Child's Play the exhibition I have assisted the marvelous George Law in organising, is now up and running in The Forum, Division St, Sheffield. Do stop by and see our showcase for some of Sheffield's finest illustrative talent...
Child's Play is a concept dreamt up to allow an eclectic mix of creative Sheffielder's to illustrate a common theme, each in their own way. Either explored in it's literal sense (where things are easy) or ironic sense (where things are complex and ambitious) the setting of Child's Play will prove a playground for ideas.
Amongst the exhibitors are illustrators; Nick Deakin, represented by Unseen Agency, whose multi-disciplinary style and fun imagery is a favourite of many large editorial clients // Jonny Wan, a newly signed illustrator who has worked with Wired Magazine and laser engraving company Grove // Lord Bunn, infamous in Sheffield for his distinctive illustrations and varied style // artist Mute, well recognised from previous Forum and Arcade based showcases of painted works // illustrator Jonny Ford (of the illustrious Sheffield based firm Finger Industries) // Jane Faram, artist and illustrator who produced the 'Do Your Best/Do Your Worst' show at the Forum last September, with....Geo Law, illustrator, one half of The Hantu Collective and a doodler of many a flyer and wall mural.
Child's Play by Geo Law and Jane Faram
> George and I have a penchant for a title piece and experimenting with type, our previous show together saw the Do Your Best/Do Your Worst title piece being one of our strongest. For Child's Play we revived a fondness for children's alphabet illustrations and imaginative ways of schooling.
Little Red Riding Hood, Jonny Wan
House, Jane Faram and Jonny Ford
> Jonny and I discussed the make-up of this house at length, we drew great ideas from vintage dollshouse products and the advertisements for them in magazines (Much of this being of German origin, the 'Puppenhaus' was said to be best made in Germany around World War I - house interiors were fashionable, realistic, cutting edge). Jonny's beautiful illustrations to the top right of this piece explore further levels to the house and imagination of the child who may play with it...statements within the work are drawn from guides to 'Building Your Own Home' published in the 90's such as; 'power sockets are a necessary evil', are now outdated and ridiculous, but once sound advice.
The work intends to evaluate some of the nightmares arising whilst building a home - what you require and want from it and how fickle planning it can be, and the strain this puts on your childhood ambitions for domestic bliss.