Tell us about a favourite project you’ve worked on recently…
Recently, I’ve been working for a rock band on their artwork and promotional material. Being a massive fan of the design greats of album artwork, it has been really exciting to explore ways of visualising music through design for myself. There has been a lot of creative freedom with the briefs, and inspiration has come from interpreting themes within the music, to researching meditation theories and rummaging through old printed ephemera in charity shops!
You experiment a lot with materials, processes and techniques in your work—how does the process of making inform you as a designer?
My MA project at LCC allowed me to discover the importance of experimentation, and the great results that can come from playing with a variety of materials and processes. The project was inspired by the visual language of female protest and alternative media: the punk DIY aesthetic, fanzines, grrrl zines—design that broke the rules of the time. I’m an advocate of design that reflects the content and reaffirms the message, so for this project I found that I could visualise the energy of protest and rebellion through a hands-on process, manipulating found material using specific techniques.
Risograph printing gave a striking colour aesthetic, and I could achieve immediate printed results through manipulating images and text by scanning and arranging in certain ways for different narrative elements. I have found that when there is reason for experimenting with different techniques, it gives rise to outcomes that can intrigue and capture attention as well as reinforce the message.