Phonotropes and Park Hill

Hello! The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic so here's a round up of what I've been doing.

I recently completed a project on Park Hill. It was a really interesting one and I admit that on my first visit to the buildings, I did have some negative preconceptions.


But the more research I did, I learnt so much and my opinion of the place began to change. I'm not originally from Sheffield, I'd only ever seen the dilapidated buildings when I was coming into the city or walking to work. After investigating, I realised that once upon a time, it seemed like a lovely place to live with real community spirit and everything you needed on one site. It reminded me a little bit of Saltaire, the model village that Sir Titus Salt built for his workers. I particularly enjoyed the phrase "streets in the sky" used to describe the walk ways. It sounds like it could be a Scott Walker lyric.

The first thing that stood out to me when I visited the estate, was the geometry of the buildings. I experimented with some printmaking and really deconstructed Park Hill to its basic shapes. I compiled my prints and created this poster:

I discovered some pretty cool animations called phonotropes by Jim le Fevre. It evolved from the zoetrope and uses a turntable to make the images come to life. You can find some neat videos of it in action over at his blog here. Just a word of warning though, I watched loads at once and felt a bit queasy...

This year is progressing rather quick, we're already half way through March. Sheffield's had a few days of glorious sunshine but unfortunately that seems like a distant memory already. Not quite ready to turn off the central heating just yet. Here's a little spring illustration I did earlier this week using the beautiful new Nickainley font. You can download it for free over here.

Inspired by the Illustrated Aviary exhibition at the Millenium Galley, I drew a really quick kingfisher. I quite like reducing things down to simple shapes and lines. Less is more sometimes.