DAVID ARMES

Random String Fellowships

I am a letterpress artist specialising in prints, posters, music packaging, artist book collaborations and related print ephemera. Influenced by landscape and architecture, by music packaging and posters, I use hand­set type in an exploratory manner with source material including automatic writing and overheard conversations, improvised surface pattern printing and conventional typesetting, often exploring site-specific interactions and experiences. I overlap the elemental rules of letterpress printing with more expressive approaches and ultimately incorporate elements of art, craft and design in all my work.

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14th September 2016 Excellent mentoring session with Nikki Pugh.  I’ve been wanting to work with a GPS module to gather data from walking the hillsides above my village.  The aim is to use that data as a starting point for new print work.  I’d struggled... read more

Gadgets = memory fail

Excitingly, the gadgets I’ve bought with my Random String budget have arrived.  Arduino Uno + GPS module + OpenLog + power supply for hillside wandering. Less excitingly, my memory (and sketchbook notes) have failed me.  It turns out the steep learning curve I... read more

Map-making and data sources

An inspiring first meeting with my mentor Nikki Pugh last week has prompted a week of thinking about how data sources could be used to generate new work.  What form that work would take is unknown, but I’ve been thinking a lot about map-making lately.... read more

Learning laser cut at Access Space in Sheffield

Inspired by some of the talks at the Random String symposium last week, I headed off to Sheffield yesterday for a day learning laser cutting at Access Space. I knew virtually nothing about the process, but there are people doing great work combining it with... read more

Tech, lovely tech

Last week I had my first full day on the Random String fellowship in Coventry. With no idea of what to expect from a tech day with workshop leader Dom Breadmore and the other five fellows, I was excited to see what goodies would be thrown our way. And these were the... read more

Information // technology

First proper session on the Random String tech-based fellowship today. Excited to see what we all learn. Passed this board on the way to the Ludic Rooms base in Coventry. Hoping it gets some content up... read more