I was among 25 designers and artists invited to contribute a poster to dn&co’s
exhibition, Co-Ordinates. The brief was to produce a map of London presenting the familiar city in a new or unexpected way.
I chose to represent London with the streets and man-made environment stripped away to uncover the earth and rock beneath the city. The Thames meanders through a broad basin, with ancient bedrock consisting of mainly London Clay and relatively recent surface deposits of sands, gravels and boulders laid down by the action of rivers, glaciers and the weather. Revealing the complexity underground provides an insight to the geological forces and processes that gave form to the land long before the city existed.
The posters are screenprinted in yellow and metallic gold on A1 Colourplan card. Produced in a small edition of 10 by Peckham Print Studio
, the posters will be sold for £50 each, with profits going to homeless charity, Streets of London
All the posters will be on display at dn&co’s Ground Floor Space gallery in Bermondsey from 23rd to 27th September, during the London Design Festival. For more information and to see all the posters, please visit www.groundfloorspace.com
Brick Bonds is a book documenting the range of traditional bond patterns used in brick-laying. We are surrounded by bricks, but seldom dwell on the patterns used to build them into walls and structures. The standard patterns have a long history - the basic bonds, such as Stretcher Bond and Flemish Bond exist for their structural strength, and others, like Raked Monk Bond, were developed to provide more decorative motifs.
The front page of the book lists all of the brick bond names and the inner pages document each bond pattern in turn. The names have an unexpected poetry, in contrast with their practical and down to earth use. Many of the bond names derive from the names given to the various parts of the brick’s anatomy; the long side of the brick is known as the stretcher, the short edge as the header. Terms such as staggered, raked and stacked refer to different ways of overlapping the layers.
The book is printed on 2.5mm cellulose board, a raw fibrous board usually used in the backing of picture frames. The books were bound by Wyvern Bindery, using a material called mull, a open weave cloth material usually used in the internal structure of hardback books. I screenprinted the inner pages in two colours at East London Printmakers, and the cover is foil-blocked in gloss red. Each book has a brick red Cairn board slipcase with foiled-blocked title in gloss red, also made by Wyvern Bindery. The book has a volume reminiscent of a brick.
is a set of two posters focussing on London's underlying geographic features. Our everyday view of London is as a sprawling metropolis, with almost all the land occupied by buildings and shaped by man. These posters show London as revealed by Ordnance Survey's DTM (Digital Terrain Model) dataset, with the built environment stripped away to expose the lie of the land, showing how the Thames and its numerous tributaries have shaped the topography, creating ridges, hills and valleys. Much of central London is built on the river's vast flood plains – the shape of the loops of the river as it meanders across the plains are one of the distinguishing features of the city.
The Rivers and tributaries
poster shows all of the small rivers, streams and brooks that feed into the Thames as it flows through London. Some tributaries such as the Effra and the Fleet were built over and are now trapped underground, some channelled into London's convoluted sewer system. Names such as River Peck and River Rom reveal the origin of names of some of London's well-known neighbourhoods.
The Hills and valleys
poster highlights all the London place names that are derived from the geography of their location. Many have become so embedded in our minds that we don't think about the geographic reason why locations such as Muswell Hill and Maida Vale have their names.
The posters are screen-printed in metallic silver with blue and green on GF Smith Naturalis Absolute Matt White 160gsm paper. Printed by Bob Eight Pop. Dimensions: 500 x 700mm. Open edition, with an initial run of 50 of each poster, signed in pencil. They are for sale through www.melissaprice.bigcartel.com
The posters were selected for sale in the Dezeen Superstore, a pop-up shop featuring a range of exclusive products. Based in Covent Garden, the shop ran through August and September 2012. Here's the feature on the Dezeen blog http://www.dezeen.com/
A 12 page book presenting simple facts about the English kings and queens, from William the Conquerer to the present Queen Elizabeth.
Each spread focuses on a particular set of facts about the monarchy: family name, nationality, religion, number of marriages and how their succession came about. The names are colour-coded with the list of facts on each spread.
The content was inspired by a children's plastic ruler which had the English kings and queens listed on it as an aide memoir for history students. I loved the simplicity of the list of names, and, having been awful at history at school, I wanted to explore a graphic method for expressing a range of facts about the monarchs to act as prompts to help remember some of the major historical events.
The book was hand-screenprinted at East London Printmakers in 8 colours, including two metallics and two fluorescents. It was bound with a white saddle stitch. Only 20 copies were printed.
A 20 page book about the M1 motorway, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening in 1959. The book is a collection of drawings of the motorway's junctions seen from above. I became interested in the graceful curves and shapes of the junctions and found that there are huge variations, from the simplest to those with multiple flyovers and roundabouts. It was an interesting challenge to take a subject that isn't normally considered to be aesthetically pleasing and find a graphic angle to explore. The illustrations are accompanied by a full listing of the destinations that are signed from each junction, from South to North.
The book was hand-screenprinted at East London Printmakers, It has a short cover in paper-lined bookcloth with a Singer-sewn binding.
The book was included in the London Art Book Fair 2010 and 2011 at Whitechapel Gallery, represented by Kaleid Editions. A small number of copies are available for sale at www.kaleideditions.com
Posters of a number of the junctions are available to buy from print-process.com
. The posters were selected for sale in the V&A's shop as part of their "British Design 1948–2012' exhibition range.
This 12 page book explores the architecture of the Barbican estate by simplifying it to flat elevations in black and white. The aim was to focus on the architect's use of a simple palette of materials: concrete, brick and water. These are brought together in a multitude of different ways with a strong geometric language of rectilinear and circular forms to create a distinctive architectural identity.
The book was hand-screenprinted at East London Printmakers, only 10 copies were made. It was hand bound with a pamphlet stitch.
Posters of a number of the Barbican illustrations are available to buy from print-process.com