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acejet170
Belfast
English graphic designer in Northern Ireland
Interests: type, print and everything.
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September witnessed the second public outing for my ThreadForms. Accompanied by a large and surprising slice of success! You just never know do you? I love making these things. If I had space, would hang every last one of them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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September saw the second public outing for ThreadForms. I got lots of encouraging comments and sold more pieces than I expected. The first three space ThreadForms were amongst the first to sell. These are the sequels, featuring (in order) Kepler-22b, Mars and Jupiter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at ThreadForms
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I'm just going to leave this here. Picked it up a few weeks ago from the Seaside Revival Festival. We were lamenting the demise of the printed guide when we were in New York. I remember the first time I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Didn't get to Lulu's. Less interested in the vintage clothing, but was a little intrigued by the 'n shit'. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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My tidy haul of ephemerality. Part way between our Styversant Heights hideout and the big city was the Dumbo Sunday Brooklyn Flea, a small, well formed market of vintage goods. A perfect way to spend a morning before heading to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Bowne & Co. Stationers is billed as New York City's oldest continuously running business, founded as it was in 1775. Luckily for us, it happens to be a print shop. If you're at the bottom of Manhattan, maybe to catch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Aug 12, 2019
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Just back from NYC. It was around 25 years ago that I first went to New York. It was a solo trip at a pivotal time in my personal life and the city energised and changed me. I returned a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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I've been collecting images from around northern Ireland's coastline since we moved to the Province about 15 years ago. Having grown up and lived a lot of my adult life in the most land-locked regions of England I found coastal life thrilling; from the high drama to the tiny details.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at ThreadForms
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Threads and found photos. Around 15 years ago I discovered a box of photographs in the loft of the house we had just moved into. Generally a bit wonky, I took them for the rejects amassed from numerous holidays; efficiencies gained through amazing technology means we don't get these now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at ThreadForms
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The Marber Grid, rendered in threads and map pins, at 'actual size. Find out more Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at ThreadForms
Threads + Things Threads + Photos Threads + Paint Homage to Romek Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at ThreadForms
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Just added this Thread + Paint piece, for the record – it sold a little while ago. The black painted elements of these pieces are hugely influenced by traditional oriental watercolour painting, with similar techniques used to create pure abstract forms. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at ThreadForms
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A few weeks ago I posted a set of map key extracts along with a suggestion that they were the beginnings of something. Here is that something else. Sewn weirdness that keeps my itchy fingers busy during idle moments. I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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The North Bull Wall sticks out above the Port of Dublin in a kind of north easterly direction. Building began around 1820 and took 5 years. It was constructed as a breakwater and to hold back the North Bull sand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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The Wrong Ways: A—E Sections of edited map keys with vintage index cards found in New York over twenty years ago and confused threaded route lines. Lost in an abstract world. The first five of an ambitious series of 25 (X and Y share a card). Who knows when I'll... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at ThreadForms
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I don't really post anything specific about the day job here but I keep thinking about the work we did for the Titanic Hotel Belfast and, in particular, how it relates to things I enjoy most about what we do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Len Deighton is 90 today. International man of mystery, no other author has had such a constant presence in my life, and not just for his works of fiction. The film adaptation of The IPCRESS File is high (sometimes at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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1911, and little did the photo-etchers at Southampton's Ordnance Survey Office know, as they beavered away at their photo-etchings, that a soon to be formed Serbo-Croat nationalist group's resentment for the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina from Turkey would manifest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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For the past five years, during term time, I have found myself walking our dog around Orangefield Park, near to the Grammar school our boys go to. My oldest son – the one that's an actual giant – plays rugby... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Prints of Instagrammed images of Northern Ireland's north coast with intersecting thread lines of black and red. I've been working on thread compositions for a few years now. It's an on-going project that's seen long periods of inactivity and short,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Ace Jet 170
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Last week I found half a bark face during the morning dog walk, and I could not have been happier. What luck! A Demi-Groot, was my rather obvious first thought, holding the dead wood to my face, the correct way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Ace Jet 170
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Have I mentioned I love my job? Actually, have I mentioned what my job is? Yes, obvs, I'm a graphic designer but it would be more accurate to, now, describe me as an interpretation designer. I used to 'do brochures... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Ace Jet 170
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A small portion of Japan, from 1959. I tried finding out something about the 20th Congress of the International Air Transport Association but, alas, I could find nothing to enlighten us. I did find a film about PanAm and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Ace Jet 170
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Classics. A set of Moore & Wright dividers, wrestling external calipers, naked; an instrumental coupling of precision tools. A few years ago we were in the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. My enduring memory isn't of the tall ship parked out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Ace Jet 170