Today I am delighted to bring you a interview with Richard who is the Colour Experience Manager at the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
Richard shares an insight with you into his role and what inspires him.
Tell us about you and your role at the SDC.
I’m the SDC Colour Experience manager which means that I’m responsible for the coordination and delivery of the SDC’s educational programme.
What is involved in a typical day at the office?
There’s no such thing as a typical day – I could be working with a visiting school group exploring the science behind colour and light in our workshop and gallery, or I could be visiting a nursery to read them a story about colours and doing some colourful activities, or I could be delivering a lecture on colour to design students at a university – or I could be catching up on emails and planning in the office.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? And the most challenging?
The most challenging part is managing all the different educational activities that we offer. We work with such a wide audience that it’s sometimes tricky to keep up to date with all the different curriculum areas that colour is involved in.
Most rewarding? Seeing the enjoyment that learning about colour can bring – whether it’s some technical aspect of colour that I’ve managed to explain clearly or the wow factor of some optical effect of colour or the delight of children in creating a colourful piece of work.
Who is your favourite designer/ artist?
I’d have to say Sydney Harry. He was a local artist and lecturer who experimented with colour effects. He was influential on the work of Bridget Riley – Bridget attended one of Syd’s lectures in the 1960s and started to move from monochrome to explore colour – and he was also instrumental in setting up the SDC Colour Museum (which became the SDC Colour Experience) in 1978
What inspires you?
The number of different areas that colour is involved in. From the science and technology behind creating and seeing colours to the art and design of using colours. Everyone has favourite colours and opinions on colours - it’s a great subject to be involved in.
What book are you currently reading?
I’ve just finished Terry Pratchett’s A Blink of the Screen. It’s a collection of short stories and bits and pieces from throughout his writing career. I really enjoy his writing and have reread the Discworld series many times – he’s my default author when I’m between other books!
What three things would you want to have with you on a desert island?
I guess I’d go for survival stuff – knife, rations, shelter – that sort of thing. If you’re thinking about luxury items then it’d have to include a book (probably one of Terry’s), paper and pencils (coloured!) and maybe a selection of cryptic crosswords would help while away the time. Not very exciting I’m afraid!
Surprise us! A fun fact about colour ...
The best colour vision of any animal belongs to the mantis shrimp. Our vision works on three colours – the mantis shrimp’s works on twelve, with another four thrown in for extra filtering!
Get in touch with Richard and find out what the SDC are doing i.e any public events etc via:
Twitter (@SDC_Richard, @SDC_org_uk)
Don't forget that this month's competition is a collaboration with the Society of Dyers and Colourists and our brief is all about colour!
We will be accepting entries until midnight (GMT) Sunday 10th February and to enter you must head on over to our brand new website http://designcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com/
2. Sara Midda
Don't forget to check out our latest competition which is all about colour here.
Have a great weekend!
The Tigerprint editorial team is on the lookout for people who love to doodle! If you think you can bring our words to life with your line drawings you’re in with the chance to win a two-week placement and potentially see your sketches translated in to real life M&S greeting cards.
Find out all the details at this link.
The Spots & Stripes brief was one tough cookie! You would think at first glance that the brief was pretty straight forward but in fact it’s pretty tough going to come up with a new take on the classic spot or stripe. This is a challenge we regularly put to our in-house designers as the spot and stripe are core pieces in our everyday ranges each year.
As always we had a great time judging and this month we were joined by the lovely Louise Harrison who is currently with us on placement following her winning entry from the Black & White Print Competition last year.
I think Louise would agree that it’s a tough job looking through all the entries with our judges and deciding which designs best answer the brief.
There were some really great designs and very commercial too but a few of the designs were very similar to what we already do or have done in the past. However we loved how you had fun with this brief and pushed yourselves out of your comfort zones by using material and techniques that you may not use on a regular basis. It was great to see collage, hand drawn, painterly and photography coming through in some of the entries.
The winning entry above by Candy Joyce is a really fresh and commercial take on the brief. It is also a very adaptable design which with a few tweaks of the colour palette could be utilized across the market for both male and females and even adapted for kids! Congratulations Candy!
This month the judges selected two runners up as follows:
We really loved the simplicity and colour palette of this design and how Heidi cleverly incorporate type into the design. Overall it is a very commercial design which could work for a variety of occasions. Well done Heidi.
By Kate Yorke
We really loved how Kate used a collage technique to get a great sense of layering and texture into her design. Well done Kate.
A really big thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to enter and as always we really do appreciate all that goes in to your entries and it really is great to get the opportunity to work with as many of you as we can.
Next up we have the Colour Competition which is a collaboration with the team over at the Society of Dyers and Colourists over on our brand new website.
This blog will of course continue to run with updates but the competition briefs and entries will now be hosted on our brand new website.
Vic & The Tigerprint Team
Today is not only new competition day but also the day we are launching our brand new website!
Equally as exciting is that this month’s competition is a collaboration with the lovely team at the Society of Dyers and Colourists and our brief is all about colour!
The competition officially launches today and we will be accepting entries until midnight (GMT) Sunday 10th February and to enter you must head on over to our brand new websitehttp://designcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com/
Please not that you will be asked to upload your entries via the website but the Tigerprint Competition team will need to approve all entries before they appear on-line.
As you’d expect we are very excited to bring you this and of course we’d love to hear what you think of it. We will be on hand to help with any questions or queries you may have via the following links:
Lastly we hope you enjoy the brief and using the brand new website!
"The air in Leeds Gallery will be filled with the sweet aroma of ink for the opening night celebration on Friday the 18th of January, be the first to see this year's Print Exhibition and try your hand at printing too. On Saturday the 19th come and visit the Print Fair and marvel at the talents of print makers from the region, so very talented they are indeed. So, it is fortunately you can buy their work and take it home with you. And, drumroll, then, high hat, Sunday the 20th marks the day of the Print Talks".
The Print Exhibition will run for the duration of Leeds Print Festival 2013 from Friday the 18th to Sunday 27th of January.
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
Paper Cut Bindery and The Print Project inked up.
Friday 18th January
Saturday 19th January
10am to 6pm
Alan Kitching, Matthew The Horse and The Print Project.
Sunday 20th January
11am, doors open from 10.30am
Dan Mather, Marc Ross/Prefab 77, Robbie Porter, Sarah Milton and Seb Koseda.
Friday 18th to Sunday 27th January
10am - 6pm
Sunday by appointment
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
© Lizzie Mackay
The incredibly talented Lizzie Mackay was the winner of our Coming Together At Christmas Competition back in December 2012 with the adorable entry at the top of this post.
Lizzie is a illustrator/designer specializing in Children's Print and Graphics and her portfolio is jam packed with wonderful and colourful designs.
Having graduated with a BA in Illustration from the University of Brighton and now with over 15 years experience in printed textiles, Lizzy has designed for many well known stores including Baby Gap, Monsoon, Pumpkin Patch, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Babies 'R' Us, John Lewis, Mothercare and Vertbaudet to name a few.
Currently Lizzie is currently freelancing fora variety of clients but is also keen to take on new commissions elsewhere.
“ I have a passion for colour and love, love, love doing what I do, combining hand drawn, colour and pattern in Illustrator and Photoshop.
I'm lucky to work from a little home in the Somerset countryside, along with my lovely hubbie and two children, a couple of bunnies and a handful of fish”.
Be sure to find out all about Lizzie at the following links: