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28 February 2017
First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who came to ‘Draw the Truth’, last week’s event about reportage illustration at Chelsea College of Arts in London. Lucinda Rogers and Olivier Kugler gave engaging presentations; Isabelle Bricknall and Olivia Ahmad – co-curators of the Jo Brocklehurst exhibition at the House of Illustration – discussed the late artist’s work with great insight and warmth; Professor Neil Cummings chaired the final discussion and Pro Vice Chancellor David Crow welcomed the audience to the first of what we hope will be many more collaborations with Chelsea UAL and the AOI (Association of Illustrators). It was also good to see many new faces, including Sam Church, who drew his own reportage drawing of the event (above).
Illustration is the major theme of Eye 93, now in all good bookshops and indie mag stores, with features on Times political cartoonist Peter Brookes, Olivier Kugler, illustration and design supergroup Bentley/Farrell/Burnett, Swiss designer-illustrator Lora Lamm, Fuel, Edward Ardizzone and the Guardian’s ‘Long read’, plus the Uncoated section, one of the best visual culture reviews sections on the planet.
Next week sees the first Type Tuesday of the year, which focuses on glyphs and characters other than letters and numbers. ‘Fists, fleurons & emojis (plus other odd characters from beyond the alphabet)’ features Gavin Lucas, author of The Story of Emoji (Prestel), type designer and illustrator Rian Hughes talking about the flashpoints where illustration meets type and letterpress legend Alan Kitching, whose recent Broadside no. 11 is chock-a-block with typographic ornaments, borders and printers’ fists. This will be followed by a panel featuring special guests from the worlds of type, illustration and design, including emoji specialist (and recent LCC graduate) Katie Baggs.
Please come – emotions will run high. And please don’t leave it too late to book a ticket. The ticket site only went live last Friday evening, and half of them have already gone. Type Tuesday will be at 6.30 pm at St Bride Library on 7 March 2017.
John Walters, editor