Gluekit has been super into hand-type lately, prompted in part– no doubt– to Mike Perry’s terrific new publication Hand Job: A Catalog of Type (Princeton Architectural Press). Gluekit’s Mountains Rock collaboration with artist Amy Jean Porter and our “We Sing Instruments” shirt were both included (hurrah!) and the thick book is chock-full of interesting, provocative and NEAT hand-drawn type projects and samples. It’s one of our favorite books at the moment and has been sparking all sorts of ideas and new projects.
Gluekit likes new twists on old punk sayings.
The Gluekit Team has been hard at work on our assignment for Faesthetic #7, the theme is a dark one for happy kids. One of the things we’ve been experimenting with lately– well, for the past year but it’s picked up with the arrival of a beautiful vintage Bernina sewing machine– is creating plushies of 1-d forms we like to work with. Here we’re crafting a little bit of fire– burn, baby, burn!
We definitely like black and white plushie forms.
Preliminary drawing for a New York Times Book Review illustration for “God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America,” a new book by Hanna Rosin. Surprise fact: Rosin was played by Chloe Sevigny in the movie Shattered Glass, about the New Republic’s fallen angel, Stephen Glass!
We like six degrees of separation games.
Experiments with cut paper get a bit messy.
We like messy experiments.
A fine example of how scissors and a sewing machine can refashion and revive a summer wardrobe in under two hours: making a too-large Gluekit Landscape shirt into something more fitting and cutting down a pre-Gluekit System Untitled shirt.
We like new/old clothes.
Laying down some hard type in Jersey during vacation by the sea.
We like hand-drawn dollar signs.
These are jammin’ new kicks, purchased in Philly after a long perusal at the always impressive Ubiq store. We just can’t get enough of Vans hightops. The Gallery was fun too!
We like new white sneakers.
We had great fun in the stacks last weekend, sorting through an assortment of titles from the 1980s about architecture, designers, and furniture.
We like fancy pants letters.
Two hundred miles to see one of our favorite bands of the moment, Matt and Kim, play a rockin’ set on the first night of their tour. (We tried to figure out how to type out the yah-yahs right, but the hyphens kept getting in the way!)
We like waving hands.
Sometimes our projects aren’t sketched so much as cut out and pieced together. This is one of those cases. We’re experimenting with collaging bitmapped patterns into natural forms and seeing what happens. Let’s crash nature smack dab into our computer screen and capture the result, one brick at a time.
We like bitmapped patterns!
Okkervil River played a date right before their national tour started, and before their awesome record, The Stage Names, dropped at the end of this summer. We caught them in one of the tiniest venues imaginable and felt that surge of luckiness that comes from seeing a talented band in a room packed with admiring fans.
We like Will Sheff’s hand-drawn shirts.
Tigers go grrr! And we like just-happened-by-accident collages and the backsides of designs showing through.
We like black and white.