8 Hours and 476 Plates Later…

…our exhibit Eat Drink Print is now up at the Lethaby Window Gallery at Central St. Martins. Yesterday, our weeks of research, designing, and planning our display, the big day arrived. Our design team sketched out plans and we scoured every corner of London for props and materials to create a “behind the scenes” look in the gallery. Signage was designed, proofed, edited and printed. Archival material was mounted. We debated how to best show the historical items without compromising the fragile paper and condition. Display strategies were mocked up and tested. We printed and cut out hundreds of circles for the back wall. The archival material was finally packed up and made the journey from London College of Communication to Central St. Martin’s on Monday morning and work was underway.

With a detailed game plan for the day, it was all hands on deck as the team assembled the exhibit. We started with the dozens of circle graphics on the back wall, which had to be perfectly measured and aligned in a grid pattern. Next, we hung the large exhibition sign on the left end of the gallery. After testing the light levels in the gallery and finding them on the high end, we decided to cover one end of the gallery where sunlight was streaming in to preserve the materials and so a canvas shade was constructed and raised up. Then the fun part. Plates, wine boxes, beautiful silver tableware, white tablecloths, bone cutlery… and the archive. The next couple of hours was spent positioning, coordinating between team members inside and outside of the soundproof gallery, and putting everything into place until it looked just right down to the last fork.

 

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We also held a special event last night to coincide with the exhibition. With beautiful food courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien and wine provided by Terrus winery, our special guests Will Hill, Colin McHenry, Rebecca Wright sat down at our table alongside two students from the MA CCC course, Anya and Rhianne, and the hosts Eva Tyler and Lisa Kim. The conversation covered print history and it’s power and influence in society then and now. It was a fascinating discussion that ranged from traditions of the Double Crown Club to the political posters up around London right now. And it was interesting to see the “circles of influence” play out right at the dinner table. Will and Colin mentioned that they had only met last month while speaking at a conference, which was surprising since I assumed they had known each other for years. But it turned out that they discovered that Will had done some illustration work many years ago for Colin when he was at the Radio Times. A chat revealed that Rebecca and Will had mutual colleagues and acquaintances in the print and design field. Our discussion really could’ve gone on for hours..

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The team effort and coordination was unbelievable and I know I speak on behalf of everyone when we say we  are very pleased that our hard work is finally on show.

Stop by the Lethaby Window Gallery at Central St. Martin’s at King’s Cross this week. The gallery is accessible 24/7 as it is part of the exterior of the building (around the corner from the CSM Museum) until next Monday, 5th May.

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