new ambigraph site

We’re pleased to announce that we have a sparkling new website! We’ve completely overhauled it to show off our new design & photography work, to bring the blog into line with the site design and to introduce a shop where we can sell our prints and photos. We’ve also made it fully responsive to make sure visitors have a great experience whichever device they are browsing on.

The site is live and the shop will be revealed in the next couple of months, so have a look around and let us know what you think.

*NB* We won’t be posting here anymore so we’d appreciate it if you could resubscribe via email or your favorite RSS reader here. Thanks for reading!


lynch-window

“I don’t like colour. The real factories that I love, they’re black-and-white experiences. Colour putrefies them… I really love the oil-impregnated earth, you know, where the earth is gleaming with black oil and there is steel and brick and glass and these machines, and smokestacks and the smoke and the fire. It’s an amazing, phenomenal thing.”

David Lynch

Continue reading ‘David Lynch’s factory photographs’


"Radiant Dusk" by Dan Mumford

“Radiant Dusk” by Dan Mumford

Following on from last year’s Radiant Dawn print, I’ve just received this lush new Dan Mumford print from the same series (although my backlog of pictures to frame isn’t getting any smaller). Stunning colour palette and tight composition.


I’ve just completed this identity for my good friend Lindford Lowe’s new video production company.

Lowe Motion Logo

Check out his showreel here:


dan-mumford-soundgarden

I was a bit gutted that this amazing Soundgarden poster by Dan Mumford was sold out by the time I found out about it but luckily, I bagged the equally impressive screen print “Radiant Dawn” from his online store. All is well.

'Radiant Dawn' by Dan Mumford

‘Radiant Dawn’ by Dan Mumford


goose-green-clinic-logo

We’ve recently completed an identity project for Goose Green Clinic in East Dulwich, South London which culminated in a website, postcard, business stationery and banner. The identity is inspired by the holistic nature of the clinic and the complementary therapies and classes they offer with an emphasis on healing and energising colours.

goose green clinic website

ggc-business-cardgoose green clinic postcard


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The Trees

Not sure where to start with Kim Høltermand’s incredibly serene landscape and architectural photography because there’s so much of it and it’s consistently impressive, although some of the series could have been edited down a bit. His exploratory approach really appeals to me. I particularly like the fact that he creates series of images with a similar theme and explores different facets of that theme within fairly tight parameters.

Here are some individual examples, all from larger series that you can see on his site.

kim-holtermand-tuve

Tuve

kim-holtermand-silo

Silo

kim-holtermand-deserted-city

Deserted City

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Beach Stations

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Copenhagen Architecture

 


Etching course

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I recently did another 3 day etching course. It was great to be back amongst the inks and smells of the etching studio at Camberwell College of Arts, but 3 days is hardly enough time to get your juices flowing with a process as slow and methodical as etching. (Many thanks to the tutor Brian Hodgson for his generous input and direction).

This time I tried taking an impression of some scrim (rough fabric used in the inking process) using a soft ground on a zinc plate, then etched it in stages to create some deeper lines and some more delicate ones. The most successful prints were the ones where I inked the plate using a couple of different rusty colours, and the blind embossings. The prints are reminiscent of tributaries and turbulent geographical features.
 
First versionblack etching

 
Second version – printed with colour gradientrusty etching

 
Third version – after some lines were etched for longer deep black etching

 
Fourth version – blind embossing blind embossed etching close-up

 

My other experiment was using a photo-polymer plate, a type of light-sensitive plate which can be exposed using a UV exposure unit (normally used for screen printing) and washed in water.. so no harsh acids. The potential for bringing digital media into the workflow but retaining the physicality and unpredictability of printmaking is very exciting. I did a few tests with this flower image which gave a very dark print even though the original image was quite light. There doesn’t seem to be as much creativity in the inking process as there is with acid-etched plates but still something I’d like to play around with more, especially as you don’t need access to an etching studio to produce the plates.

photo polymer plate etching


gemma anderson isomorphology

I just visited an enthralling exhibition by artist Gemma Anderson at the Eb & Flow Gallery near Old Street in London. She has developed a focused artistic practice in which she takes an analytical approach that is similar to scientific research. She uses observational drawing as the foundation for explorations in different media, most notably copper-plate etching and hand-painted ceramics. Her interests lie in observing, researching and documenting the similarities in structure across all types of natural forms (animal, vegetable and mineral) and these interests come together in this exhibition under the name Isomorphology, a term she has coined. (The book published by Super/Collider is worth checking out and only a fiver).

I’ve always looked to science and nature as an inspiration for visual work so it’s great to see such a body of work coming from this kind of approach. Most of all I love her hand coloured etchings. Strongly recommended.. on until 6th April. More text and image at her site.


I’ve just completed a website for my good friend John Davide who produces painstaking stop-frame animations with a great flair for narrative. I created the structure for a site using WordPress, including a header that helps convey his handmade style and his character illustration. His atmospheric drawings are also gorgeous and I hear he’ll be selling them on t-shirts and as limited edition screen prints very soon…

john-davide-animation-site-header




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