S U P E R G R A P H 2014
Along with every other Graphic Designer in Melbourne, I attended the first ever Supergraph this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. I love Melbourne! Always something creative to see and do.
I was really excited to see what the day would be all about and the types of people that it would attract. On first impressions there was not a great vibe in the hall. The absence of music made for a pretty stark atmosphere, particularly around the bar section where I felt I had to whisper to order a cider like I was in a library. But what it lacked in vibe the sheer talent and awesomeness of the store holders made up for it.
First up it was a pleasure to visit my friend Laura Blythman who I went to University with. Laura has always been an amazingly talented illustrator with a very particular and personal style. Famous for (amongst other things) fluoro colours, Mr Feathered Rabbit and the tag line ‘Throw Glitter in Today’s Face” you may have seen her work around already. Her stand looked amazing and proved very popular with the young and young at heart at Supergraph 2014.
I loved experiencing a live demonstration of posca collaboration Baker and Bailey doing their thing. The prints they had for sale on the day were eye popping and addictive to look at. Check them out and you’ll see what I mean.
For those of you who don’t know what a letterpress machine in, here is one of the many examples they had on display. So as you can see it involves the design cut into a block (in this case wood, real old school and a perspex example too), placed into the block chamber, paper, rollers and special ink.
This next piece at Supergraph sparked my imagination and made me feel like a primary schooler on a marine learning excursion! This is an antique bureau, each drawer was filled with marine life crafted with cut paper and held interactive information about endangered species, facts about coral and basically just a really awesome way to get people interested in conservation! I was so impressed. I want to make one for my own but alas I have no space at home for such beautiful pieces of learning equipment.
It’s not a creative day out without a food truck present either.