Photokombinat
in collaboration with Meline Gharibyan
Found Imagery & Digital Collage
2021

“The names of extinct countries and their trajectories are littered through human history. The consequences of state collapse on a personal level is a subject seldom reflected upon,  especially in reference to the Soviet Union, which focused more on collective identity, rather than that of the individual. Our work aims to capture the undocumented personhood, and the individual histories, of those living in the last years of the Armenian S.S.R. tracking down close to all photo studios within the borders of Yerevan, the capital city of the Armenian S.S.R. These studios hold the last documented ties between the individual and the state, many of which remain unmentioned within the larger history of the Soviet state collapse. Along with these found and orphaned images they have been collaged with Armenian ornamental designs from the medieval era to bring back their Armenian identities the Soviet Union often censored and silenced. This work is a collection of untold stories.”
Photokombinat is an ongoing project with photographer Meline Gharibyan, who found orphaned images of unknown people whilst on a trip to her home country of Armenia. Along with examples of Armenian ornamental design, I collaged together parts of these decorations with the photographs to highlight Armenia’s beautiful, albeit arduous, history.

     
   

Monolithic
Found Imagery & Digital Collage
2020-21

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Monolithic is a body of collages created towards the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, focussing on nostalgia, the natural environment and sci-fi fantasies during the coronavirus pandemic.

In late 2020 a monolith was found in San Juan County, Utah, and immediately made breaking news across the world. Amidst the constant statistics and articles about the devastation of Covid-19, a glimmer of excitement and distraction was found in the potential visit of extra-terrestrial beings, and inspired other mock monoliths and research into these 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque monuments. Through the lockdowns and quarantines, people have been melancholic towards the past, when they were able to freely do things they enjoy, and finding solace in nature and the outdoors.

This work embodies and combines the fascination and daydreams of another world, a different way of living, and the contrast with the melancholy of previous times by using old, scanned photographs of national parks collaged to create monolithic objects. Purposefully putting futuristic and nostalgic elements together, of subjects that have brought us joy during a difficult period, a hope for the future is created.

Burn the Salt Wick
in collaboration with Jamie Patterson
Editorial Illustration
2020

A journey of reflection through layers of a daily descent and ascent of my favourite place in the world - Saltwick Bay, North Yorkshire.

Burn the Salt Wick was born from a poem in a book exploring one particular day at Saltwick Bay. Each photo explores and documents different levels of the day’s journey onto the coastline focusing on the meditative quality the surrounding has upon me. When you are engulfed by your setting, you become one within the landscape.

As well as photography, included throughout are detailed illustrations showing the geology of the coast underfoot.” 

Made from Colorplan Slate 500gsm & Gmund Bier Weizen 250gsm

Hand-stitched coptic bind including a flat wick acting as a book mark.

- 8" x 9"
- 48 pages
Digital illustrations to accompany a collaborative artist book with designer Jamie Patterson.

Alter Eco
Environmental campaign
2020
Alter Eco is your home guide to sustainable living, delivered to your door. Printed on sustainable paper with eco-friendly ink, get useful tips on how to make your space more kind to the Earth.
Using the theme of product, range and distribution, create a campaign with the aim to educate the members of the public on how they can become more sustainable in their homes and everyday lives, informing on how to recycle, produce less waste and energy among other points. The audience is young people, predominantly students or young couples/professionals, however there is options for more information and further pack material for families and the elderly to open up the campaign to a wider public range.

Leaflets accessed in cafes, independent shops, galleries and relevant institutions will introduce the audience to the project, which encourages people to sign up to receive weekly emails over a set period of time, each week focussing on one room of their house and the ways in which they can alter their way of living to become more sustainable e.g. reusable makeup wipes, biopowders and food jars. The sign-up website will also offer the option to have items delivered such as packets of seeds to grow your own food, recycling labels with tailored information of the recycling in their area, and maps to where they can access refill shops.

A6 printed on G.F. Smith Extract Moon, Shell and Cactus papers. 130gsm, made from recycled coffee cups