As I mentioned in my previous post, I was recently invited to take part in the Celebration of September poster exhibition. Each exhibitor was asked to create an A1 poster for one day in September.
I was given the 25th of September, which was a Sunday. My poster takes the day as its theme, presenting a traditional stained glass window with the message ‘let us play’; a tongue-in-cheek reference to the church call to prayer. Does the poster express a commentary on changes in our society — a decline in moral or spiritual values as we hedonistically seek to fulfil individual needs? Maybe for some, but to me it’s a call to arms, encouraging people to bring the playful back to their weekends, and do something creative. I wanted to make a point about the spiritual value of play.
The brief stipulated that all posters should be handmade. My poster was created using paper-cut collage — each shape cut out by hand using a scalpel. This was time consuming but it was great to have the opportunity to work in a way I don’t normally as part of my everyday work.
On Thursday I visited the busy private view and managed to take some photos of the event. It was good to meet the other creatives involved and to see their posters, which had been created using a range of methods, including screen printing, embroidery, hand drawing and laser cutting. Special thanks to Mortar&Pestle Studio for organising the event.