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.
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 have visualised the meeting between the sky and the ground, the body and the mind.
This wallpainting is our first standing on African ground, in Matola, just outside Maputo in Mocambique. The wall is embracing the birth place of Dans'artes which is initiated by Maria Helena Pinto, a dancer from Mocambique.
This ground is going to be build over the next 3 years with a theatre, a cyber cafe and 6 flats for future artists in residence.
We are the second artists that have started to embellish the space. Rejao, which is a local artist and illustrator are painting the house of the space with a flat to be used by the people working in the centre.
We imagine dancing as the movement the body does reflecting its thoughts and ideas into rhythms of life. We wanted to paint dancing and made compositions, colours and rhythms that embrace the wall, not covering the whole wall and leaving areas of raw concrete as a colour. We imagine the concrete as the naked body and the colours and composition the clothes we wear while dancing.
We discovered the real beauty of concrete and wanted to keep the raw material as a part of the design. It is very rare that we have the opportunity to paint directly on newly made wall.
Thanks to Dori Gislason (KHIO and ISArC), Soley Stefansdottir, Maria Helena Pinto, Winchester School of Art, London School of Communication, Westerdals and M8 design for making this project happen!
We went to the post office in rua 25 de juhlo in Maputo this morning to buy some postcards. We always write a few postcards to friends and family when we are out of London. The postlady showed us a display of postcards next to the till. We were not to excited about those cards and asked if she had more. Then she took a box out from underneath her desk full of vintage cards made in 1985. This is exactly how it feels to be here today. Post-colonial, sub-tropical. The only thing missing on the cards are all the people on the street, the vibrancy and the diversity of their craft and markets. More about Maputo is coming up. We wish we could stay longer and learn to speak Shangana! Kanimambo!
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.