As I mentioned in a previously, I wanted to run an entry on the artwork of Christopher Shannon's show invitation. I really like the fact that he procrastinates each detail, taking consideration and care to contemplate each component of his branding. Luckily I met the illustrator James Dawe at the door of the tent and got to find out a snippet about the photography used in his collage. Its an assembly of original images from the 80's as James explains:
" Chris and his stylist John 'Leeds' Colver had referenced collage work by Robert Pollard and wanted to commission something in a similar vain for his Autumn Winter 10 invite.
They wanted the invite to be something that people would hold onto and stick on a notice board.
The other main inspiration and source material for the collage was the photography of Dave Sinclair, who documented working class Liverpool in the 1980s.
Chris had come across the pictures on Sinclair's flickr, which obviously resonated as he is a scouser who grew up in that era.
The images mostly feature mischievous children playing amongst a backdrop of grey and decaying council estates.
Chris selected his favorite shots, which were then supplied by Dave Sinclair who scanned the originals. My job was to bring these photos alive even more by making a physical collage which portrayed the raw energy of youth. "