first day of a seminar on 3D typography I gave at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.
Working with Masters students in Art Direction and Multimedia, we a created choreography-based pluri-alphabetic piece allowing a group of people posing as human letterforms to express a word in English, then in French, and finally in Arabic in a few moves, reflecting on the Lebanese multi-lingual culture.
The ALBA, where I was giving a one-week seminar on typography last month, is celebrating its 75th anniversary next week.
For this occasion, the school asked me and the students to prepare something
to go on the massive banner that will cover the building during the festivities;
above is a sneak pic of the making of. More soon.