This week I screen printed my posters, wanting to get in the workshop before the rush of everyone else wanting to get their posters done. Thinking I was very organised and I was actually but my first day of printing was a little bit of a nightmare. It was y first time screen printing after just having done an induction and I was nervous about using the equipment but very excited to give it ago and see how my work would come out.
After scanning them in I edited them a bit for example filled in some white areas black that I hadn’t bothered to fill in with marker. I’m super happy with these designs and think they look simple but really cool and funky. While messing around on photoshop I thought I’d try inverting it so that the background when screen printing would be black or a solid colour so I did so and absolutely loved the broken record design inverted, even the other one looks really cool but I thought it would be cool to have one of each kind so that they are a bit different.
I sketched out various ideas the week we were given the brief for the posters and I really liked one of my ideas, the one with a broken record on the front. This one stood out to me because of the title, Rough Trade, I immediately see the poster being a little rough around the edges and use hand typography, not neat. My way of working isn’t very neat or detailed so I thought it would fit well.
We had a studio work shop on colour separation for our prints project. The workshop was to help us get our prints ready for print especially when using two or more colours. We first looked at some examples of posters and their composition and how they use colour, direction, the way you read/look at them.
Our latest brief and our first brief of the term and it’s on making posters for something in our local universe. The posters can be about anything really, a cafe/restaurant, a shop, an announcement/notice, etc. We are to make two posters and print them using either screen printing, risograph, letter press or lino/wood cut or all of the above.
Crispin Finn is a design studio based in London and Margate. The studio is made up of Anna Fidalgo and Roger Kelly and they create illustration, design, screen prints, stationary, ephemera and assorted wares.
I was drawn to their style when we were shown a piece of their work during our briefing for our next project which is on posters and prints and I couldn’t help but fall in love with their use of typography and bright, bold colour. They have an almost vintage style with a contemporary, clean, digital (and print) twist. They’ve even done some work/products that I have seen out and about and had been interested in. I absolutely love their imagery and will be a huge inspiration for our new brief.