While studying abroad in London with my Drexel graphic design classmates in 2015, I created these mini posters as a way to experiment with digital collage and document the amazing street art and typography I saw there while exploring the different neighborhoods and other cities I visited during my time abroad. Counter clockwise from the top left:
Save Brixton: Using the Brixton Windmill as the focal point, I wanted to highlight the voices of the local artists advocating against gentrification in the neighborhood.
Parliament Square: Playing with opacity and patterns, I combined two figures and rotated their shadows over a photo of a building facade from the Parliament Square area of London.
Welcome to the Future: This collage focused more on the general typography I found interesting on signage around the city. The broken up questions, "Where are we going?" and "Who cares?" narrate the thoughts of the stick figure wandering down a path with somewhat hidden names of places I had been to at that point, leading up to the glass ceiling of the Victoria & Albert Museum, a frequent field trip destination for our design classes.
Picadilly Circus: As a way of documenting my first week aborad, I combined the silhouette of one of the landmarks in the Picadilly Circus area of London with a collage of street art I saw on a weekend trip I took with my friends to Amsterdam.
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Since making the original set of mini posters, I have started making street art collages of other cities, of course, starting with Philly.
Philly Graffiti: Philadelphia is a major American art city with first-class art museums, dozens of great art schools and organizations, and an abundance of public art, including sculptures and murals. It is also the birthplace of modern graffiti. To highlight that, I focused this collage on Philly's graffiti artists, especially sticker and wheatpaste artists. The graffiti surrounds the AMOR statue, which was placed on the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps for the Pope visit as the Spanish version of Robert Indiana's LOVE statue on the other side of the Ben Franklin Parkway.
South Street: South Street is the home of the famous Philadelphia Magic Gardens, an immersive mixed-media mosaic environment started by Isaiah Zagar. Since the 1960's Zagar's mosaics, which use materials such as glass bottles, bicycle wheels, and mirrors, celebrate the many forms of art and community and seep out of the museum space and into the surrounding neighborhood. It is impossible to miss.