Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. Winner of The Word Art Collective digital competition

    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.


  2. Some images from the Workshop at Gerald Moore Gallery

    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.


  3. DesignMarketo—retrospection

    Last December, DesignMarketo was invited to show its first retrospection (yes, somewhere between a retrospective and an introspection, it’s a retrospection), DesignMarketo en Barcelona at Otrascosas de Villarrosas gallery in Barcelona in December 2011. The exhibition space looked amazing, designed by
    Lars Frideen and Jordi Canudas (waiting for pictures here! Anyone?), and featured a variety of products launched during various events organised, the BookSetting poster being one of them.

    On this occasion, DesignMarketo also launched its first book, (designed by DesignMarketo themselves!) presenting designers, products and events from the main events organised so far. It includes an introduction text by Brit Leissler and the photographs I’ve been taking for DesignMarketo those past 3 years.

    A4, 64pages, printed laser & Riso as an edition of 100 only.
    Get it from here!


  4. In Vino Veritas, Rainbow Edition @ the Barbican Centre

     

    “At first glance, the Curve Gallery at the Barbican looks as if it has been transformed into a glorified gallery gift shop. Step inside, however, and you will notice that the objects adorning the sleek lacquered tabletop units possess an element of the surreal and idiosyncratic, including hacksaw shaped bread boards and tiny wind up music boxes.
    This is the Design Den – the Barbican’s answer to a pop-up shop, keeping intact a design aesthetic befitting of its Brutalist location. Focusing on the applied arts, and in conjunction with DesignMarketo — ‘a platform that diffuses up-and-coming designers’ small or limited productions’ – the consumer cultural experience comes alive. (…)
    Hato Press, a specialty printing and publishing house based near London Fields, showcase small notebooks of illustrations collated from test prints and mistakes in their studio. Their expertise in screen and Risograph print processes create beautifully constructed art books. Elsewhere, design fuses with humour, from the Ty DIY Edition Shower Curtain with marker pen (create your perfect shower curtain) to Amandine Alessandra’s In Rainbow Veritas, a plain white bistro tablecloth that reveals a flower blossom pattern when wine, curry sauce or tea is spilt on it. (…)”

    Rosie Higham-Stainton, http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/

    Design Den
    The Curve
    Barbican Centre, Silk Street
    London, EC2Y 8DS
    Until 23 December 2011
    Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm
    Sun 12 noon – 8pm

  5. Show: Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

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    TYPOTAGE invites Michael von Aichberger, Amandine Alessandra, Bela Borsodi, Alexander Branczyk, Andrew Byrom, Arnold Dreyblatt, Götz Gramlich, Sascha Grewe, MAGMA Brand Design, Ebon Heath, Susan Hefuna, Monika Heineck, Aoyama Hina, Domingo Kdekilo, René Knip, Vladimir Koncar, Eric Ku, Pantea Lachin, Sebastian Lemm, Thomas Mayfried, Niessen & de Vries, Julius Popp, Lisa Rienermann, Camilo Rojas, Stefan Sagmeister, Lee Stokes, Reona Ueda, Ralph Ueltzhöffer, usus,Bembo’s Zoo, zwölf to exhibit their typographic work at the Museum of the Printing Arts of Leipzig, Germany.

    Workshops and Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig
    May, 8th – July, 17th 2011

    http://www.druckkunst-museum.de/home.html


  6. Clerkenwell Design Week 2011: Stop Motion Typography workshop

    amandine_alessandraTypographic performance at Liverpool Street Station (18:00:00 – 19:00:00)

    For Clerkenwell Design Week 2011 DesignMarketo is setting up at the Farmiloe Building on St John Street in collaboration with the Barbican Art Centre. I will be giving a (free) workshop based on stop motion and typography, using the iconic building space as a grid to produce a human typeface.
    Wednesday 25.05.11 from 2-4pm

    Also: do not miss Alexandre Bettler‘s workshop on mobile typography:
    Thursday 26.05.11 from 5-pm

    24-26 May 2011
    34, St John Street, London
    EC1M 4AY

    http://designmarketo.com/events/clerkenwell-design-week-2011/


  7. New collection: In Rainbow Veritas

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    Cutlery Use Dev Org, tablecloth Amandine Alessandra during A Dinner with DesignMarketo at the Barbican Gallery.

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    In Rainbow Veritas is a new edition of In vino Veritas, a plain white bistrot tablecloth that reveals its pattern as wine, blueberry juice, curry sauce or tea is spilled on it, diverting the attention away from an awkward situation, as an irregular pattern of flowers blossoms in the stain.
    The new collection was recently launched in London at the dinner hosted by DesignMarketo
    at the Barbican Gallery.

    A limited series, hand printed in East London by All Cats Are Grey and sold on DesignMarketo.


  8. In Vino Veritas at the Barbican Art Centre

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    The Coffee & Friends edition of the In Vino Veritas tableclothes is part of the collection DesignMarketo selected for its shop in a shop at the Barbican Art Centre during the show Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s.


  9. Deluxe Roudoudou

    Roudoudou is the name French kids give to a sort of red hard candy cast in a sea shell.

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    Deluxe Roudoudou is a silver and coffee lollipop specially commissioned by DesignMarketo for the Coffee & Friends edition of FoodMarketo during the London Design Festival 2010. It combines the idea of a cheap sweet with the English idiom “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth.”

    Like Super Natural, FoodMarketo was in the Brompton Design District, one of several such districts in the festival. A joint effort by Apartamento magazine and Design Marketo, a company that allows young designers to get their products (from greeting cards to tables) to a wider audience, this engagingly ad-hoc basement installation, designed by Max Lamb and Lars Frideen, was half cafe (selling coffee from Coleman Coffee Roasters) and half pop-up shop. The cafe furniture was for sale, as were objects like the irresistible lollipops flavored with coffee and tea that were cast in silver spoons by Amandine Alessandra.

    Pilar Viladas, NY TIMES, T Magazine, September 2010, link here


  10. In vino veritas

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    In vino veritas (wine reveals the truth) is a plain white tablecloth that only reveals its damask pattern
    as wine is spilled on it. (Perfect for clumsy guests!)

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    This is part of a research on ephemeral stencils, looking into “programming” a shape or word to appear, evolve and disappear according to changesin its environment. Traditionally, damasks were woven in a single colour, with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground, causing the thread to reflect the light differently according to the position of the observer. I liked the idea of a pattern that would only be revealed under certain circumstances, just as truth and secrets would.

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    The tannin can be fixated by washing the tablecloth in cold water with 1kg of salt instead of laundry powder, although this may cause the color to change accordingly to the wine used. (See below)

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    In vino veritas tableclothes will be shown and sold during the Milan Furniture Fair, in the Foodmarketo pop-up shop/gallery. FoodMarketo is a joint project by Apartamento magazine and DesignMarketo.
    Where: Milan, Via Masera in front of n.10
    at the Kaleidoscope space.
    When: 13-18 April 2010

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