I recently went to watch local side Worthing FC in action against Tooting & Mitcham in the Isthmian Premier Division, 3 leagues below the Football League. I wanted to include an element of non-league football in my World Cup posters, as I feel this is an element of the modern game that gets forgotten about, with a lot of successful footballers starting their careers at clubs at this level. Non-league football is definitely part of the game which is underfunded compared to the riches of the Premier League, and often produces more exciting football and is more value for money with entry to the game being only £5. I went along to take some photos of the game and the stadium to inform my own work and to try and add the non-league element. Also you get quite wacky and unconventional flags and banners at these games. The score ended 3-0 to the Worthing!
For my project I’m looking at the Russia 2018 World Cup taking place this summer. I want to produce posters for a number of the countries involved but wanted to do a main large scale one for Russia itself. Here I am developing some initial collages based on research about avant-garde and constructivist art movements. I then developed them further by colour converting them. I also tried putting the country outline on top using acetate at first but I thought it made the collage too cluttered with too much going on.
In preparation for my final major project I put together a split zine with starting points, artists and Art movements that inspire me and could lead to an idea for the project itself. I presented it by laying them out on an A3 and using the split zine technique then stitched them all together. I am inspired by layering of images, whilst using bold colour combinations. I like the idea of using printmaking as a medium for my work, as well as perhaps combining that with painting or graffiti. The main idea at this stage is using a generic theme such as the Russian 2018 World Cup, and giving it more of a sense of design by using shape, colour and medium. I thought by choosing such a generic subject will expose many more people to art & design.
I was inspired by the work of London-based screen printing studio called Heretic, who I discovered at the DIY Art Market back in December 2016. They do various designs for CD covers and posters for different bands. I love the different colour and texture overlays that they use within their work. I like how it seems very experimental but planned out at the same time. The shapes they use as well really works and overall I just love they style they use and is something I want to use within my own work.
Being inspired by Heretic Studio's experimental screen prints, I exposed a screen with different textures on and also the word "Russia" in Russian along with some other imagery. I used red and blue as they are references to the flag of Russia, with the white coming from the paper. The shapes I chose are loosely football related such as a circle for a football and rectangle for a goal. I think these turned out quite successful they are energetic and busy which I like.