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CIP, Duke of Uke

To finish my Duke of Uke Brief, I have created some instagram visuals. This is a great way way to see how my designs would look on social media. Ive loved this brief and I am very happy with my final illustrations.
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Printing tags

CIP, Final Brief, Local Universe, visual identity

As I reach the end of my final project for my studio and further develop my visual identity in CIP. I’ve realised that my visual identity should be visible in all of my projects and should also be consistent. Ive already created a lino stamp with an abstract design, (that I may use as a logo) so decided to use this and print the design on to small tags i’ll use to package my final Local Universe editions.

I also made a quick video showing my process.

(the music I’ve used in my video is ‘Un Gamin – Zoufris Maracas 🙂 )

I really like the white block printing ink on these little manila tags, Block printing ink also tends to dry pretty quickly, so thats a bonus!

Visual Identity

CIP, visual identity

As part of CIP we have to consider our own visual identity that represents who we are as artists and creative practitioners. A visual identity is the visual articulation of an individual or group. it includes all pertinent design applications, such as banners, business cards, logos, packaging of work, among many other possible applications.

Basically, it’s using visual communication as a way to tell people who you are.

As I have considered my logo I’ve realised that one of the most important aspects of this will be consistency throughout my work. I want my logo to be simple and easy to replicate so with this in mind chose to make a small, circular, lino cut stamp. I then tested my abstract design with block printing ink. IMG_20160513_0004-page-001I like the versatility of using a stamp, it’s pretty quick to stamp my design onto various materials, I also love the texture of lino printing. As I develop this idea I think I will add a handwritten signature underneath the print.

After Printing  loads of my design, I thought it would be fun to create a few gifs of my logo spinning. I scanned my design, then used photoshop to rotate my design by 10 degrees. I needed 36 rotations to create the 360 degree turn for the design to spin. This left me with 36 images that I used to create my gif.

I absolutely love how these little spinning circles have turned out 🙂

I used Silver/Black block printing ink and mixed red and blue to create the burgundy colour. Blue, silver/black, burgundy and red are my favourite colours so I naturally tend to gravitate towards them. However I think these could look really nice in bright or even neon colours, so will experiment more with colour.

Duke of Uke – Final outcomes

CIP, Duke of Uke, Projects

Finally got to the end of our Duke of Uke project for CIP. This live project is a celebration of the 10 year anniversary for the Duke of Uke, a Ukulele and Banjo emporium based on Cheshire Street in East London. Check out their website and grab yourself a new instrument here!

For this brief I chose to explore the 5 visuals for the instagram. After plenty of research I decided on doing 5 images that were based on different seasons/times of celebration throughout the year. I created my initial designs in my sketchbook and then decided to use ink to colour the images and final liner for the fine details. Once I decided on my colour palette for each image I then tested various paper types and settled on khaki handmade paper (which is amazing! and great for ink and watercolours!)

These are my Final outcomes for the Project:
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I absolutely love the how these have turned out, and despite how nervous I was to present my ideas to the Duke of Uke I am thrilled that they liked them too and chose to use them! So excited to carry on working and developing these ideas for the 10 year anniversary of a fantastic store!

Duke of Uke – The research continues!

CIP, Duke of Uke

As part of my ongoing project for the Duke of Uke, this week I decided to join a ukulele playing group! Armed with a few short questions to get people talking about their experiences and a drink for some Dutch courage, I got started.

My questions were short and fairly open ended; I wanted people to chat freely and thought I would get the best responses from this type of question.

Why did you start playing the Ukulele?
Did you play any instruments beforehand?
What kind of music genres do you enjoy playing?
What do you feel you have gained from playing as a group?

The answers I got were varied, many people talked about how being part of a group helped them gain confidence. Being in a group allowed people to perform with likeminded individuals who share a common passion. Some people spoke about how playing as a group helped to bring music back into their lives and even helped them find skills that they weren’t aware they had.

