Gilles and Cecilie Studio is a multi-disciplinary agency for visual communication providing illustration, interior, installation and wallpainting for their clients. Here you can read about their inspiration, travels and work in progress.
Cecilie used to work at the Wyvern Bindery, where she learnt to make wonderful books. We use bookbinding a lot in our studio work and we hold workshops in between at colleges, for other designers and for businesses. This november we have been in Chelsea College and Winchester School of Arts making books. Above you can see details from bookbinding sessions at Chelsea.
Welcome to our second year of Gilles & Cecilie advent calendar. We have made ready 24 images that will be posted every day until Christmas. The first one is of a ring binder we made in M8 design studio at Kapp in Norway this summer. We had two wonderful workshops with them this year and it is so nice to make stuff together with other creative people. They also have full silkscreen facility where we made two series of prints. The first day of December is dedicated to all of you at M8.
We are currently working with the Scenography students at Westerdals to create an produce an event. Before we started the idea and concept process we held a bookbinding workshop. We made sketchbooks with hollow binding. The students made books from found papers and cartoon and wallpaper off cuts. Colourful and personal.
Here are some photos of the books and boxes we made at M8 design studio in Kapp, Norway during a 2 day workshop. M8 design supported us for our Maputo project and we provided them with a workshop for making books and boxes. It was a wonderful workshop: the people, the summer weather, the studio and the food. Top notch. We are looking forward to do this again!
We are happy to announce that wonderful design agency M8 in Kapp Milk Factory have booked a 2 day bookbinding and boxmaking workshop with us in the summer to support the Maputo project. We are looking forward to visit this place which is beautifully located next to the largest lake in Norway called Mjøsa.
" M8 is a branding and visual communication company. They are five designers from mixed backgrounds. They work with all types of design projects from visual profiles to product packaging, signage systems and much more. Their studio has a mix of analogue and digital tools. This means that they play as much with litho, screen printing and letterpress as we do with our macs. "
The photo above is from one of their designs for a company called Skafferiet. Skafferiet is a little shop and cafe on an island in the middle of Mjøsa lake. (The icecream looks delicious)
We love making books. Books for portfolios, stories, diaries, memories, lists, sketches and so forth. We learned to bind books in Central Saint Martins. Our teacher Douglas from Walnut Creek, dapper at making beautiful books, shared his skills with us. Cecilie made her first book very neatly and got excited by the fact that she now had a place for all her drawings to live in the future. She walked past the Wyvern Bindery in Clerkenwell and asked if she could work there to learn more about this craft. She stayed for 3 years.
Ever since she has been sharing this knowledge with her friends, with students in Norway and in the UK and with designers at EDIT seminar. Once she did a workshop with 100 students from UCCA, Farnham Campus. For this occasion she made a Powerpoint presentation called Speedbinding which explaines all the stages of how to make a section sewn book.
We love sketch books but also to create books with content. This is what we aim to together with the students at ENAV in MAputo. We will provide them with excerpts from a story and then ask everybody to illustrate their paragraph.
The book will be the collections of the students imagemaking. A memory, a story, a document of a workshop.
We are going to Maputo in Mozambique to hold a workshop for designers and creative people to share inspiration, cultural experience and creative practice.
We are interested in books, illustrations and telling stories. In this workshop we want to create a book together with the designers by giving all participants an excerpt from the same story to illustrate. In the end of the project, we will put the story together, with an array of different visuals.
We are funding this project by inviting universities, colleges and clients in UK and Norway to contribute in making this project happen. We offer bookmaking workshops in exchange of funding the project in Maputo.
We are going to weeks in May 2010 and we have already got positive answers from LCC in London, Winchester School of Art and Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo.