Zoe Allen

Self-taught illustrator/designer/hand-letterer

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House of Illustration - Pushing the Envelope design

I LOVED this class - this graphic typographic style is so striking. Particularly loved when Erik walked us around his neighbour sharing his inspiration :)

So I created this Marinovich-inspired envelope for and illustration collaborative piece at the museum I volunteer at, the House of Illustration in London. It was to celebrate the anniversary of the Penny Black stamp - the first prepaid postage stamp ever used. The wavy background was intended to be reminiscent of the stamps used by post offices to null a used postage stamp, which they quickly introduced when they realised how many penny blacks were simply being recycled by thrifty letter writers. Using chalk pens and calligraphy ink I created this:

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I was pretty pleased with the result, though at the time of its creation I was panicking terribly at the smudging ink, etc. but anyway. It was really bold among the other illustrated contributions, and I was over the moon when it was used in advertising for the event in TimeOut magazine and the Design Museum's twitter account!

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Anyway, enough boasting from me, what do you think> Would certainly like to experiment more with this style and medium. Thanks Erik! :)

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