Archive for September, 2009

Mariscal Drawing Life

September 30, 2009

During the Summer I visited this exhibition at the Design Museum. I had read about him and seen some pictures on the Internet and thought it would be good to check him out. I admit that before I was stupidly unaware of Javier Mariscal himself but when visiting his exhibition I recognised some of the work, the characters mainly.

The exhibition was such a good one to visit as there was so much to see, it was jam packed with inspiration. I love it when you walk into an exhibition room and the impact, colour, amount and style of the work just hits you. There was so much to take in and it just makes it so interesting having a large amount of work to look at. There were boards covered head to toe with t-shirts, characters, posters, teddys, books, cups, tins, toys and much more.

Mariscal started a diverse career when he moved to Barcelona in the 70’s. He paints, he is a film maker, a ceramic artist, a performer, designs; furniture, jewellery, bars, hotels clothing….

Is there really much more he could do?

You can see this from the exhibition where there are so many different types of work. So it is interesting for all to see, even those not that interested in art and design, and I feel appeals to children to. It is all about how Mariscal sees the world.





Above are pictures from Mariscals website:

There are also some great moving animations that play behind 3D characters. An image from one below:


 Also there were these great little buildings, I think they stood out lot as I just wasn’t expecting them and they are just so unique. The one below was featured on Creative Reviews Blog. In the exhibition there was also an animation playing inside of it.


The exhibition runs until the 1st of November and I definitely recomment going to see it. While here I also got to see the Super Contemporary exhibition which is also great. You can be there for ages reading all of the text and looking at the images along the walls. You can really get some great information and I really learnt a thing or too. There are lots of great structures and creations in the room to see. You can see past, present and future works in the room, where the creativeness of London is celebrated.


Summer Project- Language

September 25, 2009

The first thing you probably think of when you hear the word language are the different languages that there are in the world and how we speak the English language, well I know that that is what I think of anyways. When exploring the word more, also with the use of a dictionary and an online dictionary there is so much more to this one word.

A means of communicating, the alphabet, a computer language, terminology, words, spoken sounds of conventional symbols… and the list goes on.


Now that I had looked at many different definitions, got them all down onto one place and was thinking about the categories I was going to work with the picture taking begun. Over the summer I have taken pictures from many different areas to collate together for this project. These include; Menorca, Turkey, Barcelona, many different areas in London and around where I live.

For the project we have to complete an image collection of 100 photos relating and representing the theme of language, 11 photos of the typography we encounter over the summer and a shoebox collection of our own devising that somehow relates to language, made up of 50-100 items.

Here are some examples of my collection..

Type Collection:






Image Collection:





These are just a few of the piccies. I just need to crop some of them and print! While continuing to photograph as they always come in handy. For my shoe box collection I was a bit stuck on what to do to start with but I kept quite a few little bits and pieces from my holidays like tickets, little advertising cards etc. So I will use these will collecting some more bits, maybe: newspaper cuttings, cuttings from cereal boxes, tickets, advertisements, drawings??

Barcelona Favourites

September 21, 2009

Favourite pool-

We found these two pools on Montjuic and are just the most amazing pools that I have ever seen. They are the Picornell swimming pools, designed by the world-renowned local architect Picardo Bofill and are outdoor, Olympic pools open to the public. So of course we went into them on two seperate occasions. Apparently they also hold open air cinema screenings in July and August but we didn’t see one of these.



On one side is the diving pool with all of the boards, which you aren’t allowed to go in but the other is free for your own use.


Favourite Place-

I think this would be Barri Gothic. It was just a little walk from where we were staying, so we came here 6 out of 7 nights. The streets are beautiful, with so many winding streets to walk down and so much to discover. There are a few shops, lots of restaurants, lots of street art, street entertainment, a few people selling scarves and fans etc., street music, cathedral and religious buildings.




Favourite beach-

Barceloneta beach. Great atmosphere, some beach bars, a harbour rocks to swim out to and alot of sculptures. Examples of the sculptures are..

a homage to barceloneta by Rebecca Horn



A Olympic sculpture and then of course Gehry’s Peix (Fish)

Favourite food-

Of course this would be the tapas and then the pizzas as well. They are massive, round ones with so many toppings to choose from. To follow; waffle with melted chocolate from one of the streets ice cream places.

Favourite Picture-


The streets of Barceloneta.

Favourite designed bar-


The bar with the double decker bus inside it! Also the seats and tables were really old styled ones which made the whole theme really different and interesting.

Favourite architecture-


I will have to say La Sagrada Familia just on the scale of work, detail and time. This side of La Sagrada Familia is so beauitful and amazingly crafted. I do not like the more modern parts of the building, they have less character, amazing detail and style.

However there is so much wonderful architecture in Barcelona, which becomes even more interesting when reading about the history of it.




Lots more pics on

Barcelona 2009! A weeks summer stay

September 21, 2009

Barcelona… Street art, architecture, street music, nice food, lots to visit and nice weather, what more could you want?

I loved my week in Barcelona, where we saw so much of it, yet could still see even more. We were staying in Barceloneta, near the old Gothic town. This was such a perfect place to stay as we were 5 mins from the beach and a short work to the old Gothic town, which has lots of winding streets, cathedrals, shops restaurants and bars.

The street art around Barcelona is amazing, it’s everywhere. Theres some really great stuff and so many different ideas.






Another piece of street art, which also seemed popular were spray painted designs onto mirrors. I loved these and definitely want to try one sometime. Its cool as when you look at them, as well as seeing the mirror and the graphics, you also get a different background when viewing it at different angles, which also adds to the effect. Below is are two examples..



My summer project for LCC is all about language and photographing different examples of it. So this was a great opportunity for me in Barcelona. I got some great signs and examples of language! A few examples below..






Coca-Cola in Barcelona!


Lots more pictures on my Flickr site and still more to be added..