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Food talks

Categories: Events, Extra-curricular

Last Thursday we popped along to Birmingham’s inaugural Chitterlings dinner at The Vaults. It’s an event that Type used to run in London, and it’s basically a smallish gathering of graphic design professionals and educators getting together over a meal to listen to, and chat with, a guest speaker – and each other. (Caroline explains it all much better over on the Type website – and they’ve got better photos too!)

First up, thanks to Euston station being shut and the subsequent travel disruption, we were treated to an impromptu talk by Francis Atterbury of Hurtwood Press who had literally just returned to the country from Stuttgart. There, he’d been collecting proofs of the new exhibition catalogue of Gilbert & George’s work, the printing of which he’s overseeing for them. It was fascinating to hear his anecdotes, and about the perfectionism and passion that goes into something that so many people take for granted. Ahhh, the joys of getting colours just right!

Next, our main speaker – Meirion Pritchard, Art Director of Wallpaper magazine – described the changing face of the magazine, from the first issue to the latest; a slightly naughty Peter Saville special. It was both interesting and reassuring to hear that everyday design conundrums also affect the designer of a global publication; hooray!

Chitterlings was a real experience – and one I hope to repeat. I don’t know if it’s just me but lots of people seem to be interested in socialising over food recently – is ‘food networking’ becoming something of a trend … or is that just pie in the sky?


Work has begun on printing the t-shirts and tote bags to be sold in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice, featuring a Birmingham Ward Map design by yours truly! The fundraising idea came from editor of Created in Birmingham, Kate Spragg, with every one of the items being lovingly hand-printed by Kay at the Cut-Out Shop.

I think it’s great that Kate got an idea, told people about it, got the help needed to make it happen and is now about to see this hard work pay off – in aid of a fantastically good cause.

The t-shirts and bags will be on sale shortly – but will only be available in very limited numbers so, keep a close eye on CiB so you won’t miss out on one of the most eagerly anticipated fashion items of Summer 2009 …!

Set your alarm!

Categories: Events

I’ll be setting mine especially early on Friday night because at 4am on 4 April – aka very early on Saturday morning –– it’s time for the 4am Project.

Photo: B4AM – Reservoir Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham © Karen Strunks 2009

The brainchild of the lovely and talented Birmingham-based photographer Karen Strunks, the 4am Project aims “to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am on 4 April 2009. Anyone with a digital camera or camera phone can share their photos by uploading them onto Flickr with the tag 4amproject or by emailing their photos along with details of where the pictures were taken to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Photos submitted so far in the build up to the big day have come from professional and amateur photographers in Russia, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Sweden, and Brazil.

So I’ll be up by 4am on Saturday morning, snapping away. Bleary-eyed I may be – but thankfully my camera has an auto-focus!