WRAP, ISSUE 10, ‘INTO THE WILD’ is as bright and fun as a spring/summer edition can get. Featuring some amazing illustrations from a more focused choice of 5 illustrators (rather than the usual 10) on a theme that explores plants in all their weird and wonderful glory. A favourite being Pat Bradbury’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ that shows off his irreverent collage style and punchy colours. This issue also includes an in depth look into the influence of the 1980’s designers involved in The Memphis Group on contemporary illustrators today. Marcello Velho further explores the influence through an illustrated essay containing some beautiful abstract images. This whole section is cleverly printed on a gloss stock, which perfectly suits the mood of The Memphis Group and adds a tactile quality to Marcello’s images.
EDWARD CHEVERTON, ‘Therapy’, 2014
Edward Chevertons ‘Therapy’ zine is a playful creation, that shows off his irreverent style both in format and content. Pages vary in sizes and colours, and the density of images runs amok. Sometimes a page will be full of characters, jumping and swinging in to every corner, whilst others will display, a solitary, proud figure drawn in Cheverton’s trademark naive style. ‘Therapy’ feels like stealing the kid at the back of the class’s notebook and getting more than you bargained for, but in a really good way. Check out more of Ed’s work here.
PAT BRADBURY, ‘Very Silly’, 2014, Standard Issue Press
LIANA JEGERS, ‘New Entities’, 2014
Louis Reith, ‘Jords Katter’, supplement to ‘Jordskred Två’, 2012.
NICK WOOD and STEVEN HEDLEY, Conjunction issue#4 'grief', www.conjunctionzine.co.uk
The fourth issue of Conjunction, an Oxford based publication, explores the theme of grief. Featuring 14 artists from varied practices including Alessandra Genualdo and Marianne Hallseth. Grief is risographed in black throughout with a thick black border on each page inspired by Victorian mouring stationary.
Esther McManus, ‘The Elder’, 2014, www.esthermcmanus.co.uk
Esther kindly gives the world her first foray into a full graphic novel with this excellently produced, risographed publication. Printed with two colours on some pretty great coloured stocks, and with a screen printed gate-fold cover making this is a immensely beautiful object.
ALAIN VONCK, ‘Dark Sand’, 2013, UK. www.alainvonck.com
ZELOOT, ‘Duotone’, 2013, Canada/ The Netherlands, www.zeloot.nl
MATTHEW WHITTINGTON, ‘The Fox’, 2013, UK. mathewwhittington.com
The fox describes itself as ‘a loose continuation of the 1970’s journal ‘The Fox’ produced by the artist collective Arts and Language’. This publication deviates from the original and uses the urban fox as a vehicle ‘to explore attitudes towards the city, culture, nature, labour, architecture and design.’
The content is varied and includes re-publications of material from the 19th-20th century and there is something purposefully chaotic in the design, a feeling that reflects the content well. Another thing that works well is that the cover is the same thickness as the inner pages, but with a gatefold adding a natural difference, this allows the book to have a flexibility that would be lost with a heavier cover.