This week was my first day at the Ministry of Stories at an actual workshop. I was only observing/helping out at this session, the illustrator on duty was one Jack Noel. I feel a lot more prepared to illustrate a session myself having seen how it works, and I hope that I can make the kids as excited about me drawing their stories as they were about Jack!
Currently I’m working on my Grimms’ Fairy Tales book cover entry for the Penguin Design Awards. I don’t think I want to enter any further competitions during DPS (I seem to have done a LOT of them) but I really wanted to just do this last one because it’s such a big competition and book illustration is something I’m really excited about. So, fingers crossed…
Also, I submitted samples of my work to twohundredby200 this week and they want to feature me in their next edition of their magazine! So keep an eye out for that!
Riddle me this!
In the past month and a half i’ve been faced with this.
My laptop had an unfortunate incident of having a faulty hard drive.
And with that, means all my files were lost due to the replacement of the hard drive, thank God for international warranty.
But no worries, I shall try to ask work files I did at my internships at the agencies here and the publishing house.
Will try and stay updated more often.
Ciao for now!
Port issue 5 is now out on sale! Yay.
I’m officially one of their designers now.
I also got the chance to go backstage to the Baartmans and Siegel fashion show, helped take a few backstage photos. Exciting and different experience than I usually get! Interesting to learn how it all works backstage.
Port Issue 5 – photo by John Balsom
Whilst completing my internship at Provokateur, I designed a editorial piece for the Library section on their new website. It is now officially published and available to download here.
The lovely people at Provokateur wrote on their blog
“thanks to some handywork from Kristine Omandap, a design intern we were happy to work with recently.
Kristine produced a beautiful bit of work for Lewis Carrol’s Three Cats nonsense story. You can find it here.
Thanks Kristine! Good luck in Germany.”
I really did love working there at Provokateur was truly a little sad to be leaving and its great to see that the feeling wasn’t one sided and they did quite like having me around. I did say before I left that I would like to work with them again, and Josh’s answer was absolutely which was great. I’m definitely planning to look them up when I return after Germany.
I’ve also received the final details of my placement in Germany. They’re putting me up in a shared flat about 30mins walk from my new work. They also let the bomb drop that they’re paying for all my flights too! This place is just unbelievable, so pleased I applied here. I’ve also finished the Erasmus support and health and safety paperwork (thank god) but I dread to think what the paperwork is going to be like when I reach Munich. The application to apply was 12 pages, so if that’s anything to go by, I’m in for a ride…
… first competition I’ve had to pay to enter. (Ouch!) So, I’ve submitted an entry for the Little White Lies cover illustration brief, but I can’t show you it until after the judging’s been done! It’s been really lovely to have been able to do a project where I was simply focusing on drawing, though.
Back to the graphic design side of things, my media business Stereo Graffiti is starting to get itself together bit by bit and we almost have our website done! (It’s looking a bit ghastly at the moment, I’m working on it, and I didn’t pick that font!) We’ve picked up a few extra members which makes things easier… or perhaps harder, as we’re all having to rely on others to get things done before we can move things on in terms of getting this business off the ground. Once this website’s finished, however, we’ll be able to approach clients with more confidence.
Last week I began a new project in collaboration with furniture designer George Thompson. Take a look at the project journal so far:
This week I’ve decided to get a jump start on my DPS Assessment piece. It’s basically an in depth reflection as to how I’ve spent my DPS year. Its due in June, but I’ll be in Germany, so hopefully If I can get most of the text done, I can worry about the design when I’m in Germany.
One thing I am worried about is getting the product printed. Here in London I know where I can get the good materials, I know a reliable printers. But I don’t know any reprographics places or art supply stores…
So, this week was taken up with Kinetica! I volunteered almost every day this week, doing tasks from checking tickets to explaining the concepts behind pieces of work to visitors. It was a great environment to hang around in, I saw a lot of cool stuff and I met a lot of cool people. I hope some of you guys managed to make it down while it lasted!
This week I’ll be meeting with the Artsadmin Youth Board (again) with other prospective Youth Board members and hopefully I’ll be finding out what I’ll be doing with them this year, so that’s something to look forward to…
I have officially started my internship at SouthSouthWest in Melbourne. Great projects, great people, a small, friendly work environment. So far I have been working on a Tasmanian beer packaging, have done some photo editing for Nike billboard ads, and have done some web-typography work. I am going to learn so much with these guys, stoked to be here!
I have attended to an event at the RSA last month. It was a lecture from the philosopher Alain de Botton.
“De Button argues that despite the falsity of supernatural claims of religion, they still have very important things to teach the secular world. De Botton proposes that we look to religions for insights into how we might live in and arrange our societies and we should look to the religious tradition for insights into how to build a sense of community, make our relationships last, get more out of art, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, and much more.Alain de Botton is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. Religion for Atheists-Alain de Botton” (Penguin Books Ltd, 2012)