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Anomaly & Sagmeister: Nice to meat you.

"Having guts always works out for me."

So as I said in my previous entry, I attended an exclusive workshop run by Stefan Sagmeister for Billy Blue graduates. It's a little bit of a blood and guts filled blur. Just an FYI, it's a little gory, so perhaps skipping this entry if you've a weak constitution might be a good idea.

 My fellow amatuer anatomists and Stefan delivering the brief. Both images via   Billy Blue College of Design's   Instagram   &   Twitter  .

My fellow amatuer anatomists and Stefan delivering the brief. Both images via Billy Blue College of Design's Instagram & Twitter.

We we each asked to stand at a desk with a letter, plastic apron and gloves, and a little collection of cutting implements. Stefan explained to us that he had completed a spread for a magazine with the sentence 'Having guts always works for me' spelled out in found objects. We were to take that to the next literal level.

A handful of lambs innards was slopped on the desk and we were basically told to have at it. And have at it we did.

Over the course of the next two hours, we cut, tore, dripped and arranged various bits and pieces into elegantly gory letters.

The interesting textures we were each able to pull from the guts was pretty amazing. I did get a little side tracked along the way and have always had an interest in anatomy. I think my background as a visual artist, also a keen fan of Gunther von Hagens plasticination method compelled me to look for specific parts. I started out looking for veins and blood, but without the proper training it almost turned out the be an exercise in futility however, I was able to find some membranes that would prove to be interesting to use.

My letter was the letter E.

I procured a scalpel with some help from one of my lecturers and half at the suggestion of Stefan and half of my own initial idea, I carved an E into the membrane. To see the material contract and warp when cutting through the fine ligaments was interesting, though made it difficult to work with. But, as the say, good things don't necessarily come easy.

 My membrane and meat E (detail) and Stefan takes a pic with his phone. (Photo courtesy of Jane Connory)

My membrane and meat E (detail) and Stefan takes a pic with his phone. (Photo courtesy of Jane Connory)

After the first success, I used some excess pieces to create a few different versions just to try things out and came up with an even more delicate membrane E and a script version from a tapered piece.

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After all this, I was invited to join Stefan, his sister, the Dean of Billy Blue College, a couple of representatives from AGDA and two of my lecturers for dinner. The evening was a perfect way to decompress after the amount of work we had put into Anomaly.

The conversation bounced around from Whitenight as we could see the crowds around Fed Square from our restaurant, to David Lynch and Twin Peaks thanks to my trusty iPhone cover which looks like Agent Cooper's dictaphone.

As the evening drew to a close, our bellies full of good food and good drink, I passed a small gift onto Stefan as a token of my gratitude. It was a  illustration and while I won't share it here, you had better believe I made a "nice to meat you" joke. Yep. Can't help that the dad jokes run strong in me. I think Stefan was really pleased that I had given him something. In the muddle of the past few days, I never got a chance to get anything signed from him, but I think it's almost cooler him having a one off illustration from yours truly.

I also (at the behest my lecturer) managed to snag a kiss on the cheek. The caption below says it all.

 I think I entitled the picture  Happy as a pig in shit  on social media...

I think I entitled the picture Happy as a pig in shit on social media...

So I guess in summary, this weekend has been an amazing, stressful, wonderful journey in art and design. When I started this blog earlier in the year, I was spurred by the idea of being fearless this year. Already that has worked in my favour by being invited to meet and dine with one of the biggest design names around. That alone, I think, will help decide my design future. I'm still working on being fearless and now that this major project is done (in fact we'll be bumping it out this afternoon) creates a fresh state of mind to work on some personal projects that have been floating around my brain for a while as well as trying to find some steady employment!

I'll leave you with a little something I pulled together, courtesy of people Instagraming their own letters (as a well as an apology to my vegan and vegetarian friends!)

 

 "Don't be limited by fear." F from   Alicia Axnick  , E from yours truly, A from   Simone Baur-Schmid   and R from   Daniel McQuillen  .

"Don't be limited by fear." F from Alicia Axnick, E from yours truly, A from Simone Baur-Schmid and R from Daniel McQuillen.

 Sorry.

Sorry.