For my Editions Project (Possibly my favourite project) I created an edition of prints. To create these prints I used collage, which is something I’ve always enjoyed 🙂 I created the images by layering collage and scanning each layer as I went. I used some of the same elements in most images so there are similar patters and textures in each print. The images focus on the life of Frances Shea, the first wife of Reggie Kray. As I’ve created the collages I’ve tried to use items found in my Local Universe and the East End as much as I can, I felt this was important as Frances Shea’s life is intertwined with the East End.
I created an Edition of 5 A3 prints and 25 A5 prints. To accompany these prints I created a small a5 card that explained a little about Frances Shea and her life, On the front of the print I chose a blown up/slightly distorted version of a pattern that I’ve repeated through the prints.
Recently I went to Brighton for the day, it’s one of my favourite places and also has some amazing antique and vintage shops! Ive always like collecting things and I love combining vintage images and pattern in collages, so I tend to collect A LOT of vintage magazines and journals. So when I spotted these 1950’s Picturegoer magazines I had to get them!
Picturegoer was a fan magazine published in the United Kingdom between January 1921 and 23 April 1960. Its primary focus was contemporary films and the performers who appeared in them.
The first magazine I got was from March 1950, I can’t believe this magazine is 66 years old!! On the cover is Maureen O’Hara, an Irish-American actress and singer. The famously red-headed O’Hara was known for her beauty and playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, often in westerns and adventure films. She worked on numerous occasions with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne, and was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The next magazine is from 1957 and has Janette Scott on the cover (in what is probably the most amazing dress ever!) Born in Morecambe, Lancashire. Janette Scott became a popular leading lady, one of her best-known roles being April Smith in the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, in which Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas competed for her attention. also known for one of her greatest roles as the parson’s wife in the 1959 film, The Devils Disciple, that starred Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Laurence Olivier.
Love all the adverts of the era, especially the Imperial Leather Soap advert. Cant wait to scan some of these pages!
Productive day in the studio today! Been experimenting with collage for my editions project!