Earlier in the year we started our Design Placement scheme, and welcomed Sam Part as our very first willing guinea pig. Sam writes:
I recently spent three months as a design placement at W+K London, and I enjoyed every minute. I was given the opportunity to work on a self-initiated agency project about failure, as well as the 'InstaNapzzz' window installation during my time there. It's a fantastic agency full of very talented and welcoming people.
I learned a lot, but here are the top five things I came away with:
1. Asking questions is a good way to learn. Just make sure they are good ones.
2. Being confident in your ideas can pay off. I found that visualising the crazy ideas floating around my head helped others understand what I was thinking.
3. Crossing into different disciplines is surprisingly rewarding. I never had a way with words, but I had fun trying out copywriting, much to the amusement of my peers.
4. Talking about things I was doing outside of work helped shake up my thought process. It was refreshing, and I think it helped others understand the way I think.
5. I came across lots of amazing people with varying backgrounds at W+K. I learnt very quickly that anything is possible. You just have to talk and listen to the right people to help you make it happen.
After finishing my spell at W+K, I launched a dream project of mine in Selfridges in London, called ‘Candy Mechanics.' It's something I've been working on for some time and combines 3D scanning technology with good old fashioned sugar. For six weeks, my partner-in-crime Benjamin Redford and I will be making custom 3D-printed candy. Pop in and see us on the lower ground floor in the Ultra Lounge until the 7th of June, to have your own head replicated in lollipop format.
You can also see same examples of Sam's lollipops in the L Gallery here in our office, featuring a few familiar faces from the W+K London family.
Including these glorious candy versions of CDs Sanam and Anders:
This month the L-gallery hosts some
little sculptures made mostly out of painted canvas and glazed ceramic. But in fact the artist who made them, our very own Abi Freckleton, is more
interested in their relation to painting than to sculpture. Her five works for the
L-gallery are, she says, intended to “propose painting as something that is
more than just putting paint onto canvas. Challenging its flatness, edge and support".
Her use of paint on canvas is certainly pretty
unusual - unstretched canvas is painted, then folded up into little pedestals
on top of which she stands her little shards of ceramic. Most of these pieces of ceramic began life as
simple smears of clay – brushstrokes you could call them. She’d argue that they aren’t really that
different from a brushstroke made in paint. These brushstrokes stand up on
their own though, propped up, rather than bounded by, the canvas that supports
Abi graduated from a
BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in June, and since then has been
continuing her investigation into how making – specifically using paint and clay
– can become a way of thinking. This is
where it starts to get a bit too philosophical; suffice to say she’s into seeing
and feeling rather than pondering and reasoning and conceptualizing. The
physical and visual experience of making stuff is what interests her.
Her degree show works combined ceramic with
other painted or printed elements. And, as with the works here, the arrangement
and grouping of things is as important a part of the ‘painting’ process as the
making of the individual elements. These elements are constantly fluxing from
studio to exhibition and back again – meaning the works themselves only ever
exist temporarily. Lets hope they stick around in the L-gallery for the rest of
the month at least.
Are bow ties cool again? Definitely maybe. Meet Charles Olive the one man, spread sheet obsessed, bearded wizard on a mission to put these long neglected accessories back on the fashion map. He will be featuring in our L-Gallery this month.
So what’s so special about these ties? Well Charles comes from a background of digital and advertising and this has shaped his design conception. His first, and arguably most recognisable patterns, arose from experiments in Microsoft Excel, where he repeats colours cells create a simple pattern. Charles likens it to ‘painting by numbers’ and the outcome is pleasing in its boldness (see below). The ties then are really a platform for Charles’s personal passion for all things quirky namely rocks, space, video games and retro graphics.
This might explain the next design inspiration; screen glitches (top). Screen glitches have become something of a mini phenomenon of late and, due to their unexpected throwing up of graphic patterns, Charles collects them. With a bit of tweaking they soon get the bow tie treatment. He also features pizzas, computer game backgrounds (below) and planets, all simplified to create the most interesting and distinctive compositions. Who'd have thought that ties could be so interesting?
