Thursday, 8 December 2011


Favourite designers:
-Peter Blake -Jim Dine -Harry Benson -Mark Weaver -Corinne Day
-Egon Schiele -50 and 50 -Jamie Reid -Cath Kidson -Mary Quant
-Mother London -Nick Knight -Pennie Smith -April Studios -John Rawlings
-Mr Bingo Studio 8 -No Brow -Julia Potts -Sarah Markes

Sarah Markes-

Sarah Markes studied at Central St Martins college of Art in London, she is an illustrator. She has created book covers for several major publishers, artwork and graphic design for educational projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and had several exhibitions of her paintings in the UK, Malawi and Tanzania. She currently lives in Tanzania.  Contact details:  email: sarahindar(at)gmail(dot)com blog:
Interview with Sarah Markes, taken from:
What's your passion?
It's hard to narrow it down to one thing but, I am passionate about using my artistic skills to inspire other people, to try and share my enthusiasm for beautiful and quirky things and, to use my artwork as a way of promoting and encouraging positive ideas i believe in.

What inspired Street Level Dar Es Salaam?
I visited Tanzania briefly in 2000 and though i only spent a few hours in Dar es Salaam, I loved my first glimpse of the architecture and the atmosphere of the city. When I moved to Dar to work in 2002, my office was in the town centre. Every lunchtime I would head off on foot to explore and was captivated further. But I soon realized that much of the architecture that i loved was being demolished to make way for generic new modern buildings. So 'Street Level' was inspired by a desire to document the old architecture before it was too late and to try and capture some of its context in the vibrant street life of contemporary Dar es Salaam. I also hoped to raise awareness of the situation and to use the art to assist those working in heritage conservation, if possible.

How does Africa inspire you?
I have only worked and travelled in Sub-Saharan Africa so from direct experience, Malawi and Tanzania specifically have inspired me by the incredibly welcoming nature of people and their positivity against so many odds. I find that there is more of a 'live for the moment' approach to life in this part of the world, which, while there are pros and cons to it, I find very inspiring as a juxtaposition to the longer term and often more cautious thinking prevalent in Europe.
Likewise, I find the relative flexibility of rules in Tanzania very liberating and believe it allows more creative space for people to explore than the more regimented 'can't do' attitude that is increasingly prevalent in the north. I never cease to be amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenious solutions that people come up with in Tanzania.
The beauty of the landscapes, the space and the amazing flora and fauna that inhabit them are also a constant source of wonder and inspiration for me. And though perhaps it's yet another cliché, so do the rhythms, the music and the sunshine.
Sarah Markes inspiration: -Africa, Tanzania, Dar, landscapes, music and sunshine
Things I like about Sarah Marke's work:
-illustrative style
-use of colour
-accurate capture of Dar lifestyle
-the works of writers used to compliment the drawings
-use of African advertising posters seen in the drawings
-the capture of the chaotic scenes in Dar
-attention to detail on the streets of tanzania
-quirky style of illustrations
-lack of colour in certain areas
-drawings of the transport in Dar

Mark Weaver:

Mark Weaver is an illustrator/designer currently living in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 1981. 
Contact details:
He is most well known for:   Make Something Cool Every Day project, which achieved a wide range of attention in the art and design community.  His work has been described as "retro-futuristic collages.

Interview with Mark Weaver, taken from:
GoMediazine: Who are your inspirations?
Mark Weaver: I would have to say Stanley Kubrick is kind of a big inspiration for me. Just, the way he shoots film. Everything is very structured & precise & really clean. I feel inspired by his work and I try to emulate that in my work. Especially ’2001 A Space Odyssey”, which is like my favourite movie.
GoMediazine: So how did you get started as a designer?
Mark Weaver: Oh man. I mean, I’ve always had a love for drawing. Started drawing at an early age. It was just a natural path for me to go in that direction – to do illustration & design. It’s not something I really chose. It was natural to do.
GoMediazine: Your work has a nostalgic vibe to it, what draws you in that direction?
Mark Weaver: You know, I’m really not sure why I’m drawn to that. I really like vintage looking mid-century style things. I just love clean typography – like Swiss typography style. I can’t really explain it. I just feels real. It feels … I don’t know. I really can’t explain it. I just love it.

Mark Weaver Inspirations:
-Stanley Kubrick, '2001 A Space Odyssey', Vintage looking mid-century style things.

Things i like about Mark Weavers works:
-use of type with image
-has a feel of retro futuristic
-photomontage aspect
-use of colour
-love selection of images
-shapes used in his works
-stock colour
-techniques used to create the works
-the piece with Bob Dylan in it

50 and 50:

Fifty and Fifty was created by Dan Cassaro, a designer and animator living and working in Brooklyn, New York.  Fifty and Fifty is a curated project which attempts to construct a handsome new way of looking at our country. Fifty designers, one per state, will illustrate their state motto, creating something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: a kind of designer's atlas.

50 and 50 inspiration:
Fifty designers, one per state, will illustrate their state motto, creating something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: a kind of designer's atlas.

Things I like about 50 and 50:
-use of colour
-use of image
-how each image, designed by a different designer, has similar style, e.g colour, style of image etc.
-how it says something about each state
-how its a collective project of peoples work
-the image of the native American
-type used with image
-a collection

No comments:

Post a Comment