Monday, 26 August 2013

'East London Mobile Workshop'

Curated by long time faves Nousvous, I was approached to be one of a handful of resident artists on E.L.M.O, the East London Mobile Workshop.  In conjunction with Studio Weave (the genius behind 'Ecology of Colour') and alongside Fiona Boundy of Artlands Trust, a vintage bus was transformed into the most perfect mobile studio.  Neatly positioned outside Walthamstows William Morris GalleryMorris's own ethos that Art should be for All, fuelled our daily workshops.  
"I don't want art for a few, any more than education for a few or freedom for a few.. what business have we with art unless we can all share it?".
Assisted by the technical & creative talent of Thomas Murphy, a whole load of printing went on involving local residents, passers by & day-trippers.  Each day saw us up our creative antics, experimenting with colour blends, multi-layering and metallic inks using pre-exposed screens of disparate text and imagery.  You can see a selection of the resulting collaborative prints above and below.

'Wired US'

Here's a few snaps (at various stages) of a recent editorial commissioned by Wired magazine..  Unfortunately it ended up in the can.. : (

Sunday, 18 August 2013


Architect John Bertram & author Yuri Leving's passion for Lolita collectively created 'Loloita, Story of a Cover Girl'.
Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design reconsiders the cover of Lolita. Eighty renowned  graphic designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) offer their own takes on the book's jacket, while graphic-design critics and Nabokov scholars survey more than half a century of Lolita covers.
Through the lenses of design and literature, Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl tells the strange design history of one of the most important novels of the 20th century--and offers a new way for thinking visually about difficult books. Available to buy here.

Below, Mark Melnick