We respect this kind of passion here at W+K and one can't help admire a man who wears a suit every day of the year. Charles makes up one half of the 3D mouse creative consultancy http://3dmou.se/ . To see more of Charles's ties go to http://charlesolive.com/
This month sees the arrival of something rather special in our reception L-Gallery, a selection of ceramic work from artist William Edmonds http://www.williamedmonds.co.uk/. William employs varying mediums including paper, sculpture and sound, but his most recent work is in ceramics.
These pieces display a distinct passion for texture and pattern, with dripping glazes, engraved marks and splashes of colour. Each one is carefully crafted and no two of his creations are the same.There is also a humour within his work. Strange shapes, sometimes faces, gives the humble cup a comical personality. One can’t help notice the cheeky nod to eras past, notably the famous Troika potteries and classical Greek sculpture.
It’s true, William has made cups and vases here, but you wouldn’t want to drink earl grey from these little beauties, they deserve pride of place on your mantle. There's all kinds of wonderful work in his portfolio, drawing on many aspects of contemporary design. All we know is that his stuff is great and you can’t help but smile when you see it.
Summer is well and truly upon us and the temperature continues to rise in Shoreditch. So much so it was positively 'tropical' in our office this afternoon.
And as we operate a very strong 'waste not want not' policy round here, we distributed some 'tropical' produce left over from a shoot yesterday. Yes, that's right, we held a 'pineapple tombolo'. In our L Gallery. Right here in reception.
Some lucky recipients were clearly overwhelmed to head into the weekend with some suitably refreshing fruit.
Others took it upon themselves to accessorize their prize.
Evelin creates truly handmade graphics. She employs the craft
techniques of embroidery to create typographical illustrations firmly rooted in
her graphic design background. She uses typography, grid systems and
design techniques to create work at the very cutting edge of contemporary
this, Evelin has developed a CMYK cross-stitch technique that creates printed
images with needle and thread. She has started work on a
pantone book using this method.
clients include: Nike/The New York Times Magazine/The Guardian/Dorling
Kindersley/Fil Rouge Press/Phaidon Press/Bloomsbury Publishers/Kate Spade New
York/Wired Magazine UK and she is currently represented by WICCA.
This week sees a new exhibition pop up in our wonderful
little L-Gallery. It is by London-based artist Trystan Williams.
His collection 'Thread 1' takes quotes from the
internet and laser-engraves them on to pieces of slate. Here is what he has to
say about his work:
post things on the internet that they would never admit to their closest friend
in real life. The things people post can be tragic, hilarious, disgusting,
thought-provoking, hateful, revelatory, confessional, deeply personal,
full of joy, or full of pain and loneliness. They are as varied in tone and
texture as the spectrum of human emotion and thought. It’s this that I’m trying
to get at with this work: an attempt to excavate and preserve what is truly
human and all too easily lost in the dense, humming jungle of high technology
and instant online communication."
This month in our tiny little
L-Gallery we have Nic Joly exhibiting his beautiful miniature model
started out crafting playful little scenes around his home for his children to
stumble upon, making these little scenes soon turned into a passion and a way for him to comment on
how he sees the world.
Nic says, “As we go through the journey that
is our lives we come across situations and make observations about what we see
and feel. With my 'Underfoot' collection I strive to highlight my own
observations and thoughts about my journey, and things I have seen. Each
miniature sculpture work is framed in a museum quality, glass-fronted box
frame. These frames turn the works into small, well-hung pieces of theatre.”
We are loving Nic's work here at
W+K, and even more so since we found out he earned himself a Blue Peter
badge. (Not that we are jealous, of course.)
This month we're exhibiting Hannah Parr's
delightful little pieces of food-inspired sculpture in our L-Gallery. (It is officially London's second-smallest gallery and is located in the glass case that forms part of our reception desk.)
Hannah introduces us to her playful
take on a lunchtime snack with painted wooden slabs of cheese, ham and bread,
and juicy-looking watermelons.
She finds satisfaction in
reviving the overlooked beauty of discarded objects, presenting them once
again to the world. Bold and energetic strokes are painted onto wood,
complementing and exposing the qualities of the original material. A colourful start to February
for our L-Gallery.