How does the visual concept from the exhibition posters unfold in the book?
From designing one poster, to another, it felt natural to do a book. It became an urge. I had less than two weeks until the beginning of my exhibition to design and produce the book, but I knew it would be a key part in explaining my practise as a designer, my love for print, how I think, work and create, and how an idea for one project can lead to another. I could imagine the pages and sequences. The posters each become one sequence (spread) in the book. The original book is made of twenty-four sequences (over forty-eight pages).
I was very luck to work with Hurtwood Press who produced the first version of the book and were completely on board with my idea to show the book in the exhibition space at different production stages, hanging the flat sheets in the space prior to trimming. I was keen to explain to visitors who are not familiar with the design process how a book is made and the various stages of the making. Showing the physicality of it triggered lots of questions from the visitors on the process. This is exactly what I was looking for, a dialogue, exchange and sense of engagement, I wanted to raise discussions on what graphic design is and it's different facets with a wide public.
I naturally wanted to call the book by the same name as the exhibition: Le Théâtre Graphique it felt like the perfect title to describe graphic design in motion within a book through colour and shapes and explicitly referring to the theatre figured by the red curtain.
Taking the form of a large flipbook, Le Théâtre Graphique is an exercise in form and colour, where the theatricality of a rising curtain is reimagined through the performative cycles of nature; night and day, sun and moon, the shifting tide.