Overall we decided the best way to describe playing the ukulele is as “A happy, jolly, friendly thing!”



Duke of Uke

CIP, Duke of Uke, Visual Research and Inspiration

For our current CIP Project we are creating visuals showcasing the spirit of the Duke of Uke.

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Duke of Uke is London’s only Ukulele emporium, based on Cheshire Street in East London they stock a huge collection of ukulele’s, banjo’s, guitars, acoustic bass guitars and countless other musical instruments and accessories. Check out their website here!

Not only a Ukulele emporium the Duke of Uke is community of seasoned players and complete beginners to the instrument. They offer ukulele courses, private lessons and organise events and gigs!

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This year (2016) Duke of Uke will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary! Within CIP we have the opportunity to help celebrate this landmark and create visuals showcasing the spirit and energy of the Duke of Uke.

Through this project we have the opportunity to create an illustration based window display in either 2D or 3D form, an informative or entertaining gif animation for the Duke of Uke, 5 Visuals for Instagram and posting strategy and a visual identity for the 10th anniversary.

I’m currently stuck between creating  a gif animation for the Duke of Uke, and creating the 5 visuals for the Instagram. As I research the Ukulele and those who play it (both in groups and professionally) I hope my choice will become clearer.

To start my research, I’ve looked at the Duke of Uke’s current social media and website and picked out current art work and images. This will give me a clear idea of their style and current branding and help me pick out elements I can use in my own work for them.


The World Goes Pop

CIP, Visits, Visual Research and Inspiration

On Friday I went to The World Goes Pop exhibition at the Tate Modern. The exhibition explores pop art on a global scale. Focusing on artists of the 1960’s and 70’s and showing how different countries and cultures responded to the pop art movement. The technicolour exhibition explores many different themes such as protest, war, the body, sexuality, the
domestic revolution, consumerism and East/West divide.

One of the first pieces to catch my eye was the brilliantly bold ‘Doll Festival'(1966) by Ushio Shinohara which uses industrial materials such perspex. This use of found or unlikely materials really interests me and is something I want to explore in my Local Universe Editions Brief.

Another part of the exhibition that really interested me featured the Russian artists Komar and Melamid. Their work explored an apocalyptic future where famous American pop art has been partially destroyed. perhaps reflecting the Cold War tensions of the time. The artists reinterpret the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana in a new and exciting way, with parts of the pieces burned or cut away and the piece reassembled like a jigsaw.

The exhibition proves that Pop Art is a truly global phenomenon with artists featured from around the globe. It is  a bold, neon assault of the senses and touches on a range of themes and subjects that are still just as relevant in out society today. Read more about the exhibition here.

And to finish a great exhibition it was lovely to walk out of the Tate and right into the South Bank Christmas markets! Nothing makes me feel more festive that roasted chestnuts and mulled wine!



Paper to Paddle

CIP, Paper to Paddle

Ping Pong Gone Wrong.

Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and when that happens you have to adapt to a new challenge. This was certainly the case with creating my Ping Pong paddle for CASS Paper to Ping Pong exhibition and auction

I had my heart set on a design inspired by Snakes and Monsters, but after creating my prototype, I could see that the design sadly didn’t work on the paddle as well as I had imagined. So I revisited some of my other ideas and developed another of my favourite designs, a woman with a red flower, and her sugar skull counterpart.
IMG_0258Creating my prototype also gave me a chance to address any problems with painting directly onto a wooden ping pong paddle. Once I removed the rubber sides and sanded the paddle, I discovered that it was still uneven, with dimples in the wood so it wouldn’t be great surface to paint directly onto. Fixing this would be my first challenge.

So I took a trip to B&Q in search of wood fillers and after 20 minutes and a cold, windy walk home I was ready to get started.IMG_0223 3 hours and a lot of sanding later, I finally had a paddle to paint on…

IMG_0227A lot of painting, cups of tea and late nights but this is the finished piece…