Photographs & Risographs

On crisp autumnal days like today, the sweltering days of Degree Show preparation in May seem like years ago. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in June, I have moved back to Blair Atholl, and though the pace of life here is notably slower than that of Dundee, I have been lucky enough to be keeping busy creatively as well as working full time to save up to fund a big project I have planned – due to commence in November!

Firstly, it was great to see Uachdar take its place in Janet Stephen’s studio full time. The multi-disciplinary desk is my proudest piece of design work to date, and I am so happy to hear that Janet’s creative craft is enhanced through using the desk.

From then on, my work has taken a less-physical form. It was a pleasure to be involved with Atholl Estates’ marketing team and to teach them how to use photography effectively in print, as well as wear my photographer hat and take photographs of two of their Highland Lodges, both set in stunning locations with characteristic period furniture.

In August, the Estate hosted an official V&A Event in the majestic Blair Castle. I was lucky enough to photograph this event, for use in press releases across web and print.

A zine for Blair Atholl Watermill allowed another chance to work with design, photography and print – my favourite mediums! – and collaborate with the Watermill themselves, as well as Out of The Blueprint, a social enterprise in Leith. An A5 risograph printed zine on the tables in the Watermill tearoom tells the stories of the variety of bread that the Watermill bakery produce, and the grains that it originates from (which are milled by the 400 year old watermill!) in blue hues on recycled grey paper. This project gave the opportunity to introduce the beauty of risograph printing to an audience who are amazed by the fact that printing inks can be soy-based, and that Out of The Blueprint do so much for the young Scottish creative community.

As October came creeping in, so did a Halloween theme. Blair Castle commissioned a pair of spooky Halloween-themed images to use across their marketing and advertising. This short brief allowed the use of my photoshop skills learned whilst working with the designers at DC Thomson in summer of 2017, and was fun to work on. Having never produced spooky images before, it was interesting to get in the seasonal mood and use eerie lighting and effects to create an image which invites the public to the Castle’s “Witches Dinner“.

And recently, my work has revolved around the world of zines. With the first ever Dundee Zine Festival quickly approaching (3rd November, Roseangle Church, Perth Road) I have been using any free time to make light hearted work. Deadlines are becoming a little tighter, but I am aiming to show and sell;

35mm Photography zines
A zine based around flower pressings & collage
Long Play Lino Print
A risograph printed zine inspired by shapes of architecture

It is exciting to have searched out my lino cutting tools and to be working with Out of The Blueprint on yet another zine. If you’re around in Dundee on Saturday 3rd November, I really suggest popping along to the Zine Festival in Roseangle Church. The creative duo behind the festival are really zine veterans at the heart of Dundee’s zine scene, and it is brilliant to see an event dedicated to it and the zinesters behind it.

Recently I’ve been working on something with Creative Dundee. With Creative Dundee being such an important organisation with such a force for good, it has been a real treat to be given the chance to work on something creative with them again (read my guest blog post for them here!).

And finally, I have been hatching ideas in my head for something quite big. I’ve been mulling over the idea since the beginning of the year, and now feel ready to start working on such a project. Without giving too much away, it will combine my love for print, and admiration for all of the creatives in Scotland – whether working in a home studio or a company studio. Keep your eyes peeled!

– J

 

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