Today, I traveled to Manchester with a group of friends from the college to visit two exhibitions; 'The Manchester Print Fair' and 'The science of play'.
THE MANCHESTER PRINT FAIR - THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINATION
The Manchester Print Fair was based at the 'Peoples History Museum' around the open theme of 'The Science of Imagination'. The fair presented designers and illustrators from around England with the chance to display and sell their work while networking with students and members of the public.
Attending the fair was useful as it allowed me to network with designers and see a range of forward thinking, print based work that is relevant to both my personal interests and professional practice.
Additionally, the fair was sponsored by G. F Smith and so I was able to get a free section of amazing paper.
Some images from inside the event can be seen below;
There were also origami, screen print and letter press workshops at the fair, however, we could unfortunately not partake as the ques were big and we had to move on to the next exhibition.
While walking round the stalls I collected a range of print collateral, most of which was business cards and promotional material for the designers and illustrators selling work there.
PRINT COLLATERAL COLLECTED;
THE SCIENCE OF PLAY - EXHIBITION
The Science of Play was based at 'Federation House' in central Manchester and tasked creative talent from around the city to explore the meaning and importance of play. The responses could utilize whatever media they felt appropriate as long as the final outcome was printed and A3 in size.
Attending the exhibition was useful as it allowed me to see a range of innovative, print based work from some of Manchesters finest creative studios and designers. Unfortunately, the exhibition was fairly empty, and so I did not have the chance to meet any of the contributing designers. However, I was able to get the names of the creators of the pieces I found most inspirational.
Images from the exhibition can be seen below;
Print by OWT Creative;
Print by Si Scott;
Print by Mick Timpson;
Interactive piece by Mavis;