Since we’re on the cusp of real winter here in Windsor, I thought I’d share this project by fellow Canadian artist Nicole Dextras. Besides admiring her gorgeous series of photographs, we might be able to learn from her method of construction. She seems to make molds into which water is poured and frozen. Imagine if we used the 3D ‘R’ prototype we made for CAFKA for this!
Here is an image showing her process of creating such large ice letters.
My Torontonian friend Siobhan recently pointed me in the direction of her friend Dave Murray, who makes these awesome type maps of Toronto areas. He then silkscreens these images by hand onto paper. I also suggest checking out the illustrations on his site.
Lovely text-based work. It’d be great to randomly run into this!!
As Nicole puts it:
This piece was an experiment in context, engagement and language. Uh, actually, what I mean is: I wanted people to see these phrases in interesting contexts and engage on an emotional level with the words I had chosen. This piece was also about my grandmother dying.
Materials: xerox, colored paper, thumbtacks, paper coffee cups, xerox transfer, manilla envelopes, cellophane bags, staples.
Nicole was also commissioned by GOOD to design a neighbourhood flag — great idea, right?!
Gorgeous work all-around. She’s also designing materials for Open Engagement 2011!!!
Spend some time checking out all her work — book design, typography, you know, making stuff and doing things. Very specific aesthetic choices, but fun reference for our (imaginary) future publications.
Tapewriter is a font that uses duct tape and the grid of fences made by graphic designers. Apparently duct tape is the exact width of the grid of this type of fences, I like the pixelation effect.