Archive for March, 2014

European Illustrators Forum at Bologna

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Tuesday 25 March

14.00-16:00 EIF INFORMAL MEETING – Sala INTERMEZZO 2nd floor (near the bookfair gates)

This is our traditional appointment where EIF member associations can meet and get updates on activities, events and initiatives. Non EIF members are welcome to join us

Illustrators Cafe’

Tuesday 25 March

17:00 Presentation of Italian Illustrators Annual 2014

This new issue, published as usual by Fausto Lupetti, is dedicated to the internationally renown illustrator Beppe Giacobbe and his work.

Speakers: Ivo Milazzo – AI President, Valentina Russello – AI Vicepresident, Laura Salvadori – AI Strategic Manager, Maria Piatto – AI Board Secretary, Fausto Lupetti – Publisher  and Beppe Giacobbe – illustrator and President of the Jury.

Wednesday 26 March

9:00 The Author’s Job: Illustrator and/or Author? Are these terms compatible? What are the legal and economical implications? A public talk on this issue after AI has changed its name from Associazione Illustratori (Illustrators association) to Associazione Autori di Immagini (Image Authors’ Association). Illustrators/authors and the law on copyrights.

Speakers: Ivo Milazzo (AI President), Paolo Rui (EIF Vicepresident), Åsa Anesäter (Svenska Tecknare Legal Advisor)

17:00 Launch of EIF’s international campaign on illustrators’ rights: ‘Don’t work for free’ 2014 campaign.

On the 10th Anniversary since its foundation, EIF – European Illustrators Forum –  wants to celebrate with the launch of a European campaign in defense of illustrators’ right to get a fair remuneration for their work.

Speakers: Cathrine Louise Finstad (Grafill, EIF President), Paolo Rui (AI, EIF Vicepresident), Tyra von Zweigbergk (Svenska Tecknare, EIF Treasurer), Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi (Kuvittajat, EIF Board)

Thursday 28 March

10:00 The Author’s Job: Go solo! Potentials and risks of self publishing illustrators

A discussion with authors and creators.

Speakers: Dario Albini (ex AI President, teacher at IED – Milano and Designer), Anna Karina Birkenstock (IO, illustrator, author, designer and self-publisher)

AOI is a member of EIF

Still Obsessed!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Continuing the Obsession theme of Varoom 25, Pablo Soler-Jones examines our changing relationship with the image in the digital age, in an online review of the paperback release of Double: Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series 2 on the Varoom website.


Designed by Pentagram, featuring a variety of different thinkers and artists discussing Architecture, Images and notions of Authorialism, Soler-Jones extracts some future-facing questions around the role of the image-maker in the age of the digital copy and the emergent world of 3D printing.

Read more here

Marian Bantjes at Offset

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Varoom contributor, Marian Bantjes, who creates the often intricate and fascinating centre spreads for each issue of Varoom, was a featured speaker at this year’s Offset festival in Dublin. Creative Review reviewd the event, ‘Marian spoke about her need to “say something” with her work, showing examples of designs with embedded codes, concealed type and an installation for the Chicago Design Museum which spelled out the word sorrow in flowers, and died towards the end of the show.’

See more here

Joe Wilson’s Fireworks for Deadmen

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham street, London, w1T 4RJ

Private View Thursday 27th March 2014 6pm to 9pm

Monday 24th March 2014 – Friday 4th April 2014

Opening Times Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm Weekends by appointment only closed Sundays and Public Holidays

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In this exhibition, Joe explores the idea of ‘Memento Mori’. This Latin phrase translates as ‘ remember you mortality’ dating back to times of antiquity, the idiom was used to describe artworks that featured a ‘figure of death’.

Often captured with their eyes open, the recently deceased were once captured in post mortem photography as a last remaining memory for those left behind. Joe pays homage to this beautiful and often haunting practice in breathtaking, hand-drawn portraits.

Joe’s unique drawing style attracts a mixture of different clients from editorial to fashion. He has produced work for clients such as: The Guardian, Faber & Faber, Film 4, Adidas and Johnnie Walker.


Jon Burgerman’s ‘Tumblr Girls’ at Beach!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, London, E26EH

Thursday 27th March 2014 – Sunday 27th April 2014

Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6pm


Jon Burgerman’s ‘Tumblr Girls’ is a series of 100 portraits of girls found on the social blogging network Tumblr. Whilst Tumblr serves many adolescent as a place to keep a diary of found online media – be it artwork, skateboarding, girls, musings or just about anything else – as well as fellow users’ posts.


Burgerman has become encompassed by this escapist, almost fantastical, world, and has made a series of portraits reinterpreting images of girls found in different tumblr accounts and, rathers than the typical method of simply reposting, Burgerman, prints the picture, draws it, and posts it on his personal page. Jon’s work can be shared and it becomes part of that seductive, great pictorial chaos that is Tumblr itself. Jon Burgerman is a New York City based artist interested in instigating improvisation and play through drawing spectacle.


Gregorie Guillemin’s Secret Life of Heroes Exhibition

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Twenty Twenty Two, The Basement, 20 Dale Street (entrance on Little Lever Street), Manchester,M1 1EZ

Until Saturday 22nd March

Opening Times Tuesday to Thursday 4pm to 12am Friday to Saturday 4pm to 3am.


What do heroes do when they stop being heroes?

Gregoire “Leon” Guillemin asked himself what those half gods amongst men can do at night, when they come back home after a hard day’s work saving the world. Behind those masks and those suits are hiding real men and real women, with all their human attributes… And weaknesses. They are human after all!

The show, first shown in Paris last year, will be the first time the exhibition has been shown in the UK and includes a number of new exclusive designs.

Overthrone! Pooring Reign by CYRCLE

StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD, United Kingdom

Friday 7th March – Sunday 6th April

Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7pm 0207 247 2684


LA based collective, CYRCLE, in their first UK solo exhibition. Overthrone! Pooring reign aims to explore symbols of power and the control over our minds. The exhibition will unveil two new bodies of work within this overarching concept “Rulers Were Meant to be Broken” and “Scramble For Power.”

Yoni Alter | City

Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PD

Private View: Thrusday 27th March 6pm to 9pm

Thursday 27th March – Saturday 3rd May

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm

Admission: Free  020 77293636


Yoni Alter’s debut London show is inspired by urban landscapes and architecture, in particular by London. Rather than drawing in a stylised way, Alter applies different reduction method on visuals. Yoni’s colourful depictions of London architecture, simplified and to a degree abstracted are very seductive and seem to sun up the creative vibe of this amazing city.

The Long Nineteenth Century  From the French Revolution to the First Wold War.

Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QB

Private view Monday 17th March 6pm – 8pm

Tuesday 18th March – Saturday 13th April

Opening Times Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm 0207 839 7551


Featuring 200 watercolours and drawing including book illustrations and cartoons, plus oils and photographs.

The Long nineteenth Century surveys the strength and range of British art from 1789 to 1918, while charting changes and developments in society during the period. Many of the most significant artists of the age are represented, from Gillray and Rowlandson through Tenniel and Beardsley.

The London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover

Bishopgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Saturday 10th May

Opening time 10am to 5pm

Free Admission


The Alternative Press will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and book selling. Artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comics, zines, art, books and prints. Applications to be part of the exhibition are open until Wednesday 19th March and is open to zinesters, comic folk, book artists or illustrators.

How to be an Illustrator – book review

Friday, March 7th, 2014

By Darrel Rees

Published by Laurence King

ISBN: 9781780673288

Review by Kathryn Smith


Soon there will be a new wave of illustration graduates and there will be questions many of them will be sharing, How can I get that first gig? Will I be able to find work? Can I sustain myself as an illustrator full time? As a final year student I also share these concerns and this book has been able to inform me of practices, strategies and given me pointers in becoming an Illustrator I had not thought of before reading.


How to be an illustrator offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. The book gives eight detailed and informative chapters from the beginnings of a illustrative career to forward thinking industry decisions to be made once an illustrator is established, focusing on creating portfolios, approaching clients, find jobs producing, cost, promotion, studios and agents.


The book offers advice and solutions for a new illustrator, who may be unsure of what is to be expected of them once they join the industry. I found myself discovering parts of being an illustrator I had not considered before reading this book, such as including the billing of clients and an illustrators copyright. The book offers an insight into the life of being a professional illustrator with Rees giving many examples of his time working as both an illustrator and an agent. Through each chapter we have interviews with illustrators including Guy Marshall, Luke Hayman, Bruce Ingman, Marc Boutavant, Yuko Shimizu, Sarah Thomson and Brett Ryder, which delves into their experiences and provides advice.


I found these sections to be the most interesting parts of the book and wish there was more of them included, in addition of the artists illustrations alongside the interviews gave the reader insight into the type of person was being interviewed.

How to be an Illustrator is an essential read for aspiring illustrators covering all aspects of being a professional illustrator and offering examples and experience from a range of illustrators. New graduates to reading and taking on the guidance provided will have a better chance of establishing themselves as a member of the industry.


Understanding Illustration – book review

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By Derek Brazell and Jo Davies

Published by A&C Black/Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781408171790

Review by Flora Cox


Understanding Illustration aims to examine the power of illustration as a tool to communicate and how it has evolved to become a valuable element in daily visual culture.

The contents divides the paperback into four main sections and delves further into numerous sub categories. The four sections outline types of artworks (Traditional Uses, Documentary, Message and Off the Page) and examine, using examples, how illustration is progressing as a contemporary art form. The opening texts explain to the reader the variety of uses and ways illustration can be applied, successfully enlightening readers who are less familiar with the subject, and as a result bringing them closer to understanding illustration.


A selection of works focuses on illustrators with a short interview offering insight into the thought processes and talent behind some amazing work. The reader experiences how the illustrator tackled the project through their approaches and development, thus helping the reader understand how an illustrator works and how they differ from others.


The book begins with highlighting some of the more traditional uses of illustration. For example, Jan Pienkowski is featured with comment on his timeless silhouettes, which are still being published after over 30 years. As well as Audrey Niffenegger’s more modern, hand rendered approach illustrating classic novels by Jane Austen.


This is successfully contrasted later on in the book with Lucy McLaughlan’s visually stunning murals which is one of the works representing the more contemporary avenues which illustration is feeding into. Her project encourages freedom and improvisation, with the artist feeling miles away from the constraints of a directed brief. These examples explore today’s application of illustration, how it is progressing, yet still functioning well in more traditional uses.


Content is placed and designed with the reader in mind. There is a degree of ease when studying the text with reference to an image. The layout is easily navigable and breaks down texts into manageable sizes creating a pleasant read without overwhelming the audience with too much copy.


Other illustrators featured include Asaf and Tomer Hanuka, George Hardie, Sara Fanelli, Victor Ambrus, Anne Howeson, Carlo Stanga, Barbara Hulanicki and Serge Bloch.

The book effectively showcases the diversity of illustration, the different formats and endless variation of style whilst revealing the extent of illustration as means of visual communication in the 21st century.


Into The Fold

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, 45 — 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF

Seeking to create the concept of the ideal studio within a public space, Camberwell Press is taking over Camberwell Space gallery for two and a half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication launch from material generated via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.

Into the Fold proposes what collaboration, education, discussion, participation and making might be. Changing the situation or situating a change by inviting emerging and established creative practitioners to be part of the project. An event questioning the ideology of the studio and gallery space, materialising in the form of an exhibition through a temporary and spontaneous community of practice.

Into the Fold is supported by VaroomLab

Events continue until 10 March. Book free tickets here