Here's another new product I have developed for the Manchester Modernists...
It's a Manchester Hanky!
100% cotton, screenprinted by hand with a vintage map of Manchester and the edges of Salford, in a choice of colours - red and sky blue
Launching as part of the RIBA lovearchitecture Festival, the modernists are 'popping-up' in a specially designed mod-pod at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Designed by students at the Manchester School of Architecture, the shop is made entirely of cardboard, and will be open for business from Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th June, 1pm-8.30pm.
I was one of a selection of artists, designers, illustrators and typographers invited to take part in an exhibition, HOME, curated by Tash Willcocks currently on show at Cornerhouse, Manchester.
What we have in common is that we call, or have once called Manchester our home. Whether beautiful, banal, delightful, destroyed, over-emphasised or underdeveloped, we all have a view of what constitutes an urban or rural nest. The artists involved offer their interpretation of what HOME means to them through their chosen fields.
After 3 years of being based in Manchester and Salford, I really do feel that my home is here, and so my design reflects this.
The vintage map shows parts of both Salford and Manchester, two cities that I walk in and out of, to-ing and fro-ing throughout the day as I cross the river Irwell back and forth as I go about my daily errands. The map I chose to use, one from the archive collection of the manchester modernists, is a now historical representation of an ever-changing city.
As well as Exchange station (now Victoria) and Oxford road station, it shows London Road station (now Piccadilly), as well as the station now known as the Manchester exhibition centre (G-Mex).
All the people travelling in and out of these transport hubs, as well as by river and canal, who have, do and will call these cities their home. Home is here, here is home.
With HOME in mind, we want you take these away with you to feather your own abode. The prints featured will be in limited editions made especially for Cornerhouse and priced at £35 (£50 framed) to make HOME really where the heART is.
The exhibition is now open and runs until 10 July. The artwork is displayed in the cafe and bar areas on the ground and first floor. Cornerhouse, Oxford road, Manchester.
Starting this week is the Secret Garden Festival, which is "your chance to discover hidden treasures, incredible local creativity and unsung talent in Salford and Trafford".
The festival launches on Thursday 7th June and runs until Saturday 23 June 2012, and throughout the fortnight there will be community events across the region.
I've been working with the Manchester Modernists, on a series of new products for their pop-up shop. To tie-in with the festival I've developed a pack of three Salford spaces badges.
Using imagery sourced from the modernists' extensive archive of vintage maps, the badges show the following open spaces: the Quays, Peel Park, Blackfriars recreation ground. All areas which have historical and current relevance, and address the changing faces of Salford.
The modernists will be opening up shop on Saturday 9 June, and will be launching a set of specially produced photographic postcards, "No Rubbish Tipped Here" featuring images illustrating pre-generated urban spaces which acted as alternative gardens and unlikely playgrounds for a generation of Salfordians.
Read more here, and see you Saturday 9 June, 12noon - 6pm, at the Modernist Shop on 142 Chapel St, Salford, M3 6AF
There's also a mention on the Guardian Northerner blog here.