Varoom 32 - The New issue March 2016
Illustration, Culture, Society Winter 2016
Covering how illustrators utilize social media, what the new canon (influences and directions) for illustration could be, virtual reality through the eyes of a dragonfly, a children’s book made of cards, a cat in space app and a visual investigation of a submerged Essex village, Varoom 32 lives up to it’s theme of The New.
Featured in this issue:
The New Canon
Varoom asks leading thinkers and makers of illustration to identify 5 key works that could set down a new canon for how illustrators engage with the world, discussing the possibilities of animation, virtual reality and the concept of social media as an illustrative space, and even Alice In Wonderland in emojis.
The New Social
Derek Brazell gets expert insight from six illustrators prominent on various social media platforms. Sarah McIntyre, Ping Zhu, Frannerd, Holly Exley and duo Cachetejack, reveal the gains, the frustrations and contrasting takes on selfies
New Formats New Stories
As illustrators seek to exploit the possibilities of new media tech for their work, Ben Newman and Minilab studios talk through the central issues of collaboration, storytelling and avoiding lazy clichés in transferring print to digital books.
Darryl Clifton and Rachel Gannon explore how illustration itself can be used to see illustration differently. Their group exhibition Mut Mut features, acting as a platform to find new ways of seeing illustration and respond to the ‘new’.
John O’Reilly talks with Peter Nencini about his collaboration with design agency Europa. The project explores the ways in which we begin drawing the lines of identity, and the notions of boundaries. Addressing the refugee crisis, the challenges of volunteering, and the effect it has on community identity.
Comics Martin Colyer selects Ali Fitzgerald
Ali Fitzgerald, illustrator and cartoonist, gives Varoom an insight into her creative process, and the world of Hungover Bear and Friends, which follows an ordinary bear that we could all probably relate to.
Come to your senses
Shane Walter discusses Virtual Reality with Marshmallow Laser Feast, delivering an exciting insight into MLFs project, In the Eyes of The Animal, which uses VR as the ultimate visual storytelling device to reveal the world beyond human senses.
Children’s Books Unfolding Stories
Bridget Marzo introduces Paris based Les Trois Ourses (The Three Bears) and their latest book, Katsumi Komagata’s Aller-Retour. Based on pictograms for the French motorway system, this book is formed of fold out cards which children can create their own stories from.
In the reportage article, Varoom talks with Leah Fusco about her latest project, Northeye. Fusco documents the physical reshaping of a submerged medieval island, using illustration to communicate alternative time frames, resulting in illustrations that are topographical and layered with information.
I Wish I’d done This
Luise Vormittag choses Paddy Molloy’s new interactive installation Crossing Time, commissioned by House of Illustration. Vormittag attended the private view, and narrates her findings for Varoom, revealing the context that inspired the project.
The New is the New Old
A witty and humorous read, Varoom columnist Paul Davis tackles the conundrum that is the ‘new’.
As always, Bantjes’ Varoom centerspread is a visual feast. Line, texture, shape and typography merge together, creating a visually demanding message.