On Saturday I collaborated in designing a visual identity for a prototype food sharing platform – a way of reducing food waste and helping food charities / organisations borough-wide – as part of a Made in Lambeth event.
You can read the notes I made about the day over on BrixtonBuzz, or see below for more info about the design process…
I spent Saturday helping design a visual identity for a Brixton Pound (B£) project – a community lottery for Brixton – as part of a (mini) Made in Lambeth event.
You can read the notes I made about the day over on BrixtonBuzz.
For my part, I worked up the logo; we really liked the idea of using the B ‘squared’ in the logo as a way of expressing how the money could be ‘multiplied’ and the idea that a win (or a grant from the community fund) could be a building block, or a step up for whatever plans you have.
Describing the qualities of an object without naming it
This is an exercise we did to really ‘look’ at, or pay close attention to, the shape, texture, quality, material, sound and smell of objects. Ideally this exercise is done with at least two people. In this instance we were nine, so I show an example of a list, a drawing and two objects that I made as a result.
My description was more of a list; there were multiple objects in the bag with contradictory qualities, ie shiny / bristly.
I think that made it quite difficult for the next person to combine their qualities into a cohesive drawing. If I were to do it again, I’d definitely think about trying to organise it into a more connected description.
Using a combination of the round-the-clock format (each person contributes for a set period of time – in our case, minutes!) on a series of projects and using prompts from Eno/Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, we ended up with an unusual collection of pieces. What was useful about this experiment was it forced you to start without thinking too much, and eliminated anyone’s feelings of ‘preciousness’ about it. What was strange was noting the feelings of ownership (or lack thereof) of the work, but also you still got strong sensations of when it was ‘done’. However we still pretty much all ‘added to’ the constructions; not much taking away was done.
I’d been experimenting with movement in one of my sculpture projects, so I was happy to see a ‘Kinetic Drawing Workshop’ come up as part of Jotta’s 3rd birthday celebrations. I’d seen Xiao Fei Dyson’s work at Kinetica earlier in the year too, so I signed up straight away. It took place in Newburgh St, London and was a tiny class so we got a lot of attention! Xiao Fei was a great teacher; full of enthusiasm and eager to pass on that he’d discovered from his working practise.
We’d been asked to bring some battery powered toys to take apart and use but in fact this was probably too ambitious to do in the time given. What was more fun (and effective) was just wiring up a little motor, a battery and a pen to make *really* simple drawing machines. These would change their line and movement quite radically with even the tiniest of adjustments to weight and balance, ie. using matchsticks and tape or gluing extra bits & pieces to the machines.
I was reminded (again!) that it’s generally more constructive to keep things super simple and use the restrictions to push against instead over complicating things and getting in a tangle of frustration.
And they’re not just looking for potential authors; illustrators and photographers can get involved too, to contribute images to inspire the writers on the theme – based on a group of city centre allotments, ideas of shared and private space and the real and imaginary barriers between a range of different urban characters – or ultimately to go into the book itself.
On their website they mention to use the Ning community to get involved, but so far it needs an invitation – have written to them to get one… fingers crossed one comes my way!
(There *is* another 24 hours on Sunday in which the CompletelyNovel team get to edit everything; I’m hoping to get involved then as – very appropriately! – I’ll be picking apples in a Sussex orchard on Saturday)
Previously I couldn’t get this yarn to knit up without pooling in horrible puddles… Garter stitch however, has solved it and I now have a project to use the remaining ball after the 1 sock incident*…. :)
Have been tagged by Sareth to do the 7 facts about you meme… Never been tagged before, so here goes!
The rules are: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I finished the sleeves of the Magnolia jumper, and haven’t yet cast anything else on :) Next on the list are the blanket squares for Easter craft club – need to do as many of these as poss, but they’ll be more manageable than that other WIP – the Swing Jacket. erk.
In other news; the package for my swap-ee is almost ready to send – yay! Had fun making this knitting needle case (hope I’m not giving away *too* many clues!), and doing it gave me ideas for making a combined needle / project version. I did a bunch of step by step pics, as I always forget the backwards logic when placing the pieces; right side facing, inside out, etc :). At one point this project had 5 layers of fabric in a sewing-sandwich!
Looks like we’ve finally sorted out a space for us to get planting on the allotment, and optimistically I’ve sown a bunch of seeds in readyness on the kitchen windowsill.
Some are things that’ll stay (like the tomatoes – that kept M in red fruit for about 4 months last year!), some will come up the hill with me when the soil is ready…
As there are – ahem – quite a lot of things growing, I did a seed marking chart (you can download the PDF here), to try and keep tabs on them… However as some things – like the sunflowers and purple podded pea* – have already burst their cells and I’ve had to repot them into glamorous loo rolls, I’m not sure if it’ll work…I guess as the plants get bigger I can cut it up and use them as labels, or stick them in my notebook or whatever. Anyhow it looks pretty stuck on the fridge, so it makes me happy… :)
Some of the gang are helping out on an allotment – we visited properly for the first time on Sunday for 2 hours of mattocking!
When we went up before it was just for a chat and a mooch around… saw a robin and a fat ginger cat and heard about the cheeky foxes that’ll nick your gloves if you leave them lying about.
This time H had plans for us to re-dig over the patch from last week and get the soil ready for spring… I’ve got the feeling digging features for about a quarter of the gardening year. :)
It’s a good feeling a: helping someone sort out thir plot and b: planning for our own little patch in the future. There are a ton of brambles up there so there could be Blackberry jam in the autumn… speaking of which; Ginger, Oxford and regular marmalade was made in the afternoon… once we’d divided it up there was only one jar each of the Ginger one – will have to make more as it is delicious!
The lovely B wrote to me via Flickr to see if I’d do a swap with her in Australia… She wanted one of these cupcakes, and as it’s always interesting to see stuff from other countries, we included some yarn, homemade things, fabric and patterns as part of the swap…
Am thrilled with the things she sent:
Cherry Ripe (eaten – yum! have never had that before.. kind of a dark chocolate bounty with cherries in it..)
Someone has stolen your stash and all your books: now what are you going to do?What would be the first thing you’d replace? What would you live without?
Hmm… I was just going through it yesterday and somehow it has jumped from being under control to ‘arghhh.. I can’t shut the lid of the box I could never imagine filling…’ :) So while it would be a pain, it would get rid of all the odds and ends that I don’t think I’ll ever get around to using, but can’t bear to just sling out; the ‘learning’ yarns – colours / thicknesses I would never pick out now… The single skeins of beautiful yarn bought thinking I could make something out of just 50m of it – not paying attention to shade / lot number before ripping off the labels… I would miss the Colinette sale yarns (Prism / Mohair) as they were a good bargain! and also my Rowan Yorkshire / Felted Tweed.
Actually losing the books and patterns collected from various magazines would annoy me more. Seems like more hard work to start that over again… The book I refer to over and over (so I suppose would be the first replace) is the Harmony guide to knitting and also Vintage Knits (Sarah Dallas) and Vintage Style (Rowan).
Needles? I wouldn’t replace the short circs I have as I now can cope (just!) with dpns as long as I use bamboo, and I probably wouldn’t miss the larger size needles, as I tend to use 8mm and below more often…
And anyhow it would be a good excuse to go yarn shopping all over again! (yarn *is* covered by household insurance right?) :)
What will they think of next? Cod Cotton? Barnacle Bamboo? my SP assures me the name only refers to the town it is from in Sweden – no fishies went into the making of this wool! :) I also received some chocolate (eaten), a rose candle and some sparkly wool (not coming out til Christmas!) thank you SP…