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Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

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2 Apr 2014

We went to see Erik Kessels talk at Leeds College of Art and Design last week. The poster exhibition Kiss Kiss Kill Kill was an unexpected pleasant surprise that happened to be showing in the Blenheim Walk building. Billed as “The Graphic Art And Forgotten Spy Films Of Cold War Europe”. A wonderful mix of of 50s, 60′s and 70′s design, colour, photography, illustration and typography. On until 8 April 2014.

Erika Vogt at The Hepworth Wakefield

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20 Mar 2014

Erika Vogt installation ‘Speech Mesh – Drawn OFF’ is a site specific commission for The Hepworth and is her first solo exhibition in the UK by the American artist.

The work was on in display in The Calder, The Hepworth’s new art space in the old mill on site. After spending so much time in Saltaire, art in a mill is a familiar experience; the smell of lanolin, lots of light and industrial interior lends itself well and I loved Vogt’s use of the space.

Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum, York

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20 Jan 2014

Christmas Cards 2013

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19 Dec 2013

This year’s design started with a still taken from a cine film I bought at a car boot sale. To this unknown family’s skiing holiday I’ve added a splash of text and our signature Christmas trumpet and voilà we have this year’s Maraid Christmas card!

Christmas card design

Cardiff Castle

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30 Nov 2013

While planning our trip to Wales for Handheld Conference, we asked the good people of Twitter what else we should see and do in Cardiff. The Castle came up top.

Cardiff Castle’s interior is unlike anything I have seen before. In the 19th Century the Stuart family became very wealthy due to the Glamorgan coal industry. The third Marquess hired William Burges to remodel the castle in a Gothic revival style with no expense spared. The result is a wonderful, elaborate space every corner a celebration of colour, design, history, legend and nature.

The last photo is taken in the doorway to the smoking room. The devil peers out of the ceiling to scare the women and keep them out!

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

cardiff castle, wales

Pula Post Office, Croatia

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24 Nov 2013

Among Pula’s celebrated architecture, mostly Roman, stands it’s modernist Post Office. It was designed by Angiolo Mazzoni in 1933 while he was employed by the Italian Ministry of Communications. The stunning red colour in the entrance is carried all the way up a magnificent spiral staircase.

pula post office, croatia

pula post office, croatia

pula post office, croatia

Marks & Spencer Company Archive, Leeds

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17 Nov 2013

Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer opened their Penny Bizarre in Leeds Market in 1884. In 2011, with over 125 years of trading Marks & Spencer went into partnership with the University of Leeds to open up the Marks & Spencer Company Archive, welcoming everyone to access the collection, view the exhibition and spend time in the reading room.

The exhibition is a wonderful celebration of the rich history of Marks & Spencer, a reminder of the cultural importance of this innovative high street shop that we sometimes take for granted.

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

marks and spencer company archive

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013, York

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12 Nov 2013

Another great year for Aesthetica Short Film Festival. I went for the three day weekend pass this year and still there was so much I didn’t see! I enjoyed a lot of the comedy and drama and caught a little bit of animation and thrillers but it’s still the documentaries I like most. I was also impressed by the high quality of the British entries. Some of my favourites from 2013…

Elliott’s Store, Saltash

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1 Nov 2013

Elliott’s Grocery Store in Saltash was opened in 1902 by Mr H Elliott. His son, Frank, inherited the family business but his disapproval of decimalisation and new business rates in 1973 led him to cease trading and shut up shop permanently. He continued to live above the shop, slowly eating and drinking his way through the stock. When the content of each packet, bottle or can was consumed, he carefully replaced each item (apart from jam, which he disliked, the full jam jars remain untouched to this day!).

Frank Elliott was determined to keep the shop as a museum. He approached national organisations to take it on, they declined. The Tamar Preservation Society stepped in and secured the shop’s future. In 1995, two days after settling his new will, Frank died aged 99.

What remains to this day is a time capsule, a rare opportunity to step into a shop that has hardly been touched in 37 years. A museum of 1970′s packaging in situ, with many of the shops features and fittings predating this. It’s a feast for the eyes, with every surface covered in advertising, packaging and leaflets as they were left in 1973.

The Tamar Preservation Society have restored the back parlour with family effects, created a reading and research room and recently worked on the shop front to bring it back to its original splendour.

Jane is on Tumblr

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27 Oct 2013

I have started up a Tumblr account. A place to get back to my photography roots a little. It’s also been a nice exercise in exploring Tumblr code and building a theme.

www.maraid.tumblr.com

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