The older we grow, it seems the less time we allot to simple play- ideas that go nowehere, thoughts and things that just are. Like children do. We get entangled in needing to slot what we do into a box somewhere marked “useful”. Like adults do. For the last ten years, even though I have loved my work and career, its all been mostly to fulfill some purpose- not personal comments or creative statements. That kind of design (very necessary for the soul) has gotten relegated to the back alleys of my brain for some vague future time when I will have time to play and get inspired and create for the sake of joy. So this year, having had enough of the Real in my life and inspired by Nadi, who has taught me how important playtime is, I decided to play with my piece for the Alumni Show.
For my piece I played with my favourite ideas- of being Design Police, and in true countrymen style, abusing that authority left right center. I played with the idea of banning certain fonts from appearing in public. I twiddled with the idea of a hippy culture kind of free love for all letters and I weighed the concept of a zen like existence, urging all of God’s creatures to find their inner…grid. I loved creating letters which didnt conform to a technical grid but instead followed a visual harmony of the mood that I wanted. I loved being able to tweak and pull at ears and legs of the forms without having to listen to anyone.
The IVS Alumni Show will run at the IVS Gallery till Dec 19, from 10am-6pm Mon-Sat.