I’m not sure how I came across Simon Cheadle’s work, but I first pinned it because I liked the design of his layout. When I finally looked at his website, I discovered he has created some pretty cool projects. Simon describes himself as a designer, illustrator, and printmaker whose work is not dictated by personal style. He writes, “…my work starts with an idea in accordance to the brief, with the medium and process that I use reflecting this concept.”
I personally love this approach, and so it’s no surprise that I really enjoy Simon’s projects, several of which are interactive projects.
The following are some his projects, written by him on his website. (All images via his website, too!)
Make Mistakes:An ongoing and interactive project that explores the importance of making mistakes in the creative process. Drawing tools that generate mistakes were designed and used to reinterpret objects and ideas that are considered perfect. By then printing and manufacturing the, these notions of perfection are pushed back into the realm of creativity and the imperfections of the object are celebrated.
Mental Block: ‘Usually when I am stuck I either keep at it — thinking of other possibilites from other perspectives, flipping my ideas on their head, questioning and scrutinising the brief, challenging the restrictions of what is required, applying the properties of something successful from another field to my problem, asking for advice from one of my friends, looking at another problem I am trying to solve and seeing if it applies well to my brief…or go for a beer.’
Notebook Cover: A versatile notebook cover that promotes personalisation and everyday use based on the fact that a plain notebook can be used by everyone for anything. If, however, the user decides not to adapt it, then it can be left as a decorative pattern.
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Based in Leeds, Leah Durant states that her primary passion is photography, which is melded with printmaking, collage, and drawing.
In collaged pieces, Leah’s photography is often non-specific and enlarged to highlight texture. Aesthetically, I love the diffused nature of her mark-making and photos, which speaks to the larger scope of her work. She writes:
The intention of my work is to visually record the subtleties in everyday life that we do not always notice or appreciate. For example, the idea of pausing and enjoying a moment that is right there in front of our eyes, such as a shadow on a wall, a piece of paper in the wind, or a reflection in a window. Through capturing details of things that may seem insignificant in our daily lives, the fragmented beauty of the subject is brought to the forefront and chaos is pushed back. Ultimately, the raw purity and fragility of the image is unravelled.
All images via her website/Tumblr.
I’ve only recently begun to learn about cyanotype, which is photographic printing process that creates a cyan-blue print. Photosensitive solution is applied to a surface (such as paper or fabric), and left to dry in a dark place. Based on the intensity of the ingredients in a solution, different tones of blues can be acheived. Casey Robert’s work experiments with this process, using it as an conceptual element of her work. He writes:
My work illustrates a fantastic landscape. It represents nature’s subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. A giant glow-in-the-dark heart, or a pile of precious gems tells us that we are loved, just as blood squirting from an oak tree trunk says, all is not well. I am inspired by my conversation with the landscape, I imagine long monologues when pine forests make me laugh and mountains test my patience.
All images via his website.