I have two titles, and no, I haven't finished them yet; sorry guys, life just gets in the way sometimes!
I have been thinking about these two titles for a long time, brainstorming, coming up with ideas, working on them, rejecting them, and forming new ones. Alongside all this thinking has been an awful lot of research. Now that I think I have actually hit on an idea or two that I want to follow, I want to share a few links to show you my background research and ideas so far.
Kurt Johannessen - his work has intrigued me for sometime even before the project was settled; working with directional language and instructional bookworks, he obviously appeals to me and my work. Having not actually seen the bookwork Exercises before I did an internet search for some images and came across this page of Printed Matter bookshop in New York, with a great description too. I would of course love to see the work in the flesh, but have yet to get round to making an appointment at the Tate library in London who have a copy; maybe next week... Anyway, for Turn Left I was struck by the description that "statements are presented in small delicate text on stark white pages with wide margins" - I feel like I want to make work that is somehow giving something back, or having a dialogue with the original material Sarah used to make her 100 stories; and perhaps the basic structure of the original Jonannessen book could be a way to do that. Structurally I like the idea of trying out some designs that mimic the 10x10cm square with black text on white pages. The original is offset printed, but I would like to use letterpress, or at least try it out and see.
Little Chef - for Motorway Services I immediately wanted to include in some way or other the influence of the very British institution of the Little Chef; a roadside family restaurant, the UK's answer to the American highway diner. In my childhood, on long car journeys I would keep my eye out for Little Chef's, beg my parents to stop at the next one, and plot the time gone with the distance between each one. Little Chef's, or the ones left still open, are quite depressing places now, maybe they always were, but I was a kid, what was I to know?! Anyway, I have in my collection of old, eclectic printed matter, a copy of a Little Chef map, a pamphlet type of folded map and the perfect structure for my edition. I am always interested in cheaply printed ephemera, tourist maps, leaflets, pamphlets and other assorted printed matter; and using this as a structure in which to make work so I want to use this ephemeral quality, this aesthetic leaning toward tourist maps and make work my edition with this structure.
|A Little Chef|
Fonts & Printing - In terms of the typeface, I have research and thought about this quite a bit. For both titles I want to incorporate the feeling of road signs, directional language in a recognisable typeface. I researched the fonts that UK road signs are made up of and came across this website where you can download the fonts for free: http://www.roadsuk.com/signs/fonts/ - this made my day and I'm now quite excited about having a solid basis from which to start making the work. I want each title to be quite differently printed and differently structured; the first (Turn Left) I already mentioned I want to letterpress and use the 10x10 white book format.
The second (Motorway Services) I want to to try a method of printing I have not previously investigated; the plotter printer. This way of cheaply producing large format (A3 - A0) black & white print outs is normally used by architects and engineers to print out their building plans. I know someone who recently used these guys http://www.plotgiant.co.uk/ to print some posters, so I'm going to give them a go and do a test run.
So as you can see; I'm getting somewhere, I'm just not quite there yet!
Groups 6 & 11
#16 Turn Left & #54 Motorway